Organic Avenue: A cool, raw lunch

by JL Fields on June 10, 2011

It seems like the streets of Manhattan grab the intense heat and humidity and toss it right back to you, hotter and more humid. Particularly when walking past a bus (New Yorkers, you know what I mean).  Brutal.

I had a meeting in Manhattan yesterday.  As I parked the car I realized I was blocks from Organic Avenue where just two months ago I attended an advanced raw class with Russell James. The hot walk to the meeting location was more bearable because I knew that later a crisp, fresh, raw lunch would be the perfect smackdown to the heat.

After the meeting my colleague and I walked into the oh-so-beautiful Organic Avenue lower East Side location. My colleague’s first response? “Wow.”

We both felt cooler the minute we walked into the white, bright, open space.  As you can see, this is not a traditional restaurant–it’s more like a cafe.  Fresh foods are prepared and in the cooler. Grab what you want, pay, and either take it away, or, do what we did, and grab a comfortable chair and sit back and enjoy the meal.

We both chose the arugula salad. I opted for the portobello reuben wrap and she tried the burrito collard wrap.

Sadly, I only keep my little Nikon point and shoot camera in my purse on a daily basis (too much hassle lugging the DSLR) so these close up photos do not do the meal justice, at all. But I think you can still appreciate the light, gorgeous food.

Portobello Wrap: Portobello, cabbage, tomato, spinach, cashew, onion, bell pepper, celery, pine nut, avocado, flax, sauerkraut, garlic, zucchini, psyllium, olive oil, lemon, pickles, parsley, salt and pepper

I’ve had this reuben before and it was just as delicious as I remembered.

Arugula Sprout Salad: Baby arugula, sunflower sprouts, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic cashews, red onion, seaweed, acidophilous, lemon, carrot, celery, salt and pepper

The sprouts in this salad had a light crunch and were a nice balance to the wrap.

This meal cooled my body and filled my soul.

Organic Avenue
Boutique and Event Space (Lower East Side)
The Space of LOVE*
116 Suffolk Street
(between Rivington & Delancey)
New York, NY 10002
212 358 0500
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  • Anonymous

    I love Organic Avenue!

    • They had a watermelon juice yesterday — rind, seeds, everything. Delicious! I’m going to have to juice watermelon this summer!

  • That arugula sprout salad looks freaking amazing!

  • Yum! I love organic ave. Good stuff!

  • neeltje

     A good camera makes your food looks tastier. These photographs don’t give me much of an appetite

  • I have never been to that location but thanks to your pictures and description i know where i will get my lunch next time 🙂 all sounds great – will def try the wrap!!!

    • Thank you, Lisa 🙂 I love the wrap — please let me know if you like it!

  • Yum, looks wonderful! The Portobello Wrap sounds just amazing, well everything does. 🙂 So true on lugging the DSLR around all the time, too much hassle.

    • I love the smoky, pickled flavors of the wrap. I think you would LOVE it!

  • Hannah

    I’ve only been to Organic Avenue once, but I loved their falafel! I’m dying to try their other food… The portobello wrap especially looks great!

    • The portobello wrap is divine! Definitely try it!

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