Well it was Friday night, and it was my turn to pick the restaurant for the evening. I started thinking a little “outside the box”, and thought we should give vegetarian dining a try. Living in New York, there were no shortages of Manhattan vegetarian restaurants in close proximity to try. However, many of my associates sort of dropped their jaws when I mentioned the word, “vegetarian”.
Vegetarian cooking has come a long way since its initial fad began in the late 1960’s. In fact, today’s “Vegan” so to speak, maintains a certain lifestyle and philosophy that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing and any other purposes of exploitation. It truly is a healthier lifestyle, and with obesity running rampart in America, it should be a lifestyle that more American’s partake in.
The level of excitement was in all honesty down to a minimum amongst our group. Many of the comments made by associates were, “now what, a bowl of lettuce?” Or the one fellow who made the snide remark of, “Hey, we’re meat eater’s, don’t you see the teeth?” Well I didn’t see the teeth, but the potbelly from way to many burgers was quite evident.
So even with the excitement limited to myself, I was not going to let the others spoil my evening. Fortunately I had experienced what Manhattan vegetarian restaurants had to offer, and it was far from boring. Many of the newly combined herbs and seasonings that have been implemented in this style of cooking have brought it from “dull” to “invigorating”. One of my favorite restaurants has developed a Spanish flair toward their entrees, utilizing specific cayenne peppers and herbs that give the dish a “kick” so to speak.
Another thing to keep in mind when looking for some of the best Manhattan vegetarian restaurants is to question not only the “freshness” of the produce, but whether or not it is “organic” in nature. Organic produce has become the fad of this millennium, as more and more research has been correlating the toxins sprayed on the produce with associated ailments that afflict humans. In order to be organic, the produce must be grown with only naturally produced fertilizers, and sprayed with chemically free pesticides.
The evening went quite well, as most of the group enjoyed their meals. Some were even excited to begin a “vegetarian diet” the following week, as more and more research is indicating that a vegetarian diet is compatible with significant weight loss
Don’t be afraid to try some vegetarian cuisine. Today’s chef’s are well versed in adding just the right spices and herbs to make the dish far from boring. Some of these delightful recipes include organic produce, which will reduce your exposure to toxins on the vegetables. So give yourself a treat, especially if you are in New York area and looking for some good Manhattan vegetarian restaurants.