Maoz is most famous for its expansive salad bar, but its falafel ($4.95)—a home-baked pita bread filled with crispy, handmade balls of vitamin-rich chickpeas, fresh spices, and vegetables—lends itself better to a leisurely lunchtime eat-and-amble through the nearest park. You can build off the falafel's delicious base with a splash of hummus, eggplant, baba ganoush, avocado, and more ($0.50–$1/add). Pair it with Belgian fries and sauce, side salad, sweet potato fries, or seasonal soup ($3–$4), and wash it all down with fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Hummus Place has built its menu around its titular dish—so it’s no surprise that the staffers have hunted far and wide for the smallest, most circular chickpeas, which they claim make the best hummus blend. The New York Times agrees, calling the dish "eerily smooth" with sesame and garlic "in a state of equilibrium." Water, tahini, olive oil, and lemon round out the recipe—served with fresh pitas from the bakery.
"When we first opened, we had only hummus on the menu," Hummus Place owner Ori Apple told CBS's Tony Tantillo’s Dining Deal. "Three different kinds of topping: tahini, chickpeas, and fava beans." Today, the kosher menu showcases five blends alongside dishes such as veggie-loaded couscous, falafel, and shakshuka—a stew with tomatoes, peppers, onion, and eggplant, finished off with two over-easy eggs. Dessert selections bring out dulcet notes of dry kadaif buried beneath vanilla-infused ricotta and the faint notes of "Happy Birthday" hummed by a date tahini cake dished up with apple confit.
Lauded by Time Out New York for its earth-friendly offerings, V-Note unfolds an upscale bistro menu overflowing with organic wines and gourmet vegan cuisine sprinkled with kosher and gluten-free options. As the brains behind Blossom and Cafe Blossom, Ronen Seri has expanded the vegan-eatin' scene with a vast selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner fare crafted from fresh veggies, soy, seitan, and tofu. V-Note's organic wine bar splashes palates with an array of wines that are either biodynamic or sustainable and organic—each bottle gifting mouths vibrant flavors and tasting notes handwritten by the vines they were plucked from. A dark-wood ceiling outfitted with inset track lighting casts a dim glow above diners nestled into contemporary wood chairs and white booths adorned with patterned pillows. Smooth black walls encase the entire eating space, and a wine rack with x-shaped shelves stands prominently behind the candle-laden wood bar.
Sit in the window and watch Broadway go by at the Morningside Heights outpost of this popular vegetarian restaurant. Maoz Vegetarian is known for their effortlessly friendly staff, which help you to build the sandwich or salad of your choosing. There’s falafel, vegetarian shawarma and a whole host of vegetables to choose from, while the signature Maoz sandwich – falafel, salad and your choice of sauce – is surprisingly filling for vegetarian fare. Bread is simple here, with whole wheat or regular pitas on offer, and side orders include french fries, sweet potato fries and soups. Freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices are available, and while the eatery skews towards the healthy side of things, it should be noted that Maoz is not actually gluten-free. They are, however, open late – 11 p.m. most nights.
A preliminary e-visit to Green Light Cuisine's website reveals a plethora of fresh, organic entrees, sides, drinks, and specialty edibles. Master both rising and shining with a breakfast platter ($4.50) of two eggs any style; home fries; roast coffee or tea; and a serving of bacon, ham, or sausage. For a liquid meal that succeeds where your taco smoothie failed, order a specialty concoction from Green Light's juice bar, such as classic orange juice ($3) with a shot of fresh-squeezed wheatgrass ($3 for 1 oz.). Heavy-duty hungers can chomp into a gourmet burger such as the blue moon (beef patty topped with blue cheese on a French brioche or whole-wheat bun, with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions, $5.99), while anti-grav companions can stay levitating with a light Tuscan tuna wrap (all-white albacore tuna salad, roma tomatoes, and crispy romaine in a whole-wheat wrap, $6.99).
Instead of setting up shop inside a brick-and-mortar building, Classtivity stretches its fitness-bestowing reach throughout five cities, inviting people to burn calories, tone muscles, or find inner peace—all on their own schedule. Students simply search for the type of class they wish to take, such as yoga, cardio dance, or strength training, along with the time, price range, and location, before booking it online. With hundreds of activities and 20,000 available classes, the right class is always just around the corner. The company even includes classes in artistic pursuits such as guitar and painting. Classtivity’s CEO and founder Payal Kadakia sums up the business’s philosophy succinctly: “Because finding a class shouldn’t be harder than taking one.”