Of Delmonico Cafe's "copious international smorgasbord," New York magazine says, "You could get lunch to go here for six straight months and never eat the same thing twice." Indeed, the chefs prepare a dazzling array of hot and cold foods every day, ranging from cuban paninis and california cheeseburgers to korean kimchi-tofu soup and japanese udon. Gourmet sandwiches gain bragging rights with Boar's Head meat and a choice of freshly baked bread, whereas vegetarian varieties make ample use of fresh produce. Chefs also dish up breakfast all day long, pairing Western-style omelets and grits with an espresso from the coffee bar. Like the cuisine, the ambiance is both elegant and comforting. The delicatessen comes alive with rich wooden floors, leather-like banquettes, and spells from a fairy godmother.
Wild Edibles’ tubs of ice brim with boat-fresh fish and oysters, all rated according to their level of environmental sustainability by the Blue Ocean Institute. Chef Gavin Citron presides over an entree list, drawing from a cross section of the ocean’s morsels to fill the shop with steamy clouds foretelling of clam chowder, crab cakes, and lobster rigatoni. Patrons loaded down with trout, shrimp, and caviar bound for home kitchens bustle past the oyster bar, which parades mollusks from both the East and West Coasts to offer the largest range of options and keep Atlantis’ mass-transit system in business. Tasting flights pair shells with pours of wines imported from France, Italy, South Africa, and Austria or cool suds from a variety of craft breweries.
HealthSmart of NY banishes hunger pangs to an alternate dimension with an abundance of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan foodstuffs. Kick off days destined for rampant overachievement with nourishing breakfast cereals, such as Arrowhead Mills’ organic Amaranth Flakes ($5.99 for 12 oz.) or Glutino’s Honey Nut Rings ($6.49), which are gluten-free, kosher, and ideal additions to bumblebee obstacle courses. Shelves stocked with vitamins and supplements from leading brands like Nature’s Way ($5–$22) and Nordic Naturals ($7–$17) help fend off the coming wave of scurvy due to next winter’s orange-tree strike.
Colorful fish swim around faux coral formations in a fish tank at Bethesda Dental. Nearby, a stark white orchid gracefully lazes to one side. Cold and hot beverages keep patrons satisfied as they wait in modern cream-hued seating. In addition to routine checkups, root canals, and teeth-whitening services, the office’s amenities abound with movies streaming on a large flat screen television and a massage chair that coaxes tense muscles into a relaxed state.