As a Principled Chiropractor, Dr. Joey Amato considers health to be a whole-body experience that depends on every system of the body working harmoniously. His self-penned, "Five Components to Absolute Emotional and Physical Health" even include body nourishment as its fifth principle. And as an inquisitive wellness author who has long advocated a healthy lifestyle, founding a healthy-food hub was a natural next step.
At Pure Food and Drink, all the juices, smoothies, nut milks, and snacks are made from entirely organic ingredients. You won't find any hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides in their kale-parsley potions, coconut-coffee concoctions, or multi-day liquid cleanses. And you also won't find them in their chicken burritos or seared tuna bowls. With an emphasis on organic origins and nutrient-rich ingredients, Pure Food and Drink makes it easy to eat toward good health or consume enough vegetables to win that first-to-eat-all-your-daily-essential-vitamins bet with your friends.
A Best of Westchester winner in 2003, 2004, and 2005 with votes from readers and editors of Westchester Magazine, Slave to the Grind's owners Andrew and Carol Marshall have remained focused on brewing great coffee since 1993. Within the coffee house's retro interior, eight different brewed coffees stand ready to pour into cups staged on a mahogany and stained glass bar back salvaged from the burned-down Hotel Gramatan. With more than 50 bean varieties to choose from, visitors can also pick up bags to brew at home, including certified Kona coffee beans, cultivated on the slopes of Hawaiian volcanoes that regularly erupt with delicious cream and sugar.
The cuisines of many cultures mingle in the kitchen of J & J Luncheonette Co. Chefs fry up everything from staple fish and chips to classic American burgers to coxinhas?fried chicken croquets commonly cooked by street vendors in Brazil. Breakfast ushers in such eye-opening eats as Spanish omelets, French toast, and bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on homemade corn bread. Of course, those in the know know J & J Luncheonette Co. for its empanadas, which are available stuffed with steak or chicken, cheese and jalapenos, roast pork, or Italian sausage.
Java Crave Caffe invites visitors to take a seat at one of its granite-topped tables for a cup of coffee or a fresh-baked pastry. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the quaint cafe's hardwood floors and light mocha walls are bathed in sunlight. As visitors bask in the warm glow of the sun?which is a house cat's favorite activity, according to numerous Fancy Cat studies?baristas brew batches of coffees that are set out for self-service or create frothy cappuccinos and flavored lattes.
At Bing?s Burgers, cooks focus their grilling talents into crafting flavors not found at a typical drive-thru joint. While diners at the newly opened Fort Lee location can indulge in four types of slider and Bing's own beer-battered fish and chips, the menu centers around a lineup of burgers topped with combinations of unique ingredients. The Cali Burger sports a dollop of fresh, homemade guacamole and low-fat ranch dressing, and Bing's Signature Burger layers sauteed onions, gouda, and garlic aioli while also signing for incoming shipments.
The newest incarnation of the Capriccio Family Style Restaurant, Cafe Capriccio builds a menu of Italian classics from chef Elio Sobrero’s library of Old World recipes. The fresh endives and crunchy fennel of the Bianca salad ($7.95) go skinny-dipping in extra-virgin olive oil before house wine ($8.95/glass) unfurls a red carpet for a procession of savory flavors. Rather than perplex grumbling bellies with unrehearsed showtunes, diners can please them with a hearty veal capriccio, which arrives steeped in truffle sauce along with prosciutto and mozzarella ($19.95). Like fairy-tale heroines, linguine vongole’s clam sauce ($17.95) comes in a choice of rose red or snow white. Finish the meal with a treat such as the Four Seasons chocolate velvet cake or white-chocolate mousse ($5.95 each).