Chef Laura Pensiero has trained at the French Culinary Institute, possesses a background in nutrition, and radiates with genuine enthusiasm for healthy, local and sustainable foods. So, it’s not entirely surprising she’s racked up some local and national fame, including features in O Magazine and the title as one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Four Best Veteran Chefs in 2012. Best of all, patrons don’t even have to visit one of Pensiero’s award-winning restaurants, Gigi Trattoria or Gigi Market, to get a taste of her food; they can stop into Just Salad, where she is the master-mind behind all the recipes.
Dedicated to providing healthy and fast meals, Just Salad assembles more than 14 varieties of wraps and salads, or puts customers in charge, allowing them to concoct their own lunch from a wide range of fresh vegetables, cheeses, proteins, and Chef Pensiero’s homemade dressings. Salads are tossed inside reusable bowls, which the shop encourages customers to bring back on their second, third, and so-on visits. In return, they’ll receive two free “essential toppings”—such as lentils, mandarin oranges, and artichoke hearts—and one free cheese tossed onto a salad, tucked inside a wrap, or pelted at their mortal enemy.
Befitting its name, Mexican Festival Restaurant strives to celebrate the flavors of traditional Latin cuisine while immersing diners in a vivacious setting that embraces a similarly vibrant spirit.
Time-Honored Cooking Techniques
Servers make every order of guacamole at guests' tables, adroitly mixing onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeños into the creamy avocado. When it comes to entrees, the chefs demonstrate a similar dedication to time-honored techniques. Beef-filled enchiladas suizas arrive topped with creamy tomatillo sauce and melted chihuahua and oaxaca cheeses, mole sauce lends a decadent richness to orders of roasted chicken, and grilled salmon fillets feature a sweet-and-spicy sauce made from mangoes and ancho chilies. Homemade flan with grilled pineapple ensures meals conclude on a refreshingly sweet note.
An Eponymous Mural
Adobe-hued and textured walls reinforce the restaurant's deep regional ties. The dining room's most prominent piece, however, is a massive mural entitled Mexican Festival, which was painted by Mexican artist, Juan Lopez. The sprawling mural features an assortment of vignettes—including images of bull riders and villagers in traditional Mexican clothing—which complement the vibrant colors of the blue-green wooden rafters and the cerulean alcoves filled with votive candles and blooming flowers.
Swing by Mamasita Bar & Grill in New York for your next meal.
For healthy and gluten-free fare, head to Mamasita Bar & Grill.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
The happy hour at Mamasita Bar & Grill offers deals you won't want to miss.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Mamasita Bar & Grill's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Mamasita Bar & Grill to your next party or event.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Mamasita Bar & Grill.
Guests take to street parking at Mamasita Bar & Grill's 10th Avenue spot.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Mamasita Bar & Grill.
Prices at Mamasita Bar & Grill typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Mamasita Bar & Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For good eats and good times, dine at Blossom on Columbus in New York.
Blossom on Columbus has a large menu filled with tasty gluten-free and healthy items.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Blossom on Columbus' outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Blossom on Columbus, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Put the suit away when heading to Blossom on Columbus — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Drive to Blossom on Columbus and find parking in the area.
Blossom on Columbus is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Blossom on Columbus running under $30 per person.
Blossom on Columbus has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Take a trip to Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen in New York and make your next meal a good one.
The healthy menu items at Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen will leave you with a full stomach.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
At Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen.
We've got news: Great taste doesn't always come with a hefty price tag. For astonishingly affordable prices (and delicious dishes), treat your taste buds to Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen is a great dining option for any time of day.
Fill up on fare from The Green Bean Cafe in New York and be sure to satisfy your stomach.
The creative, healthy and vegan fare at The Green Bean Cafe will leave you craving more.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at The Green Bean Cafe, known for its laid-back ambience.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from The Green Bean Cafe.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at The Green Bean Cafe.
Bike parking is quick and easy at The Green Bean Cafe.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at The Green Bean Cafe, with meals usually costing less than $15.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to The Green Bean Cafe since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.