Last week, I was lucky enough to try Ellary's Greens in one of the historic storefronts on Carmine Street (#33 to be exact) and I was dazzled by the super farm to table freshness of this 1 1/2-year-old eatery—which named after owner Leith Hill’s grandmother and great grandmother. The decor is quaint, with exposed brick walls, dim lighting, old-fashioned glass cases filled with healthy desserts, and high ceilings featuring an overlay of laser cut metal (the motif seems to be of leaves growing on stems, almost like a beanstalk).
|Green Thai Curry Tofu|
Each item on the menu is marked off as vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free or vegan, so if you have special dietary needs, they can take care of you. For extra fun, sit at the big wooden table in the front window that has a giant terrarium in the center! The veggies and produce are sourced locally and vivacious owner Leith Hill--who was raised in a healthy household in New Orleans, which was probably an oddity at the time--says that her dad had a strong interest in the connection between activity and healthy eating since he was 12. So he raised his family with healthy substitutes for sugary snacks and other foods with empty calories. This probably accounts for the fact that the desserts here seem so rich and creamy, but they are made with almond flour and ground chickpeas--and the icing usually consists of whipped tofu or coconut cream. It is fun to start out with one of their fabulous juices or smoothies. I had The Lunatic ($7-$9) which features celery, cilantro, apple, cucumber, ginger and cayenne pepper and loved it—and maybe it was psychological, but I felt instantly energized! Leith told my dining partner Gail and I that that the Ellary’s Green staff are proud to know every farmer they get supplies from, and that she has been on some of these farms herself. Nothing comes from any further away than Pennsylvania and that includes the meat (she makes sure it comes from farms where animals are humanly raised and killed). You might be surprised that a health-conscious eatery serves red meat but Leith says that she does not want to scare away carnivore customers (which she says tends to be more men than women).
|Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini|
|Pumpkin Spice Cake|
I will definitely return to Ellary's Greens. I like the personal attention of the staff and the freshness of the ingredients. I also love the fireplace in the back and hope to return in the winter months when they actually light it!
33 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10003
Cuisine: Healthy Modern American