Its that time of the year again. Resolution season! The slowest eating month of the year. The time of the year when Mrs Z says “Enough”, and I have to sneak out of the house Shawshank Redemption style in order to eat something that doesnt have Quinoa in it. I then find myself in a dark room in a basement, a resolution speakeasy, with other men indulging in pizza, and chicken skin dumplings. These are dumplings deep fried in chicken skin instead of dough.
If you are a well balanced individual, meaning one who can stand on one leg for more than 5 seconds without breaking a wrist, you probably poopoo the entire resolution concept. Why does one wait until January to change bad habits. But for the rest of us, who sometimes cant see our own feet in the shower (I’m being nice here with feet), we use January as an alarm clock. Its time to hibernate.
That leads to this irony. W42st, the new(ish) Hell’s Kitchen magazine responsible for banning your Ziggy from 3 places Hell’s Kitchen establishments and counting, is back at it again with a new feature. Its a foldout little zine inside the magazine, or sometimes just sitting on top of it at places. And inside you have a map of various lists like new places, cool bars, top palm readers, and something called Ziggy’s Eat List where I feature 5 places related or not to the theme that month. So my first contribution is listing 5 healthy options in Hell’s Kitchen (the irony). For those who cant get the magazine (this feature isnt available online), here are the places…
As far as Falafel and Shawarma in Hell’s Kitchen go, there’s no Better Than Ezra. Its an institution that comes with a little attitude. Ok, a lot.
Bison Borscht anyone? Da! A Gotham West Market staple dishing out healthy soups, broths, and even burgers, utilizing top notch raw materials
A delicious hole in the wall with a varied Asian influenced menu. Although I come here for the best Wonton soup in town these days, the rest of the healthy lineup is excellent.
Fresh From Hell
A fresh and promising Hell takeout discovery in a very convenient spot. Great soups, smoothies, and sandwiches featuring, fresh from hell too, Sullivan Street bread (picture top)
Close relationship with 14 area farms means close relationship with many patrons. It also means delicious salads, but I cant pass on the bread and the meat options.