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Paleo-friendly restaurants in NYC

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Created March 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I travel to New York for business every six weeks or so, and this week will be my first trip since starting "the program."

For the city-dwellers on the board - what's your favorite paleo-friendly restaurant in Manhattan? (Bonus points for lower Manhattan.) I'm used to my New York trips being "Scott's excuse to load up on pizza and bagels," but we can't have that now, can we?

I know the lay of the land, I know I can probably find something acceptable anywhere, just please spare me the indignity of ordering a half chicken a la carte from Dallas BBQ.

Thank you!

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80 · April 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

HuKitchen!!!!!

I just went to NYC and I ate here everyday!!!!! check them out and google them. It was awesome and so great to be able to eat everything there.

Try the mash bar (highly recommended)

Also, I ate at Fig and Olive, it was a nice resturant. I find any restaurant is Paleo, you just have to alter it a bit, sub foods for salads or veggies.

Also a play in Soho called McCoys (farm to table) had an amazing grass fed beef burger. TO DO FOR!

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482 · July 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Bubby's is great. I eat at their Tribeca location regularly. From their own menu: "We buy whole steers from upstate farmers who raise their animals in pastures. We grind our burgers everyday... We buy whole hogs for sausages, scrapple, pork chops and bacon. 600 pounds of bacon a week... We work with dozens of local farmers for our produce. We buy grass fed milk from Hudson Valley Fresh Cooperative that we use for everything, from your coffee to the ice cream. We make our own ice cream... We pit smoke barbecue from small farm-raised heritage breed hogs... We render lard from whole hogs

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1197 · April 28, 2013 at 6:39 AM

upvote for Momofuku!!! But it will be hard to resist the pork buns! YUM!!!! I think it's on 11th? Prune is great too - one of the first places to serve bone marrow years ago. Also, The Breslen for steak (good pork too!) and John Dory next door for Oysters

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2303 · March 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Hu Kitchen is an awesome spot! www.hukitchen.com

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1655 · March 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I wouldn't really (make that really wouldn't) recommend street meat...

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3217 · August 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I'm pretty sure the meat is made in soy oil unless you get the carnitas. Just learned this and I'm so disappointed. I love the barbacoa.

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0 · March 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM

whole foods prepared meat (rotisserie chicken etc) will be factory farm fare

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20 · November 15, 2010 at 1:55 AM

1) New York Noodletown. Very good roast pig (with the crispy skin) 2) I personally don't go to a lot of steakhouses because I like to make steak at home. However, the big ones are Peter Lugers, Keen's, the Strip House, and Dylan Prime. Very expensive. 3) Hill Country on 26th Street. Good moist brisket.

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56606 · November 14, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I've eaten/enjoyed all of them except Ko, but hope to go there someday.

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

P.S. Great list!!

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I kept wondering, "What the heck is "EVill"... like some sort of other spelling of 'evil'... and then I figured it out. ;)

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

P.S. Which Momofuku? I see several on Yelp and I'm not sure which is the right one.

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Takashi is amazing!! Seriously! Try the cow cheeks and the steak tartar! :D

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Any specific restaurant suggestions?

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:05 PM

I just moved to NYC from LA! Thanks for asking this question!! I'm sooo delighted by the answers!!

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911 · October 12, 2010 at 2:25 AM

Just went here on bephf's suggestion. The "salad bar" has a ton of all-you-can-eat seafood, and the meat really does never stop. Be picky about your cuts, some not worth eating. Costly, FYI.

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462 · March 18, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Glad you liked it! It's one of my favorites.

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857 · March 18, 2010 at 1:07 AM

Madangsui was AWESOME. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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10502 · March 16, 2010 at 5:02 AM

@Jay -- thanks for the head's up. I usually get something similar to what Harlow does.

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857 · March 15, 2010 at 9:40 PM

To clarify - I know I can get the job done at one of Manhattan's eleventy billion salad bars, but what's your FAVORITE place to go paleo? If there's a place serving a dish I just have to try, pipe up!

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1219 · March 15, 2010 at 7:16 PM

The veggies are grilled in soy oil

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98 · March 15, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Can't go wrong at Churrascaria Riodizio Tribeca for a non-stop meat parade (and access to a salad bar). But I must say that I've been pleasantly surprised at how accommodating ALL restaurants are in NYC. No one has refused my requests to substitute vegetables for non-paleo carbage since I've taken the plunge.

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911 · October 12, 2010 at 2:25 AM

Just went here on bephf's suggestion. The "salad bar" has a ton of all-you-can-eat seafood, and the meat really does never stop. Be picky about your cuts, some not worth eating. Costly, FYI.

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56606 · March 15, 2010 at 11:22 PM

MMm Momofuku...they cook with LARD! I LOVE the pork belly and the beef tendons there.

Also Takashi: raw grassfed beef anyone?

Also good: Great Northern Spy Company in the E. Village, Mermaid Oyster Bar, Quality Meats (or any steak house, but I like their sides and sauces).

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1197 · April 28, 2013 at 6:39 AM

upvote for Momofuku!!! But it will be hard to resist the pork buns! YUM!!!! I think it's on 11th? Prune is great too - one of the first places to serve bone marrow years ago. Also, The Breslen for steak (good pork too!) and John Dory next door for Oysters

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56606 · November 14, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I've eaten/enjoyed all of them except Ko, but hope to go there someday.

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

P.S. Which Momofuku? I see several on Yelp and I'm not sure which is the right one.

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Takashi is amazing!! Seriously! Try the cow cheeks and the steak tartar! :D

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298 · March 16, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I agree with N Spy and Quality Meats...Luger's is a bit expensive, but definitely worth it if you go that route

Also to consider: Back Forty (EVill), Klee Brasserie (Midtown), Savoy (Soho), Hundred Acres (Soho), Kafana (EVill), Rhong Tiam (EVill)

Kafana and RT are Serbian and Thai respectively...may not have properly sourced meat, but def many paleo-friendly dishes

There's plenty more as noted, but those immediately come to mind

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

P.S. Great list!!

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I kept wondering, "What the heck is "EVill"... like some sort of other spelling of 'evil'... and then I figured it out. ;)

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20 · March 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM

There are plenty of things to eat that are Paleo: 1) Chinatown - Roast Pig (crispy skin), soy sauce chicken, roast duck. Yes, soy sauce isn't Paleo but it's basically a roasted chicken with a nice laquered skin.
2) Steakhouses. I don't know what your budget is but there are plenty of places to eat a steak.
3) Whole Foods - Whole Foods is everywhere now. Go in and you can get deli meats, 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken, Lamb Kebabs 4) Street Meat - no rice. 5) Most Middle Eastern Places have lamb or chicken kebabs. Get it with a side salad.

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1655 · March 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I wouldn't really (make that really wouldn't) recommend street meat...

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0 · March 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM

whole foods prepared meat (rotisserie chicken etc) will be factory farm fare

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20 · November 15, 2010 at 1:55 AM

1) New York Noodletown. Very good roast pig (with the crispy skin) 2) I personally don't go to a lot of steakhouses because I like to make steak at home. However, the big ones are Peter Lugers, Keen's, the Strip House, and Dylan Prime. Very expensive. 3) Hill Country on 26th Street. Good moist brisket.

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Any specific restaurant suggestions?

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10 · March 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Try Hu Kitchen in Union Square. There are a lot of Paleo options. Also, Organic Avenue, Juice Press, Juice Generation, and One Lucky Duck have a lot of Vegan stuff that is great for Paleo. Juce Press has a great Kelp Noodle with Cashew Cream Alfredo Sauce that I love.

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10 · January 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

If I'm in Brooklyn their is no doubt heading straight to KRISTOPHE! fairly new resto with organic meat menu with steaks,chops,sausages,trout and NYC's best Burgers not to mention they also have Venison burger to die for! Check their Yelp its all 5 star with a few 4 stars, AMAZING find!

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300 · April 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM

SAUCE

It's part of the Lil Frankie's chain of deliciousness in the LES but this one's my favorite by far. There are always specials - you can get all different parts of all different kinds of animals. It has an open kitchen (with a vat of sauce in the middle, of course) and a meat counter - one of these days I'll stop by after work to pick up some of their thick slab bacon. Best part is that it's a great restaurant for groups and it doesn't have to break the bank. My favorite dish is the Steak Pizzaola - Steak with their (marinara) SAUCE and a fried egg on top with a side of their greens (usually kale or spinach). UMMMM.

Here's the link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/sauce-new-york

You're welcome xx

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5135 · April 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Fette Sau barbecue in Williamsburg. You can go crazy on meat there and it's a pretty fun atmosphere. If you don't mind cheating with a little beer or whiskey, they have a great selection of those too. Sharing a gallon of beer with your friends while you wait in line (which you will) is a bunch of fun.

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10 · April 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Check out brgr. Grass fed meat and they offer a romaine lettuce wrap. The sweet potato fries are cooked in veggie oil FYI.

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368 · March 06, 2012 at 9:17 PM

My alternative to Chipotle when in midtown for lunch is Dig Inn: http://www.diginn.com (formerly Pump Energy Food). It's the same concept (pick meat, veggies, sides in a bowl, salad or wrap)

The big difference is that they let you all of their ingredients. I actually emailed their general contact asking about what oils they used, and the CEO responded. They're a relatively small NYC chain and seem to care a lot about the quality of (semi) fast-food. Everyone in NYC should be contacting them and recommending that they move away from soy/canola oils. Right now a few of their items are cooked in it, the rest is cooked in olive oil.

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2393 · March 06, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I've always been a HUGE fan of Palo Santo in Park Slope, Brooklyn. http://www.palosanto.us/food.html

Grass-fed, pasture-raised, they use good fats to cook with (I've been told, never asked for myself), but they even have a rooftop garden that they grow their own veggies on in the warmer months. AND you can get things like liver and kidney there! And it's delicious!

Another good place in Park Slope is Juventino. Best brunch I've ever had. Grass-fed organic steak and eggs. http://www.juventinonyc.com/juventinonyc.com/HOME.html Another place that emphasizes food QUALITY.

Dan

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13983 · November 14, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I just moved here but I'm gonna throw a name in: Sotto Voce

I had an amazing pan-fried tilapia here a week ago.

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462 · March 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Madangsui in Koreatown, 35th St. and 5th Ave. Korean BBQ galore. Much better if you go with four or more people.

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462 · March 18, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Glad you liked it! It's one of my favorites.

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857 · March 18, 2010 at 1:07 AM

Madangsui was AWESOME. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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2485 · March 16, 2010 at 3:35 AM

Peter Luger Steak House

It's in Brooklyn, right across the bridge from lower Manhattan. They have an item on their menu that they simply refer to as "steak" (with a few size options). Phenomenal. The best steak I've ever had. It comes in what I believe to be clarified butter and I recommend broccoli as a side dish for sopping up the buttery meat juice. I can't guarantee that it's 100% Paleo (don't know if the beef is grassfed) but it's beef in butter so pretty close and absolutely amazing. It's frequently voted the #1 steak house in New York so I'm apparently not the only one with a high opinion of the place.

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320 · March 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Chipotle is always a solid choice no matter what city. I get the salad with no rice, or beans, double grilled veggies and double meat, with salsa and Guac.

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3217 · August 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

I'm pretty sure the meat is made in soy oil unless you get the carnitas. Just learned this and I'm so disappointed. I love the barbacoa.

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10502 · March 16, 2010 at 5:02 AM

@Jay -- thanks for the head's up. I usually get something similar to what Harlow does.

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1219 · March 15, 2010 at 7:16 PM

The veggies are grilled in soy oil

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0 · August 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Hello,

We are the founder of CaveKitchenNYC (dot com), a new Paleo supper club in NYC. We started the supper club because we want to promote "clean eating" without sacrificing flavors. Please check us out and hope you will join us or help spread the words!

Linh and David

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0 · June 05, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Had an amazing meal with my wife over at Kinfolk on Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn last weekend. Awesome paleo friendly menu, I had the "Catch of the Day" which was a whole Porgy fish and a nice helping of greens.

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0 · April 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Here is a list of some Paleo Restaurants:

1. Paleo Cuisine , 111 US 46W Lodi, NJ 07644

2. Takashi 456 Hudson St in West Village, Manhatten

3. Paleo Fish Eating Yakitori Totto

4. Steak Shoppe 91 1st Avefor grass feed beefs

5. Hu Kitchen 78 5th Ave New York, NY 10011

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0 · April 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Great Question. I was in New York recently and found these great Resaturants:

- Hu Kitchen

- Dig Inn Seasonal Market

- 4Food

- Bareburger

- Chipolte

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0 · April 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Great Question,. I was in New York recently and found these great Resaturants:

Hu Kitchen Dig Inn Seasonal Market 4food Bareburger Chipolte

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0 · April 15, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I just read Primal Organic Paleo diet delivery is going to start delivering in New York. All of their meals are freshly made and 100% paleo. I use them when I have work in Miami, they actually deliver right to my hotel door. When I'm at home I use their paleo meal plan menu for ideas.

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0 · April 15, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I just read Primal Organic Paleo diet delivery is going to start delivering in New York. All of their meals are freshly made and 100% paleo. I use them when I have work in Miami, they actually deliver right to my hotel door. When I'm at home I use their paleo meal plan menu for ideas.

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I just read Primal Organic Paleo diet delivery is going to start delivering in New York. All of their meals are freshly made and 100% paleo. I use them when I have work in Miami, they actually deliver right to my hotel door. When I'm at home I use their paleo meal plan menu for ideas.

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0 · December 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Pretty nice listing of a few Paleo spots in NYC, check it out here

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0 · August 29, 2013 at 11:50 PM

bare burger http://www.bareburger.com

Menu features a variety of meats, including traditional beef, chicken, turkey and lamb; exotic options such as elk, bison, ostrich and boar; and mushroom. Bareburger also offers a grass fed and all organic! Just skip the bun! 14 locations and growing.

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0 · April 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Thank you for everyone's input on this feed!!!! I'm headed to NYC next weekend - this has been very useful. Thx.

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0 · March 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Near Times Square: The Counter - great burgers and sweet potato fries...chili is beanless; Mangia Organics (Bryant Park - 39th St); Pret a Manger (salads);

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4400 · November 14, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Bubby's (Tribeca and DUMBO). The menu is a bit vague, e.g. "Pasture Raised Beef", but in their DUMBO facility I've seen signs indicating grass-fed beef. Maybe you can contact them to verify. It's not paleo in any other way, but they have enough choices on the menu that you can put something together.

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482 · July 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Bubby's is great. I eat at their Tribeca location regularly. From their own menu: "We buy whole steers from upstate farmers who raise their animals in pastures. We grind our burgers everyday... We buy whole hogs for sausages, scrapple, pork chops and bacon. 600 pounds of bacon a week... We work with dozens of local farmers for our produce. We buy grass fed milk from Hudson Valley Fresh Cooperative that we use for everything, from your coffee to the ice cream. We make our own ice cream... We pit smoke barbecue from small farm-raised heritage breed hogs... We render lard from whole hogs

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558 · November 14, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I recommend Westville in Chelsea and the West Village. Some conventional meats, some grassfed usually. Everything cooked very simply. What I really like is that every day there are 20 different vegetable sides, including great primal things like brussels sprouts, kale, etc. I always find new things to inspire veggie dishes there. It's pretty easy to put together a healthy and tasty meal there.

The Chelsea location is bigger and more pleasant than the West Village one.

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