Clean Plates New York City by Jared Koch

Great book review on Jared Koch’s Clean Plates NYC.  Posted by Danny Jensen on the Take Part Blog (

Eating out in New York City is always an adventure, but navigating your way to a restaurant that’s both tasty and healthy can be an overwhelming challenge for even the most seasoned New Yorker, let alone a visitor. Fortunately the Clean Plates NYC guide has come along to help you find amazing food all over Manhattan that is both nutritious and delicious.

Thoroughly researched and tested by nutritionist Jared Koch and food critic Alex Van Buren, this concise, pocket-sized book will help you easily track down an awesome cross-town variety that will satisfy vegan, vegetarian and carnivorous appetites. Icons quickly help you identify the eating options and price-range of each restaurant. The one-page reviews of the 75 featured restaurants highlight the nutritional benefits, as well as vividly evoking the aromas, flavors and settings. It’s important to find food that’s good for you, but what’s the point if it doesn’t satisfy your taste buds.

Jared and Alex also let you know if the restaurant has “green” features such as recycled building materials and composting, or if the spot might be better for a business lunch or a romantic date. Many of the restaurants feature local, organic and sustainable ingredients, and range from inexpensive fare to upscale gourmet feasts. The guide reviews some of my favorite places, including Candle 79, Community Food and Juice, and Savoy, but there are so many others that I can’t wait to check out the next time I’m in New York. So whether you’ve lived in the city for years and think you know all the best places to nosh or your planning a trip and want to try the tastiest and healthiest eats New York has to offer, definitely pick up a copy of Clean Plates NYC.