Mon-Fri, 11am-9:30pm; Sat, noon-7:30pm; Sun, noon-8:30pm
6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
33rd St. to 73rd St., FDR Dr. to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
On a block-long strip packed with forgettable restaurants, Organic Harvest Café is an exemplar of the city’s healthy best. Everything at the tiny, 500-square-foot café is organic and vegan, except for the chicken and fish dishes, which are simply organic and tasty. The ten-chair space, run by Mark Mager, a veteran of the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts, does a booming delivery and take-out business. Grains and greens, like millet and sweet potato polenta and a three-seaweed salad served with mesclun and mango slices, start out the menu, followed by a bevy of wraps and sandwiches, and a dozen inventive, ethnically inflected entrees. Contrary to what many expect from healthy food, most dishes tend toward the boldly flavored: The juicy Portobello steak sandwich grabs additional flavor from roasted red peppers and vegan wasabi mayo; the grilled wild salmon sandwich is a thick, supremely fresh wedge of peach-colored fish; and the tuna salad is the real thing, fresh and zestily strong. The café also offers a mother lode of fresh-squeezed fruit juices, smoothies, and nutritional shakes.Extra
Sugar-free, fresh-squeezed fruit juices, smoothies, and shakes make the café a hub for juice aficionados, who go nuts for the All Green (celery, cucumber, parsley, kale, and collards) and the Almond Joy Protein Booster (almond butter, banana, and rice milk).Recommended Dishes
Portobello steak sandwich, $10.50; grilled tuna salad, $10.50; grilled wild salmon sandwich, $13.95; apple juice, $5.50