Ayurveda Cafe

Written by on June 16, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(theayurvedacafe.com) – Upper West Side

How I heard of this place: My friend Nadia and I, after a six-to-seven hour commute, checked in to our hotel and went in search of a late lunch in the Upper West Side. We found The Ayurveda (vegetarian) Cafe and made our way in immediately.

Type of cuisine: “Ayurveda is very clear when it comes to food. Sattvic (pure) food is needed to heal and maintain good health and must incorporate six tastes in every meal: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. At Ayurveda Cafe we believe food cooked and served with compassion adds a powerful value to the dining experience. That power may be invisible to the human eye but it can be felt by you.” A low-cost, vegetarian, restaurant, with simple, Indian dishes to complement the Ayurvedic clinic above.

Ayurveda Cafe serves pure vegetarian meals in a soothing and friendly environment. Our meals are balanced and consist of 10 items which include all six tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent. We do not handle meat, chicken, seafood or eggs in our kitchen. We offer a new menu everyday. At Ayurveda Cafe we believe food cooked and served with compassion adds a powerful value to the dining experience. That power may be invisible to the human eye but it can be felt by you.”

Ambiance: The bright orange awning leading over the sidewalk and towards the street cannot be missed! The bold, white font  invites passerby onto the plastic, grass-like step and into the wooden-framed doorway. Inside, large pots with billowing green plants block the tiled way into the dark, limited seating establishment. Just before finding one’s spot at one of the 12 four-person glass-topped tables, a round, white table at the front attracts attention. Pamphlets and business cards are set adjacent to a small vase of bamboo, while a miniature fountain trickles water, nearly more audibly than the classical Indian music playing overhead. The ceiling is serenly painted to resemble a fluffy-clouded blue sky, against the tame yellow walls. A brown half-wall creates the separation from the restaurant seating area and the register, shelves holding tin cups, boxes of tea and instrument-yielding male charicatures made of painted wood.

What I ordered: Both of us decided to go with the pre-set menu du jour featuring a complete meal consisting of: an appetizer (one cauliflower piecora), 2 vegetable entrees (one cauliflower and one with green beans), whole wheat naan, lentils, basmati or brown rice, a green salad, raita and suji for dessert (lunch: $9.95).

NY Ayurveda Cafe

What I loved: The raita and lentils, I must say, were my favorites! The green bean curry, too, was quite high on the list.

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Why I loved it: Simple menu, all vegetarian options, authentic, flavorful cuisine.

Cost: Low to average ($9.95 – $13.95 per small thali entree)

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