New West Village eatery Ellary’s Greens is that rare breed of restaurant that health-conscious New Yorkers can bring their kale-eschewing foodie friends to. The ingredients are organic and green juice is on the menu; and locally-raised pork is cured and smoked into bacon on-site.
“I wanted a place where people can come together and everybody can eat,” says founder Leith Hill, a clean-eating New Orleans native who inherited an appetite for quinoa and veggies from her father. “And everyone can feel good about what they’re eating because the ingredients are so nutritious, and every dish is healthy, clean, and good for you.” (Plus, the beverage options range from kombucha to a full menu of organic and biodynamic wines.)
We stopped by the airy, garden-style restaurant, which opened on Carmine Street (in the old Grey Dog) in April, to check out the space and sample the menu. Here’s our first-look (and taste) report. —Lisa Elaine Held
The menu includes sandwiches (like the Chickpea Burger, pictured), soups, and substantial salads made with nutrient-rich ingredients like curly kale, red quinoa, seaweed, and lentils.
Or you can order from the create-an-entree section divided into Vegetables, Sides, and Proteins. (“Weight-lifters come in and order three proteins,” Hill jokes.) The Pan Roasted Sweet Potato with with Pickled Zucchini and Cilantro pictured above is a Side, the Red Swiss Chard with Roasted Crimini Mushrooms and Pine Vinaigrette is a Vegetable. Proteins include Grilled Salmon and Crispy Roasted Organic Chicken Breast. Ellary’s also serves weekend brunch.
For those who’d rather avoid meat or other food groups, the menu has clear designations throughout for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.