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Yoga studios debut better-than-ever cafes. But will New Yorkers tuck in?


In a city packed with celebrity-chef eateries and juice bars, New York City yoga studios have been slow to offer superior food. But that seems to be changing.
Porridge
Doesn't homemade porridge sound better than a bad-for-you bagel? (Photo: The Seasonal Family)

 

Hungry after yoga class? Well, starting this week, Greenpoint’s GoodYoga is offering breakfast at $4 a pop.

The menu changes daily and includes homemade raisin nut bread with fresh jam (from New Hampshire) and seasonal fruit to homemade porridge with raisins and a tahini yogurt sauce. For another $3, there’s homemade chai, too.

In the evenings, GoodYoga’s chef Moti Nagar, who studied Ayurvedic cooking, typically prepares vegetarian Thali (usually warm grains with three vegetarian dishes), inspired by South Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Dinner ($7) is served from 6–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“Our reasons for wanting to serve food are selfish, really,” says GoodYoga co-founder Flannery Foster, who actually lives in the ashram-like space. “My partner, Ray, and I love to cook.”

Other studios have been giving the eat-in-yoga-studio thing a try, too. Kula Williamsburg hosts Saturday night dinners ($35 with yoga) and popular Sunday Suppers ($16), thanks to the on-site Shanti Shack and its resident chef du green cuisine, Brownie Brown, a French Cuilinary grad. (Brown’s hip-and-holistic menus are superior, and compare to David Romanelli‘s Yoga for Foodies events. She often also includes a glass of wine.)

With the exception of Jivamuktea, a vegan eatery and juice bar at the Jivamukti yoga studio on Broadway, dining at your local yoga studio is a new thing for a city packed with celebrity chef eateries.

And that’s the point, says Foster. “If it’s challenging for me to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and I live in a yoga studio,” she says. “You know it’s got to be exponentially more challenging for other New Yorkers.” —Catherine Pearson

For more information, visit www.goodyoganyc.com and www.kulayoga.com, and www.JivamuktiYoga.com

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