You’re used to getting adjustments from your yoga teacher, but how would you feel if she also served you diver scallops? That just might happen at Take Root, a tiny restaurant and yoga studio all in one that opened in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, this year.
“Both of us were raised with exposure to food and yoga our whole lives and saw them as a natural marriage. The two really feed off of each other,” says chef Elise Kornack, who owns the business with her yogi fiance, Anna Hieronimus.
Pairing vegetables with vinyasa is a concept that’s slowly been picking up steam. Jivamukti Yoga has operated its popular cafe for years, and Kula Yoga operates the Shanti Shack out of its Williamsburg studio. David Romanelli has built his brand around the synergies between food and yoga and teaches workshops where he pairs sequences with dinners or chocolate tastings often. And Bushwick’s Cobra Club even debuted last year as the city’s first yoga studio-bar combo.
Take Root, however, is the first spot to offer a high-level dinner experience fit for foodies, which consists of a tasting menu that changes every day, with just 12 seats each night.
“It’s not yoga food. It’s yoga-minded, as in, sustainably-minded,” says Kornack, who was previously at The Spotted Pig and Aquavit and was also a Chopped contestant. “I make everything in house, so it’s a really true, artisanal experience. I personally go to the market every week, and I make the bread, the yogurt, the cheese, the pasta. Knowing that every single bit of food I’ve touched and been a part of is really special.”
Hieronimus, who did her yoga teacher training at Kripalu and then at Karma Kids and Om Yoga, presides over the yoga operation, which consists of a few daily kids classes and periodically scheduled workshops for adults.
And while it’s a yoga-food business, in the end, the two sides don’t necessarily overlap frequently. “It’s a more energetic connection and a vibration in the space,” Kornack says. Except for the fact that Hieronimus really does help serve dinner. So you can ask her how your 3-year-old’s downward dog is coming along when she drops off your salad. —Lisa Elaine Held
Take Root, 187 Sackett St., btwn Henry and Hicks Sts., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Reservations required for tasting menu served Thurs.–Sat. at 8:00 p.m., a la carte brunch on Sunday 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., www.take-root.com