DeMaria (New York, NY)

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I remember at one point in my life where I tried to eat “healthy”.  Well, I didn’t make it past lunch time.  In fact, I ate a burger during that time.  I successfully went four hours and seventeen minutes eating healthy.  It’s actually a lot harder than it seems.  Well, for me at least.  I believe once you’ve eaten a certain way for all of your life, it’s challenging to put a hard stop on foods you love.  One of the reasons why I chose to go to DeMaria is because their menu specializes in “healthy” items.


DeMaria is located off of Kenmare Street in New York that specializes in colorful salads, grain bowls, and other all-day American Plates.  The interior of this restaurant is set up like an upscale bistro, and if you have the pleasure of dining here during a nice day, you’ll be able to sit outside and people watch while you eat.  One of the things that I liked about the menu, other than it being healthy, was it being a simple.  There were no extra ingredients added to the dishes, just plain ol’ straightforward.  What you see is what you get.  I like dishes like that, because it makes it more enjoyable when you go for a certain item.


During my visit I decided to order two dishes.  The first dish that was ordered was the Toast.  It consisted of avocado, lavender cured salmon, and a honey egg.  This dish was one of my favorite “healthy” dishes that I’ve tried.  It was simple and to the point.  The honey egg was sweet and worked well with the grainy flavor of the bread.  The cured salmon was fresh and the avocado provided the perfect accompaniment to the overall dish.  If you’re into Avocado toast than I would suggest this dish for you.  It’s light and you’ll still be able to operate throughout the day without being too full.


The next dish that was ordered was the Tiger Bowl.  It consisted of coconut grains, house-cured salmon, avocado, hijiki, black sesame, and leche de tigre.  I got this dish because I knew I would be able to try some items that aren’t in my everyday diet.  I enjoyed having a bowl for breakfast because I was able to try some different things I don’t usually try.  The black sesame and hijiki were two items I generally don’t order when dining at a restaurant.  The house-cured salmon was great as well, but the hijiki, which is a brown sea vegetable, taste similar to a grain of rice. I didn’t think the dish would fill me up, but it was pretty satisfying.  The leche de tigre is a form of a ceviche, but I didn’t see anything that resembled ceviche in this dish.  This would be a dish that I would certainly order again because of it being so different and healthy.


Overall, this restaurant is a go-to if you’re in the New York area.  It provides a fresh start to the morning and won’t have you full by the time you leave.


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