Eating to Live on the Outside: Angelica Kitchen

Eating to Live on the Outside can be a chore. Not in general mind you, only when I’m amidst a string of standard American restaurants. You know them, places like Fazoli’s, Tony Roma’s, Houlihan's, Denny’s, Friday’s, and Don Pablo’s. Apparently ending in “‘s” is the calling card for junk food—with the exception of P.F. Chang’s and Luby’s of course. Don’t worry, this week’s restaurant doesn’t end in ‘s.

In fact, Angelica Kitchen is a Fuhrman-friendly masterpiece. Loads of veggie goodness smack-dab in the middle of the Big Apple—now that’s what I’m tawk’in about! And for all our vegans friends, you’ll love Angelica Kitchen because as their website proclaims, its “organic vegan cooking.” So onward, the menu awaits!

Now, in my opinion any of the meals Angelica Kitchen has to offer would make a great choice for Eat to Livers. The only concessions I see someone having to make would be for salad dressing or the various breads and noodles. Personally, I can live with all three. Okay, we’ve established that I’d order anything on the menu. So, I’ll just go ahead and give you the dishes that really caught my eye. Let me know what you think.

For starters, I like the Thai Mee Up—go ahead, get your giggles out. Raw fanatics will really like this one because according to the menu it’s all raw. Not to mention there’s a lot of good stuff in it too. Things like delicate strands of daikon radish, butternut squash, carrots, Thai Tahini sauce, and garlic-lemon marinated kale. Can you say phytonutrients? I can.

Now salads are always good. Take a look at this one. The Mixed Sprout is prepared with snow pea shoots, sunflower sprouts, mint, mixed cabbage, sunflower seeds, daikon, carrots, toasted peanuts, onion sprouts, watercress, and topped off with a cool mint vinaigrette. At the risk of sounding like a dork—this one is a real humdinger! The cool mint dressing would hardly stop me from gobbling up this creation.

If you remember from a previous post, I’m a sucker for sushi! So of course I dig the Normaki, not only does the name sound cool, but this dish could certainly quell my sushi-Jones, without the worry of contaminated fish. According to the menu the Norimaki is nine pieces of rolled vegetable sushi (the ingredients vary daily) served with wasabi, pickled ginger, and lemon-shoyu dipping sauce. The wasabi worries me—fickle stomach—but I’m cool with the pickled ginger and lemon dipping sauce. Anyone else a sushi fiend?

And finally—brace yourself—I’m actually going to order a dessert! Most restaurants, typically of the standard American variety, don’t offer any sweets an Eat to Liver would even remotely consider ordering. Not Angelica Kitchen. They’ve got a bunch. The one that most intrigues me is the Fruit Kanten Parfait with nut cream. Now nut cream is easy to figure out, but the heck is Kanten? Well, I googled it and it seems to be some kind of fruit-jello. Sounds good to me, and yes, I can live with the sugar. A guy’s got to have some fun from time to time.

So yeah, Angelica Kitchen is cool with me, next time I go into the city I’ll have to stop by. And I'll be sure to let you know. Now, as always we want to hear about how you handle eating away from home. What would you do different? Check out the Angelica Kitchen’s menu and email us at or leave a comment.
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Audrey - December 17, 2006 11:00 PM

Kanten is a type of processed seaweed known in English as "Agar Agar". You probably used it in biology class as a medium for bacteria.

In Japan it's a popular diet food. It is flavorless, colorless and comes in sticks, flakes, and powder forms. Two tablespoon disolved in 2 Cups liquid produces a firm gel that, when eaten before meals, can result in weight loss. It is also known for its blood cleansing abilities.

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