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The best Whole30 dishes at NYC restaurants

We asked experts to weigh in on the best Whole30 dishes at NYC restaurants, so you don't have to be stuck eating at home

By Alyson Penn

You've hit the groove of your New Year's resolution and you want to keep it going, or a you're planning an epic beach trip in a couple of weeks, or you just want to try this whole "healthy" thing, but you're not ready to go vegan. Whatever it is, we know you've been dabbling in Whole30. For just one month, the program requires you to cut out unprocessed foods (buh-bye sugar, bread, dairy, alcohol—and more) to boost energy and re-boot your system. But don't fret! It doesn't have to mean the end of dining out. We've asked members of the official Whole30 team not only to tell us some of their favorite Whole30-approved dishes in NYC restaurants, but also to certify ones that looked delicious to us as well. Happy dieting.

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Whole30 dishes in NYC restaurants

The Bonnie
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The Bonnie

Bars Gastropubs Astoria

Chef Nick Testa cooks modern comfort food at this Astoria restaurant. And if you're serious about the program, you've picked the right place. Testa is passionate about the diet as he completed it last summer and says that he feels so much more energetic.

What to order: Roasted half chicken, marinated with preserved lemon, thyme, rosemary, garlic and sumac, and served with sweet potato wedges and a watercress-pomegranate salad

MP Taverna
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MP Taverna

Restaurants Greek Astoria

Greek-American chef Michael Psilakis made his name repping his Hellenic roots, diving into the country's coastal fare at his uptown joints, Kefi and Fish Tag. So it's no wonder the TV toque headed to Little Greece for this modern Mediterranean tavern. 

What to order: Whole lavraki fish with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and sea salt

Evelyn's Kitchen
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Evelyn's Kitchen

Restaurants American East Harlem

This café and catering company in East Harlem serves healthy comfort food classics and freshly baked desserts. 

What to order: Seared salmon salad with roasted vegetables and cherry tomatoes in a shallot balsamic vinaigrette

Pot-au-feu at Otway
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Restaurants American Clinton Hill

This refined Clinton Hill spot uses a no-waste approach for its seasonal small plates by implementing whole-animal butchery, in-house fermentation and bread and pastries.

What to order: Winter vegetable pot au feu with turnips, sunchokes, Yukon gold potatoes, onions and a large royal trumpet mushroom

Photograph: Courtesy L'Amico


Restaurants Italian Chelsea

While with the booming BLT empire, Laurent Tourondel island-hopped between steak concepts, raw bars and haute-burger joints. But with L’Amico, his Italian-inflected American restaurant in the right wing of the Eventi Hotel lobby, the French-born chef taps into one of the most democratic yet dissentious of eats: pizza. 

What to order: Wood oven-roasted chicken with charred broccoli rabe and preserved lemon

Photograph: Courtesy Seamore's


Restaurants Seafood Nolita

What Chernow did for ground-beef spheres at the Meatball Shop, he aims to replicate with Seamore’s, a white-washed, pastel-trimmed Nolita remake of old Montauk fish shacks, spotlighting underutilized species (monkfish, tilefish) from east-end outfits Dock to Dish and Sea to Table. That’s a well and noble cause— if you could actually decipher what catch you’re eating. 

What to order: Avocado toast on top of a slice of sweet potato with pickled onions and everything bagel seasoning

Old Monk
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Old Monk

Restaurants Indian Midtown West

Nosh on modern Indian soul food made with seasonal ingredients at this light-hearted Alphabet City eatery.  

What to order: Telicherry pepper beef with peppercorn jus and curry leaves

 Bowery Road
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Bowery Road

Restaurants American creative East Village

The all-day brasserie near Union Square uses the park's frequent market to stock its seasonal menu from from Chef Ron Rosselli (Locanda Verde).

What to order: Roasted cauliflower with pine-nut tahini, garlic-chili oil and grapes

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails
Photograph: Courtesy Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Restaurants American Kips Bay

This industrial-style New American bar and restaurant serves comfort food and a whole roster of cocktails.

What to order: Zucchini noodles sauced with pistachio pesto and tossed with roasted kale, wild mushrooms and charred cherry tomatoes. Just make sure to ask the server to hold the sprinkle of Asiago.

Photograph: Courtesy of Danielle Adams of BeccaPR


Restaurants American East Village

The East Village needed a Hearth—an upscale yet relaxed place that wasn’t just another surprisingly good ethnic hole-in-the-wall. Skirting the small-plate trend, the hearty fare is big, rich and flavorful. There is a small hearth in the restaurant, but the real warmth comes from the staff, which takes pains in helping you pick the right dish, and is equally interested in finding out afterward what you thought of it.

What to order: Whole spatchcock chicken with rapini, Calabrian chili and lemon

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