Lately on Instagram: dishing out diversity

However sad I was to leave France, I was hungry for America and for its diversity of flavor. French cuisine is certainly not homogenous, but America is a culinary melting pot of a country, and I was eager to take a seat at the table after 8 long months away.

First stop: Lefteris Gyro. Although still jet-lagged and mildly disheveled, I managed to scarf down this Greek salad with ease, wiping the bowl clean with a warm slice of pita.

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Inday NYC has been on my list of places to eat since its feature in Well & Good last September. Eager to rack up some good karma, I made my way to the Indian-inspired fast-casual café in the Flatiron district. I was feeling especially creative and opted to build my own bowl with a base of shredded cauliflower “rice,” chicken, bok choy, slaw, pineapple chutney, and lots of herbs.

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If you’re looking for a good place for breakfast in Williamsburg, look no further than Re.union. And while you’re at it, order the Israeli breakfast staple, shakshuka. Be warned, though: this dish is not for the spice-averse.

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I have never been the biggest sushi fan. I don’t necessarily dislike it, but it’s not my cuisine of choice. That all changed when I discovered Beyond Sushi. With plant-based sushi rolls, salads and soups, it was a total game-changer.

Because I’m hopelessly indecisive when it comes to ordering, I chose the 4-piece sushi sampler featuring a charred corn/harissa/cilantro roll, curried cauliflower/almond pesto roll, roasted tomato roll, and seaweed salad/chili flakes/sesame seed roll.

Also pictured: an unexpectedly delicious combination of roasted chickpeas, tahini, lemon-toasted panko, parsley, and sumac.

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Get a taste of authentic Mexican street food at Oaxaca Taqueria, a chain of small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants with several locations throughout NYC. The food is undeniably fresh and made from scratch daily with responsibly-sourced ingredients. For the price, you can’t beat it.

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  • What is your favorite type of food?
  • What is your favorite restaurant in NYC?

One thought on “Lately on Instagram: dishing out diversity

  1. I know what you mean about missing diversity. We’ve lived in France (the southwest) for almost six years, and the lack of “simple” diversity is what I miss most about the stores and restaurants in our home-city of Toronto — rye bread, sweet pickles, good hamburgers, and so on. Thankfully there is an excellent Thai restaurant near us (the next village) and we’ve become regulars there. Still, overall, I love France and am delighted to be here. But I understand completely why you’re happy to be back in restaurant-rich New York.

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