Whether you're feeling sluggish after a month of indulging in summer's festive barbecues and outdoor picnics—Frozen margaritas! Buttery lobster rolls! Saucy lamb burger delights!—or committed to a well-balanced diet year-round, New York Restaurant Week has plenty to offer by way of satiating, health-conscious delicacies.
From July 22 to August 16, a slew of the city's trendiest eateries will offer a two-course lunch for $26 and three-course dinner for $42—and for some delicious detoxing, these five equal parts scrumptious and Instagrammable spots are not to be missed.
Yellow Magnolia Café
This bright and airy café, built into a greenhouse overlooking the Lily Pool Terrace inside the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, has curated a seasonal lunch comprised of baby purple mustard green salad and fire-roasted broccoli appetizers, as well as crispy fish tacos with ninja radish and avocado crema cilantro or an ancient grain bowl with spelt berries, wild rice, quinoa, market greens, avocado, and marinated egg.
990 Washington Avenue (Eastern Parkway), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 11225; yellowmagnoliacafe.com
A taste of downtown amidst the hustle and bustle of Hell's Kitchen (all the better to visit before a Broadway show), this pescatarian eatery serves up sustainable, gluten-free fish and seafood dishes sourced from the north Atlantic with a foodie-worthy presentation. During Restaurant Week, try the lettuce and seaweed salad appetizer and a freshly caught entree, such as the anchovies served over cucumber and topped off with lemon verbena and spiced breadcrumbs, and finish things off with a bloomy rind triple creme cheese with summer melon and a fragrant house pear vinegar.
401 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019; gloria-nyc.com.
Untitled at The Whitney
Since becoming executive chef, Suzanne Cupps has breathed new life into Untitled's vegetable-centric modern American menu. Like The Whitney itself, the restaurant's contemporary space was designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano and is a sensory experience in and of itself. But trust that it's the farm fresh small plates, like the Japanese eggplant or grilled arctic char, and savory main dishes—such as the charred carrots with roasted pepper yogurt and the veggie burger with shiitake mushroom, crispy cheddar, and spring greens—you'll stay for.
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014; untitledatthewhitney.com
Ousia's new summer menu just launched, meaning there's no time like the present to explore executive chef Carlos Carreto's reinterpretations of Mediterranean classics. Start off with a juicy watermelon salad drizzled with basil sorbet, or the avocado-lime dip with pomegranate and crumbled feta, and follow it up with Greek gemista (stuffed vegetables) paired with fresh tomato, cabbage rice, and marjoram pesto.
629 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019; ousianyc.com
Nestled in Koreatown, this vegetarian oasis has a traditional Korean menu designed to keep the body in harmony, with foods that keep one's Um-Yang (the Korean word for Yin-Yang in Chinese) balanced. From an acorn noodle salad topped with avocado fritters and dressed in lemon sesame dressing to crispy mushrooms tossed in sweet and sour sauce with multi-grain rice, the dishes are pure, plant-based heaven.
12 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016; hangawirestaurant.com.
Originally Appeared on Vogue