Upper East Green Eats
Every morning on my walk to work, I pass Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and even Subway (now offering a breakfast menu). I walk into my healthcare job and see co-workers and patients with pastries, bacon egg and cheeses, buttered rolls, and sugar-filled juices and drinks. What ever happened to breakfast being the most important meal of the day?
For those of us in the neighborhood, who are starved for time, and something nutritious for breakfast, check out the Green Bean Cafe on 75th and York. Opening at 7am and delivering free of charge (within a 7 block radius) this tiny eatery offers a great variety of healthy breakfast (and lunch) options.
Organic smoothies ($4.50-$7.00) like the Jolly Green Giant (Apple, Banana, Pineapple, Kale, and Spinach–blended) to the Golden Ticket (Banana, Pineapple, Peach, Mango, Coconut water, Raw chocolate powder) there are delicious combos full of fresh fruit and other add-ins (bee pollen, spirulina, flax seed, whey or hemp protein, and many more) that will keep your energy level up for hours.
Organic Juices are also offered, and they have a great variety of both fruit and vegetable blends, as well as pre-bottled fresh squeezed OJ for those who need something to grab-and-go.
Also ready-made are Brown Egg Wraps with organic eggs, peppers, potato, onion, diaya cheddar, and salsa– a nutritious alternative to that Egg McMuffin, or Sausage Egg and Cheese, and just as fast.
My favorite are the amazing Fresh Baked Muffins, most are gluten-free, dairy-free, or completely vegan. Just $2.50 each, there is a great selection (Banana Choc. Chip, Carrot Raisin, Blueberry Crumb, Raspberry Almond), and if you get there early enough they will still be warm.
They also have house-made Raw Maple Granola served with fruit and nut milk for $5.50 and Organic Hot Oatmeal ($2.00).
The space is very small, and often crowded, but cozy, warm and welcoming even in a rush. I love getting a muffin and coffee there in the morning, or grabbing a Avocado and Tempeh BLT ($6.75) for lunch.
View the entire menu here. And make sure you stop in the Green Bean Cafe next time you’re on the Upper East Side for fresh healthy food, and something a little more unique for breakfast and lunch in a neighborhood of bagels and toss-your-own salad bars.