Wary of the unappetizing connotations of the phrase health food, Marissa Lippert refrains from using it to describe the offerings at her new West Village takeout shop and café; the registered dietitian knows she’ll make much more headway emphasizing “beautiful, fresh food that just happens to be healthy.” She and her chef, Tomas Curi, late of Corsino, deploy this stealth tactic in a menu inspired as much by the farmers’ market as by the cuisines of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, as well as by takeout trendsetters like London’s Ottolenghi and Forage in Los Angeles. The eclectic results: morning fare like Tristar-strawberry scones and rye-crusted “Greenmarket quiche,” and such lunch options as charred eggplant with pomegranate molasses and minted yogurt, black quinoa with feta and English peas, and grilled hanger steak, available in various combo plates. There’s room for sixteen seats and a limited selection of kitchen- and tableware; beer, wine, and dinner service all coming soon.
Nourish Kitchen + Table, 95 Greenwich Ave., nr. W. 12th St.; 212-242-6115
*This article originally appeared in the July 22, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.