Cheap Eats

Why the Bowl Is the Meal of the Moment

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Clockwise, from top left: Lumpia Shack, Bar Chuko Izakaya, Dimes, LYFE Kitchen, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., and El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette. Photo: Bobby Doherty

The macrobiotic bowl of yore has lost its fusty image and morphed into a hot new meal category, satisfying all of today’s culinary requirements: It’s healthful, filling, and infinitely customizable, a blank canvas for inventive chefs and fast-casual chains alike. Ahead, seven great new versions.

*This article appears in the July 13, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.

The Bowl Is the Meal of the Moment