You can never go wrong with sashimi, the tastiest of dietlike foods, and the outstanding Sushi Yasuda is so close to Bryant Park (that is, Fashion Week central) that you won’t even mind hobbling over in those spiked heels.
Newly installed Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony is a veteran of Blue Hill and an old hand with produce. He’s serving an all-vegetable tasting menu in which he takes a lot of pride (see our recent interview with him). Juices and herbal oils do the work of milk and cream, and he promises that no one will walk away from the meal feeling stuffed — or hungry.
At the extreme, there’s Pure Food and Wine, the city’s only bastion of high-level “raw food.” There are no ovens, no cooking at all, but somehow the dishes manage to be totally appetizing without overly mimicking “real food.”