Among New York City’s endless places to dine, there are probably more “never agains” than there are “let’s do this again next weeks.” Life is short and no one wants to waste a meal on something less than amazing – especially in New York. We’ve been laying the groundwork in hopes of saving you Yelp time and tastebud disappointment. Occasionally, we’ll be posting the low-down on New York’s best affordable and healthy restaurants. The reviews come straight from the mouths of the two food-lovers test driving the dishes, so you can trust that the information is reliable.
You’ll notice a lack of food photos in this post; it is based on sound reasoning. Whenever possible, we refrain from going into photo shoot mode at a restaurant. Firstly, iPhone photos hardly do the food justice and it’s also distracting to nearby guests. You’ll just have to trust our stellar review of the goods and take a leap of faith!
Siggy’s Good Food – our favorite restaurant in Brooklyn or Manhattan – boasts an extensive menu of all organic, health-friendly options. Many of their items are vegan and gluten-free, and some are raw. We’ve tried the majority of them and we’ve yet to find a dud. Best of all, you can easily get out of there without breaking the bank. We average around $30 for a date night. Their Manhattan location, on Elizabeth Street in Soho, is more spacious than their Brooklyn Heights spot.
Expect to wait a couple of minutes at the Brooklyn Siggy’s and rest assured – it is worth the wait. The Brooklyn location offers outdoor seating, which expands their capacity when the weather is nice.
You can never go wrong with a good, old-fashioned burger. Siggy’s is flavored with onion, garlic, and a magical blend of spices. They give you bread options, including a gluten-free bun if you wish. Standard, they come topped with the traditional onion, tomato, and greens. But if you want to know a secret – adding goat cheese takes the burger to another level. Another secret – order the herb roasted potatoes. You won’t understand until you try them. They’re not just potatoes.
Grilled Baby Artichokes Plate
This dish features deliciously seasoned, tender, and slightly crispy artichoke hearts over a huge bed of fresh greens. Roasted red peppers and kalamata olives add even more flavor to the mix. As is, they top it with parmesan cheese, but it’s quite delicious without. This meal is a lighter option but still more than enough food to satisfy.
The buckwheat pancakes. The freaking buckwheat pancakes. Topped with a dollop of berry compote and a smattering of warm bananas, these pancakes are a mouth revelation. Clark usually expects to finish my pancakes; that’s the way it’s always been. But not at Siggy’s. Aside from the 2 small bites I was kind enough to allow Clark, I wolfed down the entire 3-stack of 8” pancakes. Don’t judge me.
Often you have to wonder whether that $8 green juice you bought was even good for you. Are the ingredients organic? Do they sweeten it with some bogus fruit juice? At Siggy’s, you can watch them make your juice. Everything is organic – even the peanut butter on the shelves above the row of Blendtecs. They have an extensive menu of great juices, each with unique health benefits. Drink up!
If you couldn’t tell by the review of their pancakes, brunch is a dream come true at Siggy’s. The lemon-mint spritzer and mimosa are superb – you can expect to actually catch a buzz [or renew last night’s]. If you’re looking for a different kind of buzz, they have fresh organic coffee.
We have introduced friends, family, and coworkers to the restaurant and all have walked away amazed and satisfied. Our singular complaint is that it’s almost impossible to decide what to order. Everything sounds good – and that’s because it is good. For dessert, cop an unbelievably soft and flavorful gluten-free chocolate chip cookie or a raspberry hazelnut bar on your way out the door.
PS – According to their sidewalk signs, “Aliens Eat Free” at Siggy’s. We haven’t tried dressing up as aliens for brunch to test this slogan yet, but if you do, report back to us with photos and let us know how it went.