Inspiration comes from across the pond, this week. Nix is a restaurant in lively Greenwich Village that has proved to New Yorkers eating vegetarian or vegan is a celebration rather than sacrifice. The only vegetarian restaurant in the US with a Michelin star, Nix serves a health conscious and pure creativity driven menu that is highly flavourful.
Chef owner John Fraser began his culinary career in Los Angeles before spending some time in the Napa Valley and continuing his adventures in Paris. He moved to New York in 2005 and opened his first Michelin starred restaurant, Dovetail, in 2007, where Meatless Mondays were a big success. In 2014, the empire building Chef opened Narcissa and the Standard Cafe inside the Standard Hotel East Village. And in 2017, the Loyal, an American tavern on Bleecker Street in the West Village was opened. Now, he is also in charge of all the dining options at the new Times Square Edition Hotel. He has long been known as a chef who has a particular way with vegetables. Nix was created as a concept when he realized that people aren’t eating out any less, but they are changing the way they eat while they are out.
Nix’s menu uses influences from around the world to bring out the flavours of seasonal market produce—like the ribbons of jicama with fresno chili and blood oranges – it’s a simple and clean dish which the Chef describes as “feminine and strong”. Nix’s English pea and mint dumplings are a taste of spring on a plate. These ginger, garlic and mint-infused addictive dumplings are sexy!
Bright, healthy, fresh, modern and clean: words that apply here to the decor, food and indeed most of the customers. Great experience.