New York City. It's all about the hustle and bustle. I was walking through Union Square not too long ago, and had to cut through one of the side streets. I stumbled upon Cevich and was naturally attracted to it. Fresh Ceviche? Yes, please!
Cute. Convenient. Casual. Colorful. Comfortable. All words that describe Cevich best.
It's like a Chipotle-style ceviche house. The combinations were... well, endless!
The Cevich menu is naturally allergen-friendly. It's free of gluten, soy, and nuts. What I loved most about this place was menu navigation. If you are like me and are generally overwhelmed by menus, fear not Cevich. This place has health-conscious-friendly written all over it.
The staff was more than happy to let me sample each ceviche style before I made my final entree decision. I was given 5 different samples: Wild Tiger (traditional), The Ecuadorian (spicy roasted tomato), Lime N Da Coconut (Caribbean coconut ginger sauce), Santorini (savory kalamata olive sauce) , and Aji Me (spicy Aji Amarillo sauce) . The staff was also sure to throw in a sample of the house-made guac. Needless to say, they won my heart right from the get-go.
My top two favorites were the The Ecuadorian and the Lime N Da Coconut.
The Ecuadorian packed a simple, yet flavorful punch. The Lime N Da Coconut gave a subtle, yet unique sweetness.
Both were like nothing I have ever had. My tastebuds threw a flavor fiesta.
At the end, I opted for a Ceviche Bowl, which consisted of greens, black beans, sweet potatoes, and Ecuadorian ceviche made with white fish. Clearly I didn't pass on the extra veggies. Cevich NYC was just the right lunchtime bite.
Then My Day Turned into Night... and my Lunch Turned into Dinner...
Since I'm in NYC the entire day doing crazy bagel business, I make it a point to have dinner up there as well.
Because I am bound to go #hangry on the hour-long train ride home. Anyway, Jackie @ Gluten-Free Follow Me recommended Colors NYC previously, so I figured it was time for me to pay a trip.
Colors is a 100% dedicated gluten-free restaurant. It's a more upscale eatery.
The polar opposite of Cevich in regards to atmosphere and such.
Colors is committed to the gluten-free customer, and it is also committed to customers with other dietary restrictions.
I told them about my dairy intolerance, and they assured that all dishes would be prepared sans dairy.
I started with the Green Salad, which consisted of local greens, seasonal vegetables, and a balsamic-thyme vinaigrette.
And of course, as much as I wanted to turn it away, I couldn't turn down the Tuna Crudo, which was tuna-grade tuna over avocado, wasabi, and rice chips. The chips were the most unique part of the dish. They added such a nice crunch and savory bite to the subtle sweetness of the avocado-wasabi base.
Alas, by the time my entree arrived, I was already stuffed (my eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach). I went with the Wild Striped Bass, which came with cassoulette and andouille.
I highly recommend these two places to anyone who is health conscious or anyone who is looking for flavorful meals! Did I ever tell you how much I love NYC?
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