Akshie Shah, better know as NYCfoodie, recently went from sharing the best places to find tasty vegetarian fare in New York to whipping up special dishes of her own during the quarantine. Get to know her easy tips for living a delicious life.
While maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle might seem daunting to some, NYCfoodie has shown through her popular Instagram page that it’s easier than you think. While growing up vegetarian in India has given her a head start, she frequents New York restaurants and shares the advice that most eateries can adapt to your diet. “Many chefs are open to suggestion and are happy to suit the dietary needs of their patrons,” NYCfoodie says. It’s through this lens that she explores New York eateries and gives advice on her favorite dishes and menu items.
Since New York has been in quarantine over the last few months, NYCfoodie has taken to sharing homemade dishes on instagram that she whips up for her family. She highlights simple, yet vibrant ingredients, with easy to follow recipes. She takes items found at Whole Foods or local grocery stores and transforms them into healthy, family-pleasing meals that almost anyone can reproduce.
NYCfoodie encourages looking beyond fried vegan dishes and options loaded with carbs or heavy creams. While they do serve a purpose, there are now enough protein sources on the market to prepare healthier meals with. Chickpea Pasta, Air-fried Popcorn Tofu, and Vegan Swedish Meatballs are some of her recent go-to’s. Along with a healthy protein, she also recommends experimenting with seasoning and sauces. Ponzu sauce, curry, or peppercorn sauce can completely transform a meal.
As she continues to experiment with dishes at home, NYCfoodie also looks forward to visiting restaurants around the city once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. One of the things she appreciates the most about living in New York is that a great meal is available for any type budget. After traveling the world, that is one thing “especially unique to New York,” she says.
Check out some of NYCfoodie’s favorite New York places and follow her on Instagram:
Best New York Pizza: Motorino on East 12th St. Try the Marinara pizza or the Vegana pizza with their fresh cut chillies on top. Their house made bread is to die for.
Best New York Place for Kids: Sugar Factory UWS. Super fun atmosphere. Great music and super creative desserts.
Best New York Coffee: Joe’s Coffee on W 68th St. Consistently tastes great. Recommends the Cortada with Oat Milk.