Feature Friday- Spring Natural Kitchen

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Picking a restaurant for a group of friends with varied food preferences can be tricky to find somewhere that suits everyone.  As the one with the most restrictions when eating out I always feel slightly awkward or embarrassed having to ask a zillion questions and fear coming off picky or difficult when the reality is I love food. I choose to eat the way I do for many reasons and none of which can be explained lightly or in between ordering drinks and appetizers. When eating out with friends I normally go for cuisines like Mexican, Indian or Japanese which are easy to navigate as a vegan. Although I love all these types of food, pouring over menus before going out can not only be time consuming, but a process in itself and by the time you actually get to the restaurant I have memorized the menus and the fun of choosing is eliminated, until now.

Spring Natural Kitchen is a restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that specializes in all natural, clean ingredients and homemade dishes. They have a vast menu that will appease all diets, allergies and food preferences. I went with three omnivores, one vegetarian, one vegan and me, the vegan and gluten freebie! The best part is that the menu is coded with a key, v for vegan and gf for gluten free, no questions need to be asked when ordering. AND, there is a whole separate vegan section as well!

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I recently when to Spring Natural Kitchen with a group of friends and was in ordering heaven. There were so many vegan, gluten free choices. The atmosphere has a local vibe with a modern and clean decor. From fritters, to risottos, stir frys and curries the choices are endless. I wanted to order everything! I went with the Pumpkin Black Bean Cakes over a Greek Salad. The flavors were comforting and well balanced, from the earthy pumpkin to the spice of the cakes and fresh zesty dressing, yum indeed.

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Let’s just say conversation during the meal somewhat slowed down as everyone enjoyed the food. I am already planning my next visit to eat my way through the menu.

Spring Natural Kitchen is a neighborhood gem and must visit!

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