Christmas came early! I’ve been asking for a restaurant in my neighborhood that wasn’t the usual mediocre pizza parlor or spectacularly awful Chinese takeout joint and I have been rewarded. All things should be so easy! Now, if we could only replace some of those 99¢ stores and nail salons along Myrtle Avenue with awesome Indian and artisanal breakfast fare! (but I guess I shouldn’t get greedy!)
The reason I’m so excited? A raw food restaurant called Organic Village has opened up in, of all places, Glendale. (Address: 79-15 Cooper Avenue, Glendale) Web site here: http://organicvillagenyc.com/
This HAS to win the award for the most improbable restaurant in the most improbable location. Not only is it in franchise-heavy Glendale, it’s next to a motorcycle shop on a north service road of the Cooper Avenue railroad underpass just west of the intersection of 80th Street. Opening this kind of restaurant in a neighborhood like Glendale is downright radical, bordering on the subversive—and I LOVE IT!!! Of course, it helps that the food is really really good! SERIOUSLY good!
Fellow Chowhounder janie (many thanks janie!) was kind enough to clue me in about the place. So, the other day, I took a break from sipping my usual evening cup of warm bacon fat to try something totally different and I was not let down.
The place has a pleasantly relaxing sort of surfer vibe. And Ryan, the owner (grew up in Middle Village!), comes across as a knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic chef.
Items on the menu describe themselves as familiar things like a “sandwich” a “burrito” or “noodles” but really everything is really just vegetables, fruit and seeds very cleverly combined. Half the fun is finding out what their “burrito” or “sandwich” really is.
So far, my favorites include the Thai coconut noodles, the burrito, the cookies and cream smoothie and the hemp sandwich. The food here is full of intense flavors, vivid contrasts, wonderful textures and dramatic crunches. This is great stuff and all new to me, a bacon-lovin’ guy who occasionally swings organic. They use high quality ingredients and clearly know what they’re doing.
Even if you’re a carnivore, check this out. You won’t be disappointed. Having a car will help a lot—it’s off the beaten path. The nearest bus lines are the Q29, Q45 and the Q54. Subways? Really not doable, unfortunately.
Here’s hoping Organic Village finally puts Glendale on the Chowhound map!
Glendale is hungry…