When I was in college, I remember eating hummus wraps at the the Food Co-op — the campus health food cafe that reeked of patchouli — and people loved to turn their nose up at the granola parfaits and three bean salads served there. Even my own husband.
Fast forward to 2016. Today, those same salads and wraps have sexier packaging and look better, thanks to boutique eateries like Organic Pharmer. With its first location in Rye Brook, the organic cafe offers savory foods, fresh juices and vitamin-packed smoothies free of dairy, gluten, corn and soy. There are two open refrigerator cases stocked with fresh salads, like the carrot-beet cleanser, curried cauliflower couscous, and kale and cauliflower caesar (my favorite). There’s a chickpea tartine and a white bean bruschetta. You can order homemade soups and crisp-on-the-outside flavorful falafel.
And I haven’t even told you about the juice. On the day we went, I was drawn to the Almond Chill, almond milk infused with dates, vanilla bean, himalayan salt, stevia leaf extract, infusion of lavender, lemon balm and chamomile. My husband got a green juice packed with leafy vegetables. We drank them both to the bottom; our baby liked them, too. Then we went for a bike ride — and felt really good. (Even with the baby screaming at the end of our tour of the neighborhood to get out!)
Organic Pharmer is opening a second location along Garth Road in Scarsdale in July.
Organic Pharmer, 15 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook; and 28 Garth Road, Scarsdale