ReViVer: The Nutrition-Based Restaurant Changing The Game Of Fast-Casual Dining
With all the current food trends happening today, it’s easy to get caught up in diets that do not necessarily suit us, or that simply do not make any sense. Thanks – in many ways – to celebrities, many of us have convinced ourselves that things like carbs, dairy, sugars, animal products and fats will inevitably cause our bodies to gain weight and our skin to lose its healthy glow. What we don’t understand is that by cutting out these foods, which are actually quite essential to our diets, our bodies become dysfunctional, and not only do we feel less active, but our immune systems are also much less stable. Because of this common issue, Chefs like Scott Leibfried are attempting to educate the public on the true value of nutrition, and inform them, through delicious food, of the only diet that should ever be trending: the ReViVer diet.
ReViVer – the nutrition-based restaurant taking fast-casual to a whole new level – knows more than a little about the diet trend problem, and is aiming to tackle it by offering New Yorkers high-end, affordable food while at the same time educating them on the importance of a balanced diet. The restaurant’s menu is based on the Nutrient Score, which can be described as an accurate measurement of a meal’s nutrient density. The score enables you to see how much nutrition you’re actually getting per calorie – something that many of us calorie-counting gals should really try to master. The system is based on ten key nutrients that work together to optimize health and well-being. A meal must be high in all of these nutrients and low in things like added sugars and empty calories to score well. It’s tricky, but when you think about it, it’s also quite simple. When exactly did we start believing that a balanced diet was a bad idea?
“I’ve always tried to cook honestly, using clean, wholesome ingredients. As we worked on the ReViVer menu, I realized that this is as important for good nutrition as it is for good cooking.” – Scott Leibfried
A few days ago, for the opening of ReViVer’s Flatiron location on 303 Park Avenue South, we visited the fresh new spot and got a taste of the healthy delights the place has to offer. Co-founder and Executive Chef Scott Leibfried ran us through the inspiring history, mission and creative menu, as our mouths watered at the though of eating such hearty meals.
First, we tried two entirely different but equally delicious soups: Creamy Cauliflower and Pozole Roja. The first was prepped with cooked scallions, toasted almonds and extra virgin olive oil, while the Pozole – a traditional Mexican dish – was made to perfection with housemade chicken sausage, hominy black beans, cabbage, radish, avocado salsa verde and cilantro. Is your mouth watering yet?
Later, we opted for the gorgeously presented and seasonably fresh Steak and Fig Salad. This tasty dish was prepped with grilled flat iron steak, baby greens, roasted butternut squash, cannellini beans, mission figs, red onion and whole wheat croutons, tossed with roasted tomato tarragon dressing and finished with a sprinkle of blue cheese. The most nutritious, the most refreshing and the most autumn-appropriate, this hearty salad was certainly the all-star dish of the night. Next came the Loco Moco. A savory dream for the athletic gal, this dish was made with an over easy egg on a spiced housemade chicken burger with sautéed spinach and roasted tomatoes over brown basmati rice and black beans in a green chili tomatillo sauce.
Finally – because we apparently can eat forever – came the Mahi Curry. A rainbow of cultural flavors, this dish was made with grilled mahi-mahi, roasted zucchini, butternut squash, spinach, carrots, and broccoli in a coconut red curry sauce, finished with avocado salsa verde, cilantro and scallions, and served with brown basmati rice. A perfect mix of seasonal veggies, light yet flavorful fish and deep red curry, this platter is the ultimate dinner dish for New Yorkers on the go.
Not only was every dish at ReViVer a true explosion of mouthwatering flavors, but it was delicious to experience the way in which every ingredient so perfectly complimented the next. It amazed us to see (and taste) just how much luxury was put into each and every platter; with every bite, we sensed a level of refinement different from anything wed’d ever experienced in the world of fast-casual dining. It was not only apparent in the ingredients, but also in the beautiful presentation of the dishes, the deep cultural influences in the menu and the honesty in the restaurant’s purpose. Reviver makes haute cuisine affordable, adaptable, nutritious and convenient. It is a flawless system based on nothing but pure wellness, a mission which we believe is quickly starting the rise of high-quality fast-food in America.