The Insider: Marissa Lippert
Yes, Marissa Lippert is a nutritionist, but that’s not the first thing you think about when you dive into the roast chicken with Moroccan spices and rose petals at her adorable West Village café Nourish Kitchen + Table, which opened in July. What you think is DELICIOUS. Marissa herself is so warm and so cool—and she also knows her way around good design (Caroline Z. Hurley made napkins for her restaurant!). So, ya know, read on.
Q: We know you’re all about healthy eating, but not-so-good-for-you thing can you not say no to?
Q: What are your other favorite healthy-eating spots?
A: I don’t actively seek out healthy restaurants—it’s just not how I like to eat. I just went to Fedora, and my friend and I shared their rice flour dusted calamari salad. In theory, it’s not necessarily the healthiest, but we balanced it out with this beautiful cherry tomato, basil, and avocado salad and shared a small piece of steak and a side of sautéed greens.
Q: Your one secret ingredient that’s a total game-changer?
A: One would be Chinese cooking wine, which sounds really random. It’s like cooking with any other white wine, but it gives any dish a great Asian flavor. I also love sumac, which has this lemony overtone to it. It brightens up any dish.
Q: What’s the most delicious meal you’ve ever had?
A: It sounds odd, but I visited Turkey about three years ago, and we stayed in this tiny windsurfing town on the coast called Alacati. The place we stayed at, Padma Hotel, put out the most amazing breakfast I’ve ever had in my life. It was just an array of pickles and jam and eggs and olives and cheeses. It was so simple, but it was the freshest food with the most beautiful flavors.
Q: Where do you go to for the best NYC brunch?
A: Clinton Street Baking Company. They have the best seasonal omelets. And you definitely need to get an order of pancakes for the table, too, because they’re phenomenal. There, or Public, which is my go-to for great bloody marys and Turkish eggs.
Q: What do you put in your green juice?
A: Celery, spinach, pineapple, grapefruit, mint, and a touch of jalapeño. I was in Tulum for a mini vacation and tried a juice there with similar ingredients. I loved it so much that I had to create a version just for my restaurant.
Q: What’s your favorite way to unwind?
A: If I’m not able to be at the beach, I love having a cocktail with a close friend, running or doing pilates, or weaving in and out of Nolita and the Lower East Side for some window-shopping. Love Adorned, Wendy Nichol, Grey Era Vintage, and Cloak & Dagger are the best.