In honor of our raw/vegan cleanse this week (See Entry 1, 2, 3 & 4), we obviously needed a big time vegan for Friday Fives. Since we already covered Moby, who was kind of a douche, we decided to turn to someone with a lot more positive energy – current CNBC television personality, Nicole Lapin. Nicole just so happens to be a friend of Sarma and is a regular at Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck, which is where all of our raw/vegan food has come from this week.
For those not familiar with her, here’s what you need to know about Nicole. She co-anchors CNBC’s business and politics news programs, “Worldwide Exchange” and “The Kudlow Report”, and also frequently acts as a business and finance correspondent for The Today Show. Nicole is a former Miss Israel, attended Harvard at age 15, and graduated as valedictorian from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Impressed yet? Well she is also really good at the internet, so make sure you follow her on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.
You can check out Nicole’s latest series “States of Pain” for CNBC HERE. Her vegan friendly restaurant picks are below.
Nicole’s “Perfect For” Picks
Coffee & A Light Bite
Le Pain Quotidien (locations all over the city) – “The coffee is served in bowls, comme les Francais, and the vegan quiche is the perfect amount for a late breakfast. Great for brief meetings, too.”
Perry St (176 Perry St.)- “It’s Jean-Georges, so you already know it’s going to be good. I like to sit by the window — not hard because the restaurant is encased in glass — and look out the Hudson.”
Candle 79 (154 E. 79th St.) – “The name sounds cozy — and it is. This candlelit vegan enclave makes everything fresh, from farm to table. Don’t miss the polenta fries and decadent chocolate cake, not necessarily in that order.”
Union Square Greenmarket (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8AM-6PM, year round) – “The best place in the city to buy fruits and veggies, and talk to local growers. Love getting to know “my fig guy” or the “blueberry brothers.”"
Serious Take-Out Operation
One Lucky Duck (Gramercy Park, 125 E. 17th St. or Chelsea Market) – “You will find me here stocking up several times a week. I basically live on their spicy thai lettuce wraps, mango pudding and the granola.”
Nicole’s Twitter People
@WhitneyCummings – Actress and comedian, she can make me laugh anywhere!
@CNBCnetnet – Business news and commentary, only snarkier- I contribute a weekly “long/short” list- basically what’s “hot” and “not.”
@CoryBooker – The Mayor of Newark, NJ never fails to inspire.
@NationalDebt – Ran out of digits so now it uses a “+/-” to report daily changes in the national deficit. Intriguing — and depressing.
@CNBCtopStories – The best from the best, first in business worldwide (I had to).
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Perry St is a nice place, but it’s completely sterile and a little stuffy. The food was a let down - we expect a more dynamic meal from a Jean Georges restaurant.