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Nutritionist and "The Plan" author Lyn-Genet Recitas opens her first restaurant this week

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

"The Plan" author Lyn-Genet Recitas opens her first restaurant in Harlem this week

Nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas first published her anti-inflammatory diet book, "The Plan," six years ago. Since then, it's gone on to become a New York Times bestseller, been translated into 15 languages, and spawned two cookbooks plus a meal-delivery service.

Now comes the restaurant. Opening this Saturday, May 18, Lyn-Genet's Kitchen at 3473 Broadway in Hamilton Heights will feature an elevated comfort food menu based on Recitas' list of "least reactive"–or non-inflammatory–foods.

"The Plan" author Lyn-Genet Recitas opens her first restaurant in Harlem this week

Ingredients like chicken, steak, sourdough bread and avocado get the green light, while turkey, pasta, and eggplant are big no-nos. "It's all about the chemistry," explains Recitas, who once ran a holistic health center in Harlem.

Every item on the menu will also be low-sodium–a boon for anyone struggling with hypertension–and more than half of the choices will be vegan or vegetarian. The bar will serve affordable wine from Spain (about $6 per glass) and cocktails made with fresh herbs such as lemon balm. (Somewhat of a theme, herbs will also fill the flower boxes surrounding the sidewalk patio.)

Appetizers at Lyn-Genet's Kitchen include avocado fries

At a recent tasting of appetizers and desserts, dishes ranged from avocado fries with a sweet-and-spicy dipping sauce to creamy coconut broccoli soup to almond flour chocolate pie (aka So Rich You Could Die Chocolate Pie).

The rich almond flour chocolate pie at Lyn-Genet's Kitchen

As for entrees, Recitas mentioned dishes such as heuvos rancheros made with carrot-and-chia-seed crackers. But don't let the food substitutions fool you. No stranger to the restaurant industry–she helped launch Keith McNally's Balthazar and Pastis–Recitas still aims to please: "We don't shy away from the burger and fries."

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