Cabbage may be stealing the spotlight that brussel sprouts claimed last year—the unlikely vegetable darling du jour. And I don't need much convincing to order it, especially when it comes to dishes like Balaboosta's crispy cabbage salad ($14 with chicken, $9 without). It's found on both the lunch and brunch menus, and makes the perfect light start to the day—the kind of dish that fills you up, packs a variety of flavors and textures, and doesn't bust a gut. The combo of shredded savoy, romaine, crispy noodles and toasted sliced almonds makes for plenty of crunch, while cumin and a refreshing mint vinaigrette add depth and brightness. Chicken breast—juicy in a mild pesto-like rub—is optional, making the dish a vegan-friendly for those keeping track. Want to keep the drinks virtuous as well? Wash it down with limonana (homemade mint lemonade, $3.50) for good measure.
214 Mulberry Street, New York NY 10012 (map)