Beyond the ethereal dining area laden with plants and crystals is an entire wellness center. It features a salt cave, yoga space complete with giant crystals, massage rooms and space for dancing and events.
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Gaia Nomaya is thoughtful — its owners have pulled out all the stops to create a curated space for those who seek peace and want to improve their well-being.
At the helm of the culinary experience is Holistic Chef Dahiana Naiad, whose menu is impressive. She sources locally grown produce, or grows it on-site. Her focus is making her kitchen zero waste and sustainable. For example, after juicing apples, she takes the remainder and turns it into a jam for her housemade cheese plate.
A former nutrition specialist for the Red Cross, the vegan options at Gaia Nomaya are heavy on the earth’s bounty, plant-forward and made with intention.
New York City vegan-friendly restaurant: Gaia Nomaya
Vegan options at Gaia Nomaya
Most of the menu at Gaia Nomaya is vegan. And, it’s all gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free and amazing.
First, there are the vegan cheeses. Naiad has created a variety of plant-based cheese all made in-house. Our favorite was the port wine cheese served with walnuts.
Next, try the mushroom sandwich. Slowly marinated King Oyster mushrooms comes sandwiched between bread made with almonds. Also between the slices is a green pesto and almond goat cheese. It adds creaminess and extra flavor to the sandwich.
Another dish to try is the tostone trio. There’s a tostone topped with avocado crema. Another with almond goat cheese. And, our favorite, topped with Naiad’s grandmother’s pico de gallo.
Other options include a hearty steak and potato plate. A meaty portobello replaces steak. It comes with fingerling potatoes, rainbow carrots, and kale with a pesto sauce.
There’s also housemade ravioli that’s made with chickpeas.
Finally, for dessert try the tiramisu made with almond cake, coconut milk and cashews.
Or, opt for the less sweet cacao mousse. It’s made with Ecuadorian cacao with oats, almonds and dates and comes with a cookie for spreading.
Drinks at Gaia Nomaya
Not to be left out are the drinks at Gaia Nomaya. All alcohol served is 100 percent alcohol and ethanol-free. Cocktails feature fresh juices with healing properties, extracts made in-house and are clean.
There’s also a juice menu with concoctions designed to heal and nourish the body.