Organic Corner

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthy and you fear you’ll have trouble staying on track, the Organic Corner—a café/juice bar/health food shop in Massapequa—is a great place to get the inspiration to keep going. At Organic Corner, chef Rowan Shifrin prepares vegetarian and vegan food: soups, salads, sandwiches and hot dishes.
It was four-and-a-half years ago that Massapequa residents Craig and Jasmine Margulies, with Rowan as a partner, opened Organic Corner in the spot that had been Eden’s Way, a natural food store. Health and sustainability are the hallmarks of this cheerful, brightly lit café.

“We want to show people that fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy,” said Margulies.

 
 

And it also can be delicious as evidenced by the various kale salads I was tasting.

“Kale is one of the top greens to put in your body,” said Margulies, as I tried the three dressings—spicy ponzu, tahini almond and miso lime—created by the chef.

Each had a distinctive taste. I couldn’t decide which I liked best. There are plans underway to bottle the dressings, which they hope will be available by June.

Menu items change daily but you can always count on getting a burrito, perhaps with broccoli and black beans. One of the most popular dishes is raw lasagna made from zucchini, walnuts, sun dried tomatoes, tomatoes and various spices and herbs.

Their soup of the day might be carrot ginger, potato leek, black bean, tomato rice with mint or vegetable alphabet. Or perhaps Shiflin will have prepared his award-winning chili that won against six competitors in a contest last year. Margulies said that many non-vegans come to the shop and he hopes to open their eyes to the possibility of not eating meat.

 
 

A major part of the business is the juice bar where there are tonics, smoothies and cleansing programs. Baked goods such as muffins, cookies and scones are prepared by Rachel Rappa at Wholesome at Heart in Oceanside.

Organic Corner is located at 37 Broadway, Massapequa.

 
 

*This article originally appeared at: http://www.massapequaobserver.com/organic-corner/

Healthy Food: Not Just for New Year’s Anymore

[Craig Margulies] started Organic Corner nearly three years ago with the goal of selling healthy goods—hot and cold food by order, vegan and vegetarian options, vitamin supplements and produce—and serving up a juice bar because of a feeling that the “South Shore is just neglected when it comes to health,” he says.

Margulies, a child athlete who played hockey in college, could be easily mistaken for a nutritionist or a doctor (though he doesn’t profess to be) the way he talks about alkaline diets, acidity, the digestive process and how juicing—drinking vegetable-based liquids (which he offers) to replace regular meals for a certain time period—“recalibrates” the palate and puts the body at full-digestive rest for the first time since childhood. Cut out dairy and red meat entirely, he says, and “you’re 100-percent healthier.” Don’t get him started on sugar.

 
 

In a short time, Organic Corner, with its Starbucks-esque seating and comfortable work area, has become a popular place where like-minded people gather to share stories about their lifestyle changes, Margulies included.

“Health is like oxygen,” he says. “You don’t know how important it is until you lose it.”

Operating a health-food market or restaurant is inherently risky because of the cost of producing healthy options. But Margulies says he’s 100-percent committed to the cause and believes more people are re-assessing how they want to live their lives.

Yes, he laments, it will cost customers more to eat healthy. But to him, it’s a worthwhile investment.

“Have you ever seen a bill when you get sick?” he asks.

*A portion of this article originally appeared at: https://www.longislandpress.com/2014/01/04/healthy-food-not-just-for-new-years-anymore/