Zucchini noodles, zoodles, zucchini pasta. Take your pick of the terms to use to describe spiralized zucchini.
So it’s known by now that I like to dine out a whole lot. However, dining out doesn’t have to be heavy meals or processed junk. I tend to stick to meals packed with vegetables and that doesn’t always mean ordering a salad!
Enter zucchini noodles.
Many restaurants in New York are now catering to food trends and their client’s desires by offering zucchini noodles. Spiralized zucchini is being served as a pasta alternative almost everywhere I go. And when I don’t see it listed on a menu, I wonder why the restaurant is so behind on food trends!
Here are a few of the best places for zucchini noodles in New York that I have enjoyed.
I recently had dinner at Bella Notte and got excited to see zucchini noodles on the menu. I asked for the zucchini bolognese to be made as zucchini primavera. Served in a marinara sauce, this is usually my favorite way to enjoy this dish.
Salt On The Water
I love that Salt added this zucchini noodle primavera to their menu for this season! They were a little more creative than the other restaurants with this dish as it’s cooked in garlic and oil with roasted pine nuts and parmesan cheese. I just loved it.
Vincent’s Clam Bar
I’ve been going to Vincent’s Clam Bar since I’m a kid and even purchase their tomato sauce by the case to use at home. Anything covered in Vincent’s sauce is delicious and their zucchini linguine is no exception. It’s sautéed with their famous sauce plus the additions of mozzarella and Romano cheeses.
There have been times though that I go to Vincent’s and ask for the zucchini linguine to be made primavera with extra vegetables too.
Cirella’s Restaurant (they own Surf’s Out in Fire Island too!) has a whole section of the menu featuring zucchini options. They make zucchini ribbons and offer a variety of ways to have zucchini while also offering it as a pasta substitute. I last had the zucchini primavera for my birthday a couple of years ago. I really need to get back there!
I am super annoyed that I don’t have a great picture from Andrea’s 25 because I LOVE ordering their zucchini entrees. They have a section of the menu featuring a few different ways to have zucchini (with vegan options too!) and all of them look good! Andrea’s 25 is really good about customizing your order. They are happy to make swaps and additions whenever you ask.
As a side note, it’s totally fine to ask your server if menu items can be customized. Of course I understand that you don’t want to be too annoying yet at the same time, making simple swaps and additions may better serve you. Most restaurants want to cater to their customers so don’t be shy! If you are a meatless eater but like what you see aside from the chicken or steak listed as an ingredient, ask if it can be left our or replaced. I do it all of the time. 🙂
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Do you ever order zucchini noodles in restaurants?
Do you make your own spiralized zucchini?
Favorite restaurant lately?