with warm weather dressing just around the corner, we’re resolving to eat and drink our greens. so we went straight to the source—Marissa Lippert, the energetic owner of the West Village’s newest take-away café, Nourish Kitchen + Table, to get the recipe for one of her most addictive creations, fittingly called “Morning Green.”
Clockwise from top: Nourish Kitchen’s the Morning Green, Cold Killa, and Lv Potion #9 fresh-pressed juices.
So tell us, what makes this green juice taste so good?
This particular green juice, our Morning Green, was inspired by a trip I took to Tulum, Mexico, a few months before I opened Nourish Kitchen + Table. The spinach, celery, pineapple, grapefruit and mint offer a blend of antioxidants, and there’s a teeny metabolic kick from the jalapeño.
What has the experience of opening your own café been like?
It has been an incredible whirlwind. We opened six months ago, and I’m not sure where the time has gone. It’s challenging (in the best kind of way) and exhilarating every day.
What are your earliest memories in the kitchen?
I think I was two or three years old. Sitting on the kitchen floor with the Sunday paper sprawled out in front of me—specifically the coupon section with all the food photos in it. I have adored cookbooks, newspapers, cooking magazines and food journals ever since. Reading the New York Times Dining section (hard copy) is still one of my most favorite activities.
What do you wear when you’re cooking?
Either heels (if I’ve just come home from work and am too lazy to change) or old-school Asics Tigers and my Birdkage studded apron (which has become Nourish’s signature apron). I can’t get in the groove without it.
Ultimate comfort food?
My mom’s lasagna, supercrispy French fries—obviously accompanied by a nice salad.
Favorite healthy snack?
Fresh fruit of any sort.
What’s always in your fridge?
A few different fruits and vegetables, Pellegrino, sriracha, eggs from the Tompkins Square Greenmarket, coconut peanut butter, wine, pecorino Romano and some random condiments.
What’s always on the menu at Nourish Kitchen + Table?
Our Detox Kale Salad—it’s got watermelon, radish, toasted almonds, seasonal fruit and a lime-sesame vinaigrette. You can’t really go wrong.
Recent splurge in the kitchen?
A new chef’s knife from Korin in Tribeca.
You stock a small assortment of special home accessories and cookbooks at Nourish Kitchen. What’s your go-to hostess gift?
Either our brass salt and pepper shakers by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio or gorgeous Ginette old-fashioned glasses by Sugahara.
What’s the last dish you cooked?
Farro pasta with kale, walnuts, crispy garlic, chili, lemon zest and diced prunes. Yes, no joke, prunes. It’s a perfect example of what happens when you no longer have much time to grocery shop for your home and are scrounging in your pantry.
Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair by Lauren Berrones and makeup by Imane Fiocchi both for Beauty Exchange NYC.
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