COLORS Restaurant, located in NoHo, prides itself on its 100% gluten free dining and lives by the motto “locally sourced x crafted with care.” The restaurant has an incredible story, too; it was opened in 2006 by displaced workers from the World Trade Center and closed 6 years later. This past month, the non profit organization, ROC-United, re-opened the restaurant with employees who are mainly graduates of the CHOW Institute – Colors Hospitality & Opportunities for Workers. As you can see, not only does COLORS believe in sustainability as it relates to food, but they believe in the sustainability of their employees and support their workers by offering better wages and working conditions…
I attended a media dinner at COLORS last week, and was happy to take part in the 8 course tasting! To start, I tasted the roasted pear salad, crispy pork belly, beef tartare, and tuna crudo. The crispy pork belly was my favorite and these three small pork bites were incredibly flavorful. I did my best to dabble in the appetizers, because the list of mains looked too good and I refused to be too full. COLORS serves classic American favorites such as fried chicken and battered fish but with gluten free breadcrumbs and flouring to make the dishes 100% nobread approved. The fried chicken was my favorite dish of the night. Covered with a GF buttermilk coating and dressed in a spiced honey, the chicken is served on top of a pommes puree and it is incredibly flavorful! My friend who is NOT gluten free exclaimed that the chicken tasted just as good as gluten-filled fried chicken…. music to my ears! COLORS also serves a classic fish and chips entree which I am dying to try on my next visit. To round out the main courses served at my table, the whole branzino was VERY flavorful and I highly recommend ordering this especially if you are a seafood lover or one of those people that only orders fish at a restaurant. Lastly, the sweet corn risotto… who doesn’t love a good GF pasta option! If you are dairy free like myself you will have to sit this one out, but if you can tolerate dairy, this dish looked great.
NoHo is a booming with popular new restaurants, and I hope to see COLORS succeed in this thriving area. Sustainable ingredients, sustainable wages for their employees, and all over sustainable practices; I believe in COLORS’ concept and hope they succeed!