Whether you’re craving cupcakes or ice cream or a slice of Sicilian pizza, the Upper West Side has got you covered. Finding healthy menus, however, is a bit more challenging unless you are ok settling for a salad. With the Spring opening of Communal Oven & Earth, healthy food is taken up a notch with the use of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create deliciously healthy dishes.
For veteran restaurateur Cristina Castañeda (El Mitote, Ronda, Café Frida, ChicoJulio), Communal embodies her passion for personal health through the use of farm-fresh ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, and sustainably raised meats and dairy.
Set against a rustic meets industrial décor, Communal offers a warm atmosphere to sit back and relax. Grab a seat overlooking 72nd Street for a great people watching opportunity.
Drinks at Communal are anything but ordinary given the array of fresh juices, and smoothies each one formulated to support a different aspect of wellness. If you are craving juice, consider Mercy—a perfect blend that supports the immune and respiratory systems— featuring grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, ginger root, mint, and cayenne pepper, or Abundance, featuring beet, green apple, pineapple, and cilantro—all targeting the liver and spleen as well as digestion. Opt for an adult beverage from a collection of organic certified, sustainable, and biodynamic wines, and hard cider.
Communal’s dining menu offers an eclectic mix of flatbreads, sandwiches, and empanadas. Known as “the Flats” are individual flatbreads brushed with an infused signature oil topped with a number of delicious toppings. Options include traditional Margherita ($10) featuring tomato sauce, and fresh mozzarella and garlic and Daphne ($13) features oven-roasted eggplant, red peppers, oregano infused ricotta, arugula, and a balsamic reduction all topped with Parmesan shavings.
Who says sandwiches aren’t healthy? Communal offers a classic grilled cheese ($9) featuring mozzarella and the Communal meatballs ($12) all served on housemade bread.
Diners will want to consider an order of Communal’s baked empanadas (order of 2; $8) featuring your choice of chopped beef, spicy chicken, sautéed spinach, or fugazetta.
Grab a meal on the go with one of Communal’s Combunals—Mombie ($19) and Zomdie ($20)—featuring a choice of entrée salad or flat served with a glass of wine or communal beer as well as a cup of coffee or tea.
The food at Communal embraces the shift toward more health-conscious consumption without sacrificing taste. Now the challenge is making a decision on what to order.
Communal Oven & Earth
141 West 72nd Street
New York, New York 10022