Best Lunchtime Fare


Unfortunately, lunchtime is the only time you can belly up to this cute, colorfully decorated café, tucked away in a small loft on East 30th Street. Too bad. Tastebuds serves up healthy, delicious fare, such as the "roasted, toasted, and grilled salad" (a hearty combination of marinated mushrooms, red bell peppers, sweet onion, garlic-roasted potatoes, and pine nuts), with a healthy philosophy as well: The back of every take-out menu features such compelling statements as "If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world." Call it food for thought.