Divya's Kitchen

Bring your new year into balance at this East Village destination for Ayurvedic wellness

By Kat Odell

If food is the best medicine, then cozy, whitewashed East Village boîte Divya’s Kitchen is just what the doctor ordered. Embracing the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda—which emphasizes, among other things, eating specific foods based on one’s body type to achieve wellness—holistic chef and owner Divya Alter has quietly been serving some of Manhattan’s most healthful vegetarian meals since opening her restaurant in 2016.

The kind of cooking she advocates consists of mostly organic dishes intended to suit specific times of year, made with wholesome fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and ghee. A sophisticated blend of spices brings deep flavor to plates like the turmeric-tinged mung bean soup flecked with curry leaves, and the creamy cashew sauce–based veggie curry, loaded with cauliflower, taro root, and red lentils, among other veggies. Alter also bakes some excellent light and crisp spelt-sesame crackers, best swiped with her tangy avocado dip or sunflower beet hummus.
The underlying idea behind all of her work is to teach New Yorkers about how to lead a more wellness-centered lifestyle. So besides running her restaurant, the busy visionary is also co-founder of the city’s only Ayurvedic cooking school, Bhagavat Life, and along with her husband Prentiss, she’s responsible for North America’s first Ayurvedic chef certification program. And with this special, not only do you get 30 percent off your meal at Divya's Kitchen, you can also get in on the clean cooking fun with 50 percent off Alter’s introductory vegetarian cooking classes, which demonstrates the principles of Ayurveda with recipes like chai almond milk chai and seasonal khichari. To top it off, you can also get 20 percent off Divya’s drop-off catering services (for first-time catering customers). Check your Passcode confirmation for all the details.

Whether you're focused on your health, your personal growth, or the simply enjoyment of delicious good, Divya’s Kitchen has got you covered.


Dinner: 5 PM–10 PM daily
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 AM–5 PM
Brunch: Sat–Sun 11:30 AM–3 PM

price range

$13 (seasonal khichari) to $22 (lasagna)