Green Life Café Now Open in Mamaroneck, NY: Local, fresh, and natural ingredients
Aug 02, 2015 06:39PM
By Kazaray Taylor
Gregory, Anthony, and Mark Caligiuris
Green Life is a new, health-focused café that is shaking things up in lower Westchester. Opened in June, this creative food venture is run by three Westchester brothers—Anthony, Gregory, and Mark Caligiuri. The men say that their love of food and community comes from their father Tony, who owned and operated Cold Cut City on West 231st and Broadway in the Bronx. They’ve gone their own way with Green Life, a trendy café that aims to provide the community with healthy, nutritious and delicious options that allow customers to eat well and live well.
The Caligiuris say that they were determined to create a menu in which taste is equal to nutrition. Green Life features protein bowls, salads, wraps, Paninis, soups, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies made with local, fresh, natural ingredients. They also serve daily seasonal specials based on the availability of local ingredients.
Healthier alternatives to deli sandwiches are among the specialties at Green Life, where diners can try grilled chicken with Swiss cheese, bacon, spinach and pesto sauce on a whole wheat ciabatta, or a sweet and savory Moroccan turkey wrap filled with lean slices of Moroccan spiced turkey breast, avocado, red bell peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and a bittersweet in-house cranberry and Greek yogurt spread on a gluten-free spinach tortilla wrap. Those craving chili can check out the café’s chili fiesta bowl, made with grass-fed beef and topped with sriracha sauce, farm fresh ingredients and superfoods.
Smoothie enthusiasts will also have abundant delicious choices at Green Life. “Our delicious recovery shakes include Berry•Good•4U and Green Muscle,” says Greg. “They're both bursting with guilt-free flavors and filled with protein and powerful superfoods for any time of day. They also taste great with a side of CaveCrave’s grain-free granola.” Their seasonal O-Kale-Yeah is filled with fresh greens from local farms and topped with watermelon. Customers can also design their own smoothies with their choice of fruits, greens and protein, and fresh-pressed wheatgrass shots are available anytime, served with a wedge of lime.
In designing their beautiful café, the Caligiuris kept sustainability in mind. “When we originally took over this space from Emily & Mary, we had to demolish and gut the entire store,” Greg recalls. “In the process, we discovered that the beams from that store were still in good shape and usable, so my brothers and I decided to repurpose elements and preserve history by turning the beams into tables and chairs for our customers. The rest is history.”
Supporting Local Artists
The café is also enlivened by a local art wall where artists can display their work. “It’s our way of displaying and helping to promote local artists’ artwork,” says Greg. “This month’s beautiful 3D work is by the talented Priya Tambe, and it’s for sale. We’re always looking for new submissions and encourage local artists to submit examples to us at [email protected]”
To see what’s cooking, and view the mouthwatering specials at Green Life, stop by or visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/GreenLifeNY.
Green Life is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The café is located at 266 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck, NY. For more information, call 914.341.1725 or visit GreenLifeNY.com and Facebook.com/GreenLifeNY.