Review: Little Beet Table turns healthy eating into chore – NY Daily News

By Michael Kaminer, March 10th, 2015

Dining with a dieter can be a downer.

And judging from Little Beet Table, having them cook for you is even worse.

“Top Chef Masters” veteran Franklin Becker “transformed” his cooking after a diabetes diagnosis, his bio says.

Having found religion, he launched the gluten-free Midtown fast-food spot called Little Beet. It became such a hit that he followed it with Little Beet Table — a more formal spin on the concept — late last year.

In the process, he also managed to turn healthful eating into a chore.

Elegant-sounding plates like grilled beets with pumpkin seed-almond granola ($13) look more like rations at a sanitorium in Pyongyang; a few desultory beets almost seem embarrassed to be sitting on boring breakfast cereal that adds nothing but dental distress.

Roasted sunchokes and baby leeks ($14) resemble a Soviet-style bowl of potatoes; luckily, the vegetable’s deep, earthy flavor makes up for its grim appearance.

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