Forget showing up in Birkenstocks, folks. You won't find this many celebrities all in one place outside of Craig's. The A-listers are lured by vegan—oh, sorry, “plant-based”—cuisine, which is executed by Tal Ronnen, onetime chef to Oprah Winfrey and gourmet guru to restaurant partners Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. No black bean burgers here: Set atop white cloth-covered tables are fried oyster mushrooms in an artichoke leaf “shell” and pappardelle bolognese with surprising depth. The city's sceniest spots seldom boast its finest food, and this one is no exception. But considering the extra dietary challenge, Crossroads is a treat. So is the full bar.
Best Healthful Eats, August 2013
All the things we love—butter, eggs, bacon—seem like ingredients we can't live without. It turns out we can, and atop white tablecloths to boot. Crossroads can make the most skeptical carnivore a believer in the vegan experience. You don't have to eschew meat to relish Tal Ronnen's lentil flatbread with smoky spreads or his flaky kale spanakopita. Eating here is pricier than going to the local hippie hang for a plate of mashed yeast, but you leave feeling full and light at the same time. This is “clean food” that doesn't smack of self-denial