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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

It occurred to me the other night while having dinner at Colors, that often times we make judgments based on the surface of things. We look at someone, or something, make quick conclusions, and move on. But if we take the time to explore what lies beyond that first impression, what we find beneath the surface is far more complex and far more compelling than our initial hasty judgments might have suggested.

Take for instance the two new friends I had dinner with the other night at Colors. I met Julie and Cheryl recently, in a Craft of Fiction Class I am taking at NYU. (Yes, I now join the thousands of New Yorkers who can claim a novel in progress.) At first glance they are attractive Westchester soccer Moms. But then I got to know them. And I must say, these two women are so much more than Westchester soccer Moms. One is a painter, a non-profit fundraiser, and a single Mom with three kids, and the other is a lawyer, formerly of Paul Weiss, and married with two kids. Both are nurturing families. But both are also active advocates in the fight against domestic violence, and the lawyer was actually responsible for writing several vital pieces of domestic violence legislation that she personally lobbied and got signed into law. She has changed the landscape of criminal law and how it protects women against batterers. So much for Desperate Housewives. And as we ate our dinner, and went through a bottle and a half of Nebbiola, the surface continued to crack, and I was more and more impressed with my new friends.

And then I thought about Colors, a new restaurant on Lafayette Street that serves a menu of global fare—dishes from Cuba, Italy, Haiti, Thailand, Colombia and more. On its face, the concept is confusing and the menu seems rudderless. But once you crack the surface and understand what Colors stands for, the concept makes sense. And you realize that the menu is not aimless. Its direction is sure—it reflects the varied nationalities of its employee owners. But look even deeper, and you discover that Colors is one of the most compelling and unique restaurants to open in the history of dining out.

As many of you probably already know, Colors is a living tribute to the 73 Windows on the World workers who perished on 9/11. But Colors is much more than a memorial; it is a forward-looking business model for the future of the restaurant industry. With Colors, these 58 employees from 24 different ... [more, click below]

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