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Down Dog opens in Roslyn Heights

Down Dog Alimentari, a small specialty deli, opened

Down Dog Alimentari, a small specialty deli, opened in August in @250 in Roslyn Heights. Elissa Sykes, left, is director of Villency Design Group which developed the property; Anthony Biscardi is the shop's manager, August 5, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Down Dog Alimentari, a small specialty deli, has opened in @250, the complex in Roslyn Heights that houses Soul Cycle and The Bar Method gyms, Truth + Beauty luxury spa and Thea gift shop. The shop takes over the space that was, until last week, Organic Avenue juice bar.

Organic Avenue sold cold-pressed juices and raw-food cleansing programs. Down Dog has a decidedly less Spartan lineup of salads, sandwiches and wraps — not to mention Ciao Bella gelato, Tate’s cookies and, that most wonderful juice of all: coffee.

Down Dog is owned and operated by Villency Design Group, the firm that developed @250. The shop’s website says that “we use the finest natural ingredients pulled together unpretentiously to make great tasting food. We craft our menu with a balanced outlook on nutrition so that at Down Dog eating healthy means not forgetting about the flavor.”

The prepared foods at Down Dog are made by Delicacies Gourmet in Roslyn Village and seem no better or worse that what’s found at hundreds of Long Island’s upscale delis. There’s an emphasis on current nutritional darlings (quinoa, kale) and many dishes display one or more sweet notes — plums and plum jam on the prosciutto sandwich, dried apricots in the red quinoa-butternut squash salad, dried cranberries in the kale-mushroom salad. Sandwiches and salads range from $13 to $16.

Down Dog Alimentari is open daily 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 250 South Service Rd., Roslyn Heights, 516-484-7000.

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