Eating is obviously one of the best parts of travelling, and for a health lover like me, my idea of a good time is trying and discovering new and delicious healthy places to eat while I’m on vacation!
So today I’m sharing all of the delicious healthy restaurants and meals I had in New York. Consider this your (mostly) Healthy Food Guide to NYC! And in case you missed is, check out My Spiritual Guide to NYC, where I shared my favourite yoga studios, meditation classes, and spiritual hot spots
Alright, let’s talk food!
So not sure if you’ve heard, but I’m kind of obsessed with smoothies :p SO I of course had to check out all of the smoothie places in the city that I always hear about on Instagram! The following places all have locations all over the city.
Juice Press: Yum!!! I went to this place repeatedly! Their smoothies are delish, and they have samples in the fridge section for you to try (they say limit yourself to 1, but please. I sampled everything I could get my hands on). The Almond Butter Cup is beyond.
Juice Generation: I only went here once, but their Peanut Butter Split was so good!
Liquitaria: This place tied is tied with Juice Press as my fave The Blue Velvet (I ordered it without protein powder) is amaze.
The Juice Shoppe NY: This one was probably my least favourite just because the smoothie I got had that starchy taste like they used green bananas, which is the worst! But I’m sure it’s not always like this.
Hu Kitchen: Omg this place is the bomb.com. It’s located on 5th Ave., just a short walk from Washington Square Park, which was one of my fave places to hang out, so I loved grabbing some food from Hu, and heading over to the park. Yum! Paleo peeps will be in heaven, but there is really something for everyone (I’m not even close to being Paleo, and I loved it). It’s cafeteria style, and then there’s a bunch of seating down and upstairs.
Try their Iced coffee and Iced tea (in the fridge section), their smoothies, and any and all of their buffet food.
78 5th Ave.
Dimes: This place is cool, and it knows it (and I don’t mean that in a bad way!). I had a delicious acai bowl and an amazing iced tea latte, but really everything on the menu looked healthy, fresh, and delicious.
49 Canal St., Lower East Side
Joe’s Shanghai Restaurant: I wouldn’t call this place healthy, but it is delicious! My friend took me here, and we had the best soup dumplings and fried rice and something else that I’m blanking on. There are a few locations, but we went to the one in Chinatown, which is apparently the best, and there’s usually a long wait but we managed to walk right in. Check it out!
9 Pell St., Chinatown
Jivamukti Cafe: Yum, this delicious and healthy cafe is located right in the Jivamukti Yoga Studio. It’s brightly coloured, has an awesome (though busy!) atmosphere and has a huge menu full of nourishing foods- perfect for following up with after an awesome yoga class. I got the kitchari and green salad.
841 Broadway, 2nd fl.
Gingersnap’s Organic: I originally went to Gingersnap’s for their Wednesday night Miracles Nights (a discussion of A Course in Miracles led by Bridget Trama), but I went back the next day to eat. I decided to get a smoothie, but they also have a menu full of delicious looking vegan and raw meals! It has such an awesome vibe, and they have a spiritual library that you can browse while you eat. This is definitely somewhere I’d be hanging out at if I lived in the city.
113 W 10th St.
Whole Foods: Whole Foods is my mecca. I’ve been to one in Toronto, and it seemed more like an over priced grocery store, but the ones in the States are fabulous. And while some things seem overpriced, the majority are totally reasonable and the same or less than you’d pay in a grocery store here. I’d get meals and groceries here and go sit in a park and eat (there’s one right next to Central Park in Columbus Circle). Their quinoa sushi is amazing and their pay-per-weight buffet selection is as well (I’m running out of adjectives to describe food! Awesome, delish, amazing- you get the point, it was all good!).
Snacks and Cafes
Momofuko Milk Truffles: These are not healthy in any way shape or form, but they are unbelievably good, so they are making the list! Momofuko is a noodle bar, which I didn’t go to, but they also have a stand in Madison Square Park where they sell dessert. Birthday Cake Truffles = Sugar hangover inducing but life changing!!! There are also lots of other delicious looking food stands in the Madison Square Park Eatery!
Madison Square Park Eatery
Chelsea Market: Chelsea Market is a beautiful food market in the Meatpacking District. I’m not talking farmers market, but more like lots of little cafes and mini restaurants and shops. It’s a really great atmosphere (but I bet it’s wildly busy during weekends and tourist season), and has something for everyone. It’s right next to the High Line (an old railroad track which has been converted into a beautiful park).
75 9th Ave., Meatpacking District.
Chinatown: Chinatown sells every fruit you could ever dream of, which for me pretty much means it’s heaven. I actually bought Jackfruit and Durian, which I never thought I’d be able to get outside of the tropics! So cool
Maman NYC: The prettiest cafe ever! I discovered it on my last day after an awesome Kundalini class at Golden Bridge Yoga. Delicious Iced Coffees.
239 Centre St., Little Italy
Laduree: Not healthy, but totally worth it! There are a couple of locations in the city, and we went to the one in the Upper East Side. It’s a little store/cafe that sells macarons that are actually flown in from Paris daily! Does it get any fancier than that? I think not.
864 Madison Ave., Upper East Side (even the address sounds super classy!)
Omg that list is longer than I thought! Turns out I ate a lot of food on my trip haha. I also got groceries (from Whole Foods and the fruit carts on the side of the street), and made most of my breakfasts and dinners at my friend’s apartment where I was staying, so now idea how I fit all of this in, but where there’s a will there’s a way am I right? :p
For Next Time
I still missed quite a few places, which I will be getting to next time, including…
ABC Carpet & Home: The most beautiful home decor store ever also has a gorgeous restaurant. I looked in while I was there but didn’t go in to eat. Next time for sure!
One Lucky Duck: Raw Food and Smoothies, located in Chelsea Market.
Souen: Macrobiotic restaurant with locations in Soho, Union Square, and the East Village.
El Rey: This place comes highly recommended- based on the menu and website it looks like it has a healthy delicious hipster vibe.
So there you have it! My NYC Healthy Food Guide What are your favourite places?
I swear I did more than just eat on my trip :p Check out My Spiritual Guide to NYC for a list of my favourite places and activities!