The Healthy NYC Restaurant Guide

I’ve been leaving in New York for almost 6 months, so I felt it was my duty to share my favourite healthy spots to eat in the city.  I divided the list into four categories: 1) brunch/lunch 2. Dinner. 3. Grab and Go 4. Misc. Most of the places I listed for lunch and brunch are also open for dinner. As well,  a bunch of the dinner spots serve lunch/brunch, I just haven’t been during those times.

I’m always looking for new places to eat so I will try to keep this list updated as I continue to explore the city. Let me know if you have any healthy-ish restaurant suggestions!


De Maria
Minimalist yet uber stylish interior with colourful and healthful dishes with global influences.
My go to: Endive and poached chicken salad and gluten-free banana bread
Location: Nolita

The Butcher’s Daughter
Two locations, both bright and airy with hanging fruits, vegetables, and plants.   This restaurant serves both vegan and vegetarian options and an array of juices.
My go to: The Butcher’s Vegan Grilled Cheese (weekdays only)
Location: Nolita and West Village

Café Clover
Seasonal, local, organic and healthy dishes in a beautiful space.
My go to: Avocado toast with pickled shallots and jalapeno aioli
Location: West Village

A fun, unique Mexican-ish menu with lots of vegan options and delicious cocktails
My go to: vegan caesar salad
Location: Chinatown

Snug yet cool space with healthy yet indulgent dishes such as matcha buttermilk pancakes and acai bowls.
My go to: Quinoa kimchi kale/black sesame sweet potato/cabbage slaw/ nori-shiso pesto
Location: LES

Two hands Restaurant and Bar
Aussie expat restaurant with a bright interior and ‘beachy’ vibes. Dishes are beautiful as much as they are nourishing.
My go to: Brassicas Bowl with charred broccolini, Brussels sprouts, kale, hummus, soft-boiled egg, avocado, pickled shallots and seeds
Location: Tribeca


A hippy dippy macrobiotic restaurant that serves warming nutrient dense dishes.
My go to: Vegetables and brown rice noodles in sesame miso broth with added shrimp and the cocoa creamy parfait
Locations: Soho and East Village

Jean-Georges absolutely perfect plant-based restaurant. An all white interior with pops of colour and beautiful tableware. The dishes are exquisite and delicious. It’s my favourite place to eat in NY.
My go to: Dosa with coconut yogurt, avocado, and sprouts, fried wild rice, whole roasted cauliflower, and any of the desserts.
Location: Union Square

Nix is a Michelin Starred chic restaurant with an entirely vegetarian menu. The space is pretty and the menu is exciting.
My go to: Cauliflower tempura with steamed buns & house pickles
Location: Union Square

Loring Place 
An upscale restaurant that thrives on local and seasonal ingredients. All types of eaters would enjoy dining at this restaurant. Many items are cooked over fire.
My go to: Grilled strawberry salad, wood grilled broccoli salad, and cornmeal crusted skate
Location: Greenwich Village

A cosy Italian restaurant with the most delicious pizza. Not the healthiest option but an NYC eating guide wouldn’t be complete without a pizza recommendation.
My go to: arugula salad and gluten-free Bianca pizza
Location: Nolita

Super hip Vietnamese street food spot. The meats are grass-fed and the chickens are pasture-raised. A vegan noodle soup is also on the menu.
My go to: Vegan papaya salad, pasture-chicken curry
Location: Bushwick

Do you ever feel like home-cooked food but you’re too busy or lazy to cook? Westville is your answer. A no-frills, order what you love spot. I like this place because of it’s extensive list of vegetable offerings.
My go to: Grilled salmon plate with 2 sides- cauliflower with tahini and Asian style
bok choy
Location: West Village, East Village, Chelsea, Hudson, Dumbo, Wall St.

Grab and Go

Nourish Kitchen and Table
A seasonal, sustainable café with hearty options and creative vegetables dishes.
My go to: Baharat roast chicken, sweet potato noodles, and any vegetable.
Location: West Village

HU Kitchen
Organic Paleo prepared foods with endless breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert options. It’s a paleo lovers heaven.
My go to: Organic stuffed portobello mushroom with sweet potato, almond crusted chicken fingers, and HU crunchy mint chocolate bar.
Location: Union Square + UES

The Little Beet
Wholesome food for your lunch break. Make your own boxes with whole grains, local proteins, and seasonal inventive vegetable dishes.
My go to: spirulina-flecked brown rice, grilled avocado, turmeric tahini, and whatever vegetable I am feeling that day.
Location: Midtown East, Midtown West, Nomad

Vegan comfort food such as burgers, mac n’ cheese, air-baked french fries and kale caeser salad.
My go to: The classic burger, sweet potato fries, and the GF chocolate chip cookie
Location: West Village, Flat Iron, Soho, Williamsburg

NYC salad empire that offers make your own salad and grain bowls with sustainable ingredients.
My go to: kale and romaine, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, cucumber, carrots, chickpeas, seeds, and miso sesame ginger vinaigrette or spicy cashew dressing.
Location: too many to list!


The Good Sort 
A café serving Instagram worthy superfood latte’s. Ingredients include matcha, beetroot, turmeric, blue algae, and activated charcoal, as well as an array of nut milks.
My go to: Rainbow iced latte- a tri-coloured drink with beetroot, blue algae, turmeric, coconut sugar, vanilla bean, black pepper, cayenne pepper, agave, and a blend of almond, coconut, and oak milk.
Location: Chinatown

Van Leeuwen
An artisan ice cream shop that serves both regular and vegan ice cream. Their vegan ice cream is the finest in the land, made from both coconut and cashew milk.
My go to: Vegan sundae- brownie, ice cream, and coconut whip
Location: East Village, West Village, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill

A health-food store that sells home-made raw, vegan, and gluten-free desserts. Just head to the fresh food area in the back.
My go to: raw chocolate mousse cake
Location: West Village

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Sweet Potato Apple Honey Cake

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Celery Root Hummus

One of the reasons I have a plant-based recipe blog is because I want to explore vegetables. I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian but I do think the average person, myself included, could enjoy a wider range of vegetables in their daily diet.

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Roasted Fairy Tale Eggplants & Figs with Miso Tahini

When developing a new recipe I like to walk through the farmer’s market and see what is in season, or sometimes I consult the Union Square Greenmarket app, which tells me what is going to be available with photographs and all. I seriously love this app! This is exactly what I did when developing this recipe. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the beautiful variety of eggplants, from fairy tale eggplants in all shapes and colours, to small round Indian and Thai eggplants. Continue reading

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The Chlorella ACV Tonic

Green juices and power smoothies are fabulous, but they’re not the only healthy drinks out there promising to quench your thirst and offer inspiring health benefits. Tonics and elixirs, a potion of adaptogens, juices, and superfoods, have become popular once again. The difference between elixirs and tonics is that elixirs are a healing remedy consumed to treat a condition, while a tonic is consumed to promote overall health and balance.  Continue reading

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Vanilla Bean & Honey Cream Bars

Raw desserts are one of my favourite things to make. I love them because they’re simple to create, you just need a food processer or a blender. They can be stored in the freezer, so you always have them on hand.  Also, they’re mostly made out of raw nuts, making them a nutritious indulgent treat.

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