If you think of healthy food New York probably doesn’t immediately come to mind. But there are some little pots of gold if you know where to look.
If you read my post about my recent trip to Los Angeles, you’ll know that my travel buddy Kylie and I decided to squeeze in a quick trip to the East coast before heading home. The only trouble was that we had packed for LA weather (which is basically always sunny). When we arrived in New York it was 0°C and there was still snow on the roads. So we proceeded to wear all of our clothes all at once and spent quite a bit of time café hopping to stay out of the cold.
Healthy food New York
We’d both been to New York a few times before so we skipped the standard tourist areas. We stuck to casual eating spots, with the exception of one rather expensive night out at Catch. It’s housed in a stunning building in the Meatpacking District and, although pricey, the food was delicious.
Here is a list of some of my favourite spots around Manhattan and Brooklyn:
- By CHLOE for plant-based meals and vegan desserts. The avocado toast and the vegan red velvet cupcakes are a must.
- Hu Kitchen for paleo, vegetarian and vegan meals, desserts, snacks, juices and kombucha on tap.
- Reunion for Middle-Eastern inspired meals – the falafel salad was amazing.
- Essbar for juices and booster shots – I had a cayenne, ginger and lemon shot that certainly warmed me up.
- The Butcher’s Daughter for plant-based meals and juices.
- Blue Bottle for specialty coffee.
- Happy Bones for specialty coffee.
- Gasoline Alley Coffee for coffee.
- Intelligentsia for specialty coffee and teas.
- Whole Foods to pick up snacks or to build your own meal from their extensive self-serve salad and hot food bars.
As much as I love Manhattan, it can get pretty hectic so we hired a car and road tripped down the Long Island coast to spend a couple of nights in the Hamptons. The area is best known for it’s lush gardens and sparkling waters as an escape from the Manhattan heat during the summer. In the winter however, it was a completely different story.
Set against grey skies and wild weather, the area had a creepy, cinematic vibe. The greenery of the warmer months had transformed into bare-branched trees, which allowed us to get a good look at the doll house mansions that lay behind them.
Food picks in the Hamptons and beyond
We stumbled across some cosy restaurants and wineries along the way to eat and stay warm:
- Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton for European-inspired, seasonal dishes using local produce.
- Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. We stopped off for a glass of wine and a look around.
- Inlet Seafood in Montauk. Owned by a cooperative of fishermen, the restaurant overlooks the water and the seafood was fresh.
- Grindstone Coffee and Donuts in Sag Harbour. We stopped there twice for coffee and may have also sampled the donuts.