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Is it one of those chilly New York mornings where you’re unsure whether or not to reach for your cold-pressed juice or hot chocolate? We know you can’t quite snuggle up with a bottle of beet juice, but that doesn’t mean you have to totally ditch your healthy sips. Between hot matcha, turmeric lattes, bulletproof coffee, and bone broth, there are plenty of healthy drinks in NYC. Read on to get the scoop on where to score your next hot, healthy pick-me-up.
Where else would you expect this trendy sips cafe than in SoHo? While this spot isn’t quite a coffee shop, you’ll certainly feel caffeinated after finishing any of their drinks. An answer to the excitement surrounding the trendy, healthy powdered green tea, this little cafe serves matcha hot or cold, and in flavors like Cinnamon Help Matcha Latte, Hint of Honey Matcha, and Apple Ginger Matcha. Grab it on the go or sit and enjoy the free Wi-Fi, clean, ’grammable space, and company of other matcha enthusiasts.
Tucked into the historic Continental Bank Building, Bluestone Lane is a hot bev oasis hidden in the hustle of Wall Street. With walls made of wood paneling and ample seating lining the perimeter, it’s the perfect spot to read the New York Times or scroll your newsfeed while enjoying your caffeine fix, matcha style. While their coffee is A+, you’d be remiss not to try their almond milk and ceremonial-grade green tea powder matcha. Run by two Aussies, the shop decor reflects the owners’ roots: driving maps, vintage sporting memorabilia, and old Australian newspapers. Known for their Flat White and Affogato, as well as their various toast creations (think Salmon Toast with avocado and a poached egg or Turmeric Sweet Potato Toast), Bluestone Lane makes mornings on Wall Street a little less horrible.
With Pret A Manger trying its hand at turmeric lattes, and Starbucks taking on the golden drink in the UK, Le Pain Quotidien’s cup of warm and cozy golden milk goodness is as good as it gets from popular NYC lunch spots. Shipping turmeric latte mix all the way from the UK, LPQ serves up Wunder Workshop’s 100% vegan, dairy-free, sugar-free, and caffeine-free turmeric latte mix in a spicy latte that fights inflammation like a boss. And while you’re there, try out their matcha muffin for the ultimate superfood breakfast. Plus, with over 30 locations in Manhattan, you’re never too far from spice and everything nice.
If you’re still obsessed with unicorn lattes or have hopped onto the latest craze of bonfire cider lattes, you want to add an L train stop to your morning commute. Just by the Lorimer stop in Williamsburg, The End first gained popularity when they began offering latte hits like the Blue Algae Latte, Earl Grey Rose Petal Latte, and Mermaid Latte. With a hippie-vibe and spiritual energy, this little spot is perfect for witches-in-the-making, those growing their crystal collection, and folks who just want to be in an inspiring place with inspiring people.
When it comes to Instagrammability, you can’t beat this Lower East Side’s hot bevs. With Golden Lattes, Matcha Lattes, Beet-Chata, a wide variety of herbal teas, and spicy, sweet, herbal, or earthy fixes, this little shop has something for you. Plus, with a nail salon tucked in the back, this is the perfect post-yoga joint to hang with your friends. Healthy hot bevs, nail art, and chill, what more could you want? When it comes to relaxing in style, absolutely nothing. Fitt Tip: the drinks come quick, but if you want a spa service, you’ll want to book it a few days in advance.
This Greenpoint tea oasis is basically the epitome of high-end hipster — everything is artisanal, photographable, and gorgeous. All the teas are sourced from around the world, which means they are incredibly high quality and mostly organic. Whether you’re stopping by for a blend to buy and make at home or you’re sitting in, just remember that Bellocq is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so plan accordingly.
If you’ve already jumped in on the matcha tea craze, what better way to keep the obsession going than to grab a cup made by a nearly 300-year-old Japanese company based in Kyoto? (They probably know a thing or three about it.) Ippodo’s only New York City shop, in Murray Hill, is not really even a shop, occupying what’s literally just a counter at the front of Japanese restaurant Kajitsu. But regulars swear by its energy-boosting brews. Plus, with all their beverages being under five dollars, it’s one of the best matcha buys in Manhattan.
Grounded is the kind of cool, downtown cafe you’d image artists and freelancers curling up at and never leaving. This West Village joint has comfy chairs you’re going to want to settle into while you people-watch and sip your one-of-a-kind latte. While they have excellent coffee, getting anything other than their Honey Bee Latte, Black Tea Rose Latte, or Yerba Mate Latte would be a miss. While they have some drool-worthy unhealthy bevs (think: German Chocolate Cake Latte), organic ingredients and high-quality tea is their specialty. And while you’re there, check out their salad menu because their Arugula Salad is calling your name.
This farm-to-nutritionist restaurant vets everything on its menu before you can order it. While the bulk of its menu is healthy eats like a Sprouted Rye Berry Bowl and Carrot and Cashew Salad, its matcha menu is absolutely mouth-watering. Their House Made Almond Milk And Raw Honey Matcha and Coconut Milk, Ginger, Lemongrass Matcha are our favorites of their hot bevs, but if you’re craving a cold pressed juice, this West Village joint has those, too.
This West Village market is just a few doors down from Cafe Clover, so if you can’t snag a seat there, take a stroll. Glover Grocery might be the only place in NYC where you can order a coffee blended with medicinal mushrooms, coconut oil, molasses, and house-made nut milk. On a caffeine cleanse? No problem. Grab a collagen matcha instead. While the food all comes in to-go containers (think: salads, soups, and wraps), there are a few counter seats up for grabs if you’re looking to catch a breather.
Listen up, healthy, trendy New Yorkers with an affinity for bone broth. This paleo-centric, bone broth-lovin’ restaurant in the West Village takes the new soup beverage to the next level with flavors that are actually meal-worthy. Think: Chicken Zoodle Soup, Grass Fed Beef Broth With Kimchi Juice, and Root Broth made with grass-fed beef, ginger, and turmeric. Grab your bone broth skeptics, order up, and linger at the communal oak table for conversation over clean ingredients and savory marrow.
This West Village gem offers three bone-based broths, using either beef, chicken, or fish bases — plus, specialty vegetable broths for the vegetarian and vegan paleo crowd (one order of seaweed broth, coming right up). Bonus: they’re all served in an easy-to-drink coffee cup. They offer a menu of add-ins like bone marrow, beet juice, and garlic puree that all punch a mouthful of flavor on the go. Fitt Tip: Never make it to the West Side? Hit up Brodo Window in the East Village for walk-by bone broth service.
With the tagline “food for humans”, Hu (short for “human”) serves paleo dishes—and drinks—you can count on at both its Upper East Side and Union Square locations. While they’re best known for having the best grain-free, dairy-free pizza in town and drool-worthy paleo meatloaf, Hu Kitchen’s Liquids Bar has some unreal healthy bevs. The bar serves fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, home-made sodas, organic coffee, and even organic wine and beer. On the hot bev front, you’d be mistaken not to try out their organic hot chocolate — which is as healthy as hot cocoa gets with organic, Hu-brand chocolate. Or for a bigger caffeine kick, try out their Organic Crack Coffee which serves up some healthy fats with its organic coconut oil and organic grass-fed paleo butter mix-ins.
If there’s something about marble, foam designs, and hardwood that makes you want to whip out your iPhone and document the wellness moment, this SoHo hot spot is for you. In the winter months, their Coconut Milk Matcha is a customer favorite for its thick-n-creamy texture, but make sure you stop by in the fall because their Pumpkin Spice Matcha Latte is the thing of the autumn-obsessed dreams. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of time to wait in line during prime caffeinating hours because this spot gets pretty busy.
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