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THE HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN NYC

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UPDATED JAN 16, 2020

With restaurants for the vegan, the vegetarian, the gluten-intolerant, and the keto, the NYC dining scene hits on every branch of “healthy”. And whether you’re eating in or letting Seamless deliver it right to your door, these clean and tasty eateries are top-notch. Read up for our fave healthy restaurants in the city right now.

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GABRIELLE KASSEL

FITT NEW-YORK-CITY CONTRIBUTOR

Yes, you've heard of them — this is the "vegetable slaughterhouse" found in West Village, Nolita, and Williamsburg (with a bakery/coffee shop concept next door). From their vegan spaghetti and meatballs to their bowls, salads, main courses, bar plates, and starters, the foods served up here are always seasonal and totally ’grammable. Not feelin’ solid food? No worries — this restaurant offers a killer juice bar with the likes of the almond milk-based Mexican Cacao Elixir with raw cacao, cayenne, and reishi mushrooms.

The third restaurant in the Jean-Georges empire is chic, veggie-focused, and open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Created as the go-to for wellness savvy New Yorkers, the décor is a modern minimalist miracle, and you’ll love how the menu is organized: Light & Fresh, Warm & Hot, Noodles & Rice, or Legumes. A sampling from the dinner menu includes: Avocado Lettuce Cups, wood-roasted fingerling potatoes with herbal labneh, and Fresh Custardy Tofu. Looking to splurge? Rumor has it they have a daily wellness special which, for $48, will get you a beautiful display of dishes specially selected by the chef.

It’s clear New Yorkers have a thing for lunch bowls, and this Midtown and NoMad eatery gives good reason. INDAY is all about serving you both good food and good karma… fast. While the food is inspired by Indian cuisine, you won’t find chicken tikka masala or naan here. Instead, the 100% gluten-free menu is focused on fresh, local foods and anti-inflammatory spices. Choose from one of their chef-designed combinations—like the veggie-filled Curry Chicken bowl—or create your own bowl of goodness with a base of cauliflower rice or quinoa. And while most people take their bowls to go, they do have seating allowing you just to kick back and nourish. Fitt Tip: there's also an food hall version called INDAY Go Go in Urbanspace at 570 Lexington Ave.

With a cheery communal vibe complete with lots of plants, a big workers table, and sometimes even a swing, all of this eatery’s locations are as welcoming as they are casual. With menu options like juicy Guac Burgers, mac 'n' cheese made with sweet potato “cheese” and shiitake “bacon”, and Kale-Matcha Mojitos, it’s a go-to for post-sweat hangs and NYU student lunches. And if you don’t have time to sit and dine—or it gets too crowded (which it will)—their grab-and-go section is pretty excellent, too. Plus, with nine total locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, getting your hands on by CHLOE.’s air-baked fries has never been easier.

If you don’t mind spending a little bit (okay, a lotta bit) of dough on a butterfly peaflower cocktail or avocado toast worthy of queens, this sunny West Village restaurant is your new splurge brunch and dinner spot. We recommend starting off with a Avocado "Salad" and then moving onto chicken & waffles (available for brunch). If you’re turning your head at waffles, don’t — these babies are made with kale and are completely organic. And from the drink menu, if you’re not completely sold on the Too Good For You (the kale and tequila concoction), try the Uh-Huh Honey with bee pollen-infused mezcal. Just make sure to wear your nicest athleisure — this spot requires a little more than a sweatsuit.

This dimly-lit, semi-romantic hot spot will impress your date in a “I can’t believe it’s vegetarian” kind of way. The Michelin star doesn’t hurt, either. Just a few blocks from the Union Square Greenmarket, Nix sources most of its vegetables from the best of the best. But while the dishes are mainly made up of veggies, the main menu isn’t strictly vegan. Yet, there's a separate menu for that. And there, you’ll find comforting and indulgent plant-based dishes of cauliflower tempura and kabocha squash dumplings.

You guessed it. The entire menu at this unique cafe consists of soups, poke bowls, salads, grain bowls, and even smoothies is centered around everyone’s favorite healthy fat. And yes, they even have an avocado rosé. If you find yourself in Brooklyn by day, definitely make a stop, as they’re only open from 9am–4pm on weekdays. But if you’re on that nine-to-five grind, make sure you make brunching here a priority. Look for their other spots at Terminal Shores in Chelsea and Timeout Market in DUMBO.

Something's happening with coffee shops in New York City; they're evolving. In particular, their kitchens are rivaling those of the city's favorite healthy hot spots. Gotan, found in Chelsea, Midtown, Tribeca, and Williamsburg, exemplifies this. In addition serving Counter Culture coffee brewed with ModBar machines, they serve an incredibly healthy, vegetable-forward menu. From their Shakshuka from the all-day breakfast menu to an eggplant salad with an organic poached egg resting on top, count on everything being fresh, seasonal, and best enjoyed with a barista-crafted Americano.

Roasted Balsamic Chicken. Moroccan Lamb Meatballs. Baked Eggs & Avocado (a delightful riff on shakshuka). These are just a few of the amazing Mediterranean-inspired dishes at this NoHo healthy eatery. This cozy spot is as picturesque and quaint as it is healthy and refreshing. Plus, the menu changes with the season, so anything you order is made with produce that is as fresh as possible. Just prepare to wait in line if you’re going for brunch — you can put your name down and go across the street to the lululemon lab while you wait. Fitt Tip: nothing puts a smile on our faces like a quick yet still healthy meal; check out Smile to Go in SoHo and Flatiron for a cafeteria-style set-up.

With views from the 24th floor of the Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards, this seasonal restaurant is as much about the experience as it is about good food. The chefs here take the best of what local farmers and growers have—clean, minimally processed food—and place it at the heart of every simple, but incredibly flavorful dish. So, reserve a table and dive into a bowl of beet yogurt with pistachios and bee pollen or toasted buckwheat pasta with roasted chestnuts, as you dine al fresco on the patio with the outdoor fire pit.

Between Bluestone Lane, Little Collins, Sweatshop in BK, we have a full-scale Aussie invasion on our hands, but we are here for it. Though, when it comes to food, our go-to is Two Hands, serving a beachy brekkie paired with a phenomenal cup of coffee. Whether you're in the mood for sweet or savory, you can just as easily swap between the Acai Bowl (with multiple fruit blends, coconut milk, and piled high with granola) or something like the Brassicas Bowl, a delightful medley of charred broccolini, Brussels sprouts, kale, hummus, avocado, and a soft-boiled egg. Find a taste of Sydney in Nolita, Tribeca, and NoHo.

This casual Union Square restaurant is one of the few places you can easily eat out when following a paleo or keto diet, and for that reason, it definitely deserves a spot on our list. Not to mention the kickass food. Even if you’re not eating like a caveman, Hu Kitchen’s mains, sides, mashbar, and parfaits are on-the-go health food at its best. There aren’t many places you can find a grain-free biscuit, but Hu’s is one of them. Plus, they carry their signature paleo, vegan chocolate bars, so you could say they’ve got their priorities straight.

It’s all about community at this self-proclaimed “accidentally vegetarian” restaurant in SoHo. Anyone and everyone is welcome to stop by and dig into West Coast-inspired bowls full of tasty delights like coconut chia pudding, pan-roasted seasonal greens, or mixed mushrooms with everything spice. Even better, 1% of profits from every dish goes to a non-profit hospitality group — so you can eat well and do good!

If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite after work with friends, this plant-based, organic, and gluten-free wine bar is the move. The upscale-ish vibe somehow manages to remain totally down-to-earth, making it the perfect setting for a spread of fresh dips, veggie tagines, and sweet Omega 3 brownies. Pair it all with a glass of natural wine or a fruity drink for a truly botanical happy hour.

This full-service restaurant over by Madison Square Park is entirely gluten-free and supported by a wellness-inspired lineup of insanely delicious eats. Every dish starts with a veggie (think cauliflower, asparagus, beets, and more) and builds into a colorful, seasonal plate you’ll want to devour as fast as possible. Plus, the bright and colorful sit-down area will give you all the farm-to-table vibes you’re missing out on living in the big city.

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