I recently had the pleasure of traveling to New York for five days with two of my best friends. Whilst the trip did involve an indulgent amount of american treats including pretzels, french toast, pizza and bagels, I also made it my mission to try out at least a few of the healthy eateries that this incredible city has to offer.
I’ve had a few people asking me for foodie tips as they plan on traveling to the big city soon too, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a round up of my favourite places:
- Bluestone Lane: This is an Australian chain of cafes situated all around the city, with locations including the West Village, Upper East Side, Financial District, Midtown, Noho and many more, which means you’re never too far from a healthy bite to eat. My friend and I took a lovely half hour walk to the West Village branch for breakfast, which was absolutely adorable. The interior was fresh and clean, with white washed walls, grey marble tables and large glass windows facing onto the bustling street. We cooled off from the walk with iced matcha lattes and then I opted for the chia and smoothie parfait; a delicious concoction of creamy chia pudding with minty mango smoothie topped with homemade granola and fresh fruit. My friend went for the classic avocado on toast option with tahini, cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts and smoked salmon. There were so many other meals I wanted to try though, including the chilled coconut quinoa porridge which comes in a papaya boat, as well as the Bluestone rainbow bowl consisting of quinoa, spinach, cabbage, feta and topped with homemade salsa, sunflower seeds, yogurt and a poached egg.
- Whole Foods: This healthy food chain is also one of my favourite foodie places in London, which you can read about here. We went here on our first day to grab a bite to eat after the long flight. I enjoyed a delicious sashimi platter and an apple, lemon, cayenne and ginger cold pressed juice, which was perfect in the New York heat, to which we were still adjusting. We also picked up some snacks for the week, which we ended up enjoying as a picnic in Central Park that evening. This was actually one of the highlights of my trip, as I felt that you got a proper taste of New York life, just relaxing in the park, surrounded by locals playing frisbee, doing bootcamps or just sunbathing.
- The Juice Shop: This healthy chain is also located in 6 locations across the city, including Chelsea, Midtown and Downtown. We often went there to pick up a juice to detox from the night before, such as the Naughty or Nice juice pictured below, made with lemon, grapefruit, orange, ginger and cayenne. The acai bowls were also equally delicious, especially the Coco-Kale variety, consisting of acai, banana, kale, spinach, coconut milk and topped with more banana, hemp seeds, granola, blueberries and chia seeds. They also offer some great lunch options, including salads, granola/oatmeal bowls, kale bowls, as well as smoothies and juices of course. This is definitely more of a coffee shop though as there isn’t ample amounts of seating, so I would recommend getting the dishes to take away and enjoy in the park or on a bench somewhere nearby.
- Juice Generation: Another place that is great for take out juices and acai bowls, which is located at locations all around the city. We both chose the aloha acai bowls, made from acai, banana, almond milk, bee pollen, hemp granola, pineapple and strawberries. Acai bowls were clearly quite a staple whilst in New York, but with the scorching temperatures, nothing could quite beat the thick, ice-cream like consistency of these delicious treats.