It’s about that time of year where those “healthy” New Year’s resolutions have gone out the window…and probably ran about 10 blocks away. No judgements here because does anyone actually enjoy eating steamed broccoli and grilled chicken?
Don’t even get me started on egg whites…
While I’m a firm believer in that whole “everything in moderation” rule (I mean, have you seen my Instagram?), I also think that it’s possible to eat healthily and still actually enjoy it. It’s a lesson that most New Yorkers should really try to learn, considering so many of us dine out for the majority of our meals.
The good news for us is that there are a ton of restaurants across the city that have made healthy eating convenient and delicious. Here are my top picks.
Pure Green is my favorite juice bar in the city, but I go their specifically for their Banana Nut Smoothie. It tastes like a Magnolia’s Banana Pudding milkshake, but it’s actually good for you — full of protein, healthy fats and superfoods. It’s my favorite grab-and-go breakfast for those busy mornings.
Bluestone Lane is a great spot when you want to have more of a sit-down breakfast. My go-to order is their Avocado Smash (which you can get on gluten-free bread), and I also love their Muesli Cup and Chia Seed Cup.
If you haven’t been to Greecologies, make it a point to get there STAT. They have delicious authentic Greek yogurt from grass-fed cows, and you can get all sorts of (sweet AND savory) toppings.
Inday has taken fast-casual to the next level with their customizable, Indian cuisine-inspired bowls. Their ingredients are always fresh and super unique and flavorful. They also have a cauliflower rice base option, which is like, so trendy RN.
Mission Ceviche is one of the few reasons you’ll find me in the Meatpacking District. Head to their Gansevoort Market location for customizable ceviche bowls. Make sure to top it off with their Avocado Mousse.
Springbone has made me understand this whole bone broth trend. Their broths are crazy flavorful, and you can get all sorts of add-ins. They also have a menu full of delicious Paleo options. My favorite is their burger with all the toppings.
Hu Kitchen is basically a one-shop stop healthy food heaven. Most of the menu is paleo but they also have a ton of vegetarian/vegan options. They have a hot bar, a deli-style section, cafe, juice bar and even paleo packaged goods. I’m a huge fan of their breakfast burritos, the “Herbivore” (three of their vegetable sides) and Mashbar.
Poke bowls are a food trend that I hope sticks around for the long haul. The Pokespot is a new favorite of mine, with their delicious signature and customizable poke bowls. You can choose from various bases (including zoodles! AKA zucchini noodles), then add the protein, toppings, and sauces of your choice.
Healthy or not, Avra (on Madison) is one of my favorite new restaurants in the city. This is no fast-casual spot — it’s a beautifully chic, large space and perfect for groups. Their Greek cuisine is naturally on the lighter side with a focus on fresh seafood. The Greek salad is a must.
ABC Kitchen has become known as a go-to restaurant for delicious lighter fare. They use all local and organic ingredients which lends to vegetable-filled yet flavorful dishes. You should probably still treat yourself to their salted caramel popcorn sundae…I won’t tell anyone 😉
Fat Radish is another spot that has managed to take “meat and vegetables” to a whole new level with their inventive dishes. They also offer a macrobiotic dish, conveniently called the “Fat Radish Plate.”
And to include a fast-casual dinner option, Beyond Sushi is a great way to get your after work sushi fix…vegan style. Their plant-based rolls and wraps are unique and flavorful and *gasp* may leave you not missing the fish. I love their Nutty Buddy Wrap and Sweet Tree Roll.
What are your favorite places to enjoy healthy and delicious eats in NYC?
Gracie Gordon is the blonde behind Hungry Blonde: a food and lifestyle blog that shows the balance between healthy living and indulging in everything New York City (and beyond) has to offer. When she’s not hungry, Gracie is busy at SoulCycle, shipping champagne at speakeasies, and planning events & adventures with her friends. Follow Gracie’s day-to-day eats and more on her Instagram, @Hungry.Blonde.