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NYC Healthy Living Guide: Restaurants

August 18, 2011

Our Integrative Nutrition Live in NYC: Fall IINto Action! Conference is just weeks away! The majority of our community is traveling from outside of New York to join us, so we put together a series of healthy living guides to NYC, so you can make the most out of your time in the Big Apple! Whether you plan to attend the conference this fall, or you are just visiting New York for the first time, you are sure to find our Healthy NYC Guide useful. Check our blog every Thursday for new ideas on how you can experience all that New York has to offer in a healthy way! Plus, we'll add all the resources we list on each new blogpost to our interactive map:
IIN's Guide to NYC!

Explore some of these healthy restaurant options for dinner after the conference or even breakfast before!

Angelicas Kitchen
300 E 12th Street

Open since 1976, Angelica’s Kitchen was a head of its time with a gourmet vegan menu with a fantastic Asian twist. While this East Village spot does tend to get crowded and does not take reservations, the food is well worth the wait, and comes at a very reasonable price. 


babycakes nycBabycakes
248 Broome Street

Need a sweet treat to get you through a day full of sightseeing? Check out Babycakes, NYC’s very popular vegan bakery. Indulge in a gluten free cupcake or slice of cake, sweetened with agave, guilt free! While you are there, make sure you explore everything the Lower East Side of Manhattan has to offer, like the Tenement Museum or the boutique shops on Rivington Street.


better burger nycBetter Burger
587 Ninth Avenue

Craving a nice, juicy burger or maybe a delicious veggie burger? You might want to head over to Better Burger in Hells Kitchen for an anti-biotic free burger or veggie burger. At only $6, this makes for a cheap, healthy meal and it’s only a 10-minute walk from the Javits Center!


blossom nycBlossom
187 Ninth Avenue

Looking for a vegan meal option? Take the A,C, or E subway down to Chelsea from the Javits Center for a nice, relaxing meal at Blossom. Here you will find vegan meals with an international flare. Whether you are in the mood for Italian or Japanese, there is something for everyone on the menu at Blossom.

blue hillBlue Hill Farm
75 Washington Place

The Northeast is home to plenty of locally owned, organic farms. To try the locally grown produce that New York has to offer, head down to Blue Hill Farm in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village. Choose a locally grown meal from the regular menu or opt for the Farmer’s Feast – a five-course tasting menu inspired by the week’s local harvest.


candle 79Candle 79
1307 Third Avenue

If you find yourself on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after a leisurely stroll through Central Park, head over to Candle 79 for a wonderful, organic, vegan meal to satisfy your appetite. If you just need something to quench your thirst, stop in for a fresh juice or a house made gingerale before doing a little window-shopping on Madison Avenue!


gobo nycGobo (A Joshua Favorite!)
401 6th Avenue or
1426 3rd Avenue

An eclectic vegetarian restaurant, Gobo is a favorite of not only Joshua but many New Yorkers alike. Stop in for a quiet lunch or come for dinner when the space is crowded and lively. Try an autumn favorite, faux-lasagna made of sweet potatoes, rice pasta, and kale, which is quite reminiscent of the classic dish.


gustorganics nycGustOrganics (A Joshua Favorite!)
519 Avenue of the Americas

If you don’t have time to sit down for a full meal, or even if you do, GustOrganics is a great place to pick up an organic lunch in Downtown Manhattan. Sit down for some Organic Tapidos, grab a quick fruit smoothie or even stock up on organic baby food! Whatever your organic eating needs, GustOrganics has got you covered!


le pain quotidien nyc

Le Pain Quotidien
Multiple Locations (Not all included on map below)

If there is one thing New Yorkers don’t mind taking time out of their business schedules for on the weekend, it’s brunch. If you want to be a New Yorker for the day, head over to Le Pain Quotidien for organic soft-boiled eggs or homemade organic granola.  Whether you stop in before the conference, or before you go out for a day on the town, this is the perfect spot for a satisfying, delicious and nutritious breakfast before you start your day.


pure food and wine
pure food and wine

Pure Food and Wine (A Joshua Favorite!)
54 Irving Place

Are you a raw foodist? Then Pure Food and Wine is for you! The food just that: Pure. You can find a variety of American style raw, vegan dishes that will keep you healthy and satisfy your appetite for delicious food and high-class New York style.  If you’re just in the mood for a snack, visit Pure Food and Wine’s raw, vegan snack outpost, One Lucky Duck in foodie mecca, Chelsea Market!


souen nycSouen
28 E 13th Street or
210 6th Avenue

Load up on Asian inspired macrobiotic meals at Souen before touring Greenwich Village. While the dishes aren’t always pretty, they are made without salt or refined sugars and will provide you with the good, clean energy you need to take on the day! After a meal of inspired vegetable curry, seasoned with ginger root, head down to Washington Park to explore the NYU campus.


spring street natural nycSpring Street Natural
62 Spring Street

Doing some shopping in the world famous streets of SoHo? End your day with a healthy dinner at Spring Street Natural. Here you can choose from a large variety of organic American plates, but you might want to make a reservation if you choose to go for dinner, it has been known to be a SoHo hot spot!  

For even more healthy meal options in Manhattan, check out Integrative Nutrition graduate, Jared Koch’s Book Clean Plates!

Click on the swirls in our interactive map to find the location of the restaurants on this list! Or view a larger version of the map in Google Maps here.

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