One of the things we like most about NYC is the availability of healthy food. Seemingly on every block there is freshly juiced greens and vegan, organic and local fare. Below are some of our favorites, with the most affordable at the top!
Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar
222 Waverly Place
Pronounced “Tah-eem”, Taim means tasty in Hebrew. The strictly vegetarian menu features 3 different varieties of falafel which are made to order, along with many side salads and smoothies. Our favorite sides are the eggplant, beets and the spicy carrots. The creamy home-made hummus is to die for. And we love the date, lime and banana smoothie. Most meals are around $10. Taim also has a food truck and is soon opening in Nolita.
Dig Inn Seasonal Market
5 locations throughout Manhattan:
40 West 55th Street Between 5th & 6th Ave
150 East 52nd Street Between 3rd & Lexington
275 Madison Ave Between 39th & 40th
17 East 17th Street Between Broadway & 5th Ave
80 Pine Street On the corner of Pine & Pearl
Launched in September 2011 by former Iron Chef, Daniel Angerer, and Adam Eskin, the former CEO of The Pump Energy Food, Dig Inn is the yuppie’s dream lunch! The market plate comes in two sizes with one choice of protein, one grain, and any combination of 3 hot sides or cold salads. We love the braised beef with sweet potato, lentils, and carrots. All the meat at Dig Inn is from animals that were raised humanely, without the use of hormones and antibiotics. Dig Inn also features healthy baked goods and fresh cold pressed juices. Breakfast is available at the 275 Madison location. Nutritional information for all dishes is available online.
East Village – 326 East 6th Street between 1st and 2nd
Greenwich Village – 28 East 13th Street between University and 5th
SoHo – 210 6th Avenue between Houston and Prince
Souen serves what is known as “macrobiotic” food, which means large/long life and was first coined in Greece by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. The macrobiotic diet consists of unrefined and unprocessed whole grains, seaweed, vegetables, and vegetable proteins. With a mainly Japanese menu, Souen serves fresh fish, sushi, many stews and curry dishes featuring nutrient rich ingredients such as wakame, miso, and lotus root. The kitchen is free of meat and dairy, protein options are fish, tofu, seitan, beans, and tempe.
Upper East Side – 1307 3rd Avenue at 75th Street
Upper West Side – 2427 Broadway between 89th and 90th
Candle Café’s organic vegan cuisine is complimented by the restaurant’s sustainable eco-friendly practices and use of local ingredients. Our favorite dishes are the quesadilla, ginger miso stir fry and the chocolate mousse pie for dessert. Check out sister restaurant Candle 79 for a more upscale affair.
Pure Food & Wine
54 Irving Place
Pure is the most expensive on this list, but also the most innovative. The menu is strictly raw organic, vegan, although you would never know with substitutes such as cashew cream and ice cream made from nut milk. The kitchen is also free of common allergens such as gluten, soy, tempeh, and seitan. The organic wine list and the sake cocktails are creative and the mint sundae is divine! Their “One Lucky Duck” takeaway and juice bar is open from 9am which also carries snacks and skincare products. We are hopelessly addicted to the chocolate macaroons!