One of the best things about New York City is the food. Every culture and nation has an authentic restaurant with mouthwatering foods available for you to enjoy. Although many of these restaurants leave you feeling full and satisfied, they also leave you feeling bloated and heavy.
Luckily there are plenty of health-conscious restaurateurs in the city that recognize the demand for an eatery that won’t make you feel like hitting the gym for a week straight to even the scales. Here is a list of the top 5 healthy restaurants in NYC.
At 185 Bleeker St, there is a vegan restaurant that is frequented by more than just the vegans. The black and white awning is chic and the inside is quaint and reminiscent of an old bakery shop. The food is nothing but spectacular and mouthwatering, and surprisingly affordable. Most people consider vegan foods to be boring and bland but Chloe Coscarelli, chef and part owner, delivers recipes that are fun and full of flavor. She serves salads, burgers and fries, tacos, and more. She even offers vegan bakery items like cupcakes, dairy free ice cream, and other pastries. This comes to no surprise, since she won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Be warned, the chances of waiting in line to order from this restaurant is extremely high, but you can order ahead on their website at https://order.eatbychloe.com/order/.
Most popular items: quinoa and seitan chorizo tacos, guacamole and black bean burgers, sweet potato and cashew mac and cheese, and the Chlostess cupcake.
This vegetarian restaurant’s fare changes with the seasons, as it uses the fresh produce available at the Union Square Market for all of its recipes. It was opened at 72 University Place by long time chef and Michelin starred John Fraser. The restaurant has a more upscale atmosphere with soft lighting. To go along with the relaxed atmosphere, this restaurant offers divine drinks such as the Shiso Cool, a mix of aloe vera juice, shiso leaf, chartreuse, and vodka. The mixtures of flavors in the dishes make you almost skeptical, but they work every time. They have options for lighter or heavier dishes, with prices varying accordingly. With vegetables being the stars in their dishes, Nix sure does make them shine.
Most popular items: The tandoori bread with all the delicious sauces available for dipping (spiced eggplant and pine nuts, avocado with mint and curry, onion dip, red pepper and walnut, and labneh and marinated cucumbers, and hummus).
The Butcher’s Daughter
This daughter can make her daddy proud without touching a piece of meat. The owner isn’t really a butcher’s daughter, but they claim to be a vegetable slaughterhouse. The vegetarian dishes mimic meat dishes, but with a lot less calories! There are two locations to choose from, 19 Kenmare St or 581 Hudson St, which has a stone over pizza menu. The Butcher’s Daughter is also known for its juice bar, which will deliver a lot of nutrients in one little shot of juice.
Most popular items on the menu: Avocado toast, spicy kale Caesar salad, and the protein bowl
Mulberry and Vine
This retro styled buffet of deliciousness was created by Michelle Gautier, from New Orleans. The motto of Mulberry and Vine is to eat clean, so there are no GMO’s, artificial, preservatives, or hydrogenated foods. There are three Mulberry and Vine locations to serve you. Chef Justin Schwartz competed on Food Network’s Chopped. This is a great place to grab a quick lunch after exhausting yourself at the workout studio. The prices are fair with the choice of three sides for $12 or less.
Most popular items on the menu: Thai Chili Noodles, roasted salmon with herb salad, chicken tomatillo posole.
The Little Beet
This restaurant is aimed to those who are gluten intolerant, but the foods entice all to come and taste. The menu offers healthy proteins, fancy vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. You can also choose plates that are vegetarian, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. This place is safe for any dietary restriction. They always change their menu according to the seasons to ensure offering the freshest organic produce available.
Most popular items on the menu: Any of the nori rolls, golden cauliflower, and happy slaw
These are just a few of the delicious and guilt free restaurants that the city offers. They range in style, menu, pricing, and locations. Take advantage of their healthy recipes without the over indulgence.
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