Best Healthy Restaurants in NYC

Healthy

by Anne Thompson

Whether you've made a resolution to eat healthier or simple prefer to avoid processed foods, it can be hard to find a place that serves up tasty and healthy options, even in New York City.

Still, it's not an impossible task and nowadays more restaurants offer nutritious options than ever before. Regardless of if you're vegan or not, there's an option for everyone.

Here are some of the spots that stands out!

Quintessence

263 East 10th Street, New York

Quintessence

You don't have to spend a ton of money to get some delicious raw, vegan food although you might end up spending more than you realize thanks to the tapas style menu at Quintessence.

While they do offer larger dishes, you'll definitely want to try everything from their wraps to their chia pudding. It will definitely make you reconsider the whole raw movement and diet as you'll soon realize that it isn't all just salads.

Although they strive to be completely raw, they do have some cooked items on the menu such as quinoa though these are very slowly cooked so as to preserve the important vitamins and nutrients.

Besides being raw it is also gluten-free, vegan and almost everything is handmade including the mustard and mayonnaise.

Souen

28 East 13th Street, New York

Souen

Traditional Japanese food has always been considered one of the healthier diets in the world. Now add a macrobiotic spin and you have Souen.

What is macrobiotics? In essence it emphasizes locally-grown, whole foods combined into meals according to the principle of yin and yang. As you would expect, Souen uses organic, locally sourced ingredients for the majority of their dishes.

Although the majority of their menu is vegan, there are a few seafood options so make sure to read the menu carefully if you have dietary restrictions.

Sun in Bloom

460 Bergen Street, Brooklyn

Sun in Bloom

Manhattan isn't the only place to grab a nutritious bite as evidenced by this amazing vegan restaurant. This restaurant is perfect even for meat-lovers the dishes are so hearty and flavor-filled no one will even miss the meat.

Besides offering a completely vegan menu, is also has a very large gluten-free menu and even offers some kosher and raw items as well. It's a perfect place to eat whether you want a hearty breakfast before walking around Prospect Park or a light lunch before heading to the Brooklyn Museum.

If you don't happen to be in Brooklyn, they also have a small takeaway location in Tribeca (165 Church Street).

Angelica Kitchen

300 East 12th Street, New York

Angelica Kitchen

Opened in 1976, Angelica Kitchen remains a mainstay in the East Village as a haven for vegetarians and vegans alike and for good reason. They only use organic and local produce and transform these into meticulously prepared meals.

While they don't advertise themselves as macrobiotic, many of their dishes do borrow inspiration from it. The best part is that it's perfect for any budget or meal. If you want a quick snack they have some hot soups or, if you want something more filling, they offer full meals that change on a daily basis.

Bunna Café

1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

Bunna Café

Who says vegan food has to be bland? Not Bunna Café! This vegan restaurant serves up traditional Ethiopian food like injera bread with the misir wot.

A lot of the flavor in the dish comes from the traditional berebere spice mixture which consists of chili peppers, garlic, ginger, basil, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, glove and more. Naturally, Bunna Café blends their berebere for a signature flavor.

Aside from the spicy kick, Bunna Café also serves traditional Ethiopian coffee infused with cloves and cardamom. It's a perfect spot for coffee lovers and vegans.

Honorable Mention

Mulberry & Vine

73 Warren Street, New York

Mulberry & Vine

Fitness gurus Genevieve Lynch and Michelle Gauthier started this prepared food spot down in TriBeCa. It's a perfect spot for people who want something healthy but don't have the time to sit down and eat.

All the dishes pack a ton of flavor with healthful ingredients like quinoa, soba noodles and cauliflower. Better yet, they have options for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike so everyone can order exactly what they want. The best part is that a quick bite here won't break the bank and it will leave you satisfied.