New Yorkers do not joke around when it comes to being uber hip and healthy. Sporting your hottest new activewear is considered fashion forward and just about every street corner is adorned with a juice and smoothie bar. There are constantly new fitness and food trends that sweep across the city in seconds. We want to ensure you can be your hip and healthiest self on your next trip to NYC so we’ve rounded up our favourite places to eat, sweat and adventure. Read on for all the scoop…
A 57-minute ballet-barre class that is sure to leave your muscles shaking. As one of NYC’s hippest exercise classes, do not be surprised if your pliéing next to models or celebs. As a first timer, opt for a beginner class and prepare to be sore! Physqiue57 has three locations – Soho, Midtown, and Upper West Side.
If you are looking to really sweat it out, SoulCycle is just your place. This 45-minute heart pumping cycle class will leave you drenched from head to toe. With fourteen studios throughout NYC, you’ll have no excuse not to get your daily exercise in.
Infamous for their hardcore reformer pilates classes, check out SLT if you’re in the mood for a butt kicking class. Hence the name, it promises to Stenthen Lengthen and Tone you – and leave you with wobbly legs from such a great workout! You can make your way to SLT in Soho, Flatiron, or Midtown.
- Yoga Vida
This is hands down my favourite yoga studio because all the teachers – at both of their two downtown locations – are amazing. The flow classes are great to get your heart rate going, but calm your mind in the midst of what can sometimes be crazy NYC. This is also a great workout for the gal on the go, because it’s not so sweat intensive.
This NYC based must-visit destination doesn’t only blend up some of the healthiest smoothies, cold pressed juices and yummy bites – they also have the hippest blue interiors. We promise if you make your way to Liquiteria, you’ll find yourself coming back for more. Our favourites include the Mean Green Smoothie – a blend of spinach, kale, mango, banana, and pineapple, the Winter Sunshine Juice – made up of blood orange, tangerine, pomegranate, pear, and ginger and the All Greens juice with lemon and ginger.
- Juice Generation
You have not lived until you have tried Juice Generation’s Peanut Butter Acai Bowl. We are forewarning you – prepare to be addicted to this frozen blended base of acai, peanut butter, and almond milk, topped with banana slices, strawberries, cacao nibs, hemp granola, and a dollop of peanut butter. They also serve up amazing cold pressed juices, smoothies, vegan baked goods and raw bites for on the go. Your addiction can be easily satisfied thanks to their fifteen locations across NYC.
- Juice Press
Infamous for their Almond Butter Cup smoothie, Juice Press knows how to do it all. They serve up just about every cold pressed juice combo you could ever dream of and also the loveliest raw foods and desserts. We’re particularly obsessed with their Raw Oatmeal and Matcha Green Tea Latte!
- The Juice Shop
We love all the cold pressed juice shops in NYC, but The Juice Shop is one of our favourites because besides smoothies and juices, they have quite an extensive food menu including the yummiest kale and grain bowls ever! For the kale bowls, you can choose between quinoa or brown rice and have the option to add proteins like chicken, salmon or tofu. Our favourite is the Veggie Pad Thai made up of tons of veggies with a spicy almond butter dressing. Don’t leave without trying the heavenly Cha Cha Chai smoothie with chai, almond milk, banana, ginger, vanilla, agave, and cinnamon.
- Chalkpoint Kitchen
The adorable decorations at this Soho restaurant go perfectly with their amazing farm-to-table food. Chalkpoint Kitchen is amazing for veg-heads and meat eaters alike with options for vegetarian and vegan plates, super tasty fish, and unbelievably rich meat and poultry. Some of our favourites include the cauliflower steak with tahini, raisins, and pickled chillies; the succotash containing a mix of mushrooms, local corn, black dirt carrots and English peas in truffle vinaigrette; and the Icelandic artic char with white miso & ruby red grapefruit.
- Little Beet Table
You would never know The Little Beet Table serves up a completely gluten free menu because they offer the most creative and deceptively gluten free dishes. With options like fish tacos, mushroom flatbread, and a delicious burger – you will be in foodie heaven! The best part is they don’t use weird chemical gluten free alternatives but rather focus on whole food ingredients. Be sure not to skip out on their infamous roasted sweet potatoes with smoked sea salt!
- Café Clover
Café Clover has one of the most enticing and deceivingly healthy menus in town. With a focus on locally sourced organic ingredients – you can always be sure to find foods of the highest quality with loads of flavour at this healthy hub favourite. We love their brunch with options like quinoa pancakes with baked apples, beet and mushroom veggie burgers with sweet potato jam, and poached farm eggs with spaghetti squash chia rosti.
- Hu Kitchen
This is seriously the mecca for all healthy NYCers! If you visit New York you must not leave without a bar of Hu Kitchen’s infamous puffed quinoa and almond butter dark chocolate. This paleo eatery prides themselves in home making just about everything – from the almond milk they use in their smoothies to their kombucha on tap, to the most delicious paleo bread and baked goods we have ever tasted!
- Siggys Good Food
Siggys Good Food serves up 100% organic, sustainable and whole-food ingredients in the form of the yummiest home-style comfort food. With choices like Greek style quinoa and avocado salad, gluten free organic thyme sage chicken with caramelized onions, and loads of freshly made juices and smoothies – what’s not to love.
- Butchers Daughter
This vegetable slaughter house is every vegetarian and vegans dream. We always opt for brunch here because they serve up a bit of everything we love. With a menu consisting of soaked organic museli made with almond milk; tacos verdes with lettuce tortillas, ground tempeh, and avocado creama; the tastiest spicy kale cesar salad with cashew carrot cheese and adzuki bean bacon; and raw hot cacao – sound heavenly? That’s exactly what it is! They even serve up biodynamic wines if you’re looking to squeeze some extra antioxidants into your diet!
Souen is hands down our favourite place for a super clean, simple meal when you need a detox or healthy reset. This macrobiotic café has three downtown locations with lots of soups, veggie entrees, sushi, noodle dishes, seafood dishes and clean treats on offer. Their gluten free cornbread is to die for, as is their pad thai, but the winner is their macro plate which is just so clean and light – think steamed seasonal greens, squash, brown rice, beans, hijiki seaweed and the hip and healhiest dressing options around.
- Candle 79
Candle 79 is definitely NYCs premier organic vegan eatery – and eco bar – for a bit of a fancier meal. They’re infamous for their polenta fries and super creative veg dishes.
Gluten, dairy, soy, egg, refined sugar and oil free treats might sound impossible – or just tasteless – but we promise you Babycakes somehow manages to make baked goods even more tasty then their unhealthy alternatives. They dish out soft serve, cupcakes, cakes, bagels, donuts, cookies, breads, muffins, and brownies all made in house. Their flavour options are endless so get ready to leave with a box rather than just one treat. They also mastermind daily specials like apple churros, peach cinnamon buns, ice cream sandwiches and more. Check out their one location on the Lower East Side.
- Cinnamon Snail
Be sure to catch this vegan organic food truck while roaming the streets of NYC. You would never know their food is vegan especially when you have options like fresh fig pancakes, ancho chili seitan burger, chimichurri tempeh empanada, and thai barbecue seitan ribs. Save room for dessert though, they are most praised for their donuts that rotate daily. Don’t be surprised to find flavours such as vanilla-bourbon crème brulée, raspberry cheesecake, peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and pistachio cake with a rosewater and cardamom glaze.
The hottest food trend as of late to sweep New York is matcha green tea. Chalait takes this trend to the next level with the most delicious matcha lattes, matcha superfood chocolate, matcha yogurt pots and more. If you fancy something to nibble on while looking like a trendy New Yorker, Chalait has also mastered the tartine game. It is hard to choose between the muesli toast topped with greek yogurt, seasonal fruit, nuts, and honey, or the miso butter toast topped with a soft boiled egg, avocado, sesame and arugula. Their only location is on West 4th so be sure to stop by if you’re on the Lower West Side.
- Van Leeuwen
Sustainable ice cream shop with dairy free options? Yes we’re fans! Van Leeuwen started out as a gourmet ice cream truck and their popularity quickly helped them open multiple NYC stores. Their ingredients list is short, simple and natural with flavours to die for. Van Leeuwen can be found on the Lower West and East side, in three locations in Brooklyn, and they also have their infamous food truck still roaming around.
- Union Square Farmers Market
If you’re in the area, it won’t hurt to pop in and see a cute local NYC market with some great food stalls and even better flowers. This market is packed with tons of local and seasonal produce which you should definitely take advantage of if you plan on cooking during your stay.
- LifeThyme Natural Market
The mecca of all health food grocery stores, LifeThyme have just about every healthy food item you could dream of including loads of local produce and an amazing juice bar, bakery, and prepared foods section. LifeThyme is right on 6th Avenue between 8th and 9th street.
The Highline is not just a super beautiful boardwalk above the busy streets of NYC, it’s a total activity hub. This linear park above the West Side Highway is on a converted railroad track that now serves as an aerial greenway. When the hustle and bustle of NYC becomes a bit much, this is the best place to spend a sunny afternoon.
This LA based store sells clothing made from only sustainable fabrics, recycled hangers and 100% recycled packaging. Reformation makes the cutest designs that flatter all figures – and you wont only feel good about yourself while wearing it, but also about the positive impact you’re making on the environment. They have a Lower East Side and Soho location.