When I was going on a road trip with my family through America a couple years ago, I was scared to be drown in morning muffins, fast food and oversized coffee cups. I can’t deny that; it is America for sake! But still, there are so many healthy options in America, it blew my mind. Let’s start off with New York because I am just in love with New York and her many avocado toast options.
The best place to do your (healthy) groceries is, apart from the overpriced goodies at Whole Foods (you have to take a look though here, especially at the amazing salad bar and the chooses of Jamba Juice) is for sure Trader’s Joe. Be prepared to wait in a queue for a long time here; don’t be surprised when it starts already at the entrance! Located in Chelsea, Broadway, Union Square and many more.
On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, you also find Greenmarket at Union Square, where 140 regional farmers, fishers and producers sell their large varieties of productions, from cheeses, flowers to maple syrups. An indoor market to visit is Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District, close to the High Line Park, which is open 7 days a week. A market with a more international perspective.
SoHo (also known as South of Houston, located in Lower Manhattan) is the place to grab a lazy Sunday brunch. Never a disappointment: Le Pain Quotidien (100 Grand St.) My favorite however is this vegetarian restaurant The Butcher’s Daughter at Kenmare street, east of SoHo (=Nolita). But why a butcher? No meat? What a contradictory. Explanation: we treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: we chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.
This was actually one of the best avocado toasts I ever had. And I have eaten a lot of them. Their secrets ingredients: cumin, a little bit mustard, a good squeeze of lime and the perfect avocado of course.
Also located in Westvillage, an alternative to The Butcher’s Daughter is Bluestone Lane Collective Café, if you haven’t had enough of the avocado toast and want to enjoy a classic Australian café experience. I will definitely go here next time! Another Australian café is Two Hands NYC in TriBeCa, where you could also enjoy smashed avocado on toast. And lots of other things of course. Take a look at www.twohandsnyc.com/restaurant, looks so good right? Last brunch place but definitely not the least; The Smile, where I tried the buckwheat waffles. A 1830s townhouse transformed in a very stylish cozy restaurant with some antique touches. Almost every day they change their menu, which is quite innovative. For The Smile To Go, you have to walk a couple blocks furthermore.
Jack’s Wife Freda in SoHo and Westvillage is great for dinners, a lively and warm bistro with an American-Mediterranean kitchen and classic cocktails.
Transport yourself to the street of Mexico at Fonda Nolita, while eating tacos out of a converted VW bus. This place is called Tacombi and also an experience worth it.
Looking for a cheap salad place in
Manhattan, I would recommend Fresh&Co, where you could create your own salad bowl with unlimited chooses. Or Chop’t, also in NoLiTa, near by The Butcher’s Daughter. If you are in a run and looking for organic food, cold pressed juices or a vegan market place Organic Avenue is a good one. Located in NoHo, Chelsea and near Bryant Park.
A couple of other juice places recommendations:
The Juice Press, which have 49 locations in New York; The Juice Generation famous because of their different kinds of açai bowls and Joe & The Juice, a very welcoming company started in Denmark and now got seven locations in New York, such as SoHo.
In trendy Brooklyn I would recommend Runner&Stone (home-made buckwheat bread!) or Mooburger if you crave burgers (from all kinds of meat and vegetarian!)
Also check out Jacobien’s favorite healthy places in Milan here!