NYC Food Guide - The Must Hit Spots

Updated: Mar 11, 2020



Growing up with a Broadway enthusiast of a mother, I’ve had my fair share of trips to the Big Apple. Over the years, and as I’ve developed an extreme love for all things health, fitness, and travel, I’ve begun to appreciate how much New York City truly has to offer. Whether you find yourself in the city for the holidays with family, a broadway play with a friend, a walk in Central Park, or just to enjoy some good food, I’ve got you covered! I’ve put together a break down of all my top food spots in NYC, including all my favorite vegan and gluten free options. I also included my top pick for each category below, and my menu fave(s) at each spot. The big Apple has something for everyone and every craving!


 

NEW YORK CITY


Smoothies/Bowls/Juices:

Juice Generation (Multiple locations)

Loco Coco (Upper Manhattan)

Playa Bowls (Multiple locations)

Juice Press (Multiple locations)

Joe & The Juice (Multiple locations)

Dr. Smood (Multiple locations)

Pressed Juicery (Multiple locations)


Coffee/Matcha:

Bluestone Lane (Multiple locations)

Coffee n' Clothes (Nolita)

Cha Cha Matcha (Multiple locations)

Butler Bakeshop (Flatiron)

Blue Bottle Coffee (Multiple locations)


Best v/gf Dessert:

Pressed Juicery freeze (Multiple locations)

Baked by Melissa (Multiple locations)

Erin McKenna’s Bakery (Lower East Side)

Levain Bakery (Upper West Side)

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (Multiple locations)

Chloe’s Fruit (Flatiron)


Real Deal Dessert:

Carlos Bakery (Midtown)

Dough Dough (Brooklyn)

Eggloo (Chinatown)

Dulchinea Churro ice cream (Downtown Brooklyn)

Magnolia Bakery (Multiple locations)

Milk & Cream Bar (Little Italy)


Cute/Trendy Healthy Cafes:

Bluestone Lane (Multiple locations)

The Butcher’s Daughter (Chelsea, West Village, Soho)

Maison Kayser (Multiple locations)

Gotan Nyc (Midtown, Tribeca, Williamsburg)

Jack’s Wife Frida (Chelsea, West Village, Soho)

Urban Backyard (Little Italy/Nolita)

Serra by Birreria (Flatiron)


Best Pizza:

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza (Multiple locations)

&Pizza (Nomad, Wall St)

Prince Street Pizza (Nolita)

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (Brooklyn)

Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria (East Village)

Lombardi’s (Soho)


Great v/gf Restaurants:

Hu Kitchen (Greenwich Village)

By Chloe (Multiple locations)

The Little Beet Table (Flatiron)

ABCV Kitchen (Flatiron)

Bareburger (Multiple locations)

Urbanspace NYC (Midtown, Turtle Bay)


Best Burgers:

Black Tap (Soho, Lincoln Square)

Bareburger (Multiple locations)

Bill’s Restaurant (Soho)


BYO Salads/Bowls:

Chopt (Multiple locations)

Sweetgreen (Multiple locations)

Cava (Multiple locations)


 

TOP PICKS


Juice Generation

Menu Fave: Hella Good Greens smoothie bowl with peanut butter on top



Joe & The Juice

Menu Fave: Prince of Green juice



Bluestone Lane

Menu Fave: Hot Matcha Latte with oat milk & Banana Peanut Butter Toast on gf bread