Where To Eat in NYC

17 Aug 2015

New York is always a whirlwind. If you live there, you know this already. But I’m a simple girl that lives by the beach in California and tend to live my life with the most exciting thing happening that I snap my cat eating my food (don’t forget to check me out on snapchat –> NikkiRSharp), make it to the beach for a run, or sit the parking lot that is the 405.

New York is not like this. NYC is like LA’s older, cooler, hipper step-sibling. That one who knows it’s cool and doesn’t need to prove it to you.

So after a week of being in NYC and now sitting back in my local scenery of the beach in my view, a glass of green juice and people talking about kale, I can finally sit down and write about my trip there.P8030026I headed to the Big Apple for a really exciting meeting: to sit down with my publishers, Random House, and talk about my upcoming book. I won’t go on too much about this, other than I am so freakin’ excited that the 5 Day Detox is being published and we were able to narrow the cover down to two options. It’s honestly a dream come true! We are planning some amazing stuff prior to the release for everyone who buys the book and other goodies prior to the release date, so stay tuned for that.

The main point of this post is to share with you where I ate, what I ate, and what I did to stay healthy. This incredibly hard research of tasting lots and lots of food is all in the name of helping you all out to stay healthy while you’re in NYC. Promise.

So a little backstory, I used to live in New Yaaawk a few years ago, winter 2011- spring 2012 to be exact. During this time there were a lot of convenience stores and not so many juice, smoothie, or health shops around. Bummer for me then, but great news for you now. The city is literally screaming with healthy shops and I am here to share the best of the best with you!

I’ve been debating on how to format this for you. Do I lay it out in a eat this, go there, stay here style? Or do I share some funny stories along the way? Well, knowing me, I decided the stories. So, here goes.P8070031{#whatliftsyou painting near The Butcher’s Daughter in Soho}

So here are the places I tried, and recommend:

Beyond Sushi: okay, I didn’t actually get to try this one, but I walked in and it looked beyond sensational. Just trust me and go there! It’s vegan sushi with some beautiful colors that will make you want to photograph every last bite of food.

Hu Kitchen: I’m really sad this isn’t in LA actually. They offer paleo food, vegan options and lots of amazing treats. Their chocolate is ah-mazing, sweet treats a bit sweet for my palate but good, and the meal itself was great. Their cauliflower was some of the best I’ve ever had.

Organic Avenue: lots of juices, many locations around the city and some pretty good food on the go. I had the raw wrap and it was filled with lots of veggies and mango + a sweet sauce. Good if you’re raw vegan, however if you’re looking for something a bit more filling then grab a coconut water and wrap.P8060518{Raw thai collard wrap from Organic Avenue}

Juice Press: my first time trying this place and I’m hooked. The juice menu is insane and the food is epic. I had kelp noodles and a wrap, this time with hummus and veggies. So good I literally finished the whole thing in about 3 seconds flat.Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 4.15.30 PM{One of the many delicious juices from Juice Press}

The Butcher’s Daughter: to be fair, I thought this was a vegan spot, but I guess it’s one of the farm-to-table places in the city. Rave reviews, okay service, great location though. My coffee was gold, the wheatgrass and ginger shots were amazing, and the bagel and eggs were a lot better than my meal of coconut yogurt and fruit. Still, I’d return in a heartbeat.P8070037{Almond cappuccino washed down with a wheat grass shot and ginger shot. From The Butcher’s Daughter}

The Little Prince: while most places in NYC appreciate food bloggers, this joint takes it to the next level. My bf told them on the sly that I was a prominent food blogger to see if we could get a different table so I could photograph the food before dark, as the menu looked amazing. Immediately they were incredibly accommodating and sat us at one of the best tables and I ordered the cucumber and watermelon salad and crudites and hummus to photograph. Sipping our cucumber martinis, we then went on to try the gnocchi, Ratatouille, hand-cut fries, Mexican corn and Brussels sprouts, alongside a bottle of red wine. If you make it out there, ask for Marquale, who is one of the funnier waiters I’ve met. Overall, this was a really great night, with a fun staff and delicious food. IMG_0299{Cucumber and watermelon salad from The Little Prince}

Mercer Hotel: either sit upstairs for a drink and finish with dinner or head downstairs where it’s really kicking. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu so take a chance and try something new. This is a typical celeb hot-spot so come for some people watch, enjoy a few cocktails, and end the night with good atmosphere and food.

Bagatelle: located in the meatpacking district, the restaurant is well-known for the brunches which involve a copious amount of alcohol and food. Head there on a weekday for lunch though, and you’ll find yourself in a lovely restaurant with a healthy menu. Order a green juice, toast with avocado, and artichoke salad and leave happily fulfilled.Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 4.30.49 PM{Noshing on my artichoke salad and green juice at Bagatelle}

The Little Beet Table: if you like taking photos of your food, then stop by this joint to be in good company of fellow food bloggers . While it’s not vegan, it’s farm-to-table, which will provide you with incredible tasting food, all made with love. There are a lot of vegetarian dishes, all of which taste pretty darn good. I recommend the roasted mushrooms and charred broccoli, snow pea salad and crudites with hummus.

Via Carota: in the Soho area, this is a gem of a restaurant. Try to make a reservation though as it’s quite busy. This is one of those joints where you find the hip scene of New York, with an incredible menu to boot.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit: if you are in the mood for frozen ice cream, skip that and head here instead. It’s dairy free, gluten free and pretty much guilt-free! I can honestly say that this is one of the better ‘healthy’ desserts I’ve tried. My personal favorite was the berry flavored pop, dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles. Heavenly. You can’t go wrong with any flavor of frozen yogurt though and I do recommend trying them all. Luckily, the bars can also be found in many retail chains across the nation. #score!IMG_0364{Deliciousness in the form a dairy-free Popsicle from Chloe’s}

Rainbow Room: make sure to book a table for a Monday night and wear your best outfit. Really, this place is dressy. Join the Max Weinberg band, his fame comes from being on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (formerly performing with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), and dance the night away. This isn’t your typical night out and prices might be a bit above average but it’s so worth.  Newly renovated, it sits atop the 65 floor at the Rockefeller Center and is surrounded by well-dressed people dancing to some of the classics from the past. You won’t go there for the food, although it’s pretty divine in itself, but the whole night will leave you feeling energetic and great. One of the better things I did in New York.

Union Square Farmer’s Market: while this isn’t a restaurant, I highly recommend heading to the farmer’s market and grabbing some fresh fruits, vegetables, locally made cheeses, bread, farm-fresh eggs and wonderful smelling pastries. You’re likely to find me stalking the farmer’s markets to people watch, tasting all the produce, and walking away spending every dime in my pocket. Skip WholeFoods and head here for lunch, a la, healthy style.

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{Checking out all the deliciousness at the Union Square Farmer’s Market}

P8100120{Straight up beauty in the form of fruits}

 

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As you can see, NYC has a lot to offer when it comes to delicious food. I was only able to try a tiny fraction of the restaurants, but all the ones I’ve mentioned I do recommend trying out, as you won’t be disappointed.

P8060498{Times Square love}

IMG_0280 copy{Crudites & cocktails at The Little Prince, pictures above & below}

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P8070017{Exploring the city, near Bowery}

I would love to know where you all recommend heading to while in NYC? Comment below and I’ll be sure to check them out next time I head out there.

PS- stay tuned for part II of this post, which features what bars to go to, fun places to see, where to shop and activities to do while in New York.

With love, Nikki

5 Responses

  1. faustina says:

    you really explored the right way!

  2. Liz S. says:

    Excellent recommendations! I’m in NYC very frequently, and you visited a lot of my favorite dining spots 🙂

  3. Katherine says:

    So yum! Looking forward to getting back there and having healthy treats to tempt us away from Lombardi’s Pizza

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