Looking for a healthy, seasonal and fresh meal in NYC? Here are a few of the best spots for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Manhattan that are sure to please your taste buds. All of these spots offer gluten, dairy, soy and sugar-free options as well as vegetarian options.
I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite restaurants that serve clean, healthy food and have incredible menus from breakfast to dinner. You can easily ask the waiter and chefs at these restaurants to accommodate you for any food allergies or intolerances you may have. These restaurants aren’t only delicious but they also have lovely ambiance so they’re great for a date, when you have friends visiting from out of town or when your parents are visiting. Let me know what you order if you eat at any of these spots.
The Butcher’s Daughter
Morning, weekend brunch, afternoon, evening – the Butcher’s Daughter does it all. The Butcher’s Daughter is most well-known for their avocado toast, but definitely not lacking in any other department, as far as plant-based food goes. Their menu changes from day-to-day, and season-to-season, serving up the most delicious vegetarian, and primarily vegan and gluten-free dishes (with ingredients from local and organic farms).
Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is a perfect spot to go with friends, family or even on a date! They serve fresh, colorful food at every hour of the day. From salads, to sandwiches, to hearty meat- and fish-oriented main dishes, to funky cocktails, you will definitely be satisfied.
With a menu that changes on the daily, Cookshop is committed to serving fun, greenmarket-driven American dishes. Whether it is weekend brunch, or a night out on the town, you cannot go wrong with Cookshop.
This European-inspired cafe in the West Village is a delightful place to enjoy a morning Cappuccino or share high-quality dishes with friends. Chef Jody Williams elegantly crafts sweet and savory plates to satiate your palate at any time of day.
Guiltless, delicious chinese food…now that is a novelty! Red Farm is a hip spot to go enjoy modern, greenmarket-designed dim sum. Some of the favorites are small plates – dumplings, yuzu wasabi shrimp, and spring rolls. If you are looking for more hearty Chinese classics, definitely train marinated rib steak with baby bok choy and steamed sea bass.
Santina takes a modern approach to coastal Italian dishes, featuring high-quality fish and vegetables. Whether you are going for brunch or dinner – eggs to grilled lobster – you will be warmed by the inviting, open atmosphere.
ABC Kitchen is a fantastic, elegant spot that offers a fresh, seasonal menu free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, antibiotics, hormones and GMOs. ABC Kitchen and Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten are committed to fostering a healthy relationship to food in the kitchen and with guests. To taste the highest quality seasonal food-stars, definitely go to ABC Kitchen for brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails or dessert.