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The best cheap health bowls in NYC

From vegan rice dishes to au courant acai bowls, these are the best cheap health bowls in NYC for lunch under $10

By Juliet Izon and Alyssa Haak

The city’s best salads are hardly the only good-for-you grub to come in a bowl—there are plenty of options for cheap health bowls in NYC. Whether you’re craving a SoCal-style smoothie or umami-rich bowls from vegan and vegetarian restaurants, we found the best options that all clock in at $10 or less. After all, not every day can be a day for burgers in NYC. Read on for the best cheap health bowls in NYC, with calorie-conscious offerings that satisfy sweet tooths and savory seekers alike.

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Best cheap health bowls in NYC

Sons of Thunder
Photograph: David Williams

1. Poke bowl at Sons of Thunder

Restaurants Seafood Murray Hill

Although it seems the poke wave is cresting, there’s nothing fishy or flash-in-the-pan about bowls of seafood, rice and light vegetables done right. This Murray Hill iteration combines the Hawaiian dish with some distinctly West Coast sensibilities, serving fresh, super-filling dishes of ahi tuna drizzled with shoyu and sesame oil over white rice ($11.50), as well as an avocado-heavy, chili-dusted salmon tostada boasting a warm, freshly made tortilla that tastes oh-so–Left Coast ($6).

De Maria
Photograph: Courtesy De Maria

2. Fire Dragon Bowl at De Maria

Restaurants American Nolita

This American bistro in Soho is more than a pretty face. Although buzz-flocking social- media addicts are quick to snap surfacey shots of its well-presented plates and sleek interior, what’s inside its breakfast and lunch staples are the actual attention grabbers. The grain-based Fire Dragon Bowl is loaded with a turmeric-poached egg , heirloom beans, avocado and tarragon tahini ($15); that egg also appears in the aji-mayo–spiked, chorizo- filled Nigella-seed potato crisp ($15); and a soul-warming, guava-jam–laden cheese biscuit ($5) should make your morning that much more chipper—and cheap.

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

3. Quinoa bowls at Eatsa

Restaurants Eclectic Midtown

Consider this techy midtowner concentrating on vegetarian quinoa bowls the modern-day Automat. IPad orders are executed in the kitchen by a speedy team, so you can seamlessly get your mitts on the good stuff suchasNoWorryCurry,stir-friedquinoaand spaghetti squash in a red Thai curry, or the Burrito Bowl, toasted quinoa topped with portobello (both $6.95). Not having to, you know, talk to anyone? Even sweeter.

Spaghetti squash at Two Forks
Photograph: Courtesy Jesse Winter

4. Spaghetti squash at Two Forks

Restaurants American Midtown West

Co-owners Dave Oz and Michael Kaplan (Stone Street Coffee) might be meat obsessives. (Their midtown spot’s name refers to the utensils used to shred the slow-roasted pulled beef and chicken in its sandwiches.) But lighter, more inventive options abound, too, like tzatziki-slathered spaghetti squash topped with apple-and-goat-cheese slaw ($8).

Dimes, best brunch NYC
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

5. Carob Acai Bowl at Dimes

Restaurants Californian Chinatown

At this Instagram-friendly Lower East Side spot, it’s not unusual to spy hoards of fedora-sporting ladies and gents waiting eagerly in line to grab one of these fruity breakfast bowls. The most intriguing is the carob acai ($10), which sates any appetite with its hearty mix of bananas, dates, almond butter and granola, all topped with coconut milk.

6. The Physique 57 at OatMeals

Restaurants Bakeries Greenwich Village

At this tiny Greenwich Village storefront, they make one thing and they make it well. Nearly 30 different varieties of oatmeal are on offer, in three different sizes (called, adorably, baby, mama and papa bear). One of the most popular is the Physique 57 bowl (starting at $5.25), which blends fresh bananas, flaked coconut, whole cashews, dates, and a swirl of honey and cinnamon.

Photograph: Courtesy ABCV

7. The Wild Blueberry Bowl at ABCV

Restaurants Vegetarian Flatiron

Completing the triumvirate of ABC restaurants near Union Square, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest concept eschews meat to focus on crisp fruit and vegetables. Unsurprisingly, the breakfast options include many healthy, produce-forward choices and there’s even a separate to-go menu for anyone looking to eat clean in a hurry. The tastiest bowl is certainly the wild blueberry from the to-go menu ($10), made with “jungle” peanut butter, and loaded with fresh and dried berries.

The Breakfast Congee at the Good Sort
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Katherine L.

8. The Breakfast Congee at the Good Sort

Restaurants Vegan Chinatown

Leave it to an Australian-influenced café in Chinatown to make congee cool. Here, the rice porridge gets a hipster makeover, with traditional accompaniments like chicken getting replaced with stewed fruits or spices like turmeric. The best of the bunch is the Breakfast Congee ($9), which is filled with poached and fresh strawberries, maple-cassia syrup and homemade granola.

Winter Vegetable Bibimbap at Ando
Photograph: Courtesy Ando

9. Winter Vegetable Bibimbap at Ando

While David Chang’s newest venture Ando doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar store, this is certainly delivery food like you’ve never tasted. The vegan bibimbap ($10) is a testament to the power of veggies: charred cabbage, roasted beets, apricot-glazed fried cauliflower and other savories are served over white rice and drizzled with ginger BBQ sauce. (855-444-4989,

Yogurt at Greecologies
Photograph: CC/Flickr/Daniel Molato

10. Yogurt at Greecologies

Restaurants Juice bars Little Italy

Healthful options abound at the new Pure Green/Greecologies mash-up store in the East Village, but nothing tops a hearty bowl of creamy Greek yogurt made from grass-fed cows. One standout combination features figs, walnuts, honey and the current darling of the food world, chia. Opt for the larger 10-ounce size ($9.25), as you’ll certainly be scraping the bottom of your dish.

Photograph: CC/Flickr/Daniel Molato

Chia Oatmeal at ATLA
Photograph: Courtesy Atla

11. Chia Oatmeal at ATLA

Restaurants Mexican Noho

At this new concept from acclaimed Cosme chef Enrique Olvera, fine dining takes a backseat to artfully prepared, Mexican-influenced casual fare. Here, porridge gets a south-of-the-border spin in the chia oatmeal ($9), made with black chia bloomed in coconut milk. Added to that base are Mexican cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, Marcona almonds and chewy chunks of dried fruit, like raisins and cherries.

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