For as many gut-busting meals New York has to offer, the fair city also boasts plenty of virtuous dishes and drinks at its healthy restaurants, vegan and vegetarian restaurants and these top-notch juice bars. Combine fresh-pressed juices with some of the best fitness apps to get ready for beach season, or switch out your go-to coffee for a healthier morning pick-me-up at a juice bar in New York City.
Smoothie bowls so good we welcomed Loco Coco into Time Out Market
If you’re looking for a spot to refuel before taking a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, we suggest hitting up Loco Coco for a power-up. Cofounded by CEO Max Alcobi, Loco Coco is focused on delicious plant-based bites that use a Technicolor array of tropical fruits. Whether you’re in the mood for the Purple Rain acai bowl, the Enter the Dragonfruit parfait or the magical blue latte, the healthy eatery delivers food that’s good for your body while still letting you live your life out loud.
Best juice bars in NYC
Nightlife maven Heather Tierney turns from witching-hour boozing to daylight revitalization via this hybrid juice bar and vegetarian "butcher" shop. Perch at the 16-foot-long bar for one of the colorful concoctions like a Hang Over Killer, a piña colada–like mixture of coconut water, pineapple juice, yuzu, chili and evening primrose oil.
Get your green-smoothie boost at this juice chain. Health-food exotica—açai, bee pollen and hemp protein—along with fresh veggies and fruits make up the blended offerings. For heartier nourishment, grab a bar or any of their vegan baked goods.
Health fanatics can order "super greens" in liquid form (kale-spinach, cucumber-celery with activated charcoal), fruit-forward concoctions (spicy citrus, pineapple-strawberry-ginger) or enhanced waters (aloe, damascena rose) to go at this spacious, glass-walled juicery.
The East Village juice bar expands to a second location, offering health-minded drinks and bites. Alongside its signature cold-pressed juices and smoothies, the Chelsea outpost serves an expanded food menu, with curry chicken salad, spinach hummus and quinoa brownies.
Devoted downtown juicers can add this pulpy FiDi spot to their cadre of fresh-squeeze hangouts. Certified health coach Jil Larsen teamed up with chef Lawrence Todd (Earth Matters) for the raw grab-and-go concept, peddling plant-based fare. On the menu are fresh juices and superfood smoothies packed with good-for-you ingredients like spinach, kale and ginger.
Pamela Elizabeth, of vegan restaurant Blossom, has opened the first of what she hopes will be many takeout shops offering bottled fresh juices, vegan soft-serve, meat- and dairy-free sandwiches and healthful smoothies, including an acai-blueberry Blue Velvet and a strawberry-raspberry Coco Berry Detox.
Brian Schoenberger pours more than 20 cold-pressed juices at this health-food café, featuring nut milks, acai bowls and an oatmeal bar. Juices include the basics like raw coconut and fresh cucumber, or amped-up combinations like a cayenne-spiced Naughty or Nice (lemon, grapefruit, orange) or a wheatgrass-charged Long Lost Love (pineapple, apple, mint).
Grab lunch at these sandwich shops
Hero, hoagie, grinder, sub—whatever you call ’em, New Yorkers love a good sandwich, whether it’s a piled-high pastrami sandwich on rye to a gooey patty melt at one of the best diners in NYC. And the latest incarnations are the best thing since sliced bread, what with lively new sandwich shops in NYC dedicated to breaking the meat-cheese-and-bun mold, from stacked-high Dagwoods to jaw-testing Italian combos.