The Best Healthy, Fast Lunches in NYC (That Aren’t Pret)
Shredded cauliflower and charred broccoli FTW
You zoomed through your meetings, turned your TPS reports in on time and even successfully made small talk with Gary in accounting.
For lunch, you deserve so much more than a wilted, leftover salad from two nights ago. So treat yourself to these seven healthy, fast and tasty-as-hell lunch spots in the city.
We’ve finally kicked our addiction to Chipotle (one day at a time, people), and it’s all thanks to this new bowl bursting with Indian flavors. Try the “not rice,” (some sort of tasty wizardry made from shredded cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) and top it with hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, roasted cauliflower, mint, cucumber, tomato and cilantro. Fake rice never tasted so good.
1133 Broadway (at 26th St.); 917-521-5012 or indaynyc.com
DIG INN SEASONAL MARKET
There’s nothing technically wrong with eating the same romaine salad with tomato, cucumber and feta every day, but this organic eatery has a rotating selection of organic, locally sourced mains and sides for about ten bucks a meal. The Brussels sprouts with spiced coconut oil and orange peel confit are what dreams are made of.
Locations throughout Manhattan; 212-776-4047 or diginn.com
Craving fast food for lunch? The guac burger at this West Village vegan spot is as healthy, hearty and delicious as it gets. The patty is made of sweet potato, quinoa and black beans and topped with a chipotle aioli and a healthy helping of guacamole. Best news ever: There’s a new location opening in Flatiron this spring.
185 Bleecker St. (at Macdougal St.); 212-290-8000 or bychefchloe.com
With new locations popping up all over the city, it’s safe to say this D.C. salad joint featuring ingredients sourced from local farmers is officially a hit in the Big Apple. We’re partial to the kale Caesar, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the made-to-order salads here (especially when they include crushed tortilla chips).
Locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn; 646-964-5012 or sweetgreen.com
THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER
Smashed avocado toast, anyone? Everything at this West Village eatery is vegetarian and non-dairy, so you won’t feel quite as guilty about that Bagel Bites binge you succumbed to on Sunday night.
19 Kenmare St. (at Bowery); 212-219-3434 or thebutchersdaughter.com
The lines get long around lunchtime, but distract yourself on Instagram and you’ll zoom through before you know it. The falafel salad can be customized with hummus, couscous, red cabbage slaw, roti rice and tons of other flavorful Mediterranean ingredients.
Locations in Midtown East and the Financial District; 646-494-3359 or roti.com
THE LITTLE BEET
Create your own plate with chicken, salmon, steak, tofu or a veggie patty, then load up on seasonal, rotating sides and salads like charred broccoli, buckwheat soba noodles, grilled sweet potatoes and roasted butternut squash. Try to avoid drooling on the keyboard.
Three locations in Midtown; 212-459-2338 or thelittlebeet.com