The 20 Best Healthy Restaurants in NYC Right Now
Instead of spending your Sundays meal-prepping a week’s worth of recipes for your new diet of choice (paleo? Whole30? Japanese Paper Diet?), eat deliciously at these 20 healthy restaurants in NYC that are currently open for business—from grab-and-go lunch spots to outdoor patio seating—and will help you feel your best (while keeping your free time intact).
1. Divya’s Kitchen
Even non-vegetarians love Ayurvedic-inspired Divya’s Kitchen. While balance and food compatibility are the key ingredients on the menu, diners crave the seasonal kitchari, vegetable cashew curry, lasagna, dairy-free chai and carob coconut cake. Many ancient alt grains like house-milled sorghum, einkorn, and amaranth flours make appearances on the menu as well as natural sweeteners like dates and sucanat. Currently, Divya’s Kitchen offers heated outdoor dining, local pick-up, delivery and nationwide shipping of their retail items.
25 First Ave.; divyaskitchen.com
2. Le Botaniste
Following a “food is thy medicine” motto, NYC-based Le Botaniste is 100 percent botanical (aka plant-based), 99 percent organic and gluten-free. Le Botantiste charms with savory “prescriptions” like the Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl (curry peanut butter curry sauce served over brown rice with steamed vegetables and kimchi) and the Pasta Bolo, a gluten-free fusilli with botanical bolognese, green herbal oil and superseed mix. Also, they are the first plant-based organic restaurant to be certified CO2 Neutral. Currently open for take-out and delivery.
Multiple locations; lebotaniste.us
The organic burgers at Bareburger definitely make the cut when it comes to staying on track. From lean grass-fed, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free proteins like beef, elk, bison, turkey (check out The Supreme, The American, and The Buckaroo and newcomers like The Duke), to sprouted grain buns and collard wraps, plant-based proteins like Impossible™ Burger, dairy-free alternatives, we’re not scratching hamburgers off our new diet plans. Available for take-out and delivery.
Multiple locations; bareburger.com
4. Lekka Burger
Tribeca spot Lekka (which means "delicious" in the South African dialect Afrikaner) is the plant-based burger concept from Chef Amanda Cohen (Dirty Candy) and partner Andrea Kerzner, a lifelong vegan. The vegan burgers are made fresh daily from whole ingredients to create their unique texture. We’re drooling over the Peri Peri Burger with peri peri sauce and vegan mayo, Guacamole Burger, and Masala Burger with coconut chutney cabbage slaw and tamarind ketchup. They also serve sides like broccolini Caesar and oat milk soft serves and milkshakes. Open for curbside pick-up and delivery through their site and nationwide shipping on Goldbelly.
81 Warren St.; lekkaburger.com
5. Little Beet Table
Little Beet Table is a 100 percent gluten-free restaurant. The menu includes nutrient-dense small plates, entreés and sides. Try the roasted shrimp salad, mushroom & black bean burger, crispy spirulina rice and baked beet falafel. Available for delivery, pick-up, and take-out.
333 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10010; thelittlebeettable.com
7. 12 Chairs Cafe
The popular neighborhood Middle Eastern restaurant has two spots (Williamsburg and Soho)—both of which have more than 12 chairs. Some signatures include their hummus options that come topped with either mushrooms, falafel or mixed meat, as well as other dips like babaganoush. For mains, we love the whole baladi eggplant, their famous shakshuka or lightly fried schnitzel for a little indulgence (because what’s life without a little balance?). Both locations open for take-out and delivery; West Village location is open for outdoor dining with heaters in place.
Multiple locations; 12chairscafe.com
6. Avant Garden
This all-vegan spot in the East Village does not skimp on flavor, eschewing the notion that vegan food is any less layered and complex than meat- and dairy-laden meals. Highlights include the paella (merguez royal trumpet, almonds, red pepper cream), artichoke toast (spinach artichoke puree, black truffle vinaigrette, jicama, cashew) and “hen” of the woods (mushroom puree, kohlrabi, pickled hon shimeji). Take-out and delivery available through Caviar plus outdoor seating in the restaurant’s patio space.
130 E 7th St.; avantgardennyc.com
8. Beyond Sushi
Best known for its vegan sushi and dumplings, healthy fast-casual fave Beyond Sushi has multiple locations around the city. They’ve recently added many exciting new dishes to their menu, including jackfruit crab cakes, butternut squash tortellini, hickory smoked burger, and adobo mushroom tacos. Their globally inspired plates are perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike. Delivery and pick-up available via their website and outdoor dining is currently available in Nolita, UES, Union Square and Midtown locations.
Multiple locations; beyondsushi.com
9. JaJaJa Plantas Mexicana
Mexican, but make it vegan. Dishes at JaJaJa are all prepared with plant-based ingredients. A tribute to the Mayan cuisine which is traditionally plant-based, enjoy dishes like beet and pumpkin empanada, coconut quesadilla with sautéed coconut meat, hearts of palm ceviche and more. The restaurant also serves over a dozen options to cater to all dietary restrictions and lifestyles. Open for take-out and delivery.
Multiple locations; jajajamexicana.com
Honeybrains might be the only restaurant(s) in NYC dedicated to serving food and drink that’s beneficial to brain health. Fact: Each dish is vetted by a neurologist and a nutritionist to assure it’s nourishing for the brain. Feed your brain (and body) with their popular daily catch bowl (Atlantic salmon or daily whitefish, kale, sweet potatoes, crushed peanuts), carne asada bowl (grass-fed sirloin steak, pinto and black beans, organic mesclun greens, watermelon, Himalayan ruby rice), and Dr. smoked salmon (labneh, cucumber, dill and lemon zest on sourdough). Open for pick-up or delivery.
Multiple locations; honeybrains.com
11. Oath Pizza
Known for its “feel-good” pizzas made on crust that’s grilled and seared in avocado oil, the Upper East Side’s Oath Pizza includes plant-based, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free pizza offerings (as well as a new cauliflower crust option available with any pizza)! Favorite menu items include: the Bella with mozzarella, Luau (like a Hawaiian pizza), and the Muffled Trushroom (that is not an error!). Don’t skip on the chocolate chip cookies—they are low-key some of the best we’ve ever had. Open for take-out and delivery. Also available for nationwide shipping on Goldbelly.
1142 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065; oathpizza.com
12. THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER
The self-labeled “vegetable slaughterhouse” treats fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: chopping, filleting, and carving fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes. The seasonal, daily changing menu is 100 percent vegetarian with many vegan and gluten-free options. Faves include the butcher’s bowl with roasted potatoes, harissa aioli, maitake mushroom, spinach, fennel “sausage” topped with a poached egg and cacio e pepe cauliflower served with pecorino and vegan butter. All NYC locations are open for roadway and patio dining along with take-out and delivery.
Multiple locations; thebutchersdaughter.com
13. Night Music
This all-vegan Indian spot is currently open for delivery and take-out at their sister restaurant and nominee on this list, Avant Garden’s space. Night Music comes from the man behind Honeybee’s, Ladybird and Mother of Pearl so it’s no surprise that this healthy restaurant does not sacrifice on flavor one bit. We literally could not believe it was vegan. Highlights include the patty melt (vegetable grain patty, tamarind ketchup, “cheddar”), cacio e pepe dumplings (mushrooms, tofu and black pepper curry), crispy eegplant lasagne (three cheese, tomato coconut curry ) and turmeric crepes (mushrooms and lettuce with a sweet and sour sauce).
130 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10009; nightmusicny.com
Check out the plant-based stir-fries at honeygrow, made from egg white or whole-wheat noodles alongside all-natural, antibiotic and hormone-free proteins. Sure to satisfy is the sweet soy five spice, a hefty brown rice and togarashi spiced turkey bowl with green beans, red onions and sesame seeds. Available for pick-up and delivery.
194 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; honeygrow.com
A “Paleo-inspired” eatery in the West Village and FiDi, Springbone is famous for their amped up collagen-rich bone broths (get your hands on the signature Liquid Gold, a classic chicken broth with coconut milk and turmeric). While not strictly Paleo, the mix-and-match nutrient dense menu is flexible so even the most hardcore Paleo folks can modify as needed. The Mexican bowl is a fan fave. Available for pick-up and delivery.
Multiple locations; springbone.com
16. Veggie Grill
Veggie Grill opened its 37th location in New York in 2019 in Flatiron with an entirely plant based menu. Veggie Grill is the largest 100 percent plant-based fast casual brand in the United States. All menu items are free of meat, dairy, eggs and other animal products (that means they are free of antibiotics and hormones!). Seasonal menu items include the Masala Curry Bowl and Tuna Melt made with Good Catch tuna. Open daily for pick-up, delivery and patio seating.
12 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010; veggiegrill.com
17. Malibu Farm
The quintessential farm-to-table dishes (with the best views in New York—hello, Brooklyn Bridge!) are made with organic produce, grass-fed beef, and freshly-caught fish sourced from small farmers close to the city. Enjoy cauliflower crust pizza, vegan chop salads, spaghetti squash lasagna and grilled salmon. The beverage menu features simple, handcrafted cocktails with infused organic agaves, fresh squeezed juices and local produce. Open for heated outdoor dining Wednesday through Sunday.
89 South Street, New York, NY 10038; malibufarm.nyc
18. Bathhouse Kitchen
Come for the body nourishing food, stay for the sweat sesh. Williamsburg’s Bathhouse is located in a renovated 1930s soda pop factory (very cool) and combines elements of Eastern European bathhouses with non-typical programming targeting athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Its restaurant arm, Bathhouse Kitchen, is attached to the spa and offers some of the best food you can eat in a bathrobe. Seriously: Bathhouse guests are given plush bathrobes of their choice to dine in. Executive Chef Anthony Sousa’s (EMP, Chez Ma Tante) menu is entirely free of grains and refined sugars. Highlights include scallop crudo, fennel sausage with fairytale eggplant, delicata squash with ricotta and pumpkin seeds. Open for outdoor dining with the vestibule and a take-out menu is in the process of being developed.
103 North 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249; abathhouse.com
19. Playa Bowls
No matter the freezing temps, we will always be up for an acai bowl. The Jersey Shore’s original acai bowl shop now has three New York City locations. Choose from their creative menu of bowls or custom design your own from a variety of bases made with superfoods including pure acai berry, pitaya fruit, chia seeds, coconuts, kale, bananas. Next, layer on your toppings like fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, granola, dried berries and nut butters. They also have oatmeal bowls, fresh juices, and smoothies. Bonus: Playa Bowls can be made vegan, gluten-free, and adapted to integrate into Whole 30, Keto, and Paleo diets if that’s your thing!
Multiple locations; playabowls.com
20. Café Kitsuné
This Paris-meets-Tokyo spot is a modernist reinterpretation of the classic Parisian café and wine bar located in the West Village. It’s a blend of Japanese flavors and ingredients prepared with French techniques (executive chef Yuji Tani was born and raised in Kyoto and began his culinary career at French restaurant Le Bellecour). The menu reflects chef Yuji's culinary style of taking French café must-haves and adding a light, healthy Japanese touch. Order the Green Green Salad (roasted broccoli, fried kale, greek yogurt mousse), Chiks on Green (chicken, endive, mixed greens, baby potatoes, soft-boiled egg, croutons & Dijon vinaigrette), and Edamame Hummus (chickpeas and Japanese sesame). Open for take-out.
550 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014; maisonkitsune.com/mk/cafe-kitsune