The 16 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 16 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. The black lentil soup, vegetable cashew curry, lasagna, almond milk chai and carob coconut cake are fan favorites. 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 available for delivery and pick up only from their website.
25 First Ave.; divyaskitchen.com
2. Le Botaniste
Following the motto “let food be the medicine,” the Upper East Side and Soho’s Le Botaniste is 100 percent botanical (aka plant-based), 99 percent organic and gluten-free. Founded by the creator of Le Pain Quotidien, Le Botantiste charms with savory “prescriptions,” like the Tibetan Mama rice bowl (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. Psst: It’s also the first plant-based organic restaurant to be certified CO2 Neutral. Now open for delivery and takeout through the website and patio dining.
Two locations in Manhattan; lebotaniste.us
The organic burgers at Bareburger definitely make the cut when it comes to staying on track. With everything from lean grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free proteins like beef, elk, bison and turkey (check out the Supreme, the American and the Buckaroo and newcomers like the Duke) to sprouted-grain buns, collard wraps and dairy-free alternatives, we’re not scratching hamburgers off our new diet plan.
The chain’s 50/50 menu is divided into vegan and non-vegan options, featuring alt ingredients such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, plant-based egg Just Egg, Follow Your Heart and Lightlife. There’s also a vegan dessert menu and vegan salads. All locations are offering takeout and delivery through the website, with a few of them (like the UES and UWS spots) open for outdoor seating.
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 (Dirt Candy) and partner Andrea Kerzner, a lifelong vegan.
The vegan burgers are made from whole ingredients and use an ancient Chinese technique to create their unique texture. We’re obsessed with the peri peri burger with peri peri sauce—a mix of chilis, herbs and spices—as well as the guacamole burger and masala burger, which comes topped with coconut chutney cabbage slaw and tamarind ketchup. They also serve creative sides, like broccolini Caesar, and fun desserts, like oat milk soft serves and milkshakes. Open for delivery and takeout through the website if you’re below 16th street and Caviar up to 40th Street.
81 Warren St.; lekkaburger.com
This all-day, fast-casual café in Nolita offers veggie-forward dishes that use microgreens and herbs grown in an in-house hydroponic garden. The restaurant also sources produce from local farms and keeps the menu free of the top eight allergens. Think zoodle salads, a marinated avocado sandwich on a roasted red pepper bun, and cauliflower gnocchi. Diners can also expect smoothies, drinks like the avocado ice cream shake, plant-based baked goods and a variety of fresh juices and coffee. Currently available for delivery or pickup via their app.
384 Broome St.; orderoctober.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). Takeout and delivery available through Caviar plus outdoor seating in the restaurant’s patio space.
130 E 7th St.; avantgardennyc.com
7. by CHLOE
The trendy fast-casual restaurant—which has now spawned international locations—is still a go-to when it comes to all things vegan and plant-based. The shop’s meat substitutes are always whole foods instead of commonly used “mystery meats.” By Chloe’s “bacon,” for example, is made of dehydrated shiitake mushrooms, and its “chorizo” is made of wheat-based seitan. French fries and other traditionally indulgent foods are air-fried to make them a healthier option. FYI: By Chloe’s cult favorites are the kale Caesar, the quinoa taco salad and the guac burger. These tasty items and more now available for pick up and delivery.
Multiple locations; eatbychloe.com
8. Beyond Sushi
Best known for its vegan sushi and dumplings, healthy fast-casual fave Beyond Sushi has multiple locations around the city. The menu is largely free of processed ingredients. Delivery and pick up available via the website and outdoor dining 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 Mayan cuisine, which is traditionally plant-based, the restaurant specializes in unexpected dishes like the beet and pumpkin empanada, coconut quesadilla with sautéed coconut meat, and hearts of palm ceviche. What’s more, JaJaJa has more than a dozen dishes designed to cater to a variety of dietary restrictions and lifestyles. Order delivery via Caviar or enjoy outdoor dining in the West Village location.
Two locations in NYC; jajajamexicana.com
Honeybrains might be the only restaurant(s) in NYC dedicated to serving food and drink that’s supposed to boost your brain health. Each dish by executive chef Steven Mettle is vetted by a neurologist and a nutritionist to ensure it’s nourishing for the brain. Some of the restaurant’s popular items include the 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 salmon toast (labneh, cucumber, dill and lemon zest on sourdough). Honeybrains is currently open for delivery or curbside pick up via the website.
Two locations in NYC; honeybrains.com
11. Dr Smood
This sleek fast-casual spot with locations in NYC and Miami is entirely dairy-free and certified organic, plus it uses low-glycemic bread for its sandwiches (the wild-caught salmon sandwich with vegan cream cheese tastes as good as an old-school bagel and lox). Breakfast includes “probably the world’s best” avocado toasts, superfood-infused hot oatmeal, and coconut cashew yogurt. Oh, and Dr Smood’s coffee is pesticide-free, has low acidity and changes seasonally. Order pick up or delivery via Postmates, Grubhub or Uber Eats.
Multiple locations; drsmood.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 menu changes daily, but the one constant is that it’s always 100 percent vegetarian with many vegan and gluten-free options. Faves include the Butcher’s Bowl (roasted potatoes, harissa aioli, maitake mushroom, spinach and fennel “sausage” topped with a poached egg); cacio e pepe cauliflower (served with pecorino and vegan butter) and pesto linguine (made with hand-spiralized zucchini noodles, walnut pesto sauce, baby bella mushrooms, tomatoes, cashew ricotta and almond “Parmesan”). Open for pick up and delivery via Postmates, GrubHub, DoorDash, Caviar, Uber Eats and Seamless. Outdoor patios are now also open.
Multiple locations; thebutchersdaughter.com
Craving Indian food? Indulge at Inday, an entirely gluten-free Indian-inspired café in Flatiron and Midtown East with build-your-own bowl options. The menu is 100 percent free of gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar. Laden with curry, coconut and warming spices, the bowls are more veggie-focused rather than smothered in heavy, creamy sauces (get the cauliflower rice!). Try their best-selling curry chicken bowl, vegan Holy Macro bowl and bone broths. Don’t skip the Avo Cocoa for dessert, a decadent dairy-free whipped chocolate mousse made with dark cacao, avocado (for creaminess!) and coconut milk. Now available for pick up or delivery via the website.
Two locations in NYC; indaynyc.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, which is a mix of brown rice, togarashi-spiced turkey, green beans, red onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy delivery or curbside pick up through the app.
194 Joralemon St., Brooklyn; honeygrow.com
A “paleo-inspired” eatery in Greenwich Village and the Financial District, Springbone is famous for its 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 and beef chili bowl are fan faves. Available for pick up or delivery through the website for Greenwich village location (FiDi location temporarily closed).
Two locations in NYC; springbone.com
16. Veggie Grill
Veggie Grill’s 37th location opened in New York in 2019 with an entirely plant-based menu, and it happens to be the largest 100 percent plant-based, fast-casual brand in the U.S. All menu items are free of meat, dairy, eggs and other animal products (meaning they’re also free of antibiotics and hormones). Seasonal menu items include the Pozole Verde bowl and the Beyond Burger “Cheesesteak” sandwich. The permanent menu includes a variety of sandwiches, salads, and bowls, like the VG Beyond Burger, Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ sandwich, Rustic Farm Bowl and Mediterranean Supergreens salad. Order pick up through the website or delivery via GrubHub, Postmates or Doordash.
12 W. 23rd St.; veggiegrill.com