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Healthy Recommendations All Around Town

Hey Ch'ers! Here's the deal. Myself and a companion will be visiting NYC Sept. 20- Sept 26. We already have reservations for three relatively indulgent meals throughout the week. I am hoping to keep the rest of the food we consume while in town relatively healthy as I will continue traveling the two weeks post NY in Mississippi and North Florida before landing in IN and having to wear a second skin bridesmaid dress. Aagh! Naturally, I have no interest in being deprived and I am CERTAIN there must be flavorful, satisfying, and healthy options all over town. I know for certain we will be spending one day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art so I would really appreciate a healthy recommendation hopefully within a 40 minute walk of the museum(part of the stay slim plan being hoofing it as much as possible, haha). We are also looking for recommendations of really good and healthier places to hit in and around Chinatown and Greenwich Village. Price is not super important, but considering the three reservations we've made are at more expensive places I'd like to keep it as reasonable as possible. We love all food, especially Thai and Indian, but are not crazy about sushi. I have perused previous threads for healthy restaurant rec.s and one that came up repeatedly was Angelica's for lunch. Is this place worth checking out? We fully intend to be on the go 24/7 while in town and will basically go to any length for good and healthy food. All help is greatly appreciated!

Also, if you recommend a specific dish at a restaurant definitely let me know.

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  1. Here are two healthy and delicous recommendations that won't break your purse.
    1. Fig & Olive: A small Mediterranean based walk-down dedicated to no butter cooking and which depends on olive oil for good flavor and -- trust me! -- it is wonderful.
    2. Zeytin for excellent Turkish dishes under a charming tent, with outdoor dining too.

    1. There are lots of great healthy options in the city that will suit your search...I like Angelica Kitchen very much- fresh/healthly food that is nicely composed (especially the specials). It is one of the health food pioneer restaurants in NYC and definitely worth visiting. I would also recommend 'Gobo' on 6th Ave. which is an Asian/vegetarian restaurant w/an organic juice bar (especially fun to split lots of 'small plates' tapas style here). If you want to splurge a little, 'Pure Food and Wine' is an upscale raw vegan restaurant in Irving Place w/really creative raw food. The food is very light and delicious. If the weather is nice there is a pretty garden out back. Uptown by the Met, you may want to try 'Candle Cafe'- on 3rd Ave. on the UES. Great salads and main dishes- it is vegetarian and mostly organic (esp. yummy desserts here). Happy dining!

      1. definitely hit one of the restaurants owned by josie's. the original location is on the uws, but there are 3 now. great menu, tons of healthy items. that restaurant is one of the only things i miss about nyc! they also own citrus bar & grill, another place worth checking out for healthy southwestern options, and josephina, a healthy italian place near lincoln center.

        you can see the menus on their corporate website...


        or at www.menupages.com

        and for a healthy alternative to fast food, definitely try any of the many locations of 'the pump' or 'energy kitchen.'

        you can see all the locations & menus for both places at www.menupages.com

        300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

        565 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016

        Citrus Bar & Grill
        320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Josie's Kitchen
        1614 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

        Josephina Restaurant
        1 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

        1. Candle Cafe and Candle 79: vegan, healthy, upscale, and near the Met museum.

          1. If you find yourself near Bloomingdale's, or anywhere in east midtown, Heartbeat in the W Hotel is a good option. 49th and Lexington. Sophisticated, upbeat atmosphere, and an upscale healthy menu (definitely geared toward women, I'd say). I heard that they recently re-worked the menu towards a Latin flavor, but the philosophy and decor are the same. They even make custom "lighter" cocktails.

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              oooh, good call, i forgot about heartbeat!

              149 E. 49th St, New York, NY 10017

            2. Not vegeterian or vegan-- but the food is very fresh, simple and cooked with minimal fat: Moustache. Middle Eastern in the West Village (I believe there is also an outpost in the E. Village, but I've never been) on Bedford at the corner of Grove (next to the little owl, if you're familiar). They have homemade light pitas, healthy dips (hummus, babaganoush esp), simple grilled chicken kebab with lentil puree, falafel etc. Really flavorful and inexpensive option-- also has huge windows that looked onto Bedford St and a mellow vibe. Service can be a little slow and they're part of the Slow Food Movement (though I don't think those two facts are necessarily related to each other).

              1. Wow, all of these places look great! What a great resource menupages is. It looks like we may need to extend our trip just to fit all these wonderful sounding resto.s in, haha. I have a couple more questions. A friend of my vacay companion recommended going to Shopsin's for breakfast. Any experiences there? Also, do you know of any outstanding gelaterias around town? Thanks so much and keep the rec.s coming!

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                1. re: ArikaDawn

                  Shopsin's foos is good, some times really good-- but never amazing. You are in part going for the history and the stories (look this up). Also the menu is crazy and huge-- though not as big as it once was now that it moved-- and contains items like mac and cheese pancakes. This is not what I would call one of your healthy restaurants. For gelato there is il labortorio del gelato, grom, l'arte and cones-- I'm not an ice cream expert but run a search on those and you will certainly find some stuff.

                  1. re: ArikaDawn

                    I second Candle Cafe and Moustache.
                    I like Counter. It's veggie and I just love it even though I eat meat. It's cheaper than Pure Food and Wine. If you're in the village, Village Natural also has all sorts of healthy options-whole grains, veggies, grilled fish. Good Health on the UES is also pretty good. The latter two I'd call veggie-friendly.
                    I haven't been to the new Shopsin's Essex Street, but I hear there's usually a long wait. What does anyone else think?
                    My top picks for gelato would be 1. (My absolute fave) Il Laboratorio Del Gelato and 2. Grom. Grom is really trendy right now and there's usually a line there until closing. Even so, the line moves pretty.
                    3. For ice cream, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge for Brooklyn Ice Cream factory. Once your in Dumbo, you might also want to try Superfine for dinner/drinks. Fresh, seasonal, local and very reasonable $ -has a hip little bar too. Have fun!

                    Il Laboratorio del Gelato
                    95 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

                    2165 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                    105 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                    Village Natural
                    46 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    Good Health
                    1435 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

                    Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
                    2 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                    126 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                  2. Thanks all for the recommendations. I am in town and TRYING to take advantage of your wisdom, but we just keep getting hungry and chowing on whatever is convenient. We did manage a meal at Josie's which I really did enjoy. Other than that we have had food from Cafe Con Leche, City Grille, Grays Papaya, Pearls, Popover Cafe, Bolo, and Emack and Bolio's....twice, woops! So much for being super healthful, ha, but we have been walking non-stop. I have now been up for 42 hours straight which I am convincing myself must be equvalent to a bit of cardio...right. Tommorow we will be spending our day in Chinatown then Little Italy, but after that I hope to get back on track with your recommendations. Thanks so much!

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                    1. re: ArikaDawn

                      There are a few better burger restaurants which is organic and healthy fast food. They have "air fries" that are not too fattening and really good and lots of healty burgers and salads etc. One is at 8th Avenue and 19th street if you happen to be in Chelsea. I forget where the other ones are.