The Healthy NYC Guide
While it’s LA that gets all the credit for being a health-centric city, the wellness scene in New York is getting bigger and better by the day. Healthy restaurants and juice bars seem to be popping up on every corner, and between the West Side Highway, the High Line, and Central Park, there are ample outdoor places to run and stroll. Meanwhile, old favorites (like the Shibui spa at the Greenwich Hotel) are as compelling as ever. Below, a clean sweep of our favorite health-centric spots (many of which represented at our most recent In goop Health summit) for a clean-eating, self-care-focused take on the city that never sleeps. (Plus, a few places in the outer boroughs thrown in for good measure.)
Aimee Raupp Beauty928 Broadway, Flatiron
A facial here involves amazing acupuncture, collagen-infused masks, ghee-powered face oils, and, perhaps most incredibly, face cupping. Practitioner Aimee Raupp, besides waking up your entire face (your whole body feels good after a treatment), can talk to you about diet, hormones, and many other aspects of women’s health—her book on fertility and pregnancy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, was a bestseller, and she has a new book on health and autoimmunity coming out next month. Her treatments were a huge hit at the recent In goop Health Summit for a reason—they are absolutely transformative.
Amanda Kloots at Bandier Studio B164 5th Ave., Flatiron | 917.408.4617
Trainer and former New York City Rockette Amanda Kloots brings her love of staying in shape—and having fun along the way to three of her signature hour-long classes—the Dance, the Rope, and the Body—at Bandier Studio B. The Rope focuses on high-energy jump roping (it burns 10 calories a minute while toning your body) and her easy-to-do-at-home moves include everything from standing side crunches and jump overs to stability lunges. The Dance zeroes in on what Amanda does best—and the constantly changing cardio dance sweat session ensures it never gets too repetitive even if you drop into class a couple times a week. She uses the see-and-follow method for guiding you through class, which sounds intimidating, but totally works. Her latest offering is The Body, which is modeled after her private classes—it's a mix of upbeat dance moves, plus a toning series on the mat. (Be prepared to s-w-e-a-t.) If you're not in NYC, there's an entire section of her site dedicated to streaming the workouts here.
Aire Ancient Baths88 Franklin St., Tribeca | 212.274.3777
Tucked away in Tribeca, this is one of New York City’s best spa secrets—which also happens to look a bit like the Temple of White and Black from Game of Thrones. You descend via a candle-lit stairway into an equally moody space with many baths and steam rooms (all sorts of different temperatures, from hot to ice-f-ing cold to a sublime extra-salt version where you float like you're in the Dead Sea), where you’ll likely be content to hang out for a while. They also offer really great massages—some of Manhattan’s best, actually.
Bamford Haybarn Spa60 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn | 347.696.2530
Tucked inside the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the Bamford Haybarn Spa is a 5,000-square-foot oasis marked by hand-carved doors and branch shelving. Here, in the nine treatment rooms, Lady Carole Bamford applies her "global wellness" approach to the menu of treatments which range from massages to facials—all of which are guided by Ayurvedic principles and use the brand's in-house line of skin care.
Box + Flow55 Bond St., Noho | 212.228.3569
Having a tough time choosing between a boxing class and yoga? Now you don't have to thanks to this new mashup studio which opened its doors in Noho last year. Their 50-minute classes set to music from the likes of Eminem, Pearl Jam, and even Ella Fitzgerald, include a high-intensity warm-up before shadowboxing with both weights and a bag. Class winds down with a restorative a vinyasa flow.
Brooklyn Yoga Club206 Vanderbilt Ave., Clinton Hill
Beloved yoga teacher Eddie Stern officially opened his new studio space, Brooklyn Yoga Club, in a cozy Clinton Hill townhouse on Vanderbilt Avenue. A studio and meditation space occupy the ground floor of the townhouse, where Stern leads a practice based on the teachings of Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The primarily self-paced classes encourage independence and self-reliance; students work through each series at their own speed, closely observed by Stern. There’s also a heavy emphasis on meditation, breath, and detoxification. After class, students can hang out in the first-floor library, café, and the wide outdoor deck, where the studio builds community: The café serves coffee, tea, juice, and vegetarian food, the deck is home to a compost and garden, and the library shelves are stocked with books about yoga and self-discovery. The second floor of the townhouse is home to a co-working space with a few designated desks and a community table. That floor also has a kitchen, for vegetarian and Ayurvedic cooking classes and one-off workshops, like “How to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar,” or “How To Make Your Own Kimchi.” Out-of-town visitors can stay on this level in a cozy bed and breakfast-style room—room rates for the B&B and rental rates for desk space both include yoga.
Chillhouse149 Essex St., Lower East Side | 646.978.3501
A sort of choose your own wellness adventure, this light, bright, Lower East Side spa has a luxe nail salon with 5-free options, massages, and a café all under one roof. Start your experience with an adaptogen-spiked turmeric latte (they have their own line of Chillblend powders to help you relax, energize, and detox) while you check out the nail-art menu that changes seasonally—we’re totally obsessed with the Matisse- and Yayoi Kusama-inspired designs. Massages range from the short Express (25 minutes of deep tissue work) to the more-intense, aptly named hourlong Chill Pill. Photos: Dillon Burke
Côte100 E. 13th St., Greenwich Village | 646.850.3837
As serious Côte devotees, we cannot get enough of their relaxing manicures and pedicures, all of which happen inside a space that evokes a clean, non-toxic, lazy-dream beach house vibe. Like its coveted Brentwood salon in LA, the new NYC location offers meticulous service for one of the best mani/pedis around, free from major toxins and allergens commonly included in mainstream polishes (the same goes for their eponymous line of polishes). Go once and you'll be hooked.
Erin Telford146 W. 29th St., Chelsea | 646.266.4019
Erin Telford is an incredible breath-worker, healer, acupuncturist, herbalist, and Reiki master who has spent the last few years developing her two main therapeutic programs: breath-work and guiding light sessions (mentorship and therapeutic counseling). It's worth noting that Telford performs these therapies virtually, with clients in New York and further afield who can participate from the comfort of their own homes. Both the breath-work and guiding light programs are ideal for those who feel stuck and have difficulty opening themselves up to love, or for those of us who hold on to pent-up emotions of grief, rage, and resentment.
FaceLove1 Dutch 45 John St., Financial District | 347.267.9453
If you’ve never had a massage dedicated to relaxing the muscles in your jaw, forehead, scalp and entire face...it’s insanely relaxing. FaceLove’s three signature treatments—FaceLove, PureLove, and WholeLove—all focus on massage, exercise, and acupressure to stimulate circulation and release inflammation. (Treatments are offered as 30 or 45-minute sessions.) Not only will a clenched jaw or furrowed forehead feel miraculously released, you’ll emerge looking pretty amazing, too.
Flower Power Herbs and Roots Inc.406 E 9th St., East Village | 212.982.6664
Nestled in Alphabet City, this cozy herbal apothecary stocks every health-supporting botanical one could dream up, no matter how obscure. The shelves are lined with organic herbs—ones we’ve heard of like ashwagandha and comfrey, as well as ones we haven’t like bladderwrack and bloodroot—gorgeous flower essences, nourishing roots, bath salts, gem elixirs, organic mushrooms, and essential oils.
Gravity East Village515 E. 5th St., #1A, East Village | 212.388.9788
As its name implies, Gravity East Village specializes in gravity-based colonics, which means that the in-flow and out-flow of water is simultaneous. Gravity also has a far infrared sauna, which is a nice complement for a full detox.
Heyday92 Reade St., Tribeca | 646.922.7576
For exceptional skincare at an accessible price point, head to this facial spa (there are five locations in Manhattan). With a membership option, flexible scheduling, and a staff of New York State-accredited and licensed estheticians on hand, Heyday manages to make it easier and, most importantly, more convenient than many luxury facial spas to stop in for a last-minute tune-up.
Ilan Bohm, D.C., F.A.S.A.635 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, Midtown | 212.277.4406
Dr. Ilan Bohm is our man and the founder of OIM, which advocates looking beyond—while still using—Western medicine for well-being. Keeping in mind that every patient is unique and not one-treatment-fits-all, Dr. Bohm sees patients on an individual level and aims to prevent rather than just treat illness by incorporating acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and chiropractic into any healthcare routine. They facilitate detoxes, and also offer hydrocolonic therapy.
Integral Yoga Institute NYC227 W 13th St., West Village | 212.929.0585
This beloved neighborhood center for spiritual nourishment is connected to one of the best health-food stores in the West Village. Varied yoga classes take place in sun-filled studios, all with gorgeous wood floors—the vibe of the place is more beautifully rustic than polished: Yoga and Qigong focuses on harnessing energy to your advantage, while Yoga for Arthritic and Chronic Pain teaches self-soothing techniques.There are also incredible workshops (topics range from eye health to the importance of eating seasonally to how to how to give a Thai massage), and the wellness spa offers cranial therapy, acupuncture, myofascial release, spiritual counseling, and more—and there’s an excellent book alcove-boutique that sells blankets, stones, mats, and grounding yoga paraphernalia.
Jivamukti Yoga Center New York841 Broadway, Noho | 212.353.0214
This OG yoga center has a bare-bones aesthetic—but the workout, not to mention the mental benefits, will blow your mind. There’s chanting, lectures, and vigorous asana practice in every class (most are “open”, meaning all levels, which is great for all but the newest beginner); every pose is held for five breaths, so you’ve got time to figure out what you’re doing. Beyond the fantastic, transformative yoga in the three large studios, there’s a vegan café, massages, and a boutique stocked with clean beauty all-stars, sustainable yogi fashion, and books. “The classes are packed because they’re so good,” says goop beauty director Jean Godfrey-June. “I am a functioning human being because of them!”
Kryo X57 W. 57th St., Midtown | 212.551.3333
You won’t get pedicures here, but the full-body cryotherapy session—in which you stand, in the buff, in a chamber that’s chilled to roughly -240°F for two to three minutes—is bracing, but more bearable than, say, an ice bath, since there’s no moisture in the liquid nitrogen-cooled air. We left feeling less stressed and more centered, and we slept better, too. Started by doctors to holistically treat patients with arthritis, cryotherapy is believed to stimulate the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and reduce inflammation, improve mood, lower anxiety, and enhance overall well-being. If you’re super worried about chattering teeth, start slow with a brightening cryofacial.
ModelFIT New York City212 Bowery, 2nd flr., Bowery | 212.219.2044
Up a nondescript flight of stairs on a well-trafficked stretch of the Bowery, the modelFIT Method relies on small movements using hand weights, a resistance band, gliders, and mini exercise balls to target small muscle grounds as opposed to more traditional jump squats, burpees, etc, in a bright light-filled space. Among the best offerings: modelFIT scuplt, which targets butt, thighs, and abs, and a dance cardio version featuring follow along-style dance moves. The classes generally fill up quickly, so best to get there a little early to get a good spot.
Naturopathica127 W. 26th St., Chelsea | 646.979.3960
Barbara Close studied therapeutic herbal therapies and integrative medicine before founding Naturopathica—so it’s equal parts healing center and spa. There’s an apothecary-like boutique hung with giant glass tincture-dispensers in front where you can sample the brand’s gorgeous, botanical-spiked skincare, health-supporting teas (our fav: the Skin Tea to promote a vibrant complexion), herbal-infused honey, and, of course, said tinctures. There’s a tonic bar serving cold-pressed juices, kombucha (the grapefruit mint flavor—omg), and frothy herbal lattes. The spa itself is a huge, dimly lit, atmospheric sanctuary with a plush consultation space (the wallpaper is unforgettably cool), sound-bath alcove, and absolutely incredible massages, facials, and scalp treatments. The Blue Eucalyptus Energizing Massage incorporates deep tissue and acupressure techniques to counter adrenal fatigue, the Bio-Energy Lift helps revitalize skin from environmental damage, smooth lines, and plump with nourishing sea fern extracts and a special copper-amino-acid complex while The Holistic Facial uses lymphatic brushing and a vigorous sculpting massage to release muscle tension and support circulation.
New York Pilates262 Bowery, Soho | 212.335.0375
One session at this airy, light-filled studio—a slice of heaven among the rickety lofts that line the Bowery—and you’re hooked. They use the Reformer (versus mat-based Pilates), a machine that adds resistance to exercises using springs to sculpt, tone, and strengthen the body. The instructors are dynamic and personable, not to mention lithe and statuesque (Pilates is known for its elongating, posture-improving benefits). They sell kombucha on tap, as well as an assortment of gluten- and refined sugar-free cacao balls (the turmeric-dusted variety is insane) that are delicious, nourishing, and supremely satisfying after an intense class.
ONDA Beauty117 West Broadway, Tribeca | 646.870.9490
Larissa Thomson was a fashion editor in her previous life, so her take on clean beauty is one of the more gorgeous we’ve ever seen. Everything from Vintner’s Daughter and Tammy Fender to True Botanicals and…goop skin care is beautifully laid out and easy to shop for. The treatment rooms are stunning—we want the wallpaper, the mirrors, everything. And the treatments themselves (there are four signature facials) are next-level and nourish, detoxify, and tighten pores with transformative therapies like microcurrent, intense facial massage, and microneedling.
Osaka37 W. 46th St., Midtown | 212.575.1303
Treatments at this spa (complete with semi-kitsch treatment rooms) can border on the gruff side—a plus in our books: The massages, acupressure treatments, and body scrubs are intense enough to work any stress-related kinks right out. (Don't be surprised when the therapist walks on your back during a massage.) Plus, they have all the pools you need to further the detoxification process.
Rescue Spa29 E. 19th St., Flatiron | 866.772.2766
The duplex spa is enormous and luxurious, with high ceilings, plush couches, and a posh aesthetic that manages to be both modern and comfortable. There’s a hair salon, nail studio, and fourteen treatment rooms where you can get a variety of skin-perfecting therapies like the Oxylight facial, an over-the-top combination of micro-current, ultrasound, oxygen therapy, and more to lift, tighten, and smooth, and many more LED -, microdermabrasion- , and laser-intensive sessions, plus massages and detox body wraps (you’re slathered in sea mud, which leaves skin insanely silky). A facial with founder/skin-whisperer Danuta Mieloch is transformative—her touch is exquisite, and you emerge looking beyond glowy. We love the Bio Seaweed Gel manicure, which uses 5-free polish, LED light to set the pigment (as opposed to UV light), and lasts about a month.
Rise by We85 Broad St., Financial District | 646.694.8079
WeWork—the round-the-world network of comfy, breezy (decidedly un-corporate) workspaces rented out to people and businesses—has always been an ideal HQ with its meditation rooms, retreats, and fitness class offerings. And now with Rise by We, its new holistic wellness club in NYC's financial district (more locations to roll out down the line), the brand’s dreamed up a respite from the swivel chair where you can get up and move in any number of workout classes (from kickboxing to yoga to personal training sessions), as well as stoke some serious relaxation vibes at their Superspa. There are steam and sauna rooms, amazing massages, a circulation-rousing cold water plunge, and a communal—and coed—hammam area. The spa’s café makes killer juices—and come evening, healthy-ish cocktails. And if you can’t commit to a full-on membership, Rise’s $100 four-class access pass option is a solid option.
SanaVita508 E. 12th St., East Village | 212.777.4900
While hydrotherapy colonics are the specialty here, SanaVita also offers lymphatic massage, acupuncture, and Reiki. They even have an on-staff astrologer.
Space by Mama Medicine73 Spring St., Soho | 212.226.1714
Wellness intuitive Deborah Hanekamp has over seventeen years of experience in the healing arts. Her Space by Mama Medicine brings this expertise to a new audience with aura readings, energy balancing, crystal and sound healing, and facial attunements. The rooms in which these holistic treatments take place are immediately soothing with an all-white palette lifted with greenery and natural fibers, flooded with natural light, and so divinely scented you'll struggle to leave post-treatment. In performing the therapies, Hanekamp uses healing techniques like Chinese medicine, LED, and Ayurveda bolstered by an all-natural herbal skincare line.
Skin Healer331 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn | 347.464.8648
Melanie Herring’s small studio in a Greenpoint brownstone is deceptively modest, but her facials will help change your skin, whether it’s breakouts that bother you or dullness and wrinkles. Massage, aromatherapy, all manner of nourishing oils and mists, plus a one-on-one discussion (sometimes assisted by animal-spirit cards) might happen before you begin.
Sky Ting Yoga381 W. Broadway, Tribeca | 212.203.5786
While we loved the original Chinatown location, Sky Ting's second space in Tribeca is as dreamy a spot to shop as it is to workout. The merch spans adaptogenic powders from Moon Juice, products from health mecca CAP Beauty, and one of our favorite newer beauty lines Benshen (founded by fashion journalist turned yogi Desirée Pais, who, frustrated with the market started whipping up herbal skin care in her kitchen). Aside from the roster of yoga classes (for those of us working all-day al-desko, try the restorative class for deep hip openers and stretching), this new airy space has the added benefit of a built-in infrared sauna to maximize the post-sweat glow.
Spa Castle NYC131-10 11th Ave., College Point | 718.939.6300
This mini-chain of mega spas offers something called Sauna Valley: You’ll find every conceivable temple—gold, Himalayan Salt, infrared, far infrared, color therapy—and an equal number of pools to match. The Texas outpost is open twenty-four hours a day, while the Queens location is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, making this a fun pilgrimage (and a good girls-day activity). There’s an on-site cafeteria and even a kiddie pool.
Sundays Nail Studio51 East 25th St., Nomad | 646.998.5711
The manicures and pedicures here are consistently good—spectacularly shiny for days, crisply applied, plus the brand’s eponymous line of clean, non-toxic (vegan and 10-free!) polishes has the best colors. The restorative treatments—the heavenly 3-in-1 Guided Meditation + Hand Treatment combines a manicure, essential-oil massage, and meditation, while the supremely pampering Rose Extract Anti-Aging Hand Treatment mixes a coconut-milk soak infused with rose petals, aromatherapy massage, and manicure. (The Rose Extract Anti-Aging Foot Treatment is just as reviving.) The studio itself is hygge central—airy, sleek-yet-cozy, potted-plant adorned—a place where we’d happily while away the day.
TenovertenLe Parker Meridien, 119 W. 56th St., Midtown | 212.767.1010
This is not your regular neighborhood mani/pedi spot. These low-key spaces are outfitted with mid-century modern pieces (you won't find any oversized massage chairs) and the technicians are incredibly well-trained. They do kiddie manicures, at-home appointments, and best of all, it's open late. The original is in Tribeca.
The Class by Taryn Toomey22 Park Place, Tribeca | 646.850.0937
“The Class” is a workout like no other: People regularly laugh, cry, and scream during it, so intense is the release (not to mention the workout itself). Developed by former Dior exec Taryn Toomey, the 75-minute session is an exhilarating mix of yoga, aerobics, and strength training as well as chanting and mental work). In addition to sculpted muscles (Toomey’s incredible body is the best advertisement) and an excellent dose of cardio, the aim is to free yourself from “the sludge,” as Toomey says, meaning everything that weighs you down, both emotionally and physically.
The Ash Center800A Fifth Ave., Ste. 205, Upper East Side | 917.382.3808
Dr. Richard Ash, who tragically passed away in 2015, has set up an enduring integrative medicine center in New York City, where you'll be shepherded through an extensive series of tests. After they'll create a totally customized, preventative, and restorative roadmap to optimum health. While it's not necessarily about detoxing, their steps to a healthier lifestyle often involve just that.
The Piper Center for Internal Wellness73 Spring St., Ste. 305, Soho | 212.925.0203
Founder Tracy Piper brings more than twenty years of experience in Chinese herbology and colon hydrotherapy, which she believes can aid in everything from digestion to skin health in her one-stop cleansing center. For those in need of a recharge, there's also dry-skin brushing, a lymphatic draining detox wrap, and infrared sauna sessions. Her ace staff includes a live blood analyst, colon therapist, and in-house nurse practitioner for highly personalized sessions.
Tracy Anderson Method Tribeca271 Church St., Tribeca | 646.964.5820
In a brand-new, three-floor space in Tribeca, you'll find Tracy Anderson's New York City empire: There are studios here, along with many of her apparatuses, where you can do your custom muscular structure workout or dance cardio. This location offers membership, pay per class, as well as private training sessions. If huffing it to the studio isn't an option, there's always the wallet-friendly live-streaming version wallet-friendly streaming option, where you can take classes from the comfort of your own living room. There's a second 6,000-square-foot location uptown on 59th Street housed in a former movie theater.
Tracy Anderson Method 59th St.241 E. 59th St., Upper East Side | 212.355.5750
This brand new, 6,000-square-foot studio addition to Tracy's empire (other locations include Tribeca, Watermill, and Brentwood to name a few) offers the full Anderson experience from the dance-based and muscular structure workouts, to food, to athleisure wear. Built into what was a former movie theatre, this unique space houses two cavernous, temperature-controlled workout studios, a street-level café—beyond convenient to pick up that pre-class organic coffee or post-workout fueling smoothie—and the full range of Anderson's athletic wear. Hosting group and private classes, the full spectrum of options from membership to drop-in are available—but, for those who can't make it to the studio, don't stress, you can stream the live classes from the comfort of your own home.
Nuurvana27 Barclay St, Tribeca
Not your run-of-the-mill intuitive, certified herbalist Deganit Nuur uses acupuncture, essential oils, and cupping to open the meridians before every reading, which means that sessions are restorative on multiple levels. Her readings are spot-on—and you might not see it coming. Nuur’s personality is so easygoing and bubbly, it at first feels like you’re settling in for a light chat. But when she starts channeling, it’s ka-pow. These days, it's easier to book Nuur for a virtual session than in-person, but her growing practice of clairvoyants, aptly named Nuurvana, has one location in NYC and one in LA.
Maria Papapetros141 E. 55th St., Midtown | 212.935.4441
Maria was our in-house intuitive for the goop Shiso Psychic pop-up in NYC when we launched our latest fragrance, and needless to say, she dropped jaws with her eerily accurate readings. She is extremely calm and uses meditation at the beginning of each session to create a relaxed state before diving straight in. She also analyzes handwriting and uses Tarot to establish a framework. Keep in mind that she is a straight-up psychic who doesn't hold back, so if you'd prefer someone who soft-pedals, she probably isn't the right choice for you.
Morgan Yakus' first career was in fashion (she co-owned the NYC boutique No. 6, the creator of the downtown ubiquitous clog boot), until she felt a strong pull to explore hypnosis. While most of her practice revolves around inducing the brain into a theta state (not fully under) to help influence and re-train the brain around blocks, anxiety points, and obsessions, she also trained (and is certified) in past life regression with Dr. Brian Weiss, the author of Many Lives Many Masters. She helps clients with everything from insomnia and weight loss to stress, trust, and intuition opening. She operates out of both New York and Los Angeles.