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.)
Chalait1216 Broadway, Nomad | 212.929.0266
New York is no stranger to coffee shops and teahouses, but Chalait is the first one to feature such a matcha-heavy menu. For the uninitiated, our favorite matcha latte—creamy and not too bitter—is a good intro to this potent, antioxidant-rich green tea. For nonbelievers, there’s Counter Culture coffee and a variety of loose-leaf teas. While there is no Wi-Fi, it's a good spot to get some work done.
Magic Mix Juicery102 Fulton St., Financial District | 646.454.0680
This small vegan café/juicery in the Financial District is one of the only places in the area where you can find 100%-organic, raw, cold-pressed juice—all made fresh in-house daily. We like the Fearless Cleanse, a line-up of six juices. Though they all have a green component, they're varied enough to make it interesting: In addition to the standard kale/spinach mixes, there's one with wheatgrass and one with E3Live. Even on the first day, we were feeling the effects of the detox, most notably in a runny nose and an energetic euphoria around 3 p.m.
Melvin’s Juicebox130 W. Houston St., Greenwich Village | 646.588.5375
We were Melvin Major acolytes back when he started making fresh, organic, juices at LifeThyme, a favorite Greenwich Village health food shop. He’s since picked up and started his own spot. Today, the city is flooded with juice bars, but when we can, we like to hit Melvin’s, as he’s a total original.
Tiny Empire (Closed)142 N. 6th St., Williamsburg | 718.599.5575
Marked by a neon green sign, this clean, minimal shop is filled with juices, raw snacks, and green plants. Chose one of their cleanses and begin each morning with a nice jolt: Orange, grapefruit, and a shot of cayenne. After that, it's an all-star line-up of delicious green juices, a root juice, and a creamy almond milk to finish the day.
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee138 W. 10th St., West Village | 212.929.0821
We’re Jack’s Coffee loyalists in Amagansett, and you can find all the same magic—perfectly roasted beans, egg breakfast sandwiches, simple salads, a smattering of good juices—at their slightly-above-street-level space in the Seaport. There are also two locations in the West Village.
Cha Cha Matcha327 Lafayette St., NOHO | 646.895.9484
This is truly a place for the matcha-obsessed: In addition to standard fare like a coconut matcha latte (made, of course, with Japanese ceremonial matcha), you can order their ginger turmeric version (the combination of assertive ginger, earthy spice, and matcha works surprisingly well), plus matcha pastries, and matcha soft-serve. While this NOHO spot is their latest space, the OG Cha Cha Matcha is just around the corner on Broome Street.
MatchaBar256 W. 15th St., Chelsea | 212.627.1058
The OG Williamsburg location may have recently closed, but this Chelsea location offers the same seriously good matcha, sourced from an independent farm in Nishio. (There’s a MatchBar outpost in Silver Lake in LA now, too).