West Village Specialty
Murray’s Cheese Shop
254 Bleecker St., West Village
Murray's seems to import every conceivable cheese in production for public consumption, and has a staff that can happily walk you through (and sample) all of them. There are cheese cave tours offered for those who want to learn even more and delicious sandwiches—or melts—for anyone who wants more than just a few hunks of the good stuff. While they supply most of Manhattan with their cheese plate offerings, they also ship across the states. There's also an outpost at the Grand Central Market.
Nourish Kitchen & Table
95 Greenwich Ave., West Village
Owned by nutritionist Marissa Lippert, this beautifully designed café serves healthy fare all day long, from delicious frittatas and almond milk lattes, to hearty grain bowls. Besides being a great resource for quick, balanced meals, the cafe also sells a bijou collection of beautifully selected homewares and healthy cookbooks. They also offer cleanses, which kick-off with a consult with Lippert in order to establish nutritional goals and help you settle on one of three curated cleanses: an intensive three-day jumpstart, a weekly meal plan, or a monthly meal plan.
482 6th Ave., Greenwich Village
Good Brazilian pão de queijo is weirdly hard to come by in the city, but anyone who's had a taste of these gluten-free cheesy puffs will tell you that sniffing them out is a worthwhile cause. Not only does this Greenwich Village café churn out really good Brazilian pastries; it also sources coffee almost exclusively from Brazil, South America, and Africa. What’s more, the space itself is comfortable and welcoming, so you never feel like you and your laptop are unwanted.
Organic Avenue (Closed)
216 8th Ave, New York
The results of their 5-day juice programs are always pretty amazing and the juices and smoothies (especially the coconut mylk and the cacao smoothie) are so delicious that we stock up on them whenever we're in town. In addition to juices, they offer healthy prepared foods, making it a good choice for a quick lunch.
253 Bleecker St., West Village
This minimalist Japanese chocolate shop actually has three locations in Manhattan, including Bryant Park and Madison Avenue—each one tinier and more compact than the next. Founded in Sapporo, their specialty is Nama Chocolate, a box of creamy rectangles dusted with cacao and arranged to geometric perfection. They make an unusual and always-appreciated hostess gift.
90 W 3rd St, West Village
Springbone brings the often-perceived-as-niche cult of bone broth into the mainstream with their clean, minimalistic hole-in-the-wall space in the West Village. The menu is a nice mix of "drinking broths" (literally mugs of broth that you drink like you would a hot tea), and actual meals incorporating the broth in some way (chicken and rice, meatballs). Don't knock it 'til you've tried it: drinking hot, savory broth is not only like a hug in a cup, it's also an incredible pick-me-up alternative to tea or coffee that you can enjoy on the go. (Although, Springbone's drinks menu is pretty solid with matcha, Chaga tea, smoothies, and a particularly delicious riff on healthy hot chocolate spiked with a little reishi and cinnamon on offer). Our favorite cup of broth is unquestionably the liquid gold—a turmeric spiked chicken and coconut milk soup—warming, healthy, and flavorsome.
44 Charles St., West Village
This is one of few places around that roasts their own beans, which are responsibly sourced from all over the globe. Meanwhile all four Toby's Estate locations (the other three are spread out between Williamsburg, Flatiron, and Midtown) are consistently simple and comfortable in design—think communal tables, couches, and excellent lighting. Yes, it's a great set-up for work, but also worth stopping by on your day off for a simple and hearty lunch. (They also offer a random assortment of classes in everything from art to cupping.)
Union Square Green Market
West Side of Union Square Park
This is the best place to shop seasonally and organically directly from farmers, bakers, and more. It's open year round.
152 W. 10th St., West Village
Whether you’ve had Van Leeuwen on the streets of Brooklyn or parked up on Abbot Kinney, it’s instantly recognizable by its sunny yellow truck. They’re particularly famous for their vegan ice cream, a combination of cashew milk, coconut milk, cocoa butter, and carob beans that’s incredibly creamy and indulgent (and a major victory for the dairy-sensitive). They’ve got a few locations now: Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, and Williamsburg in Brooklyn; the East and West Villages in Manhattan; and the Arts District and Culver City in LA. You can always track their many food trucks on their website.
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