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A Guide To Healthy Eating In NYC

There’s no need for calorie counting at these nutritious and delicious restaurants.

New York City proves that you can have it all: a delicious meal and a healthy conscience. As new restaurants pop up around the city at a rapid pace, many of these newcomers have foregone heavy, caloric dishes in favor of lighter fare that still packs a flavorful punch. These are seven of our favorite spots for an impossibly delicious meal that you can enjoy even if it’s not cheat day!

1. Avant Garden

Enter Avant Garden, a fine dining establishment in Manhattan’s East Village helmed by chef Tony Mongeluzzi. Avant Garden focuses on serving quality, flavorful vegetable-centric food that doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is. The restaurant has received praise from the likes of The New Yorker, Eater, and The New York Times. Menu highlights include a “scorched cauliflower” with capers and garlic, a veggie take on General Tso’s, and a variety of inventive toasts.

Avant Garden is located at 130 East 7th Street.

2. Cafe Henrie

This Lower East Side spot serves as both a coffee shop and sit-down restaurant, depending on what time of day you stop by. The menu offers coffee, tea, and juice, casual lunch selections like açai bowls, grain bowls, salads, and turmeric poached eggs, as well as fancier choices for dinner like grilled octopus with saffron, short rib with Asian pear, and scallop crudo. For those with dietary restrictions, there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. And yes, there is avocado toast.

Cafe Henrie is located at 116 Forsyth Street.

3. By Chloe

The menu at this all-vegan fast casual restaurant features perennial favorites like mac n’ cheese, burgers and fries, and meatball subs — only the cheese is made of cashews, the fries are air-baked, and the burgers are made from lentils and tempeh. Many of the ingredients are locally-sourced, and everything is made fresh daily. If you’re traveling with a furry friend, vegan snacks for dogs are also on the menu.

By Chloe is located at 185 Bleecker Street, with additional locations in Williamsburg, Soho, and Flatiron.

4. The Little Beet

Sporting the self-aware tagline “100% Guiltin’ Free,” the Little Beet is — you guessed it — a gluten-free eatery. But don’t expect strangely-textured carbs or flavorless bread substitutes: this place prioritizes local and seasonal flavors that will tempt you to bid adieu to your gluten-dependent lifestyle. Bowls, not beets, are the main attraction at The Little Beet, although the red root does make an appearance on the menu. Expect complex flavors by way of hibiscus pickled onion, beet falafel, turmeric tahini, and more.

The Little Beet is located at 320 Park Avenue, 135 West 50th Street, and 1140 Broadway.

5. Foragers Table

Foragers Table is a New American restaurant with a focus on farm-to-table cooking, favoring locally-sourced and organic ingredients. They also have markets in Chelsea and the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, and even started a small farm upstate in Columbia County. Dinner offerings are extensive, with traditional meat and veggie entrees, pastas, soups, salads, and seasonal veggie and fish selections. Brunch is also highly acclaimed here; lovers of savory and sweet foods alike will have plenty to choose from.

Foragers Table is located at 300 West 22nd Street.

6. Beyond Sushi

If you’re a vegetarian or pescatarian, the unique creations at Beyond Sushi might just convince you to take your diet one step further. An entirely plant-based, vegan restaurant, Beyond Sushi serves up sushi rolls, dumplings, soups, salads, and noodle dishes made from typical meatless proteins like chickpeas, tofu, beans, avocado, and mushrooms. The sushi rolls are far from traditional, containing items like asparagus, sweet potato, eggplant, and BBQ jackfruit, with sauces ranging from carrot ginger to almond pesto.

Beyond Sushi is located at 229 East 14th Street, 62 West 56th Street, and 134 West 37th Street.

7. Bareburger

While there are many Bareburger locations in NYC, only the one at 535 Laguardia Place carries the innovative Impossible Burger — a plant-based organic burger with a patty that looks, tastes, and even bleeds like meat. Created by a startup called Impossible Foods, which has previously collaborated with Momofuku Nishi and Saxon + Parole, this burger is made from wheat, coconut oil, and potatoes, and contains an iron-rich plant chemical called heme.

Bareburger is located at 535 Laguardia Place.

In order to make the most of your stay (and your appetite), Affinia is offering a special deal: three nights for the price of two, or four nights for the price of three. What are you waiting for? Book now and get ready to dig in.

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