We love our burgers and pizzas, but it’s also important to listen to your body, nourish, and care for it, because after all, we only have one body. Not to say that burgers and pizzas can’t be healthy! We found a place that transforms comfort food staples into well-balanced, health-filled meals that will allow you to indulge, but also feel good while doing so.
Divya’s Kitchen on 1st Avenue between 1st and 2nd Street is a restaurant rooted in the tradition of Shaka Vansiya Ayuvreda. Ayurveda is the ancient system of medicine from India (ayur = life, veda = science of knowledge) that emphasizes the importance of balance. Some of the core Ayurvedic diet principles consists of eating colorful and flavorful foods that hit six tastes: sweet, salty, sour pungent, bitter, and astringent. By ingesting the color of the rainbow and different tastes, your body gets the full healing benefits that help to restore and build a healthy self. For the complete run down on Ayurveda and the specifics of the diet, head over to The Chopra Center.
Not only does Divya’s kitchen offer healthy options, but everything is made from scratch, from their cheese to the almond milk. Chef Divya Alter focuses on seasonal foods, changing up the menu three times a year to incorporate fruits and vegetables that are truly in season. Another important component that Chef Divya emphasizes is the idea of calm. You won’t find any spicy dishes on the menu, and the mostly beige and off-white interior cast in a warm, glowing light brings a sense of ease and comfort to the dining experience. We certainly had a cozy dining experience where we ordered everything from Avocado Dip ($8), Creamy Vegetable Soup ($8), Spinach-Cheese Cutlets ($8), Summer Bowl ($16), and Lasagna ($22). Some of our favorites included the Creamy Vegetable Soup made from taro root, celery, and zucchini (who knew vegan soup could be so creamy!) and the Lasagna consisting of almond milk béchamel, broccoli carrots, spinach, mozzarella and basil-parsley pesto. The layers of white sauce melted into the broccoli and carrots creating a flavorful harmony of ingredients.
25 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
One of the very few vegan Ethiopian restaurants to lay roots in New York City, Bunna Cafe began as a pop-up restaurant in Bushwick as well as participating at Smorgasburg. Today, they’ve settled into a more permanent residence in Bushwick, just walking distance from the Morgan stop off the L train.
We ordered the Feast for Two ($28), which also comes in varying proportions for one, three, or four people. Inspired by the cuisine served during the fasting months according to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the menu focuses on dishes you can share with people. For the Feast, scoops of purple, yellow, green, and orange are placed on top of a soft spongy sourdough flatbread called injera (gluten-free version also available). Each bite created a delicious symphony of spice, salt, and sweetness complemented by the slight sourness of the injera.
To accompany our main dish, we ordered one Espris ($6) to try as well. The Espris is a delightful creamy beverage of layered mango, avocado, and papaya puree with a dollop of Vimto syrup and a lime wedge to tie it together.
All in all, this ranked high in our book and we highly recommend for those who want to try Ethiopian food or just want a vibrant, healthy and filling meal.
1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
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While some of us do like the bitter taste of a fresh-pressed green juice, the vast majority would rather stick to their burger and fries than suffer through a wheat grass shot. What if we said there was a way to make healthy fun? Well, sit tight and continue reading!
By CHLOE. is a popular little vegan restaurant located on the corner of Bleecker and Macdougal in Greenwich Village. When we say popular, we mean popular. We headed over on a Thursday night only to find a surge of women, and some men, feasting on veggie burgers, air baked fries, and a variety of delicious looking salads. We were able to order fairly quickly, and secured a seat to wait until our buzzer notified our meal was ready. Although we felt the beady hawk eyes of hungry customers scavenging for seats upon us, we were able to enjoy a quick meal of Quinoa Taco salad, The Classic Burger, Mac n’ Cheese, and their special Oh So Fancy Fries (pictured), which is a special hidden menu item. Our personal favorites were the Quinoa Taco salad and needless to say, the Oh So Fancy Fries. When it comes to vegan food, we believe that seasoning is key, and these two dishes were seasoned to perfection. The mock taco “meat” in the salad, which consists of spicy seitan chorizo, was bursting with flavor, and their tangy agave-lime dressing mixed with fresh romaine leaves was just delectable. The fries came with the same mock taco meat, a sprinkle of fresh parsley, and a drizzle of chipotle mayo, which of course is void of dairy. All this makes us want to go back for more, despite the long lines and chaotic seating arrangements. But, great news, by CHLOE. is opening two brand new locations in Flatiron and Soho. We also recommend stopping by in the warmer months and ordering to-go so you can skip the musical chairs and enjoy a yummy lunch in the park.
185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Hidden away on the corner of Canal and Essex Street is Dimes, a stylish little restaurant offering healthy and delicious food. Co-owners Sabrina De Sousa and Alissa Wagner have created a cute minimalist space with a sense of humor for a meal that emphasizes health conscious eating.
The spicy Quinoa Bowl will shatter the myth: “Healthy can’t be delicious.” Among the many “health bowls” we’ve tried, Dimes scores high points for their fun and delicious flavors. The spice infused chickpeas, the sweet caramelized fennel, the flavorful red roast peppers and the perfectly cooked quinoa harmonize to create a delightful bowl. You can mix everything together or enjoy the flavors separately. Either way, we can guarantee, in no time your bowl will be polished clean!
Dimes is a perfect place to bring a friend for a cute brunch or dinner. The restaurant has since then moved to 49 Canal Street, a couple steps away from their original location. Make sure to check out their upgraded space!
49 Canal Street New York, NY 10002