Our Favorite Healthy “I need food right now” Spots in NYC

Our Favorite Healthy “I need food right now” Spots in NYC

Our Favorite Healthy “I need food right now” Spots in NYC

Photo credit: Dig Inn

New York is a city of schleppers. Many of us are literally running to and fro for much of the day, and this can build up an appetite. Luckily, New York is full of healthy, fast options waiting to be taken advantage of. Below we’ve highlighted our favorite restaurants and cafes around NYC where you can grab a healthy meal in a pinch.

Dig Inn — Great for meals; you can make your own bowl with a brown rice or greens base, seasonal veggies, and protein; they also sell their sides separately, which makes a great snack.
Multiple locations

Hu Kitchen — With the motto “food for humans”, you can count on Hu Kitchen to serve clean food completely gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free! Super convenient to pop in for a hearty meal, or a snack or side to tide you over to your next meal.
78 Fifth Avenue (14th Street)

Juice Press — Organic juices, smoothies and plant-based fare.
Multiple locations

Dr. Smood — Organic juices, smoothies, and plant-based meals and snacks.
Multiple locations

Mulberry & Vine  Design your own plate or bowl. Most options are gluten-free and dairy-free.
Multiple Locations

Whole Foods  They’re all over the city! Grab some pre-chopped fruit or veggies, or something from their salad bar or deli. While they do use canola oil in many of their dishes, they list their ingredients so you can choose items cooked in olive oil.
Bonus: they now offer free delivery through Amazon Prime Now

The Little Beet — Carefully sourced, seasonal food made easy! Make your own completely gluten-free dish. Plenty of plant-based options too.
Multiple Locations

Inday — Build you own Indian-inspired bowl or choose from one of their signature bowls. Tons of flavor without sacrificing quality!
Multiple Locations

Magic Mix — Organic juices, smoothies, soups, salads, and snacks — all plant based.
102 Fulton street

Bonberi Bodega — Plant-based bodega offering fresh juices, smoothies, salads, bowls, soups, and snacks

The Village Den — Paleo, keto or plant-based “TV dinner” options. Dine-in, pick-up or get it delivered.
225 W 12th St

Fields Good Chicken — Pick up a plate of antibiotic-free chicken and two vegetable sides, or pick up a whole chicken and enjoy the leftovers the following days.
Multiple locations

Springbone Kitchen — Breakfast, lunch, dinner and bone broth to-go; described as “wholesome food with honest ingredients.” A paleo eater’s paradise!
Multiple locations

Sweetgreen — Pick up a seasonal salad from the menu or create a custom salad, choosing from a mix of locally sourced raw and cooked vegetables, protein and a dressing.
Multiple locations

Westerly Market — Another amazing health food market with prepped gluten free, dairy free meals and snacks.
911 8th Ave. @ 54th Street

Westville — A great place to sit down and order a hearty salad or a plate with a protein and market sides.
Multiple locations

Lucky Lee’s — A healthy take on American-Chinese inspired food. The entire menu is gluten-free and dairy free.
67 University Place Between 10/11th street

Pro tip: Too busy or wiped to cook dinner? Pop by one of these spots on your way home or check to see if they are on one of the delivery apps like Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, Seamless, Uber Eats, Caviar and Eat24.

Wondering what to keep in your bag for a quick snack? Click here to check out our blog on travel snacks for items you can keep with you.


This guide was written by Dr. Morrison and the health and nutrition experts at The Morrison Center. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health through the treatment and prevention of disease.



Dr. Jeffrey Morrison is an award-winning medical doctor, a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, and champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare



Robin is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine and holistic healing modalities. She helps her clients address complicated conditions and return to wellness.



Stephanie is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.