I’ve just hit my 8-month mark living in New York City and as a small town girl I am pleased to announce I have well and truly earned my ‘local’ status. After arriving from mid-summer in my tropical home in Queensland, Australia to the harshest winter month of February 2015, spending my first two months in the city getting lost and only just now being able to find my way around without my trusty pal, google maps; too many hours on the L train as a Brooklyn commuter and all it’s glorious breakdowns and delays and copious amounts of minutes sitting in line for a table at the next best restaurant. It’s a love/ hate relationship, but the love completely outweighs the hate, I am a New Yorker and so proud to say it..
As a health enthusiast, I wanted to give my readers a guide to a day of eating and drinking in New York City, the way I would… That is mostly wholesome and healthy foods with a little bit of indulgence on the side.
New York can be daunting and overwhelming – follow my guide for a stress-free and satisfying day in big the apple!
The Butchers Daughter is a must for breakfast, this Soho-based Juice Bar and Cafe serves 100% vegetarian and non-dairy meals which are locally sourced and keep you going all day in the city.
Must order– Brass Monkey Smoothie and Smashed Avocado Toast.
19 Kenmare Street (CNR of Elizabeth St) http://thebutchersdaughter.com/
Head over to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for lunch on the main drag, Bedford Avenue at one of my absolute favorite spots, Bliss Cafe. Bliss is a rustic and homey little vegetarian cafe with the warmest vibes.
Must order– either the Soup of the Day with their life changing corn bread! Or the extremely satisfying Bliss Bowl with Tahini dressing.
191 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn 11211 (Btwn N 6th & N 7th St)
Erin Mckenna’s Bakery is legitimately too good to be true. This refined- sugar-free, gluten- free, wheat- free, soy- free, vegan and kosher bakery based on the Lower East Side in Manhattan is just what you need to get you over that 4 pm hump. With a focus on food- intolerance’s, the health conscious and allergic kids unable to indulge, you can rest with ease knowing nothing harmful is going into your body.
Must order– EVERYTHING IS GOOD! But I always end up with a Vanilla Chai Cupcake or a Cinnamon Donut
248 Broome Street (Btwn Orchard and Ludlow) https://www.erinmckennasbakery.com/
Aria Wine Bar and Italian Restaurant serves Venetian-style tapas, paired with wines made by female vintners in the heart of the West Village. A relaxed and comforting ambience perfect for dates and small groups. Wine lovers will appreciate their extensive wine list and knowledgeable wine stewards.
Must order- I would recommend ordering a few plates to share, some of which should definitely be the Fettuccine Ai Funghi and Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, oh and a bottle of Pinot Noir!
117 Perry St, New York, New York 10014