Another trip to NYC in the books! This city truly never disappoints. I always pack as many things into the few days of travel as I can, but still never come close with everything I want to do, see & eat.
I’ve kept a list of my favorite foodie spots, coffee/matcha joints, things to do and workout classes to take while visiting (including tons of recommendations from you!) and created my own NYC Travel Guide! Hoping this helps next time you visit the city that doesn’t sleep! 😉
– Two Hands*: all-time favorite breakfast in NYC. Aussie style and simple ingredients. I get the BYOB: scrambled eggs, bacon, watercress, sweet potatoes, roast tomatoes and avocado
– Bluestone Lane*: best avocado toast in the city
– Hu Kitchen*: “food for humans,” nothing processed. Make sure to get the almond butter cookie dough truffles and a few of their paleo chocolate bars.
– Sundays in Brooklyn
– Sweetgreen*: simple, seasonal & healthy on-the-go salads, soups, bowls
– Bare Burger*: organic burgers & sweet potato fries !
– The Butcher’s Daughter*: pretty sure I’ve gone here every trip to NYC and I love it
– Sweatshop Coffee
– Van Leeuwen*: vegan and non-vegan ice cream
– Ellary’s Greens*
– Seamore’s*: makes the list for favorite meal in the city! Super fresh, seafood, healthy options, tons of flavor
– De Maria
– Jack’s Wife Freda*
– Loring Place
– Prince St. Pizza*: Classic NY pizza, the best of the best! Definitely not gluten-free, dairy-free, but it’s worth it. Pepperoni is my favorite.
– Cafe Clover
– Blank Slate
– Miss Lily’s: Went there solely for the hummus!
– Dig Inn*
– Hearth: connected to Brodo
– Springbone Kitchen
– Jajaja NYC: vegan
– Double Zero Pizza: gluten-free
– Village Den
– Divya’s Kitchen in the East Village: ayurvedic restaurant
– Mulberry and Vine
– The Broken Coconut
– ABC Kitchen
– The Little Beet Table
– Quartino in East Village: healthy Italian
– Antique Garage*
– Blackseed Bagels
– Egg Shop
– Bondi Sushi
– Coco and Cru
– Milk and Honey cafe in Brooklyn
– Chalait*: get it with the house made nut milk!
– Cha Cha Matcha*: Another one of my favorites. I like the Beautiful Matcha latte with 1/2 water + 1/2 coconut milk (for reduced sugar)
– Brodo*: the best bone broth in the city! It’s the cutest little grab and go window (several locations). My favorite is the chicken bone broth with turmeric and ginger.
– Bluestone Lane*
– Naturopathica*: clean beauty store, with an insane tonic bar. Get the Turmeric Pumpkin Latte (seasonal!)
– Dr. Smood*: grab n’ go, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, lattes, coffee, etc.
– Pressed Juicery*
– Juice Press*
– Dr. Smood*
– Grass Roots Juicery
THINGS TO DO
– Spin: Endless ping pong tables + bar + sports on TV
– Central Park
– Walk the High Line
– Visit the Clean Market on the East Side: Infrared sauna, cryotherapy, all the wellness products you’d need
– Go to a live show taping at Rockefeller Center: Tickets are available day-of for The Tonight Show and Late Night
– Sporting events: (I’ve been to both a Knicks and Yankees game)
– Discover Grand Central Station
– Shop (and eat) your way around Chelsea Market
– 9/11 Memorial and Museum
– Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
– Chillhouse: Dual cafe and spa. Basically THE spot for nail art, massages, and lattes. Super chill & you can work there with your computer
– Top of The Rock: to see the entire city. The Empire State Building is more expensive and too busy
– Run along the west side highway/Hudson River park
– The Park on 10th Ave. in Chelsea: awesome indoor garden space
– Rumble: boxing
– Switch Playground*: tough and effective full-body workout that includes cardio, strength training and plyometrics. 20 stations are set up around the room, at each station with a partner for 2 minutes, during which you complete 2 exercises in 30 second intervals. Intense!
– Solace*: Crossfit, sculpt, yoga (*take Flow Into Strong with Alex Silver-Faegan)
– The Phitting Room: I’ve personally never been, but it’s on my list! Kettlebells, bodyweight moves, and battle ropes
– Dogpound: boxing, full-body workout, HIIT
– Swerve: team-inspired indoor cycling
– Everybody Fights: boxing
– Tonehouse: extreme, athletic-based group fitness studio. For elite athletes or those who want to train like one
– SLT: combination of cardio, strength training and pilates
– Y7: Hip-hop inspired yoga
PLACES TO STAY
– PUBLIC: has to be my favorite hotel. Super vibey when you walk in and definitely upscale. It’s pretty spendy, but if you sign up for their newsletter they seem to have sales every season (we went for $150 a night during this past trip, Thanksgiving week! Such a steal in NYC). There’s a small gym in the basement with everything you’d need to have a great workout. They’re also known for their rooftop bar + views of the city. Located in such a prime spot in Soho– you’re in walking distance from everywhere.
– Dream Downtown: located in Chelsea and the first place we ever stayed. Very central location– doable to walk to Central Park and the opposite direction, down to the Financial District. There’s a pool, which makes it perfect in the summertime. Also very close to Chelsea Market, one of my favorite places to shop, eat & grab a matcha at Chalait.