Healthy eats, shopping, sightseeing, and the best hotel.
A couple weeks ago, Andrew and I took off for the weekend and headed to NYC for a quick Saturday and Sunday getaway. This is something we do fairly often as DC is just a few hours away if you don’t hit any traffic. We like to leave early Saturday morning (I’m talking before 7am, ouch) and then arrive pre lunch. The timing works out well so that we can drop our bags, freshen up, and then seek out the nearest brunch spot as we are typically famished. It makes for a long day, but its worth it as I just love exploring the city and always feel rejuvenated after spending time there. I am definitely not an expert on Manhattan, but have found a few places I love and that I wanted to share in case you are heading up that way any time soon. (We tend to stay Downtown so most of this guide is focused there). Read on below for some highlights and recommendations. Also, let me know in the comments what your favorite spots in the city are. I love adding new destinations to my list!
First and foremost – where to eat! New York City is practically overflowing with incredible options and the healthy, plant-based, vegan movement is rapidly expanding as well. I’ve listed a few healthy stops that we’ve really enjoyed, but Well and Good is where I turn for the most up to date reviews on what’s new in New York wellness. I’ve especially been loving this round up for new restaurant ideas. It is certainly worth a read if you are planning a trip.
Two Hands – An Aussie cafe, made famous for their Acai bowl. It really is delicious, but also try their almond milk matcha latte.
Nix – A new favorite that we visited on our last trip. The chef has a Michelin star and it shows in this entirely plant based menu. All the dishes are inventive and they have a separate vegan menu if you ask.
Dirt Candy – An ever changing seasonal menu, but the taco platter we had here was excellent.
By Chloe – The old standby that is now rapidly expanding to other locations and cities (please come to DC!) Their Spicy Thai salad is incredible and huge. Perfect for lunch, but plan to wait in line and maybe take your food to eat in the park.
Ladybird – Delicious, tapas style vegan bar food.
The Butcher’s Daughter – I don’t think that you can go wrong here – definitely something for everyone.
Dimes – A tiny space, but so worth it if you go early and can get in for brunch. Their muesli is some of the best I have had.
Credo – I’m going to mention this store yet again because it really is that good. If you love green beauty just go.
Cap Beauty – Another green beauty destination, but with more of a focus on skincare and supplements. It’s such a cute shop and features some harder to find brands.
Reformation – One of my favorite online shopping destinations for stylish dresses – such a bonus that they are also eco-friendly. Soho is home to one of their only brick and mortar stores.
Sleepy Jones – I love a good pair of pajamas and these ones are top notch.
MoMA – I’ve been going here since I was young and it never gets old. Also, their restaurant, The Modern, is still one of my favorites – it is where we always went growing up to celebrate special occasions.
The Guggenheim – A classic, but a great place to get lost for an afternoon.
The Plaza – I will forever love their lobby and tea. (I mean who doesn’t want to be Eloise?)
Broadway – Duh. There is nothing quite like seeing a show in New York. Since the first musical I saw at age 7, Annie Get Your Gun, I have been hooked. Recently we saw An American in Paris and Hamilton – definitely go if you get the chance. Or if you are a late planner – TKTS is always an experience.
The Highline – The best place to take a walk after dinner in the summer.
I’m only giving one recommendation for where to stay because this is where we stayed most recently and I have never liked a hotel in New York more.
11 Howard – A perfect Downtown location with the coolest minimalist Scandinavian design. The staff seriously could not have been nicer and the rooms were beautiful and immaculate. The little details like complimentary Grown Alchemist toiletries, iPads in every room, and water bottles as soon as you arrive really won me over. Also, they hosted a free happy hour in their lovely bar while we there. Think delicious appetizers like veggie sushi and improvisational Haiku writing. I was in heaven!
So this turned into a bit more than what one could feasibly fit into 36 hours, but it’s always nice to have ideas for next time 🙂 Also, I will try to update this little guide as I discover more great finds on our NYC excursions.