Seamore's (Nolita): Seamore's has beachy/nautical vibes, a white interior, big windows and great seafood dishes.
Rosie's (East Village): Outstanding Mexican food, especially the tacos. Hip, bustling environment, great patio & delicious cocktails.
Extra Virgin (West Village): A neighbourhood gem. Delicious French & Italian inspired Mediterranean restaurant. Salads, pastas, fresh fish, daily specials and savoury sides. The best is the lemon crusted Chilean sea bass with fennel potato purée, crispy artichokes, salsa verde & avocado purée.
Juice Generation (Union Square): Another great cold pressed juice shop with several locations. Try the tart cherry and turmeric shot, the matcha mint chip smoothie and the vegan baked goods.
by CHLOE. (Greenwich Village): Started by chef Chloe Coscarelli, this trendy vegan cafe, juice bar and bakery serves up delicious, creative and healthy eats. And make sure you pop over next door to Sweets by CHLOE. for amazing vegan cookies, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, pies, bars, cinnamon rolls and homemade almond milk.
Beyond Sushi (Chelsea Market): A few locations around the city serving creative vegan sushi with delicious rolls and dumplings.
Pressed Juicery (Union Square): Cold pressed juice.
Dun-Well Doughnuts (East Village): Vegan donut shop with rotating flavours.
Good Thanks (Lower East Side): Australian cafe and breakfast spot for toasts, smoothie bowls, baked goods and egg dishes. Also serving coffee, beer and wine.
Bar Primi (Bowery): Casual-meets-hip Italian restaurant and wine bar specializing in fresh, traditional and seasonal pasta dishes. Great for a date night.
Il Buco (Bowery): Soooooo romantic and delicious. Mediterranean-Italian plates, super intimate and rustic atmosphere, wine cellar downstairs.
Nix (Greenwich Village): Modern vegetarian restaurant with vegan options. Super chic with amazing food (a must-try is the cauliflower tempura steamed buns) and great cocktails.
Dudley's (Lower East Side): Chic corner restaurant/café/bar using locally sourced ingredients in their American dishes with an Australian influence. A great spot to come for brunch or a night cap.
Wayla (Lower East Side): Hip, homestyle Thai restaurant on garden level. Backyard patio is first come first serve but definitely worth the wait. Food is incredible (albeit a bit spicy), always try Maa’s daily curry which is a curry made from a rotation of seasonal vegetables.
Bowery Market (Bowery): Little open-air nook of specially curated food stands that are open year-round. Restaurants include Alidoro for Italian Sandwiches, The Butcher's Daughter for fresh juices and vegetarian eats, Champion Coffee, bringing exclusive coffee specialties from Greenpoint to Manhattan, Pulqueria for fresh tacos on homemade organic tortillas, and Sushi on Jones for sushi on the go.
Orchard Grocer (Lower East Side): 100% plant based grocery store with a really amazing selection. They also have a café in the back where you can order vegan snacks and sandwiches, like the Edith (your choice of bagel, house-made cashew cream cheese, carrot lox, capers, chives).
Cafe Clover (West Village): Nestled amongst the trees in the West Village, Cafe Clover serves health-conscious American food using seasonal ingredients. Lots of options here like salads, pastas, socca pizzettes, sandwiches, soups & entrées.
Bodega Negra (Chelsea): Super trendy Mexican restaurant with a clubby vibe.
Egg Shop (Nolita): Sunny little cafe/brunch spot for the egg-lover. Creative sandwiches, fancy Benedicts and breakfast bowls. Usually a bit of a long wait at prime breakfast/brunch time but if you are patient, you might even see Joe Jonas make an appearance in the queue.
ABC Kitchen (Union Square): Farm-to-table dining in a cozy, shabby-chic, modern space.
abcV (Union Square): Some of the best vegetarian dishes at ABC Kitchen’s sister restaurant. Farm-to-table and seasonal plates, some notable dishes are the fresh spinach spaghetti, broccoli, kale, preserved lemon, garlic, parmigiano & saffron crumbs, the charred zucchini baba ghanoush with sun gold tomatoes & fresh buckwheat pita, and the seared baby artichokes with sicilian olive oil, green olives & mint.
Dr Smood (Lower East Side): Dr Smood has several locations around the city and serves health-conscious, unprocessed, organic breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, coffee, juices, smoothies and more. Their menu is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
Scarr’s Pizza (Lower East Side): Retro pizzeria serving slices and pies. Vegan options sometimes available.
Partner’s Coffee (West Village): Formely known as Toby’s Estate. With four locations around the city, this cozy coffee shop is a small batch roaster focusing on single origin coffee, as well has a food menu with breakfast classics like avocado toast and local baked goods.
Bluestone Lane (West Village): Several cafés and smaller coffee shops located around the city, Bluestone Lane is a Melbourne-inspired place offering Australian style coffee and eats.
Two Hands Cafe (Little Italy): Bright and airy Australian cafe with beachy decor. Great for coffee, fresh juices and delicious açai bowls.
Café Integral (Nolita): Nicaraguan-soured coffee roasted in NYC.
Blue Bottle Coffee (Chelsea, Lower East Side): Big focus on single-origin beans, and considered a major player in the new wave of artisanal coffee, putting a huge effort into coffee preparation. They also sell beans and brewing equipment.
Ludlow Coffee Supply (Lower East Side): Cozy, low key, hip coffee bar with another location in Williamsburg serving coffee & sweet and savoury bites.
Happy Bones (Nolita): Compact minimalist coffee shop specializing in flat whites and showcasing local art on the whitewashed exposed brick walls.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters (NoMad & Greenwich Village): Another great cafe with a beautiful interior design. This coffee bar chain offers house-roasted direct-trade coffee, brewing gear, beans, it's own cold brew available by carton, glass growler, canned and infused with nitrogen, bottled, and on draft. Enjoy your drink within the exposed brick and high ceilings of the Greenwich location, or take it into the funky-meets-historical lobby at the Ace Hotel.
Cha Cha Matcha (Little Italy): All the rage right now and quickly becoming a Manhattan staple. This cafe is decked out in pink interior with matcha-green accents specializing in hot and iced green tea drinks, baked goods and soft-serve ice cream.
PLANTMADE (East Village): 100% vegan cafe and eatery brought to you by Matthew Kenney.
The Standard Hotel, High Line (Meatpacking District): Such a neighbourhood staple. Head up to the stunning outdoor "grass"-covered rooftop bar for amazing city and Hudson River views, and enjoy a snack at the crêperie. Go dancing at the penthouse discothèque Le Bain or stay on street level and venture to the magnificent outdoor Biergarten under the High Line and meet some new friends.
The Belfry (East Village): Rustic-chic cocktail and craft beer bar where the interior design and drinks menu changes with the season.
Reformation (SoHo, Lower East Side): Sustainable fashion brand with its garments made from vintage pieces and repurposed fabric. Reformation is worn with love by it-girls everywhere.
Dashwood Books (NoHo): Great independent photography book store.
& Other Stories (SoHo): Own-label clothing, makeup, accessories and skin care.
Vintage Twin (SoHo): Great vintage shop selling reworked, one-of-a-kind items. They offer a "JEANius Bar" service where you tell them exactly what kind of fit/colour/wash/style you like in denim shorts or pants and they will find you the perfect pair.
Bandier (Flatiron District): Women's athletic wear with a great selection of brands.
The High Line (Chelsea): 1.45 mile long park/pathway located 30 feet above ground level. Built on an old rail line, perfect for strolling and checking out the river and city views.
Cap Beauty (West Village): Amazing natural beauty & wellness boutique. They carry great brands; Sun Potion, Moon Juice, ZenBunni, Tata Harper, RMS Beauty, May Lindstrom, Binu Binu, and many more, as well as their eponymous brand.
Credo Beauty (Nolita): Another great natural beauty & wellness boutique.
Whitney Museum of American Art (Meatpacking District): 20th century and contemporary art by American artists in this huge gallery space. Start at the top and work your way down, and catch some beautiful views of the city while you're at it.
Minetta Lane (Greenwich Village): A pretty street for strolling.
Parachute Home (SoHo): Great minimalist bedding store.
Aimé Leon Dore (Nolita): High-end men’s streetwear store.
Apiece Apart Pop Up Store (Little Italy): Boutique carrying a beautiful selection of on-trend women's clothing, accessories & home goods.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Upper East Side): I recommend going right when the museum opens, the admission fee is by donation, grab a map and head straight to your favourite art rooms. I like the Modern and Contemporary rooms, the Impressionist rooms, and the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.
Flywheel (Chelsea): Amazing spin studio.