A mindful foodie does New York

Oct 20, 2019

NYC is one of my favorite cities in the World.

I love the energy, I love the people and above all, I love the food!

Here's where you'll find me indulging when I'm in the city:

For coffee:

Grumpy's

I love the name, I love the branding and above all, I love the coffee.

No other place does coffee like Grumpy's does. I go to the one on Mott Street in Nolita and I generally get an oat milk latte. It's the nuts and if I could, I would fly to NYC every morning for that coffee.

For brunch:

I'm not a big breakfast person but I do love a good brunch and my heart is often torn between Ruby's and Two Hands so I generally alternate between them both. 

Brunch at Ruby's. Yes those fries are as good as they look. Yum.

Ruby's does a great fried rice bowl but where they excel is in their side dishes. The sweet potato fries are beyond and so are the roasted Brussels sprouts. If I go late enough in the day to justify having a burger, I might do that too. The Bronte burger is an absolute killer. I generally ask them to replace the bun with a salad leaf to keep it "light" and gluten free.

Breakfast at Two Hands is definitely a favorite

Two Hands does amazing eggs and salmon and in my book, the best hangover breakfast. Their gluten free banana bread is also to die for. I don't have it often because it's very filling and sweet but Oh My God is it good.

For a smoothie bowl:

There are a lot of places that make good smoothie bowls in NYC but I've recently discovered Loco-Coco and it's been a total game changer. Their purple rain bowl is simply to die for. I think they only have two locations in NYC so I go to the one in Dumbo. It's not exactly convenient but it's well worth the trek over the bridge and if the weather is nice you can sit outside and indulge in your smoothie with a wicked view.

Juice Press makes a good green bowl with peanut butter. It's crazy expensive but it tastes gooood.

It doesn't come in a bowl but the chocolate smoothie at Juice Generation is really good. Their acai bowls are pretty good too but not as good at Loco Coco. 

For dinner:

So far I haven't been anywhere that beats Cecconi's in Dumbo. The views, the food, the atmosphere, the drinks, I'm in love with it all. I generally go for the Eggplant Parmiggiana and if I'm really hungry I might have fish with veggies. Oh and I will always have dessert because their gluten free chocolate fondant is just beyond.

Dinner with a view at Cecconi's in Dumbo

Second favorite and mostly just because I love the food is ABC Kitchen and ABCV. Both are by World renowned French Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten who is strongly committed to using fresh, seasonal, local and preferably organic produce. The result is simple but incredibly good food.

The chargrilled cauliflower is a favorite at ABCV and perhaps anything with chicken or grassfed beef on the menu at ABC. I don't eat beef often but this is one of the few places I do. They also have a great wine list that contains one of my favorite wines to pair with red meat: Château Musar. It's rich, heavy and simply delicious. 

Finally, Celestine in Dumbo offers a great Med & Middle Eastern menu coupled with stunning views & a great wine list. The octopus was delicious as a main and so were the falafels for starter. 

Dinner at Celestine. The falafels as a starter with a chilled glass of bubbly to end a summer day.

Whether I eat out or at home, I always go gluten free and aim to follow the SMART principles for an anti inflammatory lifestyle that favors the health of my gut, my mind and keeps me lean and my IBS & PCOS symptoms under control. 

Most of the recipes I create myself are inspired by my travels, so if you're unable to make it to NYC, check out my online program and get access to over 60 quick & healthy recipes with a NYC flavor you can enjoy from home!

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