My fiancé and I recently spent 10 days in New York and I thought that it would be a great opportunity to see how “The Big Apple” does paleo. Surely there would be an abundance of up and coming paleo restaurants in New York as the movement is massively popular in health-conscious Manhattan.
While there were a few great paleo restaurants and eateries, I was surprised to find there actually weren’t as many as I expected.
Now I am not saying that I stuck to paleo the whole time I was in New York – I mean come on – who in their right mind is going to just watch their fiancee devour a smoked pulled pork taco in front of their face and not join in? Not I. But if you plan on going to New York and want to check out some of the latest and greatest places then hit up some of these.
Located on 5th Ave in the Flatiron District, Hu’s Kitchen is a paleo heaven. As soon as you walk in you are greeted with an organic coffee and drinks bar offering every paleo shake, smoothie, tea and coffee option under the sun. I opted for a coffee with house-made almond milk.
Then there is an adjacent mash bar which offers a variety of “parfait” style items and other “breakfasty” things. This place is great because you can have one made to order and sit in the cafe (or upstairs) or take one of the fresh pre-made ones if you’re in a hurry.
Moving further into Hu’s and there is a series of display cabinets with hot and cold options ranging from fresh kale salads, meatloaf, roast chicken, seasonal vegetables, stuffed zucchinis and so much more.
They even have a series of paleo desserts which were awesome. I tried some of the raw nut brownie and the banana bread and both were delicious. Even my non-paleo friends were impressed!
Also in the Flatiron District is this awesome restaurant which follows the farm-to-table movement and their menu is free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, antibiotics, hormones, is GMO-free, naturally and humanely sourced from regional farmers. Wining. Read the back of their menus for their values.
While not everything on their menu is paleo, you will easily be able to find something to suit your needs. All of their produce is local, much of the decor and things like stationery is made form recycled materials and everything they serve is fresh and delicious.
The only down side is that it is rather expensive but when the quality is this good – who cares. Plus you are pouring $$ into a business with the same principles as you!
By far one of my favourite food experiences on this trip was the Cha Cha Cha ramen I had at Ippudo NY in Midtown.
This was probably the best ramen I have ever had in my life. I strongly recommend you try it. We also had one at Totto Ramen (a favourite amongst the locals) but you have to wait outside so long as there are only 15 seats inside and so when you finally get to eat your ramen you feel very rushed knowing there are scores of people waiting out in the cold (and in my case were watching me eat). Ippodu is a much classier establishment and I think the food is better quality too.
Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe
I know it’s a bit cliche, but this Australian cafe was exactly what we needed one cold morning in the West Village.
This Aussie owned and operated cafe serves up awesome coffee (very hard to find in NY) and a series of healthy breakfasts like quinoa porridge, corn fritters, nutty granola and much more.
While not everything on their menu is strictly paleo it was easy to find things that were. They even had a gluten free donut (albeit covered in cinnamon sugar) but who was I to pass up the opportunity to try it.
We went to Norma’s for breakfast one morning and we were overwhelmed by the size of the servings. So if you visit here, make sure you go hungry.
While not a paleo establishment in the slightest, I still thought it was worth a mention because the food was actually awesome. It’s tricky to find as it is inside Le Parker Meridien building and there is no street signage.
Regardless, this place was pumping and reservations are a must! I had the confit duck with fried eggs and Peter enjoyed the pulled pork with poached eggs. There are also the normal American favourites like pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, breakfast burritos etc.
The Lobster Place
Head to Chelsea Markets and enjoy a whole fresh steamed lobster for $20 served with lemon and hot butter. It was so delicious and succulent.
It’s located right at the back of the fish market and no doubt it will be packed. But don’t let this deter you.
While you’re at it, have a wander around Chelsea Markets as they have some great stores both for food and shopping. But with a whole lobster in our bellies we didn’t get to try anything else.
This is the only 100% organic restaurant in the whole of New York which is quite surprising considering the way Manhattan and even many of the surrounding parts like Brooklyn are really into everything organic and “healthy”.
In my opinion the food wasn’t that great and the menu could use a little bit of a do over. I have the huevos rancheros which is quite a popular dish in NY as I saw it multiple times.
It’s great because it was organic but when we went for “brunch” on a weekend at 12pm it was pretty much empty. It’s a shame because the concept is great.
I am saving the best for last but unfortunately I don’t have any photos which would do the food here justice as it is so dark in this restaurant. This place is very popular and there are two locations: Uptown and Downtown. We went to the uptown one. It was pumping. It is like a giant trendy bar and the food was out of this world.
We had sampled the food from TAO at the New York Taste Festival easier that week and were so impressed with it, we thought we would give the restaurant a go. I highly recommend the Chinese 5 Spice short rib entree dish and the lobster spring rolls as well as crispy shrimp with thai coconut satay sauce. It was all outstanding.
Reservations are a must though.
I hope this helps guide you on your paleo journey through New York. I know there are probably heaps I have missed out on (there are 2 more in the Flatiron District I didn’t get time to visit) and also in the surrounding areas like Brooklyn and New Jersey but then….there is always next time.