Having just got back from New York, I wanted to share some of the coolest companies and stores I have found in the health and wellness arena since my last visit. Keep in mind, I only scratched the surface as I was only there for three days. The amount of boutique fitness studios, gyms, juice bars, healthy cafes and beauty services is unparalleled to any city I've been to (except of course LA). So here is a list of my top places to visit in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn.
9 Prince St, Soho
An organic skincare boutique priding itself for offering totally clean, super good and absolutely beautiful products. All ingredients are safe, healthy for you (and the environment), sustainable, ethically sourced and make you feel good. The Soho shop also offers services like facials, waxing and lash and makeup application.
92 Reade Street, Tribeca
A newly opened skincare concept aiming to bridge the gap between our access to spa facials and establishing a beauty routine. This Drybar style approach lets you book a 30-50-75 minute facial with extractions and add ons like microdermabrasion, phototherapy and peels. All you have to do is book a time frame and the spa's experts will develop a facial customized to your needs using natural products from brands like Naturopathica, Supergoop, and Love Organic. The spa even has men's treatments like beard and shaving care and the front of the house boutique is curated so beautifully, you will be inspired to take your new beauty routine home.
Oca Positive Food
250 Mott Street, Soho
A Brazilian cafe serving tapioca (yuca root) based pancakes with toppings like cashew butter, goji berries and avocado. The pancakes are cooked without oil and are naturally gluten, sugar, preservative and cholesterol free. The entire concept is very health conscious with breakdowns of nutritional information on the menu. The ingredients are all locally sourced, organic and the menu is seasonal.
Cha Cha Matcha
373 Broome Street, Nolita
For all matcha obsessed fashion bloggers, this Soho tea shop has put the Japanese green tea powder into everything you can think of from soft serve and cronuts to almond milk lattes and matcha lemonades. Probably not a health hack, but their matcha americano is the best one I've tried.
10 East 8th Street, Greenwich Village
Dubbing itself as New York City's premier meditation studio, MNDFL is a minimalist underground oasis in Greenwich village where those seeking enlightenment come to their cushions to practice various breathing techniques, mantras and more. Clients have the opportunity to book a private room with a meditation teacher or use it for drop-in self practice when class is not in session. Alternatively, you can sign up for a scheduled class that lasts between 30 and 45 minutes with a rotating host of teachers and themes including sound, sleep and emotions.
127 W 26th St, Chelsea
This urban retreat in the heart of the busy city is the perfect spot to plan your next staycation. Begin your day with a morning meditation infused with organic essential oils to help calm, balance and ground you. Follow with a customizable tonic or elixir to relieve common ailments like congestion, anxiety, muscle soreness or skin health. Continue with a massage and facial treatment using the brand's organic skincare line (try the alpine arnica body oil or the bio energy life countering cream). Post massage, grab a bite from the spa's plant based menu (think turmeric lattes, matcha dusted energy bars, quinoa bowls) and finish your day by snagging their must have beauty products, remedies and teas.
Nicole Winhoffer doesn't have her own studio - yet - but the founder of her namesake method graduated from the Tracy Anderson school and is teaching in NoMad and Meatpacking several times a week. Having been to many other dance cardio mashups like 305 Fitness, Bari and Akt In Motion, I can safely say that NW is the real deal with her nonstop energy and nonstop class (remember to take breaks because she won't remind you!) Great music, a steamy room and Nicole's energy will distract you from the intensive moves that will surely give results. Not to mention, Winhoffer had a whole lot to do with the bodies of celebs like Madonna, Stella McCartney and more.
199 Lafayette St, Soho
An athleisure clothing store in Soho defining itself as an active lifestyle brand focusing on the ease and delight of working out. The shop not only carries their signature sportswear but also plays host to community club events like jogging, hiking and dog walks in and around NYC.
149 Elizabeth St, Nolita
A downtown coffee shop with a minimalist interior serving healthy drink and snack options like matcha and hibiscus tea, chia puddings and espressos made with almond milk and date sugar.
1133 Broadway, NoMad
A fast food concept in midtown focused on Indian flavors with a very healthful twist. You can make your own bowl with your choice of quinoa, rice or cauliflower "not rice" and add all kinds of colorful veggie centric salads to the mix (I got the Namastay Healthy) but there are hot options like lentil curry and gluten free dosa waffles. I also recommend the adaptogenic chaga chai tea and will have to recreate the recipe at home.
Perelandra Natural Food Center
175 Remsen St, Brooklyn Heights
If you are looking for some healthy vegan snack options, this Brooklyn shop has been around since the seventies and stocks east coast based brands like Hu Kitchen chocolate, Anita's coconut yogurt, Pure Genius bars and a wall of herbs you can buy in bulk- which was probably my favorite feature.