The Best Great Healthy Lunch Options Downtown In New York

The Best Great Healthy Lunch Options Downtown In New York – So, you work downtown. Or you live downtown. Maybe you just come downtown on occasion. Damn, you must be pretty cool.

If you spend time in the southern part of Manhattan, you have access to some pretty spectacular food. And hopefully, you’ve had a chance to take advantage of all the tremendous burgers and plates of pasta around these parts. But if you’re like us, on most Mondays or Thursdays or even Sundays at 1pm, you’re looking for something relatively healthy to power yourself through the next six hours. Whether you need something quick to pick up or are looking for more of a sit-down situation, here are The Best Great Healthy Lunch Options Downtown


Light House Outpost

We’ve occasionally joked about doing a “best salads in New York City” list, and if we ever do, the Big Salad at Lighthouse Outpost is going near the very top. It’s basically just a big salad with gem lettuce and snap peas and sesame seeds and it makes you feel like you’re making good choices in your life. This is the Nolita sister location of Lighthouse, one of our favorite Williamsburg restaurants, and the menu is full of fresh, kind of healthy options in bowl and sandwich form. It’s a small space with counter seating, but it’s also a major takeout operation.

241 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012,United States of America



In New York right now, poke places are kind of like yoga studios. There’s always some new one around the corner, and most of them are… fine. Some of them smell like feet and farts. And a rare few are actually great. What we’re trying to say here is that in a city full of places serving kind of average bowls of raw fish and rice, Chikarashi stands out above the rest. The fish is freshly sliced, and the toppings are quality as well. This is mostly a takeout spot, but there’s a bit of counter seating. It’s worth going slightly out of your way for this option.

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227 Canal St, New York, NY 10013,United States of America

Mulberry and Vine

 Mulberry and Vine is based around a bunch of different vegetables and proteins, and the general move is to go for one of their “pick three” platters. Unlike the soggy and kind of sad greens you’ll find at most of these places, the food here is surprisingly good – expect things like miso peanut cauliflower or charred avocado with pumpkin seed yogurt puree. And despite the Tribeca mom and Nomad tech worker demographic at the two respective locations, it’s actually not that absurdly priced – depending on what you get, a pick-three bowl ranges from $9 to $11.50.

NoMad 55 West 27th Street B/t 6th Avenue and Broadway

New York, NY 10001


Cafe Gitane

You’d think that Nolita would have a lot of healthy options, but once you actually take a walk around, you’re confronted by Parm, Rubirosa, and Tacombi. In these situations, Cafe Gitane’s an oldie but a goodie. After all, this place basically invented the avocado toast. Well, maybe that was someone in Australia, but Gitane definitely brought it to New York first.
242 Mott St, New York, NY 10012, Amerika Serikat

Ruby’s Cafe

Ruby’s does serve burgers and pastas, but they also have a large selection of salads and healthy-ish bowls, and they’re another one of our reasonable lunch moves when going out for, or ordering in, lunch in the Nolita area.
219 Mulberry St A, New York, NY 10012, Amerika Serikat

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