And when it comes to healthy living, it’s tough to beat the seemingly endless options Manhattan has to offer. We rounded up some of our current faves, from vegan restaurants with amazing desserts to beat-thumping dance classes. And threw in a few spots where you can escape the manic pace of the city (for free!) and shop for cool athletic wear.
Upper East Side
105th St. and 5th Ave.
Tucked inside Manhattan’s centerpiece park is this six-acre garden that has been divided into three separate styles: Italian, French, and English.
5 E. 57th St.
While you can book traditional treatments here (from massages to facials), we picked this spa because of its sleep therapy system. Nap happy.
51st St., between 2nd and 3rd Aves.
A true hidden gem, this tiny park offers a quiet respite from the city bustle, complete with a small waterfall.
86th St. and the East River
This grassroots fitness group meets rain or shine, hot or cold.
14 E. 60th St.
Don’t be fooled by the serene and luxe vibe of this studio. Your core, arms, and legs will be feeling it by the end.
Upper West Side
507 Columbus Ave.
With three locations in NYC, this vegan restaurant group makes everything from sandwiches to burgers to lasagna.
NoMad and Midtown
Enjoy food, coffee, or cocktails inside this dimly lit, poshly furnished room. It’s like study hall but better.
28 W. 27th St.
Meditation classes, dharma talks, and other relaxed gatherings dominate the schedule at this NY institution.
29 W. 35th St.
Based on the same training principles used by the U.S. Marine Corps, these 60-minute classes skip the usual weights in favor of an indoor obstacle course. Hello, six-foot wall!
286 5th Ave.
Free meditation classes are offered twice weekly—no prior experience necessary.
333 Park Ave. S.
The brainchild of self-proclaimed “diabetic chef” Franklin Becker, this restaurant is heavy on veggies and salads.
Gansevoort St. to W. 34th St., between 10th and 12th Aves.
144 10th Ave.
Part gallery, part store, this mash-up space features an ever-rotating array of cool finds from boutique artists.
109 W. 17th St.
Veggie-focused cooking classes are the theme here—with a rotating curriculum that includes dumplings, fresh pasta, and tempura how-tos.
The a.m. dance party still hasn’t lost its cool—or its love for all things wild, weird, and grandiose.
75 9th Ave.
Hell's Kitchen alum Guy Vaknin started this fish-free "sushi" restaurant.
118 W. 22nd St.
Weekly meditation is led by an instructor and consists of a discussion, practice, and short reception afterward.
30 W. 18th St.
Take on hills, sprints, and upper-body exercises at this team-focused indoor cycling class.
164 5th Ave.
This yoga class is notorious for breaking the rules.
164 5th Ave.
Go ahead and drool over the high-end athleisure at this retail shop that also has a fitness studio upstairs.
31 W. 19th St.
High-intensity training never gets old thanks to the wide array of equipment and ever-changing class routine that will keep your muscles guessing.
32 E. 31st St.
Focusing on total-body movements, Tone House will keep you switching between explosive moves and strength-based exercises for a full hour of heart-pumping exercise.
No list of NYC healthy spots would be complete without this mecca for all things athletic.
80 5th Ave.
You’ll get low impact and high intensity for maximum burn at this brightly lit studio.
78 5th Ave.
Paleo eaters delight! This menu is entirely gluten-free and includes hearty faves like meatloaf, chicken wings, and kale salads.
East Village and Lower East Side
49 Canal St.
Health food with a California vibe dominates the menu in this tiny space that is also an infamous model haunt.
326 E. 6th St.
Souen sets itself apart by being an organic, macrobiotic restaurant.
28 E. 4th St.
Upbeat music and mega-motivating coaching means you’ll barely notice that you’ve been running on a treadmill for 45 to 60 minutes.
33 Carmine St.
Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options abound in this cozy restaurant that also offers organic wines, beers, and ciders.
535 Hudson St.
Gluten-free pizza fills the menu alongside other Italian staples such as pasta, bruschetta, and homemade ravioli.
185 Bleecker St.
Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser co-founded this current darling of the vegan food scene. Don’t leave without trying the cupcakes.
226 Bleecker St.
You’ll find seasonal salads, healthy grain bowls, and more at this ethically sourced eatery.
18 W. 8th St.
Named for Miami’s area code, this dance-party class that mixes club moves with HIIT will make you forget you’re working out.
10 E. 8th St.
Book your cushion at this new studio that offers guided meditation for a number of issues including stress and energy.
210 W. 10th St.
Whether it’s dinner on Friday or brunch on Sunday, expect a 45-minute wait for this market-fresh, bustling hotspot.
50 Bond St.
The yoga-pants brand’s NoHo location sells exclusive items with cutouts, mesh, and other details
Too-cool-for-school lifestyle wear for men and women.
227 Sullivan St.
Vegan, organic, and kosher, Sacred Chow serves up tapas, panini, and gluten-free brunch staples like waffles and biscuits on the weekends.
292 Elizabeth St.
No-frills organic soups, salads, and some of the best burgers around.
159 Prince St.
Ride products, coffee, and bites, plus weekly rides and live race coverage.
115 Spring St.
Bold track jackets, bright headbands, and old-school kicks adorn this Soho boutique, harkening back to the brand’s 80s aesthetic.
430 Broome St.
Candlelight, hip-hop music, heated rooms, and a vigorous vinyasa flow. Need we say more?
21 Mercer St.
Apparel and footwear from the iconic athletic brand, plus speciality items you just can’t find anywhere else.
43 Crosby St.
Sweaty and tough classes that really pack a punch! What else would you expect from a gym with expletive-filled quotes on the wall?
199 Lafayette St.
Downtown New York meets L.A. at this of-the-moment athleisure brand’s shop.
102 Greene St.
Everyday apparel made from technical fabrics (think Lululemon at work).
19 Kenmare St.
With a 100-percent vegetarian and dairy-free menu that changes daily, there's always something new to try at this hotspot.
88 Franklin St.
Rotate between cold, tepid, and hot water baths, or try the flotarium (a saltwater bath) at this soothing retreat.
Started by Katia Pryce, these dance cardio classes kick off with high-energy routines and finish with sculpting strength moves, so you get the best of both worlds.
279 Church St.
You'll find heated Baptiste yoga at this studio, which focuses on empowerment and balance through vinyasa flows.
Originally published January 2015. Updated August 2016.