Sure we rant about subway delays, overpriced cocktails, and freezing winters, but we also can’t deny the truth: We heart New York.

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

Central Park Conservatory Garden

105th St. and 5th Ave.
Central Park Conservatory Garden
Photo: Courtesy of Central Park Conservancy

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.
Photo: Courtesy of YeloSpa

While you can book traditional treatments here (from massages to facials), we picked this spa because of its sleep therapy system. Nap happy.

Greenacre Park

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.

November Project

86th St. and the East River
November Project
Photo: Courtesy of November Project

This grassroots fitness group meets rain or shine, hot or cold.

Erika Bloom Pilates

14 E. 60th St.
Erika Bloom Pilates
Photo: Chris Fanning

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

Blossom on Columbus

507 Columbus Ave.

With three locations in NYC, this vegan restaurant group makes everything from sandwiches to burgers to lasagna.

NoMad and Midtown

NoMad Hotel Library
Photo: Benoit Linero

Enjoy food, coffee, or cocktails inside this dimly lit, poshly furnished room. It’s like study hall but better.

Meditation classes, dharma talks, and other relaxed gatherings dominate the schedule at this NY institution.

Warrior Fitness
Photo: Courtesy of Warrior Fitness Boot Camp

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!

I Meditate NY

286 5th Ave.

Free meditation classes are offered twice weekly—no prior experience necessary.

The Little Beet Table

333 Park Ave. S.
The Little Beet Table
Photo: Courtesy of The Little Beet

The brainchild of self-proclaimed “diabetic chef” Franklin Becker, this restaurant is heavy on veggies and salads.


The High Line

Gansevoort St. to W. 34th St., between 10th and 12th Aves.
High Line
Photo: Iwan Baan

The famed park built above the streets of Manhattan’s west side is perfect for lounging—or even a jog if you get there early enough. There are also free tai chi and meditation classes once a week.


144 10th Ave.
Story - NYC Guide
Photo: Courtesy of Story

Part gallery, part store, this mash-up space features an ever-rotating array of cool finds from boutique artists.

Haven’s Kitchen

109 W. 17th St.
Haven's Kitchen
Photo: Glen Allsop

Veggie-focused cooking classes are the theme here—with a rotating curriculum that includes dumplings, fresh pasta, and tempura how-tos.


Various Locations
Photo: Andrew Rauner/ @AJR_Photos

The a.m. dance party still hasn’t lost its cool—or its love for all things wild, weird, and grandiose.

Beyond Sushi

75 9th Ave.

Hell's Kitchen alum Guy Vaknin started this fish-free "sushi" restaurant.

Shambhala Center

118 W. 22nd St.
Shambhala Center
Photo: Justin Jurman

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.

Yoga for Bad People

164 5th Ave.

This yoga class is notorious for breaking the rules.


164 5th Ave.
Bandier on 5th Ave. in New York City
Photo: Courtesy of Bandier

Go ahead and drool over the high-end athleisure at this retail shop that also has a fitness studio upstairs.

The Fhitting Room

31 W. 19th St.
The Fhitting Room
Photo: Courtesy of The Fhitting Room/ Schenck

High-intensity training never gets old thanks to the wide array of equipment and ever-changing class routine that will keep your muscles guessing.

Union Square

Tone House

32 E. 31st St.
Tone House
Photo: Courtesy of Tone House

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.

Paragon Sports

867 Broadway
NYC Healthiest Spots Guide
Photo: Courtesy of Paragon Sports

No list of NYC healthy spots would be complete without this mecca for all things athletic.


80 5th Ave.
Photo: Jay Sullivan

You’ll get low impact and high intensity for maximum burn at this brightly lit studio.

Hu Kitchen

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.
Dimes Restaurant
Photo: Courtesy of Dimes

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.

Mile High Run Club

28 E. 4th St.
Mile High Run Club in NYC
Photo: Brad Barket

Upbeat music and mega-motivating coaching means you’ll barely notice that you’ve been running on a treadmill for 45 to 60 minutes.

West Village

Ellary’s Greens

33 Carmine St.
Ellary's Greens
Photo: Courtesy of Ellary's Greens

Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options abound in this cozy restaurant that also offers organic wines, beers, and ciders.

Wild NYC

535 Hudson St.

Gluten-free pizza fills the menu alongside other Italian staples such as pasta, bruschetta, and homemade ravioli.


185 Bleecker St.
Photo: Mikey Pozarik

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.
Photo: Courtesy of Sweetgreen

You’ll find seasonal salads, healthy grain bowls, and more at this ethically sourced eatery.

305 Fitness

18 W. 8th St.
305 Fitness in New York City
Photo: Steve Trumon

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.
Photo: Stephen Wilson Photography

Book your cushion at this new studio that offers guided meditation for a number of issues including stress and energy.


210 W. 10th St.
Westville NYC
Photo: Eilon Paz

Whether it’s dinner on Friday or brunch on Sunday, expect a 45-minute wait for this market-fresh, bustling hotspot.


Lululemon Lab

50 Bond St.
Lululemon Lab in New York City
Photo: Courtesy of Lululemon

The yoga-pants brand’s NoHo location sells exclusive items with cutouts, mesh, and other details


644 Broadway

Too-cool-for-school lifestyle wear for men and women.

Sacred Chow

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.

Siggy’s Good Food

292 Elizabeth St.

No-frills organic soups, salads, and some of the best burgers around.


Rapha Cycling Club of New York City on Prince Street
Photo: Courtesy of Rapha Cycling Club

Ride products, coffee, and bites, plus weekly rides and live race coverage.

Adidas Originals

115 Spring St.

Bold track jackets, bright headbands, and old-school kicks adorn this Soho boutique, harkening back to the brand’s 80s aesthetic.

Y7 Yoga

430 Broome St.
Y7 Yoga
Photo: Courtesy of Y7 Yoga

Candlelight, hip-hop music, heated rooms, and a vigorous vinyasa flow. Need we say more?

NikeLab 21M

21 Mercer St.

Apparel and footwear from the iconic athletic brand, plus speciality items you just can’t find anywhere else.

Gotham G-BOX

43 Crosby St.
Gotham Gym
Photo: Courtesy of Gotham G-BOX

Sweaty and tough classes that really pack a punch! What else would you expect from a gym with expletive-filled quotes on the wall?


Outdoor Voices

199 Lafayette St.
Outdoor Voices Store in New York City
Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Voices

Downtown New York meets L.A. at this of-the-moment athleisure brand’s shop.

Kit and Ace

102 Greene St.

Everyday apparel made from technical fabrics (think Lululemon at work).

The Butcher's Daughter
Photo: Felipe Duque

With a 100-percent vegetarian and dairy-free menu that changes daily, there's always something new to try at this hotspot.


Aire Ancient Baths

88 Franklin St.
Are Ancient Baths
Photo: Courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths

Rotate between cold, tepid, and hot water baths, or try the flotarium (a saltwater bath) at this soothing retreat.


380 Broadway
Dance Body
Photo: Paulsta Wong

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.

Lyons Den Yoga

279 Church St.
Lyons Den Power Yoga
Photo: Courtesy of Lyons Den

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.

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