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By now, I figured you’re all sick of hearing my experience and wanting to make your own–or so I hope. I figured I should retire the nostalgia, metamorphosing it into some solid travelling advice you can use. Alas, I give you the best food & drink I’ve found… thus far…

Keep in mind that most of these places are gluten and dairy-free conscientious, or they’re traditional restaurants that I found quick to be accommodating. That said, my gluten and dairy intolerances are mild in comparison to some and if celiac, please consult before dining–you know, for your sake and mine. Lovely little disclaimer. 😉



Joe – 9 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Located right next to the newly relocated Parsons Student Centre, this was my morning stop for an iced cold brew without succumbing to the Starbucks nearby–although it’s still viewed as more of a ‘chain’ coffee shop, with multiple locations across New York and Philly.

Gasoline Alley – 325 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Your place for artisanal brews (and lumberjack-looking hipster views). I couldn’t test this theory but I’m told the doughnuts trump the coffee, although the espresso I had was pretty damn dreamy.

Ground Support – 399 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Conveniently located directly down the street from me, Ground Support nestled itself well into my daily routine. With cedar picnic tables for seating, it’s almost as if you were dining in the park–almost; only free of homeless people taking naps on the bench beside you. Everything they offer–from the beans roasted to the sweets offered–is local and family-run.

Saturday’s Surf NYC – 31 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

Possibly the most interesting cafe I’ve ever come across, merging a print publication and clothing line into their branded brew. Whist sipping on one, you can peruse menswear, accessories and surf boards for sale. But all in all, the back patio is quite literally where it’s at, transporting you and your chai to a remote coastline.

Images: Guys On Sidewalks



The Butcher’s Daughter – 19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

I cannot rave about this combined juice bar and cafe more. Despite loving juices, The Butcher’s Daughter got me into organic pressed with ingredients I would’ve previously turned my nose up at (i.e. watermelon, algae and cilantro). If you’re not into exotic flavours or up for trying something unorthodox, nevertheless, a stop here almost always warrants an Insta.

Organic Avenue – 515 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 + more

Pretty much the juice chain in NYC. Although it is more commonplace, Organic Avenue is the only local and organic grab-and-go shop across the U.S., which is kind of astonishing. They do takeaway meals that you can freeze and have for dinner throughout the week (let’s be real, New Yorker’s don’t grocery shop) or a pre-pressed juice for your morning stroll.

Ellary’s Greens – 33 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Ellary’s has one stand-alone restaurant within the city but is easily found throughout various Equinox locations, making it easy to get your kale fix. Rarely does a juice or smoothie have more than five ingredients; the more simplified, the more refreshing, I’ve found.

Images: Askolimpia



Egg Shop – 151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Where your egg benedict-cum-avo toast dreams come to rejoice. Using local, organic eggs, Egg Shop initially started as a means to end the East v.s. West Coast food debate, combining a modern take on southern classics and give new meaning to “eggs, any style.”

Two Hands NYC – 164 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Little to my knowledge prior to moving to NY, my airBnB host actually owns this cafe. Popular to respective bloggers and editors, it was on my radar to hit up before meeting the man himself in our at-home kitchen. After hailing from Australia to move in with his later-to-be wife, they met up via a friend-of-a-friend simply to save on rent and offer companionship. Just a few years later, he now is in the works to open up shop at a second location with his newlywed wife by his side. If that’s not a story to make you run, not walk there, then the avocado toast and acai bowls should do the trick.

Images: Adrienne NY, Infinite Le Groom



Hu Kitchen – 78 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

When I say I lived here during my month of school, I’m not kidding. Located directly across from Parsons, my friend and I would stop by here three times a day…once for juice/coffee, once for lunch, and snack, of course. Hu basically simplifies what it means to eat humanely, offering vegetarian and sustainable meat choices. I’m still in mourning that I can no longer access their Taro pudding.

Beyond Sushi – 229 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

I never personally had the chance to eat here, my friends gladly tortured me via delicious looking snaps of their all-vegan sushi. Although I do still eat fish, I find eating at a regular sushi shop difficult because of the gluten-containing sauces. Beyond Sushi draws some of the largest meat indulgers for their exotic fruit and veggie pairings, sporting the same rice-to-weed ratio.

Images: Collective 11, Beyond Sushi In NYC



Cafe Select – 212 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Cafe Select feels like you’ve been transported to Europe with it’s tiny front-facing patio and Parisian decor. Although the menu actually dons authentic Swiss foods, the vibe is quite ‘speak-easy’. When two of my friends ordered the big pot of steamed mussels, I looked down at my quinoa avocado salad with instant regret (although it didn’t last long either).

Wild –  535 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

The go-to pizza spot for locals and tourists alike. Wild offers gluten-free and vegan options, a decision after owner, Miki, realized her diet while working in the film industry wasn’t serving her anymore. They also do pizza making classes if you’ve got some time to kill and want to avoid midtown (highly recommended). Oh, and their head chef also appeared on Chopped, so that’s also pretty rad.

Images: Colour + Spice Blog, The New Yorker

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Carbone – 181 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Quite literally located directly underneath the AirBnB I was fortunate enough to find, Carbone boasted navy velvet curtains, doormen, and reoccurrences of limos arriving on any given Friday and Saturday night–later, I would find out, that one Friday in particular it was Obama himself. Need I say more? The overall vibe was quite dark, cozy and relaxed to be honest, apart from the men in three-piece suits and women in cab-to-curb heels; an conscious effort, as stated by its Italian-American owner, Mario Carbone.

Buddakan – Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10011

I hate to even mention that this was in a rom com movie before you go filing it under the congregating tourist-y type. Buddakan has been seen in the movie adaptation of the show we all love to hate and hate to love, Sex and The City. Particularly, it is the location Carrie holds her wedding rehearsal dinner the night prior. Now that that’s out of the way, every time I eat at Buddakan, it’s easily one of the best meals of my life. From the opulent Cantonese decor to the fresh dim sum, it’s a night of Eastern influences not to be missed.

Images: Grub Street, SOMA Magazine

Header Images: [The Peacock Paper]

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