Raw and Vegan in New York – 40 Things to Do and Places to Eat Fair, Green and Well

(Sorry, German friends, only in English this time)


New York City Manhattan from Empire State Building

On my home from California I just had to stop in New York City – my first time! I asked friends and family old and new for their favourite eating spots and things to do and spent an amazing 5 days soaking up the magic of this beautifully vibrant place. It is so easy to eat healthy and delicious raw and vegan food here, from green juices to gourmet dinners, there is so much to choose from. I arrived with the red-eye (name well-deserved) on a quiet Sunday morning and started walking…


1. Started the day with an organic almond cappuccino at Grounded Coffee in Greenwich Village


Grounded Organic Coffee New York Manhattan

2. Loved the Buddhist and Tibetan medicine art exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art

3. Had lunch at Beyond Sushi (all vegan, try the mushroom rolls with black rice) in Chelsea Market


Chelsea Market New York

4. Took a nap at my lovely Marlton Hotel – thank you booking.com for the very cool 4th July week-end deal!

5. Joined the masses and enjoyed the breathtaking view from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building

6. Cooled off with an ice tea at Le Pain Quotidien on 8th Street – many „100% botanical“ options

7. Walked to Union Square and got some local organic blueberries at Whole foods

8. Had a late raw snack (in dessert form) in Pure Food And Wine’s beautiful back garden

9. Took a while to figure out the 14th Street subway station

10. Had a paleo lunch at Hu Kitchen on 5th – the way nature intended


HU Kitchen is all about kind food: raw, vegan, and some organic meat dishes

11. Had a smoothie at Elixir Juice on 6th

12. Caught up with some writing at the Public Library

13. Got a morning caffeine boost at Stumptown Coffee on 29th in Ace Hotel’s beautiful lobby

14. Had an açai bowl for breakfast at FeelFood on 6th

15. Walked on the High Line


High Line New York

16. Had a green juice at One Lucky Duck in Chelsea Market


One Lucky Duck New York

17. Ate the yummiest falafel since L’As du Fallafel in Paris at Thaïm

Thaim Falafel New York

18. Didn’t recognize the star or the model being filmed in hip Meatpacking district

19. Peeked into Rockin’ Raw but ran out of time

20. Watched Germany crush Brasil (7:1!) in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals in German pub Blaue Gans (not so vegan) in Tribeca…

21. …and saw the Empire State Building in the German colours black, red and gold the same evening

22. Shared a nourishing Dragon Bowl, 3-bean chilli and mushroom lasagna with friends at Angelica Kitchen

23. Walked from West to East Village

24. Had dessert at Momofuku’s Milk Bar in East Village

25. Listened to live music and watched chess players in Washington Square Park

26. Filled a compostable box with raw delights from Life Thyme’s organic salad bar

27. Found NY’s best bagel at Brooklyn Bagelon 8th and had it toasted (yes, I know) with a sweet walnut, raisin and tofu spread

Brooklyn Bagel New York

28. Cried at the 9/11 Memorial Museum


911 Memorial

29. Got angry about all the plastic at Juice Generation

30. Watched the first half of the Netherlands-Argentina semi-final at Maison du Café

31. Took the subway to Brooklyn and watched the penalty kick-off in front of a taco truck on Bedford

32. Peeked into Bliss Café which looked cute

33. Peeked into Wild Ginger as it had great reviews

34. Loved everyone’s style in Williamsburg

35. Got some antipasti and vegan cookies at Wholefoods on the way home

36. Had a chai at JivamukTea, Jivamukti Yoga’s vegan café on Broadway

37. Enjoyed green space at Central Park,

38. Shared a very fine 4-course meal at gourmet vegan Japanese Kajitsu,


Kajitsu Vegan Gourmet Japanese New York

39. Took selfies at Grand Central station, on Empire State Building, and at MOMA

30. Got very inspired at the MOMA, especially by German artist Sigmar Polke

31. Didn’t buy any more books at the MOMA design store

32. Had an organic burger at Bareburger (great vegan options!)

33. Walked past Time Square and soaked in the neon madness

34. Chatted with Agun from Bali who knew all about raw food and Radiantly Alive, where I am teaching at this year’s Raw Chef Training again

35. Talked about being a woman, a wife and an artist with my beautiful stepsister

36. Found NY’s best almond latte and pistachio agave cookie at Toby’s Estate Coffee on 5th near the Flatiron building

37. Went back to Life Thyme (really lovely health food store!) for a blueberry smoothie and to stock up on healthy snacks for the flight back home


 Life Thyme New York

38. Bumbled around Greenwich Village

39. Had a macrobiotic platter with seaweed salad at Souen on Union Square

40. Ate two Lärabars instead of airplane food


…and now I am back home, loving how Summer has exploded in our garden, and still sleeping off my jet lag. This trip has – yet again – inspired me, energized me, and opened my mind to new possibilities, opportunities, perceptions and perspectives. I am taking many new friendships, recipes and happy memories back home with me, thank you America!!!


Sunset in Manhattan


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One Response to Raw and Vegan in New York – 40 Things to Do and Places to Eat Fair, Green and Well

  1. Juergen Moors

    Basically, I prefer a good Steak, but your journey sounds very interesting. A real different approach to discover New York! I like it!

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