A Dietitians Guide to Healthy Eating in Manhattan

Hey everyone,

As a dietitian with a clear love for travel and healthy food, I receive a lot of questions about the best places to dine when travelling and also the best gut healthy places;

However, of all the questions asked, the one that is most frequent is definitely:

“where should I go to eat healthy food in New York City?”

In a city with 24,000 restaurants, delis, late night pizza and sushi bars, The Big Apple certainly has its options… Obviously, not all of them serve gut-strengthening nutrients, vitamin packed goodies, and of course my favourite prebiotic and probiotic rich foods.

So I decided rather than put together a list of healthy restaurants, I’d create a super quick foodie walking tour of some of my absolute favourite places to go, including what I would recommend trying, and why! 

sidewalk app healthy food tour of manhattan NYC guided by registered dietitian kara landau travelling dietitian

I discovered recently this awesome app called Sidewalk – The Sidewalk Guide app allows anyone to build a walk, and act like a tour guide for those interested in the topic, and therefore it seemed perfect!

I have taken some of my fellow Facebook/Instagram friends on healthy food tours when they have been in town, but I felt having something like this in an app could help more people gain the experience too!

Sidewalk is an app that delivers self-guided walks that are created by anyone…and in this case, a dietitian! 😉

There are all sorts of self-guided walks in the Sidewalk app – architecture, history, cocktails, culture – all created by an expert in the field, or someone who is totally on top of that particular neighbourhood. I thought it was pretty cool when I came across it, as it smoothly navigates you from place to place and then tells you stories to appreciate at each one – Plus bonus point for it being free!

The tour I created is obviously healthy culinary-focused (no surprises there!);

It’s called: “Healthy Food Tour of Greenwich Village: Vegan Tex Mex, Coconut Froyo & Artisanal Coffee.”

sidewalk app healthy food tour of manhattan NYC guided by registered dietitian kara landau

It’s all about finding inspiration; some of my favourites that I take you along to include healthy fresh fast food venues created by celebrity chefs, some organic, some vegan, some specialty shops, some absolutely instagram worthy restaurants, and all completely delicious!

I used to live in Greenwich Village, just steps away from most of these places, and despite moving slightly uptown, I am still a regular at each of these places whenever I get a chance.

As a bit of a taste test- We start the foodie crawl with a seed-packed sourdough bread from the farmer’s market in Union Square, then I lead you to my favorite spots for coconut milk froyo, single-source espresso coffee, incredible smoothies, and the best quinoa taco salad in the city…and I wouldn’t be Australian if I didn’t point out a delicious smashed avocado toast along the way 😉 

avocado toast ByChloe NYC

Whether you are visiting New York or are a local – Check out a preview of my walk and download the app here. Then, let me know what you think of the tour on my Facebook.

Until next time,

TD x

About The Author

Kara Landau aka "Travelling Dietitian" is an Australian Accredited Practicing Dietitian based in NYC. She is a world explorer, healthy foodie, social butterfly, barre and HIIT class lover. When she isn't trying new cuisines, researching new product innovations in the health food space, or speaking to the media on behalf of her food industry clients, she can be found quietly conjuring up her next idea on how to make this world a healthier and better place.