If you’re anything like me, I always research where I can sweat and refuel with clean eats before traveling anywhere. NYC can be hard to navigate especially if you’re only here for a few days! There are so many options to choose from that it can be overwhelming! With this in mind, I’ve created a list of my must hit spots that are exclusive to the city.
Physique 57 (Multiple locations)
Physique 57 is a must. If you’re a barre lover, this is the class for you. While it’s rooted in barre, they incorporate unique movements that target your entire body. You’ll be feeling the shakes in no time and just when you can’t hold it any longer, you stretch it out for optimal toning. Physique57 incorporates interval training, isometric exercises, and stretches that work together to sculpt the bod of your dreams.
This has to be one of my absolute favorite classes. Megan’s background in dance makes the class super unique and she’s all about form. It’s a total body killer that incorporates cardio, light weights, and sliders. All of these will get you long and lean in no time. Megan currently teaches at both Project by Equinox and Studio B, but is expanding out to other Equinox locations soon! Both studios have great instructors if you can’t specifically take Megan’s class, but I just love her energy!
Wundabar is one of my fave pilates studios! They created the WundaFormer, which is a mix of all the best pilates machines, which sculpts your body like no other. Wundabar is more high energy and cardio focused than traditional pilates classes are. They’re also super sweet and their studio is gorg!
DanceBody (Multiple locations)
If you’re looking to have a dance party and *almost* forget that you’re working out, you have to get to DanceBody! They offer different classes, so if you’re not up for all dance cardio you can opt for their sculpt class! Katia, the creator of DanceBody, is super cute and high energy, which makes you want to dance forever! You’ll definitely feel the burn from this one.
Flex Studios (Multiple locations) (both their former and NEW infrared pilates)
Flex created the FlexFormer which combines both the reformer and the Pilates chair, so you’ll feel it in your entire body. They offer two classes: the FlexIR or traditional reformer. I’m obsessed with the FlexIR because it’s heated with infrared panels which are amazing for your body!
P.Volve is all about low impact, which makes it totally blowout approved. The small movements you do are super effective and strengthen, lengthen, and tone your body. The unique movements may not leave you with a sweat, but they’ll sculpt your body without bulking it.
The Butchers Daughter (Multiple locations)
If you’re looking for some L.A Vibes in NYC, head to the Butchers Daughter. Their menu changes daily and is always 100% vegetarian, mostly vegan, and gluten-free. They’re super accommodating and everything is beyond delish. They even source their produce from local and organic farms! You can always catch me devouring their spicy kale salad.
Plant based, non GMO, sustainable, artisanal and organic whenever possible. This Jean-Georges restaurant offers locally and globally from small & family farms. I always over order because everything is beyond amazing!
Jacks Wife Frieda (Multiple locations)
This Mediterranean restaurant offers no reservations and if you visit on a weekend, expect to wait (long)- but I promise it's worth it!!
Cafe Clover (Greenwich Village)
Cafe Clover is a brunch staple and super yummy, but is a sit down style. Their menu is super unique and they offer so many healthy options. They take your classic brunch food and make it healthier.
Clover Grocery (Greenwich Village)
If you don't have time to sit-down, pop on over to Clover grocery for a healthy bite or to shop your favorite health/wellness products. This market is like no other and it’s your wellness dream come true! Their little cafe in the back has a great selection of matcha’s or light bites.
In the Dez (Soho)
I’m obsessed with Dez. Seriously it’s so beyond fresh and everything is great. It just opened in Nolita and is always full of people. If you’re looking for some Israeli or Middle Eastern fare, Dez is the place to go. They have vegetable mezze's that are perfect for sharing and theres something for everyone. Pro tip: don't skip out on the fresh baked pita, trust me, it’s worth it.
Westville (Multiple locatins)
If you watch my stories I’m sure you know my obsession with the “crack salad”. Its actually just the kale salad, no cheese, and sometimes I’ll add salmon on the side. Guys. this salad is beyond insane. Okay enough about just that salad, westville has everything offer. You can make your own market plate, grab a burger, or anything your heart desires!
Springbone (Greenwich Village)
A paleo fast casual must try! I don't think I have walked by without grabbing myself a cup of their bone broth (Try their immunity broth)!
Broken Coconut (NoHo)
Their in-house coconut yogurt/ chia pudding combo is to die for! Plus the space is definitely Insta-pretty!
Seamores (Multiple locations)
Whether you're going for brunch or dinner, this seafood-centric hot spot offers options such as avocado fritters, tuna poké & lobster rolls.
Craving a matcha? Check out my post with my faves!
Beauty & Wellness:
Sundays Nail Studio (Flatiron/ Nomad)
Non-toxic & vegan mani's + pedi's with an option to meditate while being pampered!
Chillhouse (Lower East Side)
A wellness escape offering wellness lattes at their cafe, creative manicures & massages.
Shape House (Flatiron & Upper East Side)
During each session, clients are wrapped in a foil blanket (like a burrito) while resting on an infrared, heated table. They usually listen to soothing music, catch up on the latest Netflix show or take a little snooze while their body heats up. As for the health benefits, sweating is not only relaxing, but it improves your skin, helps you burn calories and can improve sleep.
Their cryotherapy chambers rapidly cool the body, accelerating muscle recovery and skin rejuvenation. Cryogenically cooled air reduces inflammation and stimulates collagen production while also reducing inflammation & accelerating injury recovery. They also offer infrared saunas which decrease stress, encourage glowing skin and muscle relaxation.
NKD NYC (Midtown West)
Manhattan’s luxury destination for Cryotherapy, Infrared LED Light Therapy, IV Vitamin Therapy, Body Sculpting, and Aesthetics (Injectables/Skin Tightening).
Modern Sanctuary (Nomad/ Flatiron)
They have created an elite team of practitioners and uniquely specialized treatments for health, wellness and beauty that range from traditional medical practices to alternative ones such as Cryoskin, Cranialsacral, Aruvedya, a Salt Room, Crystal Bed, Somadome, Infrared Sauna, and much more!
Clean Market (Midtown East)
At Clean Market, the goal is to inspire people to incorporate healthy habits into everyday life. Along with their wellness shop, they offer a variety of service including: Infrared Saunas, IV drips, whole body cryotherapy, functional food + tonic bar & more.
It's rare that a city has designated meditation centers, so be sure to check these out for a little quiet time.
Inscape (Nomad/ Flatiron)
Sessions are audio guided to create consistency in your meditation practice and transition your practice seamlessly between studio and app. A consistent voice enables you to turn your attention inward and focus on your personal meditation experience.
MNDFL (multiple locations; Greenwich Village & Upper East Side in Manhattan)
They feature expert teachers from a variety of traditions offering simple techniques in an accessible manner. Classes are 30, 45 & 60 minutes.
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