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Healthy-ish: Breakfast

Healthy-ish: Breakfast

Introducing a new mini-series on the blog - Healthy-ish. Where to eat when you want something delicious, but also made a pact with yourself the other weekend to stop over-eating and be healthy...ish. Kicking it off with three of my favorite different cafes for satisfying but not excessively indulgent breakfasts.  

Little Choc Apothecary

(Menu | Reservations)

Think quaint English tea parlor meets charming bohemian cafe. Think - pretty damn adorable (and also completely vegan!). The seating area upstairs is furnished with colorful wooden pieces while the walls are stocked with dozens of teas. It's a great place to catch-up with a friend over breakfast or kill a whole morning catching up on emails (and writing this blog post). 

Their acai bowls are incredible - PB&J is my favorite, but bright eyes is also excellent - the granola is perfect & their house-made yogurt is so unique. The consistency is a bit atypical and falls somewhere between a custard and a whipped cream, but the flavor is out of this world. But what they're know for are their vegan crepes - I prefer the sweet to the savory, but if you're looking to knock a savory craving, go with the room for mushroom crepe.  

Two Hands

(Nolita Menu | Tribeca Menu)

Most of you have probably already heard about Two Hands already, and if you haven't, I'm not entirely sure where you've been. Two Hands was one of the first in a tide of Aussie cafe to start dominating the NY brunch scene, but I would say they've pretty firmly nailed a spot to stay. They have a location in Nolita & Tribeca, and the menus are ever so slightly different. I have a modest preference for the Nolita location, but the Tribeca one also has ricotta toast, so it's a bit of a toss-up depending on the day.    



Nursing a similar vibe, but with LA roots, westbourne is an all-day cafe in Noho. The menu is filled with delicious reinvented classics, but fair warning: the portions are a bit small (or maybe just not excessive). The Mushreuben is an awesome way to feel like you're almost eating a burger for breakfast - the mushroom + sauerkraut & peppers combo is excellent.

You also know by now that I have a yogurt parfait addiction and their foster's yogurt is one of my favorites in the city - turmeric on everything please.  



Sushi date night

Sushi date night

Szechuan mountain house

Szechuan mountain house