5 Places to Eat Healthy in Brooklyn

Let jackfruit be your delicious pulled pork alternative: Photo credit: Courtesy of Chickpea & Olive

Brooklyn, N.Y., offers endless options for eating well, whether you’re in the market for good-for-you green juice and grain bowls, a classic New York slice that just so happens to be vegan or a hands-on Ethiopian dinner. Where to start? Head to these five favorites, all an easy jaunt from the new EVEN Hotel Brooklyn:

Brazilian for Breakfast

Pitanga in Bushwick lends South American flair to their rainbow array of freshly pressed juice blends and smoothies. Antioxidant rich acai bowls come topped with everything from toasted coconut to spirulina and chia seeds, but if you’re going for something a bit more substantial, a Brazilian breakfast of black beans, baked eggs and avocado is a solid bet.

Morning Boost

Mornings at Stonefruit Espresso in Clinton Hill begin with matcha lattes and expertly poured Counter Culture coffee. Avocado toast, an across the board a.m. favorite, is matched with Middle Eastern spices, while the classic New York lox and cream cheese ventures into vegetarian territory with a smoked carrot sandwich featuring capers, dill and an herbed horseradish cream.

Vegetarian Delights

Chickpea & Olive, a mobile, chef-driven concept, can be found under the archway in Dumbo during Wednesday to Friday lunch hours, at East River Park in Williamsburg on Saturdays, and in Prospect Park on Sundays. The draw here is playful, meatless sandwiches and burgers, like beet patty melts, smoky eggplant BLTs and a play on pulled pork that swaps out pig for jackfruit.

All Crepes, All the Time

Crepes are the name of the game at Little Choc Apothecary, a rustic cafe in South Williamsburg. Mastering the art of the gluten-free crepe, Little Choc fills them with savory combinations such as curried white bean and pumpkin masala, housemade barbecue seitan, or sweet variations such as gooey caramel and locally churned Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream.

Not Your Typical New York Slice

While Screamers Pizza might look like a place for a classic New York slice, this Williamsburg joint is meat- and dairy-free. Classics like the white pie and Hawaiian are solid bets, but the supreme — with house-made vegan sausage and pepperoni, green peppers and onions — is what it’s all about. The kitchen is open until midnight all week for an after-hours slice.

Shareable Ethiopian Feast

Eating with your hands is par for the course at Bunna Cafe, a convivial Ethiopian restaurant in Bushwick. Shareable feasts arrive on plates of injera bread topped with slow-cooked red lentils, ginger and garlic-steamed collards, chilled beet and carrot salad, and sunny slices of cabbage. With honey wine and an Ethiopian spin on a white Russian on the menu, the drinks options here are also particularly appealing.


About the Author

caroline_russock_100x100Caroline Russock is a local editor for Zagat. Past gigs include vetting thousands of recipes for Serious Eats, bartending in rural Sicily, and running a French bistro in San Diego.