Healthy Quick Bites in Downtown NYC

March 16, 2017
by Zagat Staff

If you're looking for a quick bite that won't bust your diet - or your wallet - look no further than these health-conscious Downtown spots.

Westville West
American · West Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

Popular with “young 20s and 30s” , these “local hangouts” dish out “New Wave” American “diner food” with an emphasis on “heavenly” market-fresh veggies that make them a “vegetarian’s paradise” ; they’re often “crowded” with “elbow-to-elbow” seating, but “value” prices keep the appeal high.
Middle Eastern · East Village · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.7

“Tasty and hasty” sums up these cross-Village Middle Eastern “favorites” , whose “awesome” falafel and shawarma “can't be beat” for “cheap, filling eats” served into the “wee hours” ; “bare-bones” digs with a serious “space crunch” don't keep them from “bustling.”
Middle Eastern · West Village · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.5

“Fresh and fabulous” falafel is “the really real thing” at chef Einat Admony’s “hole-in-the-wall” Israeli joints, where “glorious” eats at “gentle prices” are “a vegetarian’s dream come true” ; they’re both “fast” and “satisfying” , though the West Village original’s “vest-pocket” space means it’s “best to take away.”
Cafe Mogador
Middle Eastern · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Everything is delicious” at these “popular” Moroccan “standbys” that are especially known for their “unbeatable” brunches; “tight seating” and “long waits” are part of the deal, but “gentle prices” help, and Williamsburg's “cute indoor garden” is especially “charming.”
Ruby's Cafe
Breakfast · NoLita · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Amazing” burgers and “delicious” Aussie-inspired dishes top the blackboard menu at these “trendy” yet “unpretentious” “hot spots” ; “tiny” ]digs mean you may have to cozy up to your mates at shared tables but never mind, most just “love the vibe.”
Bluestone Lane
West Village · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

Those looking “for a true Australian coffee experience” head to these Melbourne-style shops pouring “terrific espresso” , long blacks and “proper flat whites” paired with Down Under bites like “amazing avocado smash” , lamingtons and gluten-free options; weekends can mean “packed” conditions, but “good-looking” , “happy” staffers make up for it; P.S. a few locales offer table service.
Vegan · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Fresh, creative” (and kosher) vegan fare – including “terrific baked goods” – keeps “health-conscious” types returning to these “relaxed” neighborhood joints; though service may be “spacey” , the “affordable” tabs and “guilt-free” feeling are fine as is.