Veganing Your Way Through NYC
I was shocked to discover that there are actually more vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options in New York than any other place I've visited, even more so within the last five years. Here in the City, you can go almost anywhere at any time of day and find an option free of animal product, gluten, GMO, and whatever else you're maniacally avoiding.
This post is dedicated entirely to food, which I feel is long overdue.
Markets:There's a Whole Foods on almost every corner, which is exciting and terrifying (for your wallet) at the same time. Specifically in the Upper West Side, you're surrounded by a plethora of healthy markets. A few of my favorites: Westside Market, Zabar's, Life Thyme Natural Market (which is actually down in the West Village), and good ol' Trader Joe's.
Westside Market appears to be a tiny little convenient store from the outside, but take a few steps and you find yourself in the organic market version of Mary Poppins' purse. Just look at this cheese aisle:
Just for cheese! Isn't that amazing?
Life Thyme Market I actually discovered by mistake. I was desperate to use a bathroom and happened to pass Life Thyme on my way to get some ice cream. I stopped in (it's necessary to have a voided bladder when you're consuming delicious ice cream so that all of your focus can be on the flavor, obviously), which was the best decision I made all day...besides the ice cream, which I'll discuss shortly. Much like Westside, the market opened up before my eyes into a grand bazaar of health foods, organic products, a bakery, a fresh salad and meal bar, and deli. I wanted to take everything home with me. I simply couldn't leave the store without taking a few samples of the fresh food (made daily) they had on display, which fed me for an entire weekend. But honestly, who could turn down a hippie paradise like this?
These are just a few markets out of the thousands you come across here. It's simply overwhelming. There's something for everyone, with every diet and every food tolerance/intolerance you could possibly think of.