Good morning, everyone.
Is it possible to eat healthy and affordable food in New York City? The answer is clearly yes! Did you know that you can eat every night in a different restaurant for 53 years without ever coming back twice in the same place? That means telling you if you have a choice. You will find all the cuisines in the world at all prices.
To eat without ruining yourself and healthy if possible, you should orient yourself towards the delis or Delicatessen, from the German delikat, delicate, and essen, eat. Small as a local business or giant as a hypermarket, they are both grocery stores, caterers, supermarkets and fast food outlets that offer fresh dishes to take away or eat on the spot. No frying, no fat. You will find vegetables, raw vegetables, fruit, lobster, meat, eggs, salads, cheese, sandwiches, ready meals. Everything is usually sold by weight at prices that will make you smile again, and there are no extra tips. You can choose a watermelon wedge, a salad, a fresh sandwich or prepare your own vegetable or meat tray in the buffets at your disposal, while meeting people shopping with their shopping carts filled with cans and diapers. You can often eat on the spot or take your meal with you to enjoy it in a park or simply in your hotel room.
Among the most famous delis, you have Katz’s Delicatessen and its famous Katz’s Pastrami Hot Sandwich. It is in this establishment that the famous scene of the film “When Harry meets Sally” was shot, for connoisseurs. The sandwiches are excellent and so huge that only one feeds two people.
3 addresses for healthy and cheap food:
- Whole Foods Market is the place to be. It is the largest organic supermarket in New York and even in the United States where you will certainly find your food tastes without breaking the bank. You have about ten of them in Manhattan, including a huge one in Columbus Circle, which is for me a place to visit in New York even without buying food there because the place is so beautiful and unique.
- Bread & Butter another must-see restaurant. Open 24 hours a day, you can eat when you want, what you want, to take away or on site. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, you have a huge choice of products at very fair prices. You will certainly find your happiness in one of the 4 Bread & Butter in Manhattan and 1 on Roosevelt Island.
- Pret A Manger is also an excellent place to eat healthy and cheap. It’s not really a deli but rather a new fast food chain from England, where you can eat on the spot or take away. You may have already met some in London, Paris or Nice. There are about 20 of them spread over Manhattan. You will find sandwiches, soups, pasta, salads, fruits, yoghurts, cakes and drinks. There is no frying, it’s fresh, excellent at very fair prices and always without tips! I found, among other things, an excellent lobster sandwich at a low price! Every evening, all unsold items are offered to the poorest. So every morning you have fresh products of the day on the shelf. I recommend this brand without hesitation.
There are many other brands that compete in the choice of dishes to seduce your taste buds. I am thinking in particular of the Crown Gourmet Deli not far from Time Square, or the dozen of Fresh&Co . You will inevitably come across one of these delis when you walk the streets of New York. Feel free to come in and make your own opinion, you will quickly adopt them.
Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the delis will provide you with everything you need to eat healthy without breaking your budget during your stay in New York. Personally, I have an average of $30 a day per person of food while allowing myself some good classic restaurants. If you are afraid to eat too much fat, too many hamburgers, or too many pizzas, you now have the ideal solution to eat well and leave out the junk food.
Good discovery and good appetite to all!