Surprisingly, I have yet to find a designated “paleo” restaurant in New York City. However, there’s a few spots that have some great paleo eats. Here’s some of my favorites:
1. Breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda
If you live in NYC, you’ve seen Jack’s Wife Freda on Instagram – mostly because they have very photographable food. Also, it’s pretty tasty. The green shakshuka is a great option, with some house cured duck bacon as a side. Not into shakshuka? Get some Jack’s breakfast with eggs, skirt steak, tomatoes, and grilled onions. Or just good ol’ poached eggs. And black coffee as usual.
2. Lunch at Bareburger
Something about eating paleo makes you love burgers way more than you used to. While you can pretty much eat a burger out anywhere without the bun, Bareburger offers them wrapped in lettuce or collard greens. Try out the grass-fed burger, and do NOT leave without getting some sweet potato fries. Because… why wouldn’t you?
Locations: A LOT. Here they are.
3. Lunch or Dinner at Dig Inn Seasonal Market
Dig Inn is great because there’s a ton of locations across NYC, and there’s LOTS of paleo options. They also change up their menu with seasonal items (seasonal market.. make sense?). Some staple proteins include lemon-herb chicken, mom’s braised beef, and wild salmon. There’s always an abundance of veggie options – like broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale salads, squash, beets, and more. And you get out of there in under 10 bucks.
Locations: 10 across NYC. Find the closest one to you!
4. Dinner at ABC Kitchen
If you’re looking for a great date spot with plenty of paleo options – ABC Kitchen is it. Try the black sea bass with chilies and herbs, spinach on the side, or maybe the wood oven roasted Maine lobster. Need more meat? Go for the crispy pork confit with smoked bacon marmalade and braised turnips. ABC prides themselves on whole, local ingredients, so there are great vegetable and protein options for a totally satisfying dinner.
Location: 35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
5. Everything at Hu Kitchen
In a nutshell, Hu Kitchen is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And yes, I’m being overly dramatic but let me explain. I’ve come to the conclusion that Hu Kitchen is basically the most Paleo option in NYC. Similar vibes to Dig Inn, you select a protein and some yummy vegetable sides. The rotisserie chicken and wild meatloaf are wonderful, and the sweet potatoes and curry cauliflower are my absolute favorite. They also have BOMB breakfasts like jordy cakes (basically paleo pancakes) and primal breakfast sandwiches. If you’re not sold YET, there’s also a mash bar with chia puddings, gluten-free oats, cashew cream and lots of magical options. Basically, get to Hu Kitchen ASAP. For now, here’s the menu.