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Self-Care

A New Yorker’s Guide To Wellness

by Erin Starkweather

@rae.hersey

• By Erin Starkweather

For a metropolis whose claim to fame is never sleep, drinking bodega coffee, and eating bacon, egg, and cheese bagels, there is a considerable amount of wellness-focused outposts that have popped up over the past few years. And while it still may not be the wellness utopia that is Los Angeles (Moon Juice, please open here!), it’s on its way. As someone who has personally suffered the burnout and adrenal fatigue that’s a direct result of living, working, and playing in Manhattan, here’s where I go when I want to feel, well… well! Ahead, my picks for the best New York wellness spots.

Dimes

Dimes is first on this list for a reason. If you’re visiting New York, you can’t not go to this lower east side eatery. It’s the closest thing you can get to east coast cuisine in a stylishly designed space. The food is healthy but not too healthy, and there’s really nothing on the menu that’s isn’t good. Go for breakfast and get the power bowl, or go for dinner and try the wheatgrass margarita. For extra points, check out their deli and market across the street.

ABCv

This is plant-based food by Jean-Georges and it’s the sister restaurant to the iconic ABC Kitchen. What’s not to like?

New York Pilates

I like to say that New York Pilates is my favorite place to work out when I don’t actually feel like working out, because you can spend the whole class laying down on the reformer. And a fully reclined workout just sounds better, right? I must not be the only person who feels this way, because the classes were constantly booked. Lucky for us, their digital studio is open and features tons of online classes. Guaranteed you’ll be the perfect amount of sore the next day.

Sky Ting

Sky Ting is without question the most beautiful yoga spot in New York. And even though its closed at the moment, founders Krissy and Chloe’s teaching style still makes their online classes worth it. Their Katonah yoga practice will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and immediately scheduling your next virtual flow.

WTHN

I’m not the best with consistency, but I went to WTHN once a week for over a month. WTHN makes acupuncture accessible and super easy to book. I’m obsessed with their monthly membership — it just makes sense for something like acupuncture that has cumulative benefits.

“While it still may not be the wellness utopia that is Los Angeles, New York is on its way.

SB Skin

Microcurrent facials are quite possibly my favorite thing ever, and I swear by the ones from SB Skin. The space is in an incredibly chic flatiron apartment that I would like to move into immediately, but until then, I’ll settle for my monthly appointment. Make sure to ask for Kazlynn when booking, you won’t regret it.

Clean Market

A list of best New York wellness spots is incomplete without Clean Market, aka the absolute best functional wellness mecca. You can go get cryotherapy, hop in the infrared sauna, follow it up with an IV drip, then walk out the door with a tonic in hand all in under 2 hours. For something as efficient as it is effective, I wouldn’t recommend anywhere else.

Chillhouse Soho

Chillhouse is well known for their nail designs, but I say skip the manicures and go straight to the back for their incredible massages. Nothing that I’ve found in New York can beat my LA massage favorite The Now, but this gets pretty darn close.