Kimberly Snyder’s Guide to Healthy Bites in LA & NYC

As a self-proclaimed health nut, I’ve been a fan of celebrity nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder for years. Her blog has always been a mainline for holistic guidance, healthy recipes, and overall inspiration, so seeing her name appear in magazines like Vogue and watching Vince Vaughn give her a shout on Letterman is pretty fantastic. To celebrate the launch of her first book, The Beauty Detox Solution (buy your copy in stores and online today), I caught up with Snyder to discuss her top spots for healthy dining and drinking in the two cities she most frequents: Los Angeles and New York.

Los Angeles Best brunch & lunch: Venice Beach Café (1512 Pacific Ave.) “It’s right on the boardwalk, so it’s great people-watching. Offers organic salads and above-average brunch options like vegan scramble (non-soy!), veggie tacos, and a portobello veggie burger.”

Best dinner: Cru (1521 Griffith Park Blvd.) “It’s cozy, has good energy, and offers a delicious mix of raw and cooked vegan food. Also it’s BYO, so you can bring your own organic booze.”

Best group dining: The London West Hollywood (1020 N San Vicente Blvd.) “If you call ahead, Chef Anthony can create a healthy, customized menu to suit your taste. He did my book launch party, and with my vegan, gluten-free and soy-free constraints he created insanely good food, like it was his culinary specialty!”

Best drinks: Newsroom Café (120 N Robertson Blvd.) “A vegan-friendly spot right on trendy Robertson Boulevard with a juice bar and vegan smoothies. There are lots of interesting people to check out, as well as a great newsstand full of mags to read at the bar or if you’re flying solo.”

Best-kept secret: Inn of the Seventh Ray (128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd.) “It can be a real challenge to find an elegant, candlelit nighttime restaurant that serves organic, local vegan entrees as well free-range options for the omnivores. Well, here is it! And it’s right next to a bullfrog-filled stream, to boot!”

New York Best brunch & lunch: Quintessence (263 E 10th St.) “If you can nab a spot at this tiny East Village jewel, you’ll be happy to find ‘normal’ brunch items like bagels and lox made vegan and raw. Tastes just like non-vegan brunch food, but their version is exceptionally good for you!”

Best dinner: Candle 79 (154 E 79th St.) “This elegant vegan restaurant’s great food and elegant atmosphere makes it worth the trip to the Upper East Side. For romantic dates, I recommend reserving a booth upstairs.”

Best group dining: Blossom (187 9th Ave.) “Along with having absolutely delicious, mouth-watering vegetarian cuisine (with lots of non-soy choices!), the restaurant is situated in the cutest little building in Chelsea with a great seating area upstairs for groups.”

Best drinks: Flatiron Lounge (37 W 19th St.) “Located in a 110 year-old building, this art deco styled lounge plays classic jazz while you sip on your cocktails infused with fresh fruit.”

Best-kept secret: Bonobo’s (18 E 23rd St.) “Besides the double-doozie of having been under scaffolding for years because of construction next door and being sandwiched between fast food joints, this tiny place off Madison Square Park is a great casual lunch place. Try the nut-meat salad with kale and the macadamia nut pate. And don’t forget the durian ice cream!”

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