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Jul 14, 2015

Astoria Clean Eating: Top 20 Places to Get Your Health On

Like so many other 24 year olds, I’m always trying to jump on the health-kick bandwagon. What do you do though when you live in a neighborhood with an abundance (…)

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Like so many other 24 year olds, I’m always trying to jump on the health-kick bandwagon. What do you do though when you live in a neighborhood with an abundance of options for absurdly delicious, and quite possibly not so healthy food and drinks? Never fear, Astoria is also a place where healthy eating can also fall under the same category of absurdly delicious.  Better yet, no matter what the situation—whether you’re in a hurry, want to cook, or even want to eat out with your friends—there’s always an option for clean eating!

1. Best Market:

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You can be sure to find fresh produce and meat, and all other household products you may need at this large one-stop grocery store.

19-30 37th St.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 721-7500
Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm Daily
 

2. Bravo International Supermarkets:

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Customers love the reasonable prices this market has to offer for their variety of crisp produce, clean meats, creamy cheeses, and other international specialty foods.

34-12 34th St.
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 784-8420
Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm Daily

3. Create:

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Mix and match salads, quinoa bowls, sandwiches, and burgers for a healthy and on-the-go alternative to fast food.

36-3 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 204-0333
Hours: 8:00am-9:30pm Daily

4. Fresh Start Organic Market:

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This small organic store tucked away on 23rd Ave. and 31st is a total find. They have fresh in-store baked goods as well as smoothies, empanadas, salads, quinoa, rice, spinach pies, & more. The store offers a small variety of organic foods from produce, to frozen meats, to organic brown rice pastas. They also have cabinets of vitamins and other natural supplements.

29-12 23th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 204-7868
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-9:00pm, Sat. 9:00am-8:00pm, Sun. 11:00am-4:00pm

5. Fusion Juice Bar:

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This juice bar has it all. From great service to fun and adventurous smoothies, acai bowls, salads, and wraps, you can’t go wrong.

30-93 38th St.
Astoria, NY 11103
(347) 642-5351
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-10:00pm, Sat.-Sun. 7:00am-8:00pm

6. Ginger Organic Juice Bar:

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The organic juice bar—owned by Grand Café—offers a variety of invigorating, fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls.  They know just what kind of flavors to mix to get the most out of their natural ingredients.

37-01 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 777-0626
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-1:00am, Sat.-Sun. 8:00am-1:00am

7. Greenbay Marketplace:

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This growing force in the Broadway area has a compact variety of produce basics and a deli. Where they really shine is their large selection of organic specialty items.

32-06 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 204-6400
Hours: Open 24 hours

8. Jujube Tree:

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A tasty vegan option that vegans, vegetarians, and even meat-eaters love.

35-02 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 545-1888
Hours: Mon. Closed, Tues.-Wed. 4:00pm-10pm, Thurs.-Fri. :00pm-11:00pm, Sat. 12:00pm-11:30pm, Sun. 12:00pm-10:30pm 

9. Maizal:

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Maizal is a great place to go if you’re hankering for a night out or brunch with friends. The Mexican restaurant offers a large variety of protein-packed and veggie-heavy meals made with very fresh ingredients. Skip the cheese and cream and you have a healthy, authentic, Mexican option.

32-07 34th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 406-9431
Hours: Mon. Closed, Tues.-Weds. 4:00pm-10:00pm, Thurs.-Fri. 4:00pm-11:00pm, Sat. 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun. 11:00am-10:00pm 

10. Manavi:

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This market is a fairly recent addition to the Astoria neighborhood. They have a flourishing variety of vegetables and fruit, as well as some other basics.

23-38 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 626-2841
Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 6:00am-10:00pm, Fri.-Sat. 6:00am-12:00am

11. MP Taverna:

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This Greek restaurant is one of my go-to’s for brunch. Although the drink deal is great, I love coming here for the different options of healthy breakfasts. They offer tasty baked eggs and delectable, light salads.

31-29 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-2187
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12:00pm-11:00pm, Fri. 12:00pm-12:00am, Sat. 11:00am-12:00am, Sun. 11:00am-10:00pm

12. Ovelia:

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Another Greek favorite, Ovelia offers organic Mediterranean food for all meals. Their salmon is a must for a light lunch or dinner meal.

34-01 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 721-7217
Hours: 9:30am-4:00am Daily

13. Sai Organics:

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Sai Organics offers a little bit of most things. They have fresh produce, grains, nuts, as well as vegan sandwiches and baked goods. You’ll love the family-owned market not just for the heavenly food, but for the friendly atmosphere as well.

30-21 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 278-1726
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-9:00pm, Sat. 8:00am-9:00pm, Sun. 10:00am-6:00pm

14. Soho Café and Grill:

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At Soho you can order the food on the go or sit down at their restaurant. Like Create, they offer food fast, but their salads are to die for. The portions are big and the ratio of veggie to meat to sauce is perfectly even.

22-15 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 728-8883
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8:00am-11:00pm, Sun. 8:00am-10:00pm

15. Sweet Jane’s:

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Everyone needs a little dessert now and then. Sweet Jane’s offers guilt free vegan ice creams and sorbets. Pop in and cool down with one of these sweet treats without stressing over your bikini bod.

27-17 24th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
(347) 848-0292
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri.-Sun. 12:00pm-11:00pm

16. Tropical Deli & Grill:

TropicalDeliPhoto Courtesy of Tropical Deli & Grill

If an organic store and a bodega had a baby it would be Tropical Deli & Grill. They have smoothies, salads, sandwiches, but also healthy snacks that you can grab in a hurry like Greek-yogurt protein shakes or chia seed vegetable chips.

22-33 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-1157
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7:00am-11:00pm, Sun. 7:00am-6:00pm

17. United Brother’s Fruit Market:

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Astoria’s most beloved fresh produce market has a huge selection of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  Let’s not forget that they are also open 24/7.

32-24 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 932-9876
Hours: Open 24 Hours

18. Vitality Health and Natural Market:

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Another 24-hour establishment, this organic market offers affordable produce, a hot bar, and other tasty treats.

46-03 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 274-0239
Hours: Open 24 Hours

19. Vesta:

VestaPhoto Courtesy of Vesta

This is a great local Italian restaurant that makes their dishes with some of the fresh produce from the Greenpoint Warehouse Roof Farm. The salads are delightful and the veggies are so rich and savory.  Don’t miss it!

21-02 30th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 545-5550
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri. 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sat. 11:00am-3:00pm & 4:00pm-11:00pm, Sun. 11:00am-3:00pm & 4:00pm-10:00pm

20. Watawa:

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Watawa is a perfect alternative for a healthy date night. They have some of the freshest sushi in Astoria and other options like steamed vegetables and steak that aren’t boring.

33-10 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 545-9596
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-11:00pm, Fri.-Sat. 11:30am-12:00am, Sun. 12:30pm-11:00pm

Bonus: Food Cellar in LIC

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If you’re willing to make the trek to Long Island City, the Food Cellar is an organic superstore haven. They even have options like flaxseed flour and quinoa pasta. This is a great store for that item that is otherwise just impossible to find.

4-85 47th Rd.
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 545-9596
Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm Daily
 
 
 
Where do you go for healthy alternatives? Let us know in the comments. 
 
 

2 Comments

Ashley H.

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that there is a typo in the address for Sweet Jane’s. It is actually on 24th Ave (not 34th), and it truly is delicious! :) I

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Hannah Smith

Vesta: Great food but how are vegetables slathered in a bacon vinaigrette “healthy”?!

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