New York City’s 12 most exciting openings of 2014

opener exiting openings Keeping up with the healthy businesses opening in New York City this year felt like running on a treadmill at a full sprint, with no breaks. (And many openings actually involved treadmills, too.)

Popular juice bars like Juice Press, Juice Generation, and Organic Avenue opened a ton of new locations, barre studios popped up all over the five boroughs, Flywheel and SoulCycle pedaled into tons of new neighborhoods, and CrossFit boxes continued to multiply.

Amid all of that, these 12 openings brought a special kind of excitement with them, with totally new healthy concepts never before seen in the Big Apple, and crazy-cool digs to match.

Keep reading for our list of New York City’s 12 most exciting openings of 2014 (in no particular order)…

 (Pictured: 305 Fitness, Sweetgreen)


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305 Fitness 1. 305 Fitness

The already beloved brand debuted a permanent home in the West Village this fall, and it pulled out all the stops for the nightclub/art gallery-reminiscent space, which features a DJ booth and a light show that moves to the beast of the music as you shake (your booty) and sweat. West Village,

(Photo: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)


yogashanti4 2. YogaShanti

New Yorkers have been waiting for the Saidman-Yee family yoga empire to land in the city for a long, long time. And, in March, when Colleen Saidman finally opened a Manhattan outpost of her Sag Harbor studio, Yoga Shanti, it didn’t disappoint. The Chelsea studio is one of the city’s most beautiful spaces for yoga ever, thanks in part to Rodney Yee’s artist son Evan, who helped design it. Chelsea,

(Photo: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)


Sweetgreen 3. Sweetgreen Tribeca, Nolita, and Williamsburg

Superstar salad joint Sweetgreen had a crazy year, opening tons of locations, switching to a seasonal menu, and nailing major investments from Revolution Growth (Steve Case’s group), Danny Meyer, and Daniel Boulud. And in New York, the chainlet went from one shop in NoMad to four locations in two boroughs. It’s a can’t-be-stopped company in a booming category—healthy fast casual—and we can’t help but think it will one day soon eclipse Chop’t. Tribeca, Nolita, Williamsburg,

(Photo: Facebook/Sweetgreen)


Brodo 4. Brodo

It may be just a tiny window on First Avenue, but the city’s first bone broth takeout concept generated more buzz than the massive food halls that opened in other parts of the city. Renowned chef Marco Canora seemed to directly tap the zeitgeist with his steaming pots of beef, chicken, and “Hearth” broths, which he salts perfectly and then sells in coffee cups, for soul-warming nutrition. East Village,

 (Photo: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)


Deka-nyc-workout-clothes-for-women-4 5. Deka

Shopping for workout clothes got a lot easier this year, with store openings from big-name brands like Under Armour, Nike, and Lululemon. But the arrival of the fitness fashion boutique was the most memorable development, with Atlanta brand Deka setting up its racks filled with Michi, Lucas Hugh, and Splits in Soho.  (Bandier is currently running a pop-up in the Flatiron, and will open its own permanent store in 2015.) Soho,

 (Photo: Molly Gallagher for Well+Good)


Sadie Lincoln 6. Barre3

This white-hot Portland-based barre brand has been gradually spreading out all over the country (with more than 70 locations) now open, and it finally landed in New York City at the end of the summer. The studio is small but pretty, with floor-to-ceiling windows for West Village people-watching while pulsing. Of course, it’s just one example of the coast-to-coast barre explosion, felt this year in New York with new Flybarre, Bar Method, and Pure Barre locations, plus the indie Barre Tribeca. West Village,

(Photo: Barre3)


Mimi Cheng's 7. Mimi Cheng’s

Dumplings were already selling out during Mimi Cheng’s first week of opening, and it’s no wonder. The fitness-loving sisters behind the adorable shop use organic produce and meats and pack tons of flavor into each one, including The Mighty Veggie, made with kale and zucchini. East Village,

(Photo: Mimi Cheng’s)


paintboxselects-049 8. Paintbox

A former beauty editor created Paintbox, the city’s first nail studio dedicated to elevated nail art, where manicures don’t take three weeks for an appointment. Designs are inspired by runway and editorial trends, which you pick from a seasonal style lookbook, and cleaner polishes like Zoya and Deborah Lippman are well-stocked. There’s even a photo booth for nail selfies. Soho,

(Photo: Andre Maier for Paintbox)



Lyfe Kitchen_NYC 9. Lyfe Kitchen

Lyfe Kitchen, a healthy fast-casual spot that’s super popular on the West Coast (the chain’s founders were chefs to Oprah and Ellen), just made its New York City debut. It has a long, healthy menu filled with good-for-you lunch fare, like “Unfried” Chicken served with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash, and a Chopped-winning chef at its helm. Midtown,

(Photo: Nick Solares for Lyfe Kitchen)


CF Solace 8 10. CrossFit Solace

In terms of splashy digs, CrossFit Solace may take the (Paleo) cake. It opened in November, and instead of your basic garage design, it’s got reclaimed wood and succulents everywhere, a yoga studio, luxe locker rooms with spa-like showers and flat irons, and oh yeah, a giant basement filled with CrossFit equipment. Murray Hill,

(Photo: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)


matchabar 11. Matchabar

Matcha is the trendiest of green teas (and is actually really good for you), which is why two brothers decided to open an entire cafe devoted to the drink—New York’s first—in Brooklyn. Williamsburg,

(Photo: Facebook/MatchaBarNYC)


The Little Beet Table 12. The Little Beet Table

It’s not often you can sit down to a date with a girlfriend or significant other and feel like no matter what you order, it’s going to be good for you. Franklin Becker’s The Little Beet Table—the sit-down version of The Little Beet—is that place, with an entirely gluten-free menu filled with fresh vegetables and quality meats cooked with good health in mind. Flatiron,

(Photo: The Little Beet Table)




 Check back Tuesday for New York’s most talked-about workouts of 2014!

(Photos: Tone House; Taryn Toomey by Jaimie Arnold)



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