New York’s newest healthy hotspot doesn’t occupy a large piece of real estate. Blink and you might miss it. But pretty little Feelfood, at Sixth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets, is serving a menu with an array of healthy food options—from quinoa bowls and cold-pressed juice to packaged snacks—all infused with ingredients and flavors from Latin America.
But don’t call it a juice bar. “We come from the culinary world. We focus on flavors,” says co-owner Gaeleen Quinn, a Colombian who previously founded the Bogota Food and Wine Festival. Quinn runs Feelfood with her partner and chef Fernando Aciar, who hails from Argentina and is also behind the next-door coffee spot O Cafe.
Feelgood debuted just six weeks ago, with a design aesthetic that’s as clean as its menu ethos. Think white-washed brick, light wood, and lots of greenery. Everything on the menu is organic, and foods are clearly labeled vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw. There are tons of choices in every category. “We’re all about options,” Quinn says.
For those who just want to grab-and-go, coolers are stocked with cold-pressed juices, homemade culinary nut milks like Black Sesame Rose and Cashew Turmeric Ginger, and alkaline waters spiked with nutrient-boosters like bee pollen and tamarind. Plus lots of shelves full of kale and cabbage chips, trail mixes, flax crackers, dark chocolate, and more.
There’s a made-to-order juice and smoothie bar that also has kombucha on tap and vegan hot chocolate next to a bakery counter full of gluten-free pastries, vegan cookies, and raw brownies.
And in the back, you can order quinoa bowls and wraps stuffed with vegetables fresh from the Union Square Farmer’s Market.
In all of these sections, the Latin American influence is apparent. A green juice is made with green mango and cilantro; you can snack on dried papaya with almond butter; an (amazing) healthy version of cheese puffs are made with yuca; a freezer is full of frozen superfruits from the Amazon, like acerola and caju (cashew fruit).
All of this adds flavor to the offerings, and it also brings welcome variety and freshness to a scene flooded with kale. Maybe stop by after a calorie-burning salsa dancing class? —Lisa Elaine Held
For more information, visit www.feelfoodny.com