Lonely Planet Writer

’Eat Pretty’ at NYC’s Nutritionist-approved Broken Coconut

What do you get when you match the talents of Manhattan‘s most well-known nightlife entrepreneurs with a nutritionist and a visionary interior designer? The newly opened Broken Coconut promises to be an urban oasis offering delectable, healthy fare with a bohemian backdrop – wicker swing and palm tree prints included.

Welcome to the Broken Coconut., mahattan's nuttritionist approved restaurant
‘Eat Pretty’ at the Broken Coconut. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Jacobowitz

The concept, located on East 4th Street between Lafayette and Broadway, is the latest wellness mecca to open in the area, joining the block’s existing popular SoulCycle and Rumble Boxing boutique studios. It’s a telling sign that Broken Coconut’s co-founder Scott Sartiano, the visionary behind celebrity favorites 1Oak and Butter, is looking to cater to the increasingly health-conscious Manhattanite crowd.

“A focus on health and wellness has played a huge part of my life the past few years, and I’m excited to embark into a new realm of hospitality that mirrors my current interests,” he said in a statement. “With Broken Coconut, we will utilize our hospitality experiences to create a destination for food-conscious urban bohemians – featuring an eye-catching environment, comfortable seating and guilt-free food options. Eating better doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor.”

Manhattan's new health-oriented food spot
Dining room at Manhattan’s Broken Coconut – NYC’s new healthy eating spot. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Jacobwitz

While health takes centre stage, the words diet, trend, or fad are forbidden at this eatery. Instead, there is a focus on eating fresh and vibrant ingredients that look as good as they taste.

In honor of the venture’s name, the restaurant’s signature housemade coconut yogurt is dairy-free, probiotic and protein-rich. Other menu highlights include blended smoothie bowls, overnight oats, grain bowls, poké, salads and egg dishes. The delectable menu was devised by entrepreneur Cobi Levy, of Black Seed Bagels and Babu Ji fame, and certified nutritionist Molly Rieger.

The Broken Coconut is NYC's latest healthy food restaurant
Broken Coconut’s coconut black rice dish. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Jacobowitz

Broken Coconut’s ‘Eat Pretty’ mantra appears in neon lights against a tropical wallpaper, but that’s not the only eye-catching feature of note. Interior designer Jessica Schuster brought a laid-back, island-inspired vibe to fruition while incorporating the building’s existing exposed brick wall and tin ceilings. Unsurprisingly, the wicker swing has become a focal point and by the looks of things, will probably be popping up on a social media feed near you soon.