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The big (green) apple

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New York – the city that never sleeps. So how do you make sure you stay awake and alert to enjoy every moment of your Big Apple experience? Naturally Australia went on a tasty mission to uncover how to refuel your body (and soul) while exploring NY.

1. Sun In Bloom, Park Slope
You’ll feel like a true local at this beautiful organic, vegan and raw food eatery. Founder Aimee Follette’s mission is to nourish the community with food for (happy) thought – and that’s reason enough to visit! All the food is made from scratch in their kosher kitchen, and if you’re in town for more than a few days, why not try the Sun In Bloom’s 3 or 5-Day Organic Juice Cleanse? 460 Bergen Street, Brooklyn http://suninbloom.wordpress.com/ 

2. Cinnamon Snail Food Truck
Who would have thought that one of the best organic places in NY comes on four wheels? Since Valentine’s Day 2010, The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck has been serving NYC vegan goodies – and it’s true bliss. The menu is seasonal, but if you can, try the Ticket in Crimes Square Raw Salad with sage and dulse walnuts, fresh figs, arugula, kale and French mustard dressing. Visit their website for locations and times. wwww.cinnamonsnail.com


Naturally loves…
It’s nearly impossible to select a NY favourite, but if you only have time to visit one place, look no further than the beautiful Blossom in Chelsea. Because long after you’ve returned home, this is the place you dream back to… remembering not only the organic sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, jicama, carrots, tamari-toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds with ginger teriyaki dressing, but also the beautiful setting in an old townhouse with waiters that made you feel like a long lost friend. Thank you, Alisha Myrden! 187 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea www.blossomnyc.com


 3. Candle 79
If you’re looking for a bit of NY lux, this is it. Candle 79 is a two-floor fine dining oasis with vegan, organic cuisine – and its very own stylish organic wine and sake bar. This is organic with a sophisticated twist, and what a twist it is! Don’t miss the ecococktails – try “Reforestation” with VeeV Açai spirit, wheatgrass infused Crop vodka, muddled mint, ginger-agave, lime, soda and ice. And why not go for a second and make an environmental difference at the same time? For every Reforestation cocktail ordered, a tree is planted in your honor! 154 East 79th Street at Lexington Avenue, www.candle79.com

 4. Dirt Candy
One of the few Michelin-recommended vegetarian restaurants, this is a candy you don’t want to miss. Think Portobello mousse, truffled toast pear & fennel compote… enough said! 430 East 9th Street, between Ave. A and First Ave. www.dirtcandynyc.com/ 

 5. Pure Food & Wine
What superlatives should we use to describe NY’s first upscale raw vegan restaurant? All of them! The entire menu is plant-based with no processed ingredients, and even meat eaters will fall in love with the scrumptious creative and seasonal dishes. Don’t believe me? Just order the Cauliflower and Sweet Corn Polenta with Bourbon Maple Peaches and Radicchio, served with cherry tomatoes, purslane, candied pistachios, cashew cheese, and avocado pistachio vinaigrette… Yes, that’s what I thought! 54 Irving Place (between 17th and 18th Streets) www.purefoodandwine.com