Lifethyme is probably my favorite and most visited health food store in the city. Why? Let me count the ways:
Lifethyme has a kickin salad bar with tons of raw options:
Fruits and nuts in many a variation:
Plus kale chips, granola, cookies, raw truffles, sandwiches, raw falafel, raw sushi rolls, etc. It's overwhelming. I narrowed it down to this meal yesterday:
Lifethyme does have seating upstairs if you so desire. I took my lunch to nearby Washington Square Park:
If you are inclined toward peanut butter, it's just on the south side of the park. More reccomendations for that area are the Dosa Cart, Vegetarian Paradise 2, and Sacred Chow.