Welcome to your home away from home!
Please schedule your drop-in with us at CFER. You can view our current schedule on WODIFY.
The coaches at CrossFit East River have been shown incredible hospitality at CrossFit gyms across the world, from Melbourne to Rome to Kandahar. We’d like to return the favor. Traveling CrossFitters are more than welcome at CrossFit East River.
Please arrive early enough to introduce yourself to our coaching team. Please let us know your home affiliate and your experience with CrossFit.
The Drop-In fee for a single class is $35.
If you are in-town for a while talk to us in the gym and we can setup a discounted rate for your stay.
See you in the gym!
The East Village!
9th Street Espresso – 700 E 9th St between Ave C/D Handcrafted Coffee. Diagonally across from the gym. Almond milk not available.
Ciao for Now – 523 E 9th St between Ave A/B
MACE– 649 E 9th St between Ave B/C A wonderful cocktail bar with a friendly staff. Literally next door to CrossFit East River.
Juice Press – 201 E 10th St between Ave A/B
Liquiteria – 170 2nd Ave between 10th/11th Street Liquiteria has many paleo-friendly food options. Always check the ingredients, but generally the salads are paleo. Be careful when ordering a smoothie, as their smoothie bases are not consistent – ie, some use almond milk but others have soy milk.
Mud Spot – 307 E 9th St between 1st/2nd Ave
The Bean – 141 1st Ave between 9th/10th Street
Organic Avenue – 30 3rd Ave between 9th/10th Street
Whitmans – 406 E 9th St between 1st Ave and Ave A We’ll keep this short: burgers, sweet potato fries and kale are what you want to get here (and you won’t find much else on the menu).
Bareburger – 85 2nd Avenue between 4th/5th Street Simple to make Paleo, excellent variety of meats.
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ – 103 2nd Avenue between 5th/6th Street Not what you’re thinking when it comes to BBQ. Nothing is drowning in sauce, and you can ask for the meat “naked” (without bread) and without BBQ sauce. But if you’re not eating strict paleo, go for the sauce. We love the smoked sausages, veggies pulled pork and brisket. Oh let’s face it, we just love meat. Don’t forget the pickled veggies. A suitable side is the ratatouille. The sweet potatoes might seem paleo, but they’re loaded with dairy and flour. Go for it if you can handle that stuff. The homemade iced tea is excellent. Grab your meat (which is sliced fresh for you at the counter), grab a seat and chow down.
Hu Kitchen – 78 5th Avenue between 13th/14th Street Hu as in “human,” this paleo restaurant is heaven. It’s cafeteria style, so don’t expect to be waited on hand and foot. Kind of like our primal ancestors, you have to gather up your food. The hot bar in the back dishes up favorites like the Hu Joe (spicy Sloppy Joe-style meat) served over their Grandmaster Veg (“lasagna”), known as the Diesel Parker; or have some amazingly juicy rotisserie chicken with hot sides such as sweet potatoes or caramelized pineapple with cashew cream. Breakfast/brunch is a favorite, as they have “Jordy” cakes (pancakes), bacon and sweet potato hash, not to mention killer breakfast sandwiches. And coffee. LOTS of coffee. Hu also has juices, smoothies, chocolate, snacks and an awesome deli counter with cold dishes and sides such as curried sweet potato, chicken tenders and meatballs ( you can heat these up on your own – they won’t do it for you). If you’re looking for something sweet, check out the Mash Bar. Be mindful of the prices if you’re on a budget; everything at Hu adds up. Dinner for two tends to run at least $40 or $50, depending on what you get. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Whole Foods Market – Corner of Houston and Bowery or Union Square When all else fails, you can usually find something paleo-friendly at WFM. We’re not going to lie, though, this location’s hot food bar leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily they have a Burger Bar, which functions as an Omelette Bar in the mornings (look over by the hot food section, next to the sushi), where you can order custom burgers.
Paprika – 110 St. Mark’s Place between Ave A/B Outstanding Northern Italian food. We know what you’re thinking – Italian food for a paleo lifestyle? Yes, at this Italian restaurant, paleo definitely works. Paprika cooks exclusively with EVOO and the staff will happily sub out your sides. We highly recommend the steak, crunchy carrots, spinach and potatoes (if you eat white potatoes). We also recommend reservations, unless you plan on dining later in the evening.
Lula’s Sweet Apothecary – 516 E 6th Street between Ave A/B Formerly Lula’s Sweet Apothecary (we’re not quite sure what the place’s name is now), this non-dairy, vegan ice cream shop on 6th between A and B really satisfies the sweet tooth and the desire for something creamy. Watch out for the soy-based soft serve… We always want the cake batter flavor, but it’s soy-based. The vanilla soft serve is outstanding, especially with some sprinkles and the coconut whipped cream. Their hard ice cream flavors are outrageous; cookies and cream, mint chip, double chocolate chip and anything seasonal are some favorites. You can also buy Lula’s ice cream at Sustainable NYC.
Sustainable NYC – 139 Avenue A between St. Marks Place/9th Street They also serve Lula’s ice cream.
Jennifer’s Way Bakery – 263 E 10th Street btw. Ave A/1st Ave This strictly gluten-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free and dairy-free bakery is the BOMB. If you’re in the mood for a treat and can tolerate gluten-free items, you must must must see Jennifer. She has a passion for baking and creating comforting foods that celiacs can enjoy, as well as the rest of us – this passion shines through at her shop. We highly, HIGHLY recommend stopping by on a Sunday morning around 11 a.m., when her freshly baked BAGELS are ready and waiting. Yes, bagels. Skip the crappy ones everywhere else (unless you’re going to Kossar’s Bialys on the LES, LOL).
Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery – 338 E 11th Street btw. Ave A/1st Ave We will admit, we’re totally biased and adore Jennifer’s Way. But if you’re in the mood to check out a few bakeries (GF), then head over to Tu-Lu’s. We’re lucky enough to have a lovely selection of gluten-free bakeries in the neighborhood.