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Best in wellness: NYC’s top studios, healthy restaurant and juice

It’s that time again. Time to take stock of the past year and the people, places and things that have shaped New York City and continue to make it, by some regards, the best city in the world. On Day 2 of amNewYork’s 2016 Best Of New York guide, we take a look at what’s new in recreation, including wellness.

Best new studio: MNDFL

It makes sense that in a city as
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It makes sense that in a city as hustling and bustling as New York, meditation could find a mainstream foothold. There may be no better sign of that then the success of MNDFL, a meditation studio that regularly sells out classes in a variety of styles. Find peace of mind for as little as $10 a class. $10-$50/class; 10 E. Eighth St., 212-477-0487, mndflmeditation.com

Best affordable studio: Athleta

You can't do any better than free. And
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You can't do any better than free. And at the retailer's Flatiron store, its subterranean in-house studio hosts free classes on a daily basis in Pilates, barre, yoga, HIIT and more. The only downside is the lack of shower, but when you're not paying anything for the workout, it's easy to overlook. 126 Fifth Ave., 212-929-0512, athleta.com/flatironstudio

Best yoga studio: Modo Yoga NYC — Williamsburg

The Toronto-based hot yoga practice Moksha (known as
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The Toronto-based hot yoga practice Moksha (known as Modo in the United States) is gaining a foothold in NYC, with a second, sustainably-focused studio opening earlier this year in Williamsburg (backed by Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld). The space is a calming respite from the city, with a living wall in the lobby, cork floors and skylights, and hosts easy-to-follow classes that blend therapeutic and traditional yoga. Starting at $40/unlimited monthly classes; 109 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, 347-889-7248, modoyoganyc.com

Best spin studio: IMAXShift

Spin studios have seriously loyal followings (SoulCycle, Flywheel,
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Spin studios have seriously loyal followings (SoulCycle, Flywheel, Peloton to name a few). So when a brand-new name enters the fray, it seems either foolhardy or bold. IMAXShift is the latter. As the name implies, IMAX is involved. For its first studio, it recruited leading industry instructors such as Jesse Alexander and Bree Branker and decked out an industrial space with a 40-foot-wide by 24-foot-high IMAX screen that displays hyper-real imagery, such as the solar system, with cinema-grade projection and sound technology. For those who need a distraction while they sweat, you can't beat that. $34/class; 127 Plymouth St., DUMBO, 718-858-1200, imaxshift.com

Best healthy restaurant: Springbone Kitchen

This Paleo restaurant (perfect for the CrossFit crowd)
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This Paleo restaurant (perfect for the CrossFit crowd) is, naturally, entirely gluten-free, as well as soy-free and almost entirely dairy-free. The bone broths are the main draw (which even inspired beef broth Popsicles over the summer), though sandwiches, rice bowls, zoodles and, for a treat, vegan ice cream are also on the menu. 90 W. Third St., 646-368-9191, springbone.com

Best juice: WellWell

The cold-pressed-juice market is getting pretty crowded. But
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The cold-pressed-juice market is getting pretty crowded. But WellWell has managed to stand out from the rest with its simple ingredients (including the on-trend watermelon), quick ubiquity in studios and stores and NYC cred -- The Meatball Shop's Michael Chernow is a co-founder. Last month, it open its first storefront, too, inside the SoHo Strength Lab space -- replacing another juice company, LuliTonix, which had replaced Juice Press. $5.99/bottle; 182 Mulberry St., drinkwellwell.com

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