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Vegan NYC | Best Restaurants, Food Tours, Hotels & More

Vegan NYC | Best Restaurants, Food Tours, Hotels & More

While we didn't get to many of the fully vegan restaurants during our short time in New York City, we were on a mission to eat all of the vegan versions of the fast food the city is famous for: pizza, bagels, donuts and ice cream, because why not? These were our highlights to eating our way through the Big Apple in just three days.

New York Vegan Food Tours

Vegan Eats in the East Village  – This walking tour offers a great overview of the many vegan options in the East Village, one of NYC’s prime locations for vegan food . The tour is suitable for vegans and non-vegans alike. We will sample at least five different foods, both savory and sweet.

Taste Brooklyn’s Global Vegan Food  – Get ready to taste the colorful and creative international flavors of the Brooklyn vegan food scene. This experience is for anyone who enjoys trying new foods, eating like a local and exploring global cuisines. Enjoy delicious five-course meal across five different, renowned vegan restaurants. Restaurants have been selected for their innovative vegan-friendly menus, unique origin stories & delectable dishes.

Vegan Food Crawl in Artsy Brooklyn  – Explore all the best places in the area to get the best vegan and vegetarian foods from all different ethnic cuisines. There are many options in Brooklyn. Tour secret locations in the Bushwick area and stop at three places to try local appetizer-sized tastes and drinks.

New York Vegan Restaurants

With multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, this long-established New York pizza franchise has several vegan options as well as some gluten free pizzas too. We visited the location in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, one of the oldest in the city. It's a brightly coloured and cosy little place, great for people watching. The vegan cheese was melty and satisfying and feels like a good deal given the location.

  • Address : 201 W 11th Street, Manhattan 10014
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Another place with multiple locations around Manhattan, this old-fashioned and not-at-all hipster bagel joint is a quintessential New York experience. With a mind-boggling array of bagels and spreads, almost all of which have a vegan option, it's perfect for a large snack or small meal. The tofu cream cheeses were so rich and creamy, I doubted for a moment if they were actually vegan! Everything is wrapped ready to take away, but at least at the location we visited on 3rd Avenue, you can sit inside and eat there without being bothered if you wish.

  • Address : 831 3rd Ave, Manhattan 10022

Vegan Divas

This minuscule café serves all vegan cakes, muffins and donuts. Mostly they do take away, but there are three tiny tables you can sit at although all drinks are served in paper cups regardless. The chocolate cupcake we had was moist and pleasant, and the donuts were fine: baked rather than fried, so not as greasy as I was hoping for! A decent option to satisfy your sweet tooth if you're passing by.

  • Address : 1437 1st Ave, Manhattan 10021

Right around the corner from where we stayed in Brooklyn, this place served as our breakfast stop more than once. With a nice range of bagels and a huge array of spreads and toppings, just ask for a recommendation to get something vegan: the friendly staff will happily help you out.

  • Address : 189 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn 11211
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Dun-Well Doughuts

We visited here twice in our short time in New York because well: doughnuts! There are like a million flavours (that might be an exaggeration) and they're all great. Perhaps a little sweeter than I was ready for, but still worth coming back for. On Wednesdays they have two-for-one on all doughnuts, so come hungry! They serve all the hot drinks you'd expect too as well as homemade milkshakes in the summer. Everything is vegan.

  • Address : 222 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn 11206

Vinnie's Pizzeria

With about a third of their options being vegan, this relaxed, homely place served giant slices generously filled with toppings. There are also tasty garlic dough balls for extra carbs and the staff are cute which definitely doesn't hurt. You can eat in or take away and it makes for a great quick and easy lunch stop.

  • Address : 148 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn 11211

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Dotted around the city with a few outlets and an ice cream truck, Van Leeuwen is relatively new on the New York ice cream scene. Their location in Brooklyn is tiny but cosy and has almost as many vegan as non-vegan flavours, thankfully none of which are sorbets! It's a little pricey, but portions are generous and the fully loaded sundaes are definitely worth it if you're feeling like indulging.

  • Address : 620 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn 11222

Vegan-Friendly Hotels in New York

Archer Hotel – This property is located near a variety of shops, vegan dining options and well-known attractions like the Empire State Building, The New Public Library and Times Square. The in-house restaurant, David Burke Restaurant, is a popular spot to enjoy a meal and they offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. Guests can also enjoy the rooftop terrace and the cosy lounge bar in the evening for a drink.

Recommended Hotels in New York

While not specifically vegan-friendly, this shortlist of our favorite hotels has been hand-selected to provide with a variety hotel options in the city to consider if you’re visiting New York.

Andaz 5 th  Ave  – boutique hotel across from the iconic New York Public Library. The spacious rooms feel like exclusive New York lofts, with 12-foot ceilings and plenty of natural light. The property has a restaurant, fitness center and spa onsite.

Hotel Beacon – the historic Hotel Beacon is in the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood and offers apartment-style rooms and two-bedroom suites. Stretch out, relax, and surround yourself with culture and experiences.

Incentra Village Hotel – Occupying two brownstone townhouses, this Greenwich Village hotel is a Victorian-style inn originally built in 1841 with a kitchenette provided in each room.

The GEM Hotel – boutique hotel located in Chelsea with a rooftop and fitness center. Walking distance to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.

There are many sites for apartment rentals including Airbnb and Vrbo. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment.

Vegan Events in New York

New York Vegan Shop Up – This is an awesome event in Bushwick Brooklyn called Vegan Shop-Up, an all vegan pop up market that happens monthly. At this market I tried my first vegan macaron, got lunch at an all-vegan Ethiopian food stand and pretty much just drooled everywhere. Bushwick is a pretty cool neighborhood. It’s got that industrial artsy vibe that happens when old warehouses get converted to artist studios and there is street art everywhere and quirky little housing. Bushwick has some cute cafes and food; the buildings are lower here, only a few stories and it doesn’t feel crowded at all. Inside there was everything from an all-vegan chocolatier called Lagusta’s Luscious to more cookies to raw vegan soups, to raw granola health food bites, to chai tea to a hot sauce stand.  The Cinnamon Snail, a famous vegan food truck in NYC, also came for a visit.  Below is a view of the event from the outside. There were a lot of stands inside and lots outside as well. This one was selling a vegan soul food plate with sautéed greens and a vegan mac-n-cheese that looked awesome. The vendors are always changing so the excitement and number of things to eat is pretty much endless…and all vegan!

Line of people waiting for food at the Cinnamon Snail Food Truck in NYC

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  • Orchard Grocer, 78 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA The tour ends at Orchard Grocer, close to numerous subway lines
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
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More New York restaurant owners are turning their attention to vegan and vegetarian dining, whether or not they subscribe to meatless diets themselves. The city’s vegan restaurant scene has changed, and several longtime establishments have closed. Still, there’s never been a better time to find delicious meals that don’t rely on meat and dairy. From fast-casual burger joints to top-notch dim sum, there’s something for everyone at these knockout vegan and vegetarian restaurants.

Fat Choy closed its Lower East Side restaurant in 2022, despite  positive   reviews  from the city’s food critics. Last year, it got a second chance in Englewood, New Jersey, of all places, now with additional seating and more of a full-service premise. Chef Justin Lee, the restaurant’s owner, teamed up with a Bluestone Lane operator for the revival. The menu has continued with its modern Chinese American vegan focus (kung pao tots, spring rolls with Rueben sauce, mushroom rice noodles) and landed on the New York Times ’ best restaurants list for 2023.

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Temple Canteen

Serving South Indian vegetarian fare since 1993, the Ganesh Temple menu is aimed at worshippers, but everyone is made welcome (the entrance is around the corner on Holly Avenue). Consult the posted menu for specials, and order chaats, dosas, uttapams, idlis, and rice dishes at the counter. Tiffins feature small versions of signature dishes; red onion sambar vada (savory donuts), and mirchi bajji (deep fried chiles). 


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HAGS had a stutter step when it opened last fall: a long-anticipated opening that got thwarted a few weeks in by necessary repairs. Now the restaurant, queering fine dining, is back in full force, serving a six-course tasting menu that’s all-vegan and as thoughtful as any other high-tier restaurant’s meat experiences.

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Classic Sichuan dishes get the vegan treatment at Spicy Moon, a cozy space tucked away on the East Village’s buzzing Sixth Street. (There’s an additional location in the West Village, as well.) Options include General Tso’s mushroom and vegetable wontons in chile oil, with bigger plates featuring vegetables, tofu, eggplant, or potato in dry pepper, dry pot, and kung pao styles.

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Superiority Burger

Superiority Burger drew legions of fans when it opened a tiny takeout spot on East Ninth Street. Last year, the restaurant relocated to bigger digs in the former home of Odessa Diner. Owner Brooks Headley has continued to sell vegetarian fare, some vegan, only now the menu and seating are much more extensive. The terrific food, desserts, and atmosphere made it Eater NY’s “restaurant of the year” for 2023.

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Amanda Cohen has been at the forefront of experimental, playful vegetarian, and vegan fine dining in New York City for well over a decade (long before the Eleven Madison Park team tried their hands at it). The chef has been a pioneer in her creative use of ingredients, but she’s also helped lead conversations about fairer wages for workers. A tasting menu is priced at $105, with the additional option for a beverage pairing.

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Continuing the long history of Chinese mock meats , there are dozens of kosher and vegan dim sum options at this Chinatown stalwart. Popular dishes include fried turnip cake, steamed “pork” buns, “shrimp” dumplings, and more juicy delights. Make sure to bring friends so you can try a little bit of everything.

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Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village

Hidden within the culinary landscape of New York City’s East Village lies an extraordinary adventure for those seeking a plant-powered culinary journey. Prepare to embark on a Vegan Food Tour that will tantalize your taste buds and open your eyes to the vibrant vegan scene in this iconic neighborhood.

Led by knowledgeable guides, this tour unveils an array of mouthwatering options that showcase the creativity and flavor of plant-based cuisine. But that’s just the beginning – there’s so much more to discover.

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Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - Good To Know

  • The Vegan Food Tour in East Village offers a unique and innovative vegan dining experience.
  • The East Village is a haven for food lovers, offering diverse and delicious vegan options.
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The Vegan Food Tour in East Village NYC offers an array of captivating highlights that will entice both vegans and non-vegans alike.

One of the key highlights of this tour is the unique vegan food tour experience it provides. Travelers have raved about the diverse and delicious food options they encountered throughout the tour. From mouthwatering plant-based burgers to delectable vegan desserts, participants have been delighted by the culinary offerings.

Along With the incredible food, the tour also includes knowledgeable and passionate guides who provide fascinating insights into the vegan food scene in East Village. Traveler testimonials have praised the guides for their enthusiasm and wealth of information.

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just curious to explore the vegan food scene, this tour promises an unforgettable experience.

Vegan Food Options

Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - Vegan Food Options

As travelers continue on the Vegan Food Tour in East Village NYC, they’re introduced to an exciting array of delectable vegan food options that will leave their taste buds craving for more.

From innovative vegan recipes to plant-based cuisine, this tour showcases the best that the East Village has to offer for vegan foodies.

Travelers can savor mouthwatering dishes such as vegan sushi rolls, creamy plant-based pasta , and flavorful vegan burgers. They can also indulge in delectable vegan desserts like dairy-free ice cream and decadent vegan chocolate cake.

Each stop on the tour provides a unique dining experience that highlights the creativity and deliciousness of vegan cuisine.

Whether you’re a long-time vegan or simply curious about plant-based eating, this tour is sure to impress with its diverse and tantalizing vegan food options.

East Village Eateries

Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - East Village Eateries

With a vibrant culinary scene that caters to all dietary preferences, East Village in NYC is a haven for food lovers seeking a diverse range of vegan eateries. As part of a vegan food tour, visitors can explore the popular restaurants in the area that offer delicious plant-based options.

One such restaurant is XYZ Vegan Kitchen, known for its innovative dishes such as jackfruit tacos and beetroot burgers.

Another must-visit spot is Green Leaf Vegan, which offers a wide array of vegan Vietnamese dishes like pho and banh mi.

For those craving some vegan comfort food, Champs Diner is a go-to destination, serving up mouthwatering vegan versions of classic American dishes like pancakes and burgers.

With so many incredible options to choose from, East Village truly is a vegan food lover’s paradise.

Cultural Experiences

Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - Cultural Experiences

What unique cultural experiences can visitors expect to encounter during their time in the vibrant East Village of NYC?

Local Customs : The East Village is known for its diverse and artistic community, and visitors can enjoy the local customs and traditions that make this neighborhood so special. From street art and live performances to unique fashion trends, the East Village offers a glimpse into the creative spirit of New York City.

Plant-Based Cuisine : As the hub of vegan and vegetarian dining in the city, the East Village is a food lover ‘s paradise. Visitors can indulge in a variety of plant-based dishes that showcase the creativity and innovation of the neighborhood’s chefs. From vegan sushi and dairy-free ice cream to mouthwatering burgers made from plant-based ingredients, the East Village offers a wide range of delicious and cruelty-free options.

Cultural Festivals : Throughout the year, the East Village hosts a number of cultural festivals that celebrate the diversity of the community. Visitors can join in the festivities and experience the vibrant energy of events like the Howl! Festival, which showcases local artists, musicians , and performers. These festivals provide a unique opportunity to connect with the artistic and cultural heritage of the neighborhood.

Historic Landmarks : The East Village is also home to several historic landmarks that offer a glimpse into the neighborhood’s rich history. Visitors can explore iconic sites like the Ukrainian Museum, which showcases Ukrainian art and culture, or visit St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, one of the oldest churches in Manhattan. These landmarks provide a deeper understanding of the East Village’s cultural heritage and its significance in shaping the city’s identity.

In the vibrant East Village of NYC, visitors can expect to encounter a range of unique cultural experiences, from exploring local customs and indulging in plant-based cuisine to participating in cultural festivals and visiting historic landmarks. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a food lover, or a history buff, the East Village offers something for all, making it a must-visit destination for cultural exploration.

Historical Landmarks

Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - Historical Landmarks

The East Village of NYC is adorned with a stack of historical landmarks that transport visitors back in time and provide a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the neighborhood.

As you embark on a Vegan Food Tour in the East Village, you’ll not only indulge in delicious plant-based cuisine but also discover the fascinating history that surrounds you.

From the iconic St. Mark’s Place, known for its punk rock scene in the 1970s, to the historic Ukrainian National Home, which has been a cultural hub for the Ukrainian community since 1895, each stop on the tour offers a unique insight into the past.

As you walk the streets, you’ll feel the echoes of the neighborhood’s vibrant history, making your culinary adventure even more memorable.

Local Recommendations

Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - Local Recommendations

For those looking to explore the best local spots in the East Village, there are plenty of vegan recommendations that will satisfy any food lover’s cravings. Here are some must-visit places for vegan enthusiasts:

Vegan Grocery Stores : The East Village is home to several vegan grocery stores, where you can find a wide variety of plant-based products and ingredients. Make sure to check out shops like Orchard Grocer and East Village Organic for all your vegan shopping needs.

Vegan-Friendly Accommodation : If you’re planning to stay in the East Village, you’ll be happy to know that there are many vegan-friendly accommodation options available. From hotels that offer vegan breakfast options to Airbnb rentals with fully equipped kitchens, you’ll have no trouble finding a place that caters to your dietary preferences.

Avant Garden : This popular vegan restaurant in the East Village is known for its creative and flavorful plant-based dishes. From their cauliflower steak to their mushroom tartare, Avant Garden offers a unique dining experience that will impress even the most discerning foodies.

Dun-Well Doughnuts : No food tour is complete without a sweet treat, and Dun-Well Doughnuts is the place to go for delicious vegan doughnuts. With a rotating menu of flavors like raspberry pistachio and maple bacon, you’ll be spoiled for choice at this vegan bakery.

With these local recommendations, you can experience the best of the vegan food scene in the East Village while satisfying your taste buds and supporting businesses that cater to your dietary preferences.

Expert Guides

Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - Expert Guides

When it comes to exploring the vegan food scene in the East Village, expert guides can take your culinary journey to the next level. These knowledgeable guides have a deep understanding of the local vegan cuisine and can provide valuable insights into the best restaurants, cafes , and food markets in the area.

They can also recommend vegan cooking classes where you can learn to create delicious plant-based meals at home. Expert guides are passionate about sustainable dining and can introduce you to restaurants that prioritize organic, locally sourced ingredients and eco-friendly practices.

They can help you navigate the diverse range of vegan options available in the East Village, ensuring that you have a memorable and satisfying dining experience. With their expertise, you can truly learn about the vibrant and delicious world of vegan food in this bustling neighborhood.

Booking and Contact Information

Vegan Food Tour in New York Citys East Village - Booking and Contact Information

To book your spot on the Vegan Food tour and get in touch with the organizers, simply visit the Viator website or contact their helpful support team.

Here’s what you need to know:

Tour Availability : The Vegan Food tour in New York City’s East Village is available on select dates throughout the year. Be sure to check the Viator website for the most up-to-date availability.

Customer Testimonials : Previous participants have raved about their experience on the Vegan Food tour. With an overall rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews, you can trust that this tour is top-notch. Read the customer testimonials to get a sense of what to expect and hear directly from those who’ve already enjoyed the tour.

Assistance and Support : If you have any questions or need assistance with booking or tour details, Viator’s helpful support team is available to assist you. Visit the Viator Help Center or contact their support team for any inquiries related to the Vegan Food tour.

Pricing : The tour price starts at A$239.79 and may vary depending on additional options or upgrades. Rest assured that the cost includes all necessary fees and taxes, providing transparency for potential travelers.

Don’t miss out on this amazing Vegan Food tour experience in the heart of New York City’s East Village. Book your spot today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average duration of the vegan food tour in new york city’s east village.

The average duration of the vegan food tour in New York City’s East Village is approximately 3 hours. It caters to various dietary restrictions, providing a delightful culinary experience for vegans and those seeking plant-based options.

Are the Food Options on the Tour Suitable for People With Dietary Restrictions Other Than Veganism?

Yes, the food options on the tour are suitable for people with dietary restrictions other than veganism. They offer vegetarian alternatives and allergen-friendly options to accommodate a variety of dietary needs.

Do the East Village Eateries on the Tour Offer Options for Gluten-Free or Soy-Free Diets?

Yes, the east village eateries on the tour offer vegan options for gluten-free and soy-free diets. Travelers with dietary restrictions can enjoy delicious food while exploring the vibrant food scene of the East Village.

Are There Any Specific Cultural Experiences Included in the Vegan Food Tour?

The Vegan Food Tour in New York City’s East Village offers a variety of cultural experiences, showcasing the area’s cultural diversity and traditional recipes . Travelers can enjoy the vibrant food scene while enjoying delicious vegan options.

Are There Any Historical Landmarks or Significant Sites Visited During the Tour in the East Village?

The Vegan Food Tour in New York City’s East Village takes travelers to explore historical landmarks and significant sites in the area. It offers a unique opportunity to learn about the rich history of the neighborhood while enjoying delicious vegan cuisine.

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Vegan Restaurants in NYC: 15 Essential Spots

Remember when the very utterance of the word “vegan” would induce eyerolls and sighs among everyone at the table? Or when explicitly vegan and vegetarian restaurants were limited to words “Earth,” “Peace,” or “Buddha” in the name?     

Being a vegan is no longer marginalizing. After all, New York City mayor Eric Adams is a proud vegan. So is Bill Clinton, Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Madonna, RZA, and Stevie Wonder. Even Prince was a vegan.   

Bagels with carrot lox and vegan cream cheese garnished with fresh herbs

Dirt Candy, the first sophisticated vegetarian restaurant in New York City , opened in 2008. It tempted carnivores. It still does today. And since then, a slew of other plant-based eateries have opened up, giving the New York City dining scene a legion of sophisticated vegan and vegetarian restaurant options.

In the 2020s, vegan dining is no longer limited to “hippie” or college towns like Asheville, Boulder, and Santa Cruz, CA.  Here are the 15 best vegan restaurants in NYC.   

Located at ABC Carpet & Home, Alsatian super chef Jean-Georges Vongrichten’s plant-based eatery is an excellent spot even for staunch carnivores. The menu isn’t strictly vegan, as some dairy pops up here and there. The Flatiron restaurant crosses borders serving up excellent mint-laced hummus, veg-filled dosas, and a pasta ragu made with mushrooms and walnuts.    

Overhead shot of green hummus garnished with a single leaf with a small plate of cut-up veggies in the background.

Aunts et Uncles  

Located in the heart of Little Caribbean in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens, this vegan spot made it onto many New York restaurant critics’ “best new restaurants of 2021” list. And for good reason.  

The sweet potato porridge is worth the trek. So is the mashed green plantain mofongo.  The menu doesn’t just stick to the Caribbean, as there are faux lobster rolls and tacos too.   

Light brown sauce being poured over three small vegan tacos

Avant Garden  

Vegetarian and vegan restaurants don’t have to have punny names. But sometimes they do. As is the case with this East Village spot.     

You won’t find any imitation meat on the menu here. There’s no pretending at Avant Garden . It’s straight up vegan fare and it’s done well.    

The veg fare is presented in that fancy, somewhat minimalist way—like a place you’d take your parents to show them you’re all grown up now.     

The Amharic word for “coffee,” Bunna is no ordinary Ethiopian coffee shop. This Bushwick vegan restaurant is one of the best Ethiopian eateries in the city.   

First timers should get the Feast: seven different items, all laid out in front of you on a platter of injera , the spongy bread that is ubiquitous in Ethiopia. And yes, there is plenty of excellent Ethiopian coffee here for an after-meal pick me up.   

Platter of vegan Ethiopian food with rolled up flatbreads, vegetables, and beans

The Butcher’s Daughter  

Cute name for a vegetarian restaurant. With locations in the West Village , Nolita, and Williamsburg, The Butcher’s Daughter is not too far from anyone.   

The eatery serves up admirable takes on pesto pastas, pad Thai, and even carbonara using zucchini noodles and cauliflower pizza for vegans who are also gluten-avoiders too.   

Bar area of a restaurant with large windows and plants hanging overhead

Vegan soul/Southern food? Yep.  

This über-popular East Village eatery is helmed by chef Shenarri Freeman, who serves up instant non-meat/non-dairy classics like black-eyed pea garlic pancakes, Southern fried lasagna, and smoked grits. This is just good food that happens to be vegan.   

Délice & Sarrasin  

Located on Christopher Street in the West Village, it’s somehow easy to stroll by this jewel-box-sized spot and not notice it. That would be a mistake.     

The Gallic-accented eatery makes incredible vegan-friendly crepes that are great any time of day. They have also expanded the menu to serve vegan takes on French classics like coq au vin, coquilles St. Jacques, and boeuf bourguignon.   

Overhead shot of crepes topped with sliced strawberries and bananas

Dirt Candy  

Chef Amanda Cohen’s Lower East Side eatery seems like the root that helped blossom the dynamic vegan and vegetarian dining scene in New York City.    

Cohen has a real talent for being able to coax out the flavor of anything that grows from the earth. Vegetables here are treated like A-list celebrities.  The menu changes seasonally and, at the moment, it’s prix fixe only—$90 for a five-course tasting menu (an extra $50 if you want wine).   

Thin wafer topped with portobello mushroom mousse and peach fennel compote.

Eleven Madison Park  

The vegan cause was sent swooning when Swiss-born superchef Daniel Humm announced that his über-lauded fine dining restaurant Eleven Madison Park would go totally vegan. And thus, it became the most expensive and the most heralded plant-based eatery on the planet. Ten courses will set you back about $335 (before wine), but it might be the most exquisite vegan fare you’ll ever treat your taste buds to.   

Modern presentation of poached pear dessert with pear sorbet on a white plate

The food offerings at 12-seat Lower East Side Fat Choy is so good that staunch carnivores wouldn’t miss meat for a second. They might not even think about the lack of animal protein in their meal.   

This vegan Chinese restaurant has a short menu, so bring a few friends and order pretty much everything. It’s all good, including the buddingly legendary fried scallion-topped rice rolls.   

Govinda’s Vegetarian Lunch  

Everywhere from Prague to Rome to, well, India, there’s a Govinda restaurant. Owned and operated by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, otherwise known as the Hare Krishnas, this Downtown Brooklyn vegan restaurant ( 305 Schermerhorn St. ) is in the windowless basement below a Hare Krishna temple.     

The very affordable food is vaguely Indian and comes on orange plastic trays. Each day there are various offerings: pick at least three and then graze your way to culinary enlightenment.   

Two small bowls of white rice and two dishes with cauliflower in a brown sauce, all garnished with herbs

It’s kind of hard to imagine eating Mexican cuisine without cheese. Then again, vegan cheese technology has come a long way since the ‘90s when it was un-melt-able and flavorless. Enter Jajaja (pronounced HaHaHa), a vegan Mex spot with locations in Two Bridges, Hudson Yards, Williamsburg and the West Village.   

The nachos here are excellent and slathered in that (very good) fake cheese, plus there are satisfying takes on chiles rellenos and variations on the theme of tacos.   

Chiles rellenos served with Mexican salsa and fresh cilantro

Head to the southwest corner of Washington Square Park around lunch time during weekdays and you’ll be met with a 50-person line. It all leads to Thuri Kumar and his legendary and lauded dosa cart .   

This Sri Lankan dosa slinger whips up some of the best south Indian crepes outside of India. He’s become an iconic fixture in the park. Grab a dosa, park yourself on a bench, and commence your feast.  And it’s all meat and dairy free.   

Vegetable-filled dosas on a white styrofoam tray

Seitan’s Helper  

Join the vegan cult at this awesomely named Bushwick vegan deli. Seitan’s Helper doesn’t necessarily worship seitan, the popular meat substitute, but expect to find it in its hedonistic sandwiches and wraps.  

Veggie and faux meat-stuffed sandwiches include the huge Monstrosity, loaded with “ham,” “salami,” and “mozzarella.” It’s devilishly good.   

Superiority Burger  

Former punk rock drummer Brooks Headley was the pastry chef at erstwhile upscale Del Posto and then left his post to open this vegan burger place ( 119 Avenue A ) in the East Village. It has caused a sensation, even among animal eaters, since day one.

It’s not just the burgers here that are great—various sides, like the burnt-broccoli salad, are fantastic. Easily one of the best vegan restaurants in NYC.  

Vegan burger with guacamole and vegetables

Craving something sweet? Make sure to check out the best vegan bakeries in NYC !

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David Farley is a West Village-based food and travel writer whose work appears regularly in the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC, and Food & Wine, among other publications. He’s the author of three books, including “An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town,” which was made into a documentary by the National Geographic Channel. You can find Farley’s online homes here and here .  

The Official Vegan Guide to New York City

Jeremy Lehrer 08/13/2018

Rawsome Treats, pie

Courtesy, Rawsome Treats

NYC has long been a culinary capital and a place where people of all gastronomic enthusiasms come to feel at home. So it makes sense that the five boroughs are on the cutting edge of vegan food. Plant foodies have a wealth of options in the City—including gourmet eats, slice-pizza spots, high-concept Japanese and vegan ice cream. It’s all vegetable based, and it’s all delicious.

Places like Modern Love and  Toad Style turn out bold, rich flavors, defying any lingering stereotype that vegan food is for ascetics satisfied by bland blocks of tofu. The City’s vegan destinations also have multiethnic flair; you’ll find Ethiopian ,  Mexican ,  Korean ,  Chinese  and Polynesian options, for a start. Here’s our guide to the top vegan restaurants in NYC.

Candle 79. Photo: Jen Mazer

Candle 79. Photo: Jen Mazer

Back when one could scarcely imagine White Castle serving vegan burgers , eateries like Caravan of Dreams and Candle Café showed the delicious possibilities of meat-free fare. Caravan of Dreams , an East Village standby that opened in 1991, delivers tasty organic food in a cozy environment—complete with live music. The menu includes raw selections.

Candle Café  (which also has a fancier offshoot, Candle 79 ,as well as a westside location, Café Candle West) has been a vegetarian destination since 1994. Healthy-eating advocates Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson started the restaurants in hopes of awakening diners to the pleasures and benefits of vegan food; more than two decades later, dishes like avocado tartare, Mexican lasagna and the Cajun seitan sandwich convincingly make the case.

Dirt Candy. Photo: Evan Sung

Dirt Candy. Photo: Evan Sung

Modern Love , started by vegan star chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz, has a casual air that belies the remarkable handiwork of its kitchen staff; the standout flavors are evident throughout the meal, from appetizers (Korean BBQ cauliflower wings, cashew mozzarella Caprese) to mains (chickpea parmesan and hen of the woods piccata) to dessert (the incomparable brownie with peanut butter cookie dough ice cream).

With its elegant interior design, the Michelin-starred Nix  is ideal for a date night or special occasion. The venue’s aesthetic comes through in its thoughtfully crafted food, plated in ikebana-like arrangements. At the remarkable Dirt Candy , chef Amanda Cohen prepares sublime dishes (not all of them vegan) from humble vegetables and legumes; HanGawi  offers vegan gourmet Korean food in a rustic, neo-monastic setting.

Courtesy, Jajaja

Courtesy, Jajaja

Let’s Do Brunch!

The piquant dishes and lively atmosphere of Jajaja make it a great spot for a weekend brunch. Vegans, omnivores and those in between can enjoy the restaurant’s stunning plant-based reinventions of Mexican classics sans cheese and meat—including beet and pumpkin empanadas, chimichurri eggplant tortas and all manner of imaginative taco fillings.

Champs Diner , in Williamsburg, has the encyclopedic menu you’d expect from a diner—with only plant-based ingredients. They serve croque madames, breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy and cures for common weekend ailments (the “Hungover Hippie,” for example). Plus, there are several varieties of pancakes, sundaes and shakes.

Courtesy, Toad Style

Courtesy, Toad Style

Comfort Food

In the warm ambiance of Peacefood Café , which has locations in Union Square and on the Upper West Side, you can satisfy vegan cravings with a salad, sandwich or something heartier—like a Thai green curry or breaded “un-chicken” with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. The chickpea fries are a must. 

There’s more of a party vibe at Toad Style , befitting a paradise of soy-free vegan food. Virtually every sandwich  ingredient here is house-made, right down to the pickles and condiments.

LuAnne’s Wild Ginger  has four locations that serve up meatless variations of Asian fare, while Chinatown eatery Buddha Bodai  offers plentiful dim sum selections and mock meat dishes incorporating vegan lamb, chicken, beef and even prawn.

By Chloe. Photo: Mikey Pozarik

By Chloe. Photo: Mikey Pozarik

When it opened in Greenwich Village in 2015, vegan fast-food restaurant By Chloe — now with five city locations and more on the way—tapped into a vein of enthusiasm for plant-based patties: its guac burgers are made with black beans, quinoa and sweet potatoes; classic burgers get their heft from tempeh, lentils, chia seeds and walnuts.

In the East Village, Superiority Burger  serves its eponymous plant-based burger alongside inventive dishes made from farmers’ finds—and the “tofu fried tofu” (aka TFT), lauded by Eater as one of NYC’s “ Best Chicken Sandwiches .”

Courtesy, Screamers Pizzeria

Courtesy, Screamers Pizzeria

If NYC held a vegan prom, Matthew Kenney would be voted king. A serial culinary entrepreneur, Kenney launched vegan pizza joint Double Zero  in 2016. He tops his medium-crust pies with dollops of remarkable, dairy-less nut cheeses, cauliflower, artichoke, wild mushrooms and baby kale. The tiramisu dessert is incredible.

Greenpoint-based Screamer’s Pizzeria , a more casual option, serves by the slice. Cheeses include the house-made almond-based parmesan, soy-based Numu  and Violife—an option free of nuts, soy and gluten. Screamer’s Instagram feed  is a mouthwatering showcase of what’s possible.

Courtesy, Divya's Kitchen

Courtesy, Divya's Kitchen

Some of the City’s vegan restaurants emphasize the spiritual side of plant-based eating. Divya’s Kitchen , located on the bottom floor of a Hare Krishna center in the East Village, offers Ayurveda-inspired culinary classics like excellently spiced khichari (lentil stew) and a vegetable curry, all meant to help diners achieve mental, physical and spiritual balance. Govinda’s Vegetarian Lunch  has long been a weekday pilgrimage site in downtown Brooklyn for its superb South Asian vegetarian lunches, which include vegan options.

In the basement of a Hindu temple in Flushing, Queens, Temple Canteen  serves authentic South Indian dosas, sambar and mango lassis. Vegans should just be sure to request that their dish does not have ghee. The sublime Katjitsu  doles out set-menu meals inspired by the cuisine of Japanese Zen Buddhists.

Courtesy, Rawsome Treats

NYC’s vegan dessert offerings are every bit as sweet, creamy, and rich as their conventional counterparts. For confirmation, visit Rawsome Treats , where the velvety delicacies are all raw; Erin McKenna’s Bakery , named for the dairy- and gluten-free grande dame of the vegan dessert world; and Sweets by Chloe , an offshoot of the similarly named vegan fast-food eatery. If you want vegan ice cream, Van Leeuwen  has numerous options, as do Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream  and Park Slope’s L'Albero dei Gelati  (all of them serve dairy ice cream, too); select outposts of Juice Press  dispense a summery vegan soft serve made from superfoods.

But Wait, There’s More

Even if you’re not at a fully vegan or vegetarian spot, you can’t throw a chickpea in NYC without hitting a restaurant that has excellent vegan options. There is superb hummus and falafel at Middle Eastern eateries like Mamoun’s ,  Taim  and Maoz . Take-out veggie-centric faves Sweetgreen  and Dig Inn  have numerous locations around the City.

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14 Amazing Spots in NYC for Vegan Brunch or Breakfast

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The scent of sweet of maple syrup and freshly brewed coffee are enough to get just about anyone out of bed for breakfast or brunch! Whether you have a full day of exploration planned or are just enjoying a day of Netflix and Chill, a triple stack of blueberry pancakes covered in rich maple syrup is sure to hit the spot, right!?

Even though it’s the most important meal of the day, finding vegan breakfast and brunch spots isn’t always easy — that is unless you’re in the vegan haven, New York City !

Whether you’re looking for a boozy brunch or a savory scramble with all the fixin’s, don’t miss these NYC vegan brunch and breakfast spots (with gluten-free options) the next time you’re in town.

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Where To Find Vegan Breakfast Options in NYC

Multiple locations in Lower East Side, West Village, Hudson Yards, & Williamsburg Interested in a boozy vegan brunch in NYC? Look no further than Jajaja! This Mexican-inspired eatery has a full lineup of delicious signature cocktails like Sangria Spritz or Matcha y Coconut!

If you’d rather start your day on a lighter, booze-free note, don’t miss their traditional almond horchata—the creamy cinnamon concoction will put a pep in your step. Their all-day brunch menu is small but mighty, featuring hearty Breaky Burritos (filled with sausage, guac, coconut queso, and beans), Pappa con Huevos, or get a little stack of Choco Dulce pancakes topped with maple butter, orange peel, and toasted almonds!

# 2 Terms of Endearment

135 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249 Get ready for a jaw-dropping assortment of pastries. These little works of art are light, flaky, and buttery — everything you could want in a vegan pastry and more!

Their menu reads more like a bucket list of tantalizing creations that you must try before you die. I mean how do you choose between a traditional Fig & Prosciutto (house-made jam, prosciutto, greens, and cream cheese on a flaky croissant) or The Maple (Just Egg, BE-HIVE sausage, cheddar, greens, and maple aioli on house-made focaccia)? I don’t think you do!

Treat ‘yo self with multiple epic pastries, because trust me, you’re not going to find these anywhere else! And, don’t miss their sweet and creamy maple latte to wash it all down!

terms of endearment NYC vegan croissant sandwich overlooking brooklyn bridge

#3 The Butcher’s Daughter

Locations in West Village & Williamsburg The beachy California vibes at this vegetarian café create a Zen-like atmosphere to put you in the perfect headspace to start the day. Kick back and relax with a Seven Minutes in Heaven smoothie (coconut, dates, almond butter, almond milk, + a special energy and vitality boost) and then carb up with a stack of gluten-free and vegan Butcher’s Pancakes topped with candied walnuts and bananas.

If you’re feeling like you need an antioxidant boost, check out their lineup of cold-pressed juices — the 13 Goddesses of Green always hits the nutrient boost spot (kale, cucumber, green apple, fennel, pineapple, thyme, and spirulina)! There is so much to love here, it’s good that there are two convenient locations!

butchers daughter vegan tofu scramble brunch

#4 Urban Vegan Kitchen

41 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 This funky little vegan café proudly proclaims, “I once was blind, now I’m vegan,” along with loads of other fun sayings that create their playful vibe that carries into their food. Their menu is filled with so many quirky things, I mean who doesn’t want a Rich Boy (popcorn fried seitan, Old Bay seasoning, marinated kale, avocado, house-made remoulade, and more)!?

Their brunch lineup is just as fun and delicious — golden Belgian waffles covered in maple syrup, fully loaded breakfast sandwiches with crispy tofu, shitake bacon, and hollandaise aioli, or a savory tofu scramble. They’re also known for their irresistible cocktails—you can’t leave without a sweet Marquito—this Puerto Rican coconut eggnog is delicious year-round!

two vegan breakfast tacos with tofu scramble and a creamy sauce on a white plate at urban vegan kitchen in NYC

#5 PS Kitchen

246 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036 Sophistication is key at this chic little spot just outside of the hustle and bustle of Time’s Square. Sadly, brunch is only served on the weekends, but it is well worth the wait!

This is the perfect spot to meet up with friends and catch up over a plate of Tuscan Toast (sourdough toast topped with house-made tofu ricotta, sun-dried tomato pesto, a sweet balsamic reduction, and much more) or go sweet with their delicious French toast topped with strawberries and blueberry compote. Their brunch menu is small, but what it lacks in size it makes up in flavor! 

PS Kitchen vegan french toast with berry compote

#6 Delice & Sarrasin

178 W Houston St, New York, NY 10014 Ooh, la, la! The authentic French cuisine at this charming family-owned café will transport you to the streets of Paris. Even if you can’t make it there for brunch (you really should try very hard, trust me), make sure you pop in just to enjoy a cappuccino with their house-made orange crème Brulee!

For brunch, you will be in awe of their amazing lineup of delicious crepes from the Leonardo De Vinci (French Ratatouille with house-made cashew cheese) or the sweet kiss of La Suzette (Crepe flambé with orange, lemon, sugar, cashew butter, and Grand Mariner). And, if you’re not interested in an authentic French crepe (how could you not be?), check out their cleverly concocted scrambled eggs with a crumbled crab cake, sautéed spinach, and avocado—these guys are amazing in the kitchen!

Whether you’re craving something savory or sweet, they will have just the thing to hit the spot! One last note, all of the crepes, can be made gluten-free too!

Delice & Sarrasin NYC Vegan crepe with dark chocolate and bananas

#7 PLANTA Queen | NoMad

15 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001 Every Saturday and Sunday, this chic spot serves up a small but mighty brunch menu alongside bottomless mimosas and sake sangria — is there a better combo?! The vegan brunch menu features some of their signature Asian flair with dishes like XO Mazeman (noodles with snow pea shoots, egg, and XO sauce), or go for traditional American brunchy faves like a giant cinnamon bun covered with sweet chai icing or golden banana waffles topped with toasted peanuts!

There are no wrong decisions when you dine at PLANTA! One excellent side note, the restaurant chain is expanding in NYC! Keep your eyes peeled for locations in Soho and Williamsburg.

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#8 Modern Love  

317 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 When you’re in Brooklyn on the weekend, you can’t skip visiting Modern Love. This vegan café has cornered the market on classic comfort food that you’ll dream about long after you’ve left!

Their brunch menu features house-made buttermylk waffles, crispy oyster shrooms and grits, and their famous Mac & Shews bowls! Along with an irresistible lineup of food, they also have a full bar serving up specialty cocktails (don’t miss the rosé mimosas), spiked mylk shakes, and coffee.

a giant white plate fille with golden vegan waffles, tofu scramble, crispy potatoes and sausage at modern love in brooklyn

#9 Ladybird

111 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009 If you’re looking for somewhere special to enjoy a weekend vegan brunch feast, look no further than Ladybird. Once you settle into their plush booths and see their mouthwatering lineup of beautiful food, you might not want to leave!

Their brunch menu features classic favorites amped up like Matcha waffles covered in blueberry compote, decadent French toast made with Challah and custard, or bacon, egg, and cheese on steamed bao buns. You’ll also want to pair your delicious meal with one of their fantastic cocktails; may I suggest a Ladybird Reunion (Lillet rosé with rose, lemon, basil simple syrup, passionfruit, and Tiki bitters)?

a stack of golden vegan french toast covered in a dusting of white powdered sugar at ladybird in nyc

#10 Blossom  

507 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024 This innovative vegan restaurant is known for its refined and stylish fare, which includes a special weekend brunch! Every Saturday and Sunday, diners flock here to enjoy savory tofu Florentine, huevos rancheros, or sweet stacks of fluffy pancakes.

In addition to being fully vegan, this restaurant is also ready to please gluten-free and nut-free guests! While waiting for that stack of irresistible pancakes, don’t forget to order a Bellini!

two vegan fig and balsamic toasts on a black slate plate at blossoms in nyc

#11 Caravan of Dreams

405 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009 One last weekend brunch spot to round out this list! This organic, vegan restaurant is also Kosher and offers a prix fixe brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday, that includes a main dish, salad, juice, and coffee or tea.

Their entrée options include hearty breakfast burritos stuffed with purple potatoes and smoked tofu to golden berry pancakes topped with a grilled banana! If you don’t want to do the prix fixe option, all of their brunch entrées are also available a la carte. This spot is also very gluten-free friendly! 

a person holding two white plates one with a stack of berry pancakes and the other a vegan burrito at caravan of dreams in nyc

#12 Vegan Grill

Multiple locations throughout NYC This fast-casual vegan spot knows how to make a stellar breakfast menu! When you’re craving something fried or drenched in maple syrup, come here! Their menu includes everyone’s breakfast favorites — stacks of golden pancakes, thick slices of sourdough French toast, hearty breakfast burrito, and much more! No matter what you choose, make sure you add on a side of hashbrowns and vegan sunny side up eggs — that’s not a typo!

#13 Ras Plant-Based

739 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 When you’re looking for a flavor party on a Saturday or Sunday morning, there is no better place to go in Brooklyn than Ras! This vegan Ethiopian restaurant is helping people get their day started with some “very traditional” Ethiopian dishes and some that are “kinda not.”

For a first visit, you can’t skip over their traditional lineup. All of the dishes are unlike any other brunch dish you’ll find in NYC — jackfruit kitfo, enkulal firfir, and more! Once you’ve sampled at least one traditional dish then you’ve got to check out the “kinda not” section. It’s full of all the traditional things you could want to get your day going — thick-cut French toast, Ethiopian-style loaded burritos, and more!

vegan brunch spread with a plate of thick cut french toast, french fries, boozy drinks, and salad at ras plant based in brooklyn

#14 Ro’s Diner

197 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 The Brooklyn vegan community mourned when the kind of vegan comfort food, Champs closed at the beginning of 2023, but what we didn’t know was it would soon re-open as Ro’s!

Inside this little diner, guests pack in for a hearty dose of vegan comfort food. Your taste buds will faint at the sight of their thick-cut French toast covered in whipped cream, giant waffle sandos, and buckets (seriously, buckets) of fluffy pancakes. This is the place to start out your day big — forget diets and calorie counts, just enjoy! 

vegan waffle breakfast sandwich with fried chicken and two golden hashbrowns at ro's diner in NYC

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NYC Hotels with Vegan-Friendly Breakfast Options

If you don’t have time to make it to one of those fantastic vegan cafes, don’t fret! These NYC vegan-friendly hotels have options on their breakfast menus to help you get fueled and out the door.

231 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013 Start your day with a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich, acai bowl, or overnight oats at this trendy Soho hotel. If you’re looking for snacks, they’ve got those too, just check out their onsite bodega. One other bonus, this spot is also eco-friendly!

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 A stay here not only offers lovely views of the East River and Manhattan skyline but it’s also vegan-friendly and sustainable. It’s one of the few LEED certified hotels in NYC! In the morning you can start your day with overnight oats, avocado toast, along with other healthy vegan eats.

1 Hotel Central Park

1414 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019 Just as vegan-friendly and sustainable as the Brooklyn the location, just in Central Park! Enjoy waking up with a giant bowl of peanut butter chocolate oats, fruity coconut yogurt parfait, or chia pudding at this eco-conscious spot.

Need More Travel Planning Help in NYC?

Hopefully, this lineup of vegan brunch and breakfast spots in NYC helps get your day started, but you’re going to need more than breakfast spots! To plan your full vegan NYC adventure check out these guides and articles.

The Ultimate Vegan Travel Guide to NYC The Vegan Bakeries and Dessert Spots in NYC The Best Spots for Vegan and Gluten-Free Food in New York City The Best Things To Do in NYC Vegan-Friendly Hotels in NYC

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A vegan’s guide to… New York City

Known for its skyscrapers, brownstone townhouses, and endless entertainment options, new york is also a mecca for vegan food..

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The largest city in the United States, New York is home to some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. Known for its skyscrapers, brownstone townhouses, and endless entertainment options, New York is also a mecca for vegan food. Laura Hanrahan is your guide…

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Published on 17 Jan 2018 


Where to eat.

When thinking about New York City, what tends to come to mind are things like having a hot dog from a street cart, going for burgers and shakes at a diner, and grabbing a slice of pepperoni pizza from a local joint. Thankfully, that’s not all there is to it. There is also a seemingly endless supply of drool-worthy vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants all around the city, making it not only hassle-free, but oh-so satisfying, to eat out during your stay.

100% Vegan Places

New York is somewhat of a treasure trove of vegan restaurants – there are just so many options! And with juice and health food shops popping up on every block, you’re never far from finding some tasty vegan fare. Here are a few particular favourites:

  • Screamer’s Pizzeria – No one should visit NYC without grabbing a slice, and Screamer’s is making sure that vegans don’t miss out on this New York staple.
  • Beyond Sushi – With five locations across Manhattan, Beyond Sushi boasts a full menu of innovative – and delicious – vegan sushi rolls.
  • Candle 79 – Perfect for a more upscale night out, this chic Upper East Side eatery has an extensive menu, packed with everything from spaghetti and wheat balls to Moroccan spiced chickpea cakes.
  • Modern Love Brooklyn – If you’re after swanky vegan comfort food then look no further than Modern Love Brooklyn, who serve up a range of sumptuous dishes such as waffles with seitan chicken and ice-cream, pies and puddings and some of the best-looking vegan burgers we’ve ever seen!
  • Avant Garden – Avant Garden is the brainchild of famed restauranteur Ravi DeRossi, and serves up a wide array of award-winning vegan dishes and natural wines in an intimate and rustic setting.
  • Peacefood Cafe – This vegan gem, outfitted with soothing sage-colored walls, soft amber lighting and a buzzing, cheerily staffed counter, is a welcome addition to the only slightly veggie-compliant Upper West Side.

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Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

If you’re travelling with non-vegans, these restaurants are great places that will easily cater to everyone’s diet.

  • Organic Grill – A vegetarian burger joint with plenty of vegan options.
  • Blockheads – A Mexican chain that can be found all over the city. The vegan section on their menu is filled with tasty burritos, quesadillas and more.
  • John’s of 12th Street – An old-school Italian eatery that also offers a hearty vegan menu.
  • The Butcher’s Daughter – This ‘vegetable slaughterhouse’ is a great brunch spot with a fully vegetarian, and largely vegan, menu.

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The Vegetarian Butcher. Photo credit: @francescacolombo/Instagram

Sweet treats

No holiday is complete without treating yourself to a few indulgent sweets and, as you would expect from a city as cosmopolitan as New York, there are plenty of mouth-watering options to choose from.

  • Van Leeuwen – With a menu featuring 10 vegan flavours, this ice cream shop has truly mastered recreating the taste and texture of traditional ice cream. You can also catch their ice cream trucks driving around the city.
  • Erin McKenna Bakery – This gluten-free and vegan bakery has everything from cinnamon buns to doughnuts to double chocolate crumb cake.
  • Little Choc Apothecary – NYC’s first fully vegan creperie. Little Choc not only has completely customizable sweet crepes, but also offers cookies, cakes and truffles.
  • Cocoa V – For decadent chocolates and baked goods, Cocoa V is the place to go. The chocolate cake here is an absolute must-try.
  • The Cinnamon Snail – Self-taught chef Adam Sobel sells incredible vegan dishes like Korean barbecue seitan and acclaimed desserts including fig pancakes and a crème brulee doughnut from his all-vegan food truck.

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Top five places to visit

There are so many things to do and see in New York that it can be hard to fit them in. Beautiful parks and amazingly curated museums to endless entertainment options. These five will get you started:

1   See A Broadway Play  

Dinner and a show in the theatre district is an absolute must for any visitor. If you’re willing to wait in line, and not too picky about which show you see, pick up discounted day-of tickets from TKTS booths. Daily listings can be found in the morning on the TKTS website.

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2  9/11 Museum  

Located underneath where the Twin Towers stood, the 9/11 Museum provides a sobering experience. The museum is quite large, so be prepared to spend a few hours there.

3  Central Park  

One of New York’s iconic spots, Central Park is perfect to take a break from the craziness of the city. If the weather’s nice, bring snacks and a bottle of wine and have a picnic. In the winter, ice skating is a great option, and if you’re with kids, there are pristine playgrounds to let them run around.

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4   30 Rockefeller Plaza  

If you like TV, you’ll want to visit 30 Rock. Try to get tickets in advance to a taping of one of NBC’s shows like The Tonight Show or Late Night . The NBC studio tour takes you around several TV studios, and for an amazing city view get tickets for the Top of The Rock observatory.

5   Comedy Shows  

The comedy scene is not to be missed. Greenwich Village is the main hub and home to the famous Comedy Cellar, known for having big-name comedians like Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, and Amy Schumer drop by as surprise performers, so you may just catch them if you’re lucky.

If you’re planning to see a lot of these amazing attractions you can buy a CityPass in advance that gives you access to multiple places at a reduced cost. Make sure you buy yours in advance at CityPass to save yourself on entry fees. Also, if you’re looking to do any tours you can get these in advance at Isango! , where you can get a day trip to Washington, a cruise to the Statue of Liberty, and many more.

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Getting to New York

The flight time is about 8 hours from the UK. There are three airports near NYC: Newark Liberty in Newark, New Jersey and Laguardia and John F. Kennedy in Queens. The airports are fairly spread out, so it’s best to look at which is closest to where you are staying. While flights to one airport may be cheaper than another, the extra travel time to your destination may not be worth the discount. Public transit is available from every airport, or opt for a ride in a New York yellow taxi.

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Where to stay

One thing New York is not known for is cheap lodging, and that includes hotels. For a more price-conscious option, Airbnb is the way to go. You can find extremely reasonably priced accommodations all around the city for much cheaper than you would pay at a hotel. In general, prices will drop even more if you look in boroughs outside of Manhattan. But, if you’re not looking to make your own bed every day, New York has world-famous hotels like The Plaza , The Palac e, and The Empire . If you’re celebrity spotting while in the city, The Bowery Hotel on the Lower East Side is the trendy place to be, known to have plenty of famous guests.

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A Vegan Tour of NYC

Dirt Candy

Post written by Leo Babauta .

Eva and I just got back from a trip to New York City, and we loved it – it was Eva’s first visit, and our first trip where we were both vegan!

To celebrate this incredible occasion, we went on a vegan tour of New York City. What an amazing experience.

I’m sharing our experience not to brag, but to help other vegans who might take a trip to NYC in the future (recommended). And even if you’re not vegan, the first 6-7 places on our list serve absolutely great food that anyone would love, herbivores and omnivores alike.

Some caveats: We only had 8 days in New York City, and we spent most of them in Manhattan, so this list will be very limited – we couldn’t possibly get to them all! We are also NYC newbies, so it’s very likely we missed some great ones.

However, I did my research and got recommendations from as many people as possible, and focused on the ones with the best reputations. We got to a lot of good ones, but did miss a few top spots on our list (listed in the bottom section below).

Amazing NYC Vegan Restaurants

So here are the restaurants we loved – note that many at the top of the list are more special occasion than everyday dining, but this trip was definitely a special occasion :

  • Candle 79 . One of the best restaurants we’ve ever been to, period. Highly recommended. I put this on level with Millenium in San Francisco – really good gourmet vegan food. Every dish, from the amuse bouche to the appetizers to the entrees and dessert, were phenomenal. We loved it so much we bought the cookbook. There’s also a Candle Cafe, which we didn’t get to. Both are on the Upper East Side. Reservations highly recommended. Website .
  • Blossom . Probably our second favorite, another gourmet vegan experience. Blossom has several locations now, from the main Blossom restaurant to the more casual Blossom Cafes to Blossom du Jour (takeout) and Blossom Bakery (vegan baked goods!). We went to all but the bakery (it was closed when we went) and loved them all. Website .
  • Pure Food & Wine . All vegan, all raw, really lovely atmosphere. I’m not usually a fan of raw food, but this was an exception. The lasagna was great, along with some really good sushi and dessert. And you can pig out and still feel healthy. Website .
  • Hangawi . So good – vegan Korean in a nice setting. You take off your shoes, sit at low tables, order a stone bowl that comes sizzling to your table in a iron pot, mix in just the right amount of spicy sauce with the brown rice and veggies and tofu, stir it all up and devour the yummy goodness. Then crave it for a week or two after. Website .
  • Dirt Candy . Vegetarian but everything can be made vegan. Tiny little spot in the East Village, get reservations because there are like two tables (OK, maybe six, but still). Lovely dishes, low lighting, awesome. Website .
  • Baby Cakes . All-vegan bakery in the Lower East Side with delicious cupcakes, muffins, donuts and more. Not only vegan – many of their things are gluten-free and/or sugar-free, if that’s what you need, and they all taste great. Go there, stuff your face, then do a run through Central Park to burn it off. Website
  • Champs Family Bakery . A little funky diner in hip Williamsburg, Brooklyn, all vegan comfort food. We had brunch here, with things like pancakes and tofu scramble and some kind of veggie & veg sausage rice bowl that Eva liked. Yelp .
  • Franchia . This is owned by the same folks as Hangawi, but is a more casual tea and vegan cafe. I enjoyed the first-picked green tea. They also have the delicious stone bowls in a more casual setting. I would eat here weekly if I were in NYC. Website .
  • Gobo . There seem to be a dozen vegetarian/vegan Asian restaurants in NYC. Gobo is one of them, and a good choice if you’re hankering for this kind of food. We enjoyed our dishes (stir-fry noodles and a mango “chicken” with plum sauce) but weren’t blown away. Website .
  • Caravan of Dreams . Organic vegan cafe in the East Village that has an eclectic menu – you’ll find food from Italy, Asia, Mexico, Spain and the Middle East. We went here for brunch and had vegan waffles and nachos and more. Website .
  • ’sNice . Lovely little vegetarian cafe in Soho (with locations in the West Village and Brooklyn that we didn’t visit), with tons of vegan options for breakfast and lunch (sandwiches and salads). We went here for breakfast, loved it. Website .
  • Zen Palate . Vegetarian Asian food with locations near Union Square, the theater district and Murray Hill. We just ordered the sizzling medallions with brown rice, which I recommend. Website .
  • Stogo . Vegan ice cream! ‘Nuff said. Website .
  • One Lucky Duck . Tiny raw, vegan, organic takeaway food shop, owned by the same folks as Pure Food & Wine. They have a couple of locations, including one in Chelsea Market. I’m not a raw food fan, but their desserts are rich and nice. The raw granola has a good chewy texture that I like. Website .
  • Ruby Bakes . Vegan donuts that we happened upon at a stall in Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side. The donuts are not only vegan, but free from nuts and gluten as well. And baked, so they’re healthy(er)! Really good, and pretty. Website .

Photos of some of our food .

And a Foursquare map .

Two Incredible Vegan Shops

  • Moo Shoes . Eva needed some comfortable walking shoes for our trip, as she’d only brought sandals and it was too cold for that. So we found Moo Shoes , which has an online store I’d seen before but also a great shop in the Lower East Side. All kinds of vegan shoes for men and women, along with belts, bags and more. Cruelty-free kicks!
  • Vaute Couture . It was colder in NYC than we’d expected, so we took the subway to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to find this cute little vegan coat shop – fashionable, warm, cruelty-free … perfect! I highly recommend checking these guys out. Eva & I both ended up getting a coat. Website .

Places We Missed

  • Lula’s Sweet Apothecary . Supposed to be amazing vegan frozen desserts, but we just never found the right time to go. Oh well, it’s always good to save something to do for the next visit!
  • Dun-Well Donuts . I was told that this Brooklyn vegan donut place would change my life – especially the vegan ice cream on donuts. There are like 200 flavors of donuts. Next time, Dun-Well, you will be mine. Website
  • Angelica Kitchen . Supposed to be an excellent date-night option with healthy, tasty choices, we just couldn’t fit it in. Website .
  • Kajitsu . Michellin-starred vegan Japanese. How can you go wrong? But we eat shojin (vegan Japanese) food all the time at Cha-Ya here in San Francisco, so it just didn’t excite us. Website .
  • Peacefood Vegan Kitchen & Cafe . Don’t know much about it, but looks interesting. Website .
  • Maoz . Vegetarian falafel chain – we’ve actually been to locations in London and Barcelona and loved them. I had a craving for these wonderful falafels while we were in NYC but didn’t get a chance to go. Website .
  • Tamarind . Fine-dining vegetarian Indian restaurant that sounded interesting (and their newest location was just minutes away from our hotel in Tribeca) but we’ve had lots of Indian food, so we didn’t go. Website .
  • Sacred Chow . Completely vegan cafe that looks good, with lots of comfort food and a great-looking brunch on weekends. We nearly made it here. Website .
  • Terri . Looks like an all-vegan cafe with sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, juices. Website
  • Blossom Bakery . I mentioned this above, but it looks excellent. Vegan baked goods of all kinds. We did try a cookie and cupcake from here when we visited the Blossom du Jour takeout joint next door, and they were good. Website .
  • Red Bamboo Soul Cafe . Vegetarian and vegan fusion food with homemade mock-meats and Asian, Creole and Carribean influences. Also have vegan ice cream from Klein’s in Brooklyn for dessert. Website .
  • Wild Ginger . Pan-Asian vegan food. Website
  • Soy & Sake . Japanese and Pan-Asian vegetarian food. Website .

Is this list complete? No, of course not. We did what we could on our vegan tour of NYC, and loved it. New York is a vegan’s paradise, with more options than anywhere else I’ve been, including San Francisco (which is great for vegans). If you’re passing through town, definitely do 1-2 of the places near the top of our list!

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Where to go now in NYC for the best vegan food 

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The mushroom sloppy from Fat Choy

The delicious mushroom sloppy at Fat Choy in the Lower East Side, one of the best vegan restaurants you have to try in NYC © Fat Choy

Far from days of the side salad (hold the dressing!), today’s vegan culinary scene in New York City is fresh with flavor and innovation. In a city where the predominant vegan options were once limited to organic juice bars that dolled-up tofu, New York is now home to one of the world’s most expensive vegan dining experiences, Eleven Madison Park . 

But don’t think we’re going to recommend a place where beets and carrots are offered at seitanic prices. When we’re talking green, we’re thinking leaves – not bills. Here’s where to go now in NYC for the best vegan food. 

Divya's avocado dip next to sunflower beet hummus with roasted carrot tahini

Divya's Kitchen

East Village What to get: mung soup, seasonal khichari 

Divya’s got the cure for whatever ails you. Divya’s Kitchen is an ayurvedic vegetarian restaurant that deals in wellness without sacrificing flavor or ambiance. Relax in a warm atmosphere while her friendly staff walks you through the ways of ayurvedic wellness through food and drink. Be mindful that this place is vegetarian, not fully vegan. They cater well to vegans with all of their dishes including their deep, rich mung soup and very filling khichari, finished with an insanely delicious cilantro-mint chutney. 

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Omakaseed at Plant Bar

Flatiron District What to get: The omakase 

Perfecting the art of an experience while dining vegan, the new Omakaseed at Plant Bar is all about the hunt for the perfect bite. Fortunately, there are many of them here. Styled as an omakase tasting menu for 8 people per hour, on the hour, saddle up to the bustling bar where a vegan chef concocts and personally presents 15, one to two-bite courses. There are many highlights on the pre-set menu including the pressed king oyster mushroom nigiri that has a great salty brine with a ginger kick, the watermelon tartare nigiri which is out of this world, and the truffle avocado oshizushi with real black truffle flakes that is so delectable you'll want to stretch the one bite into two. Don't pass up the flavorful plant-based sips by way of their cocktail list with a special hat tip to the inventive and balanced Feel The Beet and Green Goddess. 

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Lower East Side What to get: mushroom sloppy sandwich  

Eager to find a hearty and filling substitute to the sloppy joes of your carnivorous past? Fat Choy’s small outpost in the Lower East Side has just got the fix with their mushroom sloppy. Self-described as “kind of Chinese”, the fast-casual eatery foregoes processed plant meat for earthy, savory gravy-soaked mushrooms that get heaped in between a sesame bun alongside a fresh slaw, this sandwich soars. Pair the sandwich with the indulgent salt and pepper fried cauliflower (you’re going to want to ask for extra of their dreamy, creamy shallot sauce) and you’ve got the perfect vegan meal on the go. 

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Urban Vegan Kitchen

East Village What to get: buffalo wings, mac n' cheese, chick-un and waffles

Urban Vegan Kitchen is comfort food at its vegan best. Come hungry and get ready for a feast that won’t disappoint. Bold flavors and deep-fried bites fill out the menu with almost too many highlights to pick favorites. Though if you’ve only got one chance to visit, don’t pass up the indulgent seitan buffalo wings with their ranch dressing, the melty and gooey mac n’ cheese and their signature chick-un and waffles. All so good at recreating the originals, you’ll be certain to say “I cannot believe this is vegan!” at least a few times throughout the meal. 

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Lower East Side, West Village, Hudson Yards, Williamsburg What to get: beet & pumpkin empanada, chorizo burrito, churritos

Prepare to fight the urge to order everything on the menu at one of Jajaja’s four NYC outposts. For good reason, this hip all-vegan Mexican restaurant has good taste. You’re going to be thrilled with whatever you order but don’t miss out on the bursting flavors of salsas, the hot and surprising beet & pumpkin empanada and the comforting chorizo burrito. Pace yourself and keep your eye on the real prize, the house-made churritos that come with a coconut dulce de leche sauce. 

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Williamsburg What to get: from their brunch menu: brekky burrito, French toast & bacon

Modern Love Brooklyn serves up vegan comfort food with a wide-ranging menu of classics, elevated by plants. Reservations are encouraged, as the restaurant’s limited seating fills up fast. In a city where vegan brunch options are still limited, consider the excellent breakfast menu where the brekky burrito’s grilled wrap will delight and the thick French toast & bacon hits the spot.

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Spicy Moon Vegetarian Szechuan

East Village What to get: mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, scallion pancake

With outposts in both the East and West Village, Spicy Moon is an all-vegan Szechuan restaurant that knows how to impress with plants. Among the main attractions are the restaurant’s perfectly fried scallion pancakes, their mapo tofu (one of the best in the city, vegan or not) and the dan dan noodles which have just the perfect balance of sesame and peanut sauce. Head there earlier in the day for lunch specials that include the choice of an appetizer like a spring roll or dumplings. 

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NoMad What to get: spicy tuna roll, bang bang broccoli, pineapple fried rice

A Toronto-based restaurant chain that arrived in NYC in 2021, PLANTA Queen is the vegan scene restaurant. Dining at PLANTA Queen is all about fun. A lively atmosphere helps to ease the tricky process of picking out the bests its long list of mouth-watering Asian-inspired vegan options. Start with the spicy tuna roll and then start rattling off any of the plates that strike a chord; no matter what comes it will be photo-worthy and delicious. If you’re on a budget or operating within a calorie range, the bang bang broccoli and pineapple fried rice are the musts.   

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Lower East Side What to get: the only thing on offer, the 5-course Chef's Tasting Menu for $90 per person (make sure to note you’re vegan)

Yes, you’re going to be trading in a lot of dough for the doughy bites (think monkey bread, carrot buns and a fennel mandarin orange doughnut) chef Amanda Cohen is innovating at Dirt Candy the Lower East Side. This is the most expensive option on this list but its spot is well-deserved with a prix-fixe experience that goes beyond expectations to wow with bold, fun flavors. This is a vegetarian restaurant so make sure to note you’re vegan preferences. 

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This article was first published August 2019 and updated September 2022

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Third Kingdom

A 2024 James Beard semifinalist opens an all-mushroom restaurant this week

Third Kingdom is the latest to enter Overthrow Hospitality’s East Village territory.

Amber Sutherland-Namako

Overthrow Hospitality is among the most moveable feasts in New York City, unafraid to rearrange its concepts and locations  as though its swath of the East Village were a plant-based simulation, with restaurateur and 2024 James Beard Award semifinalist Ravi DeRossi at the controls.  

Cadence, the vegan soul food restaurant that was among 2021’s best newcomers , moved from its tiny, gleaming jewel box space to bigger, brighter digs across the street in 2022. Avant Garden , which first opened in 2015, outgrew its original Seventh Street address and resettled on Avenue A last year. That locale had once been Overthrow’s Gin Palace, then Cienfuegos, and eventually Honeybee’s. And on Thursday, February 1, the hospitality group will make its mushroom-focused pop-up, & Beer, permanent—at least for the moment—under the name Third Kingdom at 27 East 7th Street. In a totally expected twist, its footprint was previously Overthrow's Proletariat , which moved next door.

Third Kingdom

Avant Garden’s Juan Pajarito, who also oversaw & Beer, is the chef. As before, the menu is a fungi affair. Opening items incorporate stemmed and densely-packed yellow enoki, flowing lion’s mane and bloomy maitake varieties factored into dumpling, ramen and enchilada preparations. A weekly changing forager’s corner might include chanterelles, and the featured ingredient also factors into desserts like the lava cake with rosemary and porcini mushroom ice cream and the candied shiitake and chocolate crumble. Prices were not yet available at press time. 

Third Kingdom’s burgundy-hued spot seats 50 between its bar and banquettes. A mushroom aesthetic also spores throughout the decor. Beer and wine are among the beverage selections. 

“Our intention with this and all of our concepts is to offer elevated plant-based cuisine in an inclusive environment that appeals to everyone,” DeRossi is quoted as saying in a press release, “whether they are vegan or not.” He was also nominated in the James Beard Awards’ Outstanding R estaurateur category in 2022 .

Third Kingdom opens at 21 East 7th Street on Thursday, February 1.

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This tour takes you to the hipster neighborhood of Williamsburg with its great shopping and food. We will then walk to Greenpoint, which is a traditionally Polish neighborhood and full of vegan treats.

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This tour meets on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg and we will cover about 2 miles/2 km in total while on tour.

At least five different food-stops are included in your tour and you will not leave this tour hungry. 

Food stops vary depending on the day of the week and size of the group but you might get to try tacos, pirogies, pizza, ice cream...

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