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7 amazing vegan restaurants in New York City

I don’t think it’s news to anyone that New York is a culinary mecca, right? A lifetime in this city is not enough to know and explore all the restaurants located here. But, in addition to the variety of cuisines and options for all tastes and budgets, New York City is also, literally, a full plate for those who have dietary restrictions, those seeking a healthier lifestyle, or those who follow different diets. More people have been choosing to follow a vegan or plant-based diet and, according to GrubHub, a food delivery service, there is no better place to be vegan than in New York State. The company’s “Year in Food” report found that vegan orders were 27% more popular in 2019 than the year before, with New York state finishing ahead of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Pennsylvania as the most vegan-friendly state in the country.

I’m not vegan, but over the last few years I’ve been eating less meat and dairy, especially at home – not to mention I consider myself a real foodie – I like to eat and explore new restaurants, new dishes, and new flavors, and I think the vegan cuisine is too creative! And you don’t have to be vegan to eat at these restaurants – vegan food is not bland food! Not to mention that these places can also be excellent options for people with food restrictions – dairy, for example. In today’s post, I bring 7 options for vegan restaurants in the city.

1. Planta Queen

Planta Queen is a 100% plant-based restaurant with a chic environment and a very creative menu. Everything we ordered was so delicious – from the drinks to the appetizers and main dish. Even if you are not vegan or vegetarian, I’m sure you’re gonna love it, cause the food is full of flavor featuring ingredients in unique combinations. I highly recommend getting a lot of small plates to share! Prices range between $5 -$18 for small plates and 10 to $25 (main dishes). Truffle fried rice, bang bang broccoli and dumplings are a must-try! Another thing you should know is that every dish at Planta Queen is is made from produce, legumes, grains, and spices – there isn’t anything synthetic in the cuisines of Planta.

2. Beyond Sushi

Vegan sushi? Yes – and look: it’s really good! Beyond Sushi started with casual restaurants, serving plant-based sushi, with ingredients like 7-grain rice and black rice, fruits and vegetables, plus special sauces full of flavor. Each sushi roll has 8 pieces and prices start at $8. I recommend the Spicy Mango and the Mighty Mushroom. In 2021, the chain launched its latest and most ambitious menu, with new dishes like Nori Tacos, Fried Chick’n Bao, Ube Cashew Cheesecake, and more. All delicious too!

3. Seasoned Vegan

Brenda and Aaron Beener – mother and son – are the team behind Seasoned Vegan, a restaurant that is located in Harlem and features a  menu full of vegan cuisine from around the world— with a lot of soul food influence. The “meats” are made from a mix of soy, beans, cassava, mushrooms, and vegetables. You’ll find vegan versions of Soul classics like Mac n’cheese, nuggets, barbecue, and more. Everything is very well prepared and full of flavor!

4. V Spot Express

Vegan Latin food? Yes, baby! V Spot has a menu full of Latin delights in vegan versions: empanadas, arepas, burritos, quesadillas. The dishes are delicious – in my opinion, they are delicious as the original versions with meat. Not to mention that the restaurant is located in a super trendy area of the East Village, which I love! If you see it on the meny, be sure to order the Avocado Fries – yes, fried avocados served with a delicious dipping sauce. You can thank me later.

5. Beatnic

You may remember by Chloe – a fast-casual vegan food chain – now that chain is called Beatnic. The menu feature delicious salads – I love the Quinoa Taco one! – in addition to burgers and also other options such as mac n’cheese in a vegan version. There are several locations scattered around the city and I think their salads are a great option for when you want something light and tasty. Good for quick lunches/snacks. In addition, they also have vegan cookies and cupcakes.

  • Locations: 185 Bleecker Street/ 240 Lafayette Street / 181 Front St / 1 Rockefeller Plaza / 630 Lexington Ave / 1385 Broadway / 60 W 22nd Street / 171 N 3rd Street (Brooklyn).
  • Check the menu on the website.
6. Le Botaniste

Le Botaniste is the only organic, plant-based, and carbon-neutral restaurant in New York City.  Alain Coumont, the founder, is a globetrotter. During his travels, he would often miss places to eat good, simple, organic, plant-based food. In fact, anyone looking to find a convenient plant-based meal outside their own kitchen was in for a challenge. Years before the trend, he started dreaming of opening a 100% plant-based, organic restaurant and began experimenting with innovative, flavorful recipes. Today, the restaurant has 4 locations in NYC – and two in Brussels – offering quick, healthy, easy-going and comforting food, focused on quality, freshness, and local traceable ingredients. The menu features pasta, sushi, soups and other options

7. Next Level Burger

In a country famous for fast food where a lot of people love a burger,  there’s the need for a vegan option, right? Next Level Burger is a vegan fast-food chain with locations across the country — and a Brooklyn location inside Whole Foods. The menu has no less than 20 burger options, which include fake meat patties and also beans, quinoa and mushrooms patties. In addition, as a good fast-food restaurant, there is a variety of French fries and milkshakes made with plant-based kinds of milk (soy and coconut).

More tips for Vegans in New York City

  • You don’t have to go to a vegan restaurant to find vegan options on the menu – more and more restaurants are adding some vegan options on their menu. And it’s worth remembering that it’s very easy to plan and check the available options, as you can find the menus on the restaurants’ websites.
  • Most fast-casual chains — like the salad spots where you make your own salad — offer vegan options.
  • Indian = restaurants can be a great option too – Indian cuisine has a lot of plant-based dishes.
  • Smorgasburg – the famous street food fair – check the website for more information – always features lots of vendors with vegan and creative options!
  • Happy Cow is a great source for researching vegan options in the city – and around the world.
  • If you are visiting the city and are planning to save some money by buying groceries remember that Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have a lot of vegan products.

I hope you enjoyed the tips and if you have any suggestions for vegan restaurants, please comment below!

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