Top 10 Casual Vegan Spots in NYC
It can be challenging to find good vegan food at reasonable prices in New York. From takeout to delivery, there are more than 100 meatless restaurants in NYC but which is the right one for you? Whether you’re a vegan purist or a flexitarian, there’s a vegan place in town for you. New York City is vegan friendly! Read below to find my list of the best casual dining vegan restaurants in town. Whether you fancy a creamy bowl of Macn cheese or a melted meatball parm sandwich, these casual vegan restaurants are sure to satisfy your cravings.
1. Urban Vegan Kitchen – 41 Carmine Street
This is an excellent place to find vegan food in New York. This is one of the best vegan restaurants in New York City and offers both take-out and dine-in options, with a cozy dining area and a beautiful outdoor area. Great menu options include comfort food favorites like vegan burgers and po-boys. Located in the West Village near Carmine Street.
2. Champs Diner – 197 Meserole Steer
If you’re looking for a casual, great dinner at one of the best vegan restaurants in New York City, look no further than the Champs Diner in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With friendly staff, a great wine list and out of this world food, you will quickly see what the hype is is all about. The restaurant and staff here make the Champs a must for any vegan or vegetarian restaurant in town. Popular menu dishes include the vegan mozzarella sticks and cheesesteak.
3. P.S. Kitchen – 246 west 48th street
This is a small vegan restaurant that donates a portion of its profits to charity. They have a selection of vegan pasta options 🍝 such as lasagna and other casual dining fare.
4. Hangawi – 12 east 32nd street
This small Korean restaurant has made a name for itself with the plethora of vegan options on its menu in the recent years. They serve tempeh, impossible meat, mock chicken, tofu, mock duck and quite a few of their vegan proteins. Ground Impossible, Gra and Prow are just one of Hangawi’s vegan specials not to be missed.
5. Beyond Sushi – 62 west 56th street (multiple locations)
These dishes are inspired by sushi, but without the fish or egg. Beyond Sushi is 100% vegan and is known for its unconventional approach to sushi. Try their delicious vegan dumplings!
6. Le Botaniste – 156 Columbus Ave (multiple locations)
One of the healthier options! This is a 100% botanical and 99% organic restaurant with a menu inspired by the Eastern Hemisphere, consisting of plant-based bowls with starch-based sauces, toppings and a selection of side dishes. My favorite bowl is the Tibetan Mamma.
8. Buddha Bodai – 5 Mott Street
This is a Kosher and vegetarian restaurant on Mott Street in the heart of Chinatown. It is your destination for some of New York City’s best Chinese fare. They also have an amazing lunch offering for $7.50. Try their sesame vegetarian chicken!
9. Sweetgreen – 1114 6th Ave (multiple locations)
Another healthy winner! While not every dish here is completely vegan it’s very easy to put together your own vegan salad to go. I recommend the tofu and mushroom bowl.
10. Lady Bird – 111 east 7th street
This is a hip sit-down spot in the East Village of Manhattan. They have traditional fair made vegan. They’re known for their wine selection and also their vegan tapas. Try their vegan ricotta toast!
If you have a favorite not on this list, please let me know in the comments!
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