Some people think that once you go vegan you’re stuck eating salads when you go out to eat, but thankfully for those eating a plant-based diet – New York City has a growing number of vegan and veg-friendly restaurants serving delicious foods. Whether you’re looking for a fancy 5-star restaurant or greasy fries and a milkshake this is the city for you. As a self-proclaimed foodie I have traveled around to find the best vegan fare there is, and although I still have a way to go here are my favorite places to eat, drink and be merry!
Address: 176 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: Everyday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This is my favorite place to eat hands down, if you asked me to come here everyday I’d gladly take the trip. When you go vegan sometimes you think that all your favorite foods are a thing of the past, Champs has brought them back to life. Whether you have a hankering for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch they’ve got you covered. The first time I came here I tried the grinder (grilled seitan, garlic, hot peppers, onions, mayo, melted cheese on a toasted hero) *drool* I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve had about 70 percent of the menu and so far nothing has disappointed me, it’s an inexpensive quality meal that’ll leave you satisfied. As an added bonus they’re BYOB so you can have your boozy brunch back!
Recommendations: Appetizers: Nachos with Seitan or Macaroni and Cheese Breakfast-The Pancake Bowl Lunch-The Grinder or Taco Salad Dinner- Chikn and Waffles or Chikn Dinz Dessert-Any of the cheesecakes or cake balls
Address: 1522 First Avenue Between E. 79th Street & E. 80th Street
Hours: Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 10:00pm Friday and Saturday 5pm -10:30pm Lunch: Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 4:30pm Brunch: Sat and Sun 12:00pm – 4:30pm
While you’re sipping on their delicious vegan wine (no dog vaginas here), prepare yourself for an extraordinary meal, everything is prepared fresh and comes out looking delectable. My favorite dish is the seitan cordon bleu (shiitake reduction, mashed potatoes with dill and truffle oil, and sauteed swiss chard). I don’t know how the gods in the kitchen do it, but they have the best sauteed greens in the world, I could probably order a bowl of swiss chard and be set for the night. There’s one thing you have to try, tiramisu, it’s heaven in your mouth…literally! I was never the biggest fan of non-vegan tiramisu, it was good, but I wouldn’t order it for dessert, but this has totally changed my mind. My friend ordered it at a group dinner and after we all took a bite the table went crazy, I’d be surprised if they had any tiramisu left since we ordered like three rounds.
Recommendations: Appetizers-Cape Cod Cakes Dinner- Seitan Cordon Bleu Dessert-Tiramisu
Address: 1215 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11221
Hours: 3pm – 12am
Every once in a while I want a cheesy slice of goodness and Norbert’s is the place to go. They aren’t entirely vegan because they carry dairy cheese, but either way it’s delicious. If you’re ever in Bushwick stop by and get a slice and a few garlic knots they’re amazing.
Recommendations: Appetizers-Garlic Knots Dinner-Vegan Vegetable Slice *There’s also the smaller version Norbert’s Express 4 Stuyvesant Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11221 Open 7am – 12am*
Address: 132-9 Liberty Ave Queens, NY 11419
Hours: 10 a.m- 10 p.m.
Come inside for a healthy, cruelty free taste of the tropics. If you love jerk chicken, pepper steak and macaroni pie this is the spot for you. Located in Queens it’s a little off the beaten path, but it’s worth the trip, the food is inexpensive and delicious while using fresh ingredients. One of their best dishes is the curried chicken, it’s flavorful with a texture that would have any meat-eater fooled.
Recommendations: Lunch-Vegan Beef/Curry Chicken Patty Dinner-Curry Chicken with Rice and Peas and Kale *Try a fresh squeezed juice they’re amazing and good for you*
Address: 1084 Flushing Ave, New York, NY 11237
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Initially I was hesitant to go here after having a horrible experience the first time I ate Ethiopian food, but they exceed all my expectations. When you walk into the restaurant you’re greeted with the sweet aroma of tea and exotic spices, the host warmly seats you as if you’re an old friend. If you’ve never had Ethiopian food the menu may seem a bit scary, but trust me you don’t have to worry it will all be delicious. Start with a sambusa, a puff pastry similar to a samosa, they’re so good and have a bit of spice and a lot of flavor, then dig in to your main dish. Generally I’ve gone with friends and shared the feast, which is all the entrees on a huge piece of injera, Ethiopian flat bread, the colors are so vibrant it almost looks like a painting. After you’ve loosened your belt buckle relax and order some coffee, it’s an experience.
Recommendations: Appetizer-Sambusa Dinner-Feast Dessert-Baklava
Address: 171 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 4PM – 10PM Sat-Sun 2PM – 10PM
You may think eating raw food means a bunch of salads and overnight oats, but there’s an entire world out there filled with tasty treats. Being a raw vegan doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in pasta, burgers, or even nachos, if you kitchen isn’t equipped with the necessary tools just head over to Rockin’ Raw for healthy, delicious meal filled with nutrients and that other good stuff. I came here during a raw cleanse mainly because I saw nachos and needed them in my life! I’m not sure how they pack so much t and awesomeness on one plate, but they did a great job, I couldn’t even eat dinner I was so full. Even though they’re not hot you still get all the gooeyness and Mexican flavor you love about traditional nachos, but without the guilty feeling. Recommendations: Appetizer: Nachos Dinner: Tallarines Verdes de La Lala Dessert: Cookies and Cream Milkshake
Address: 222 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Hours: Monday-Closed Tues-Friday 7:00am-7:00pm Sat-Sun 8:00am-7:00pm
Is it wrong to eat a doughnut for every meal? Well that’s how you feel once you’ve visited this gem of Williamsburg. The doughnuts are made fresh twice a day so there’s never a chance of getting a stale one. Although I never really was a doughnut lover except for the occasional boston cream, these are amazing. They make a variety of flavors ranging from original glaze to peanut butter and jelly, all of which are delicious. Stop in grab a doughnut and a cup of coffee you’ll be glad you did. *Cash only*
Address: 12 Grattan St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
Hours: Mon – Fri: 4:00 pm – 4:00 am Sat: 2:00 pm – 4:00 am Sun: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am
Normally going to a bar you sit around starving as your friends munch on chicken wings and nachos, but at this all vegan establishment you don’t have to go hungry. Their menu isn’t extensive, but it is delicious. They have empanadas from V-Spot in Park Slope ready for you to munch on while you’re singing karaoke on Thursdays or just hanging out for the everyday happy hour. Adding to its appeal, it’s home to the monthly only all vegan shop up in New York, where you’ll find all the vegan treats and cruelty free items you could ever want.
Now that you know my favorites share a few of yours! What would you add to this list?