For every juicy New York hotdog and high-piled Reuben sandwich, there’s an equally delicious vegetarian culinary creation around the corner. Whether you’ve eliminated meat from your diet completely, or you just want to try something new, here are the best NYC vegetarian restaurants:
10. Peacefood Cafe
This down-to-earth restaurant on the Upper West Side serves soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizza—all vegan. They even make their own delicious vegan desserts.
9. Red Bamboo
Red Bamboo (not, as you might expect, a Chinese restaurant) takes classic northeastern sandwiches like the chicken parm sub and the Philly cheesesteak and makes vegetarian versions of them. Great for former meat-eaters who just converted.
Kajitsu serves a centuries-old type of vegetarian cuisine called shojin, from which modern Japanese cooking is thought to have developed. The preparation revolves around a spiritual relationship with food. Definitely a different dining experience.
7. Caravan of Dreams
Caravan of Dreams serves cooked and raw vegan dishes, including nachos, tostadas, ravioli, stir fry, and much more. If you’ve never tried eating raw vegan before, this might be a good place to give it a whirl.
This traditional Korean restaurant will ask you to take your shoes off when you come in. The scene is serene so that you can focus on the food, like spicy kimchi mushroom pancakes, and organic kale dumplings with tofu.
5. Angelica Kitchen
This is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in town, and it’s still one of the best. The Dragon Bowls tend to be very popular, and you get a lot of food for your money—rice, beans, tofu, and steamed veggies, plus soup and cornbread if you order the combo.
Taim was on our list of the best food trucks for their famous falafel, but they also have stationary locations—albeit small ones—where you can enjoy one of their three falafel flavors, and also order from a selection of their delicious salads and smoothies.
This upscale vegan restaurant in Chelsea has a small but incredibly interesting menu, with cuisine that references Italy, France, and even Morocco. No matter what you order, you’ll almost certainly be trying something completely new to you.
2. Candle Cafe
Candle Cafe is committed to serving food farm to table, using sustainable, eco-friendly practices. The dishes are on the pricey side, but they certainly aren’t short on flavor, with options like Mexican lasagna, lentil-vegetable curry cake, and pumpkin-tomatillo seitan.
1. Dirt Candy
The idea behind this East Village eatery is that vegetables are candies that come from the dirt. The dishes are so innovative and delicious, they’ll have you craving broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale.
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