Vegan food doesn’t always get the best rap, but there are some strong options for vegan meals around NYC, spanning Korean dishes to American comfort food to amazing fare, from sophisticated small plates to casual take-out setups. Vegan Thai has joined Mexican and French options. And with the ever-increasing number prowling the streets, the appeal of a plant-based diet continues to grow exponentially, as do the number and quality of places catering to it. Some are strictly vegan, others will happily vegan people otherwise vegetarian items upon request.

1.BUDDHA BODAI:

Even with recent renovations giving the space a facelift, Buddha Bodai remains one of New York’s most essential vegetarian and vegan-friendly dining destinations. It’s a Chinese Kosher Vegetarian / Vegan and Buddhist Restaurant, but don’t let these words haunt you! You will have one of the best experiences of your entire life! They are experts in serving the famous “imitation meat”!

Well, you’ll get a paper menu with a huge list of options and you’ll just write, beside the dish, the quantity you want. If you order too much, no worries, just ask them to put the rest To-Go. And they are a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) restaurant, so bring whatever makes you smile! If you forgot your bottle, ask anyone from the restaurant the way to the closest deli! They’ll know the way!

This place is based versions of Peking duck, turnip cake and vegetarian dishes in and out! a glorious mess of crisp-fried maitake, whipped potatoes, soupy Gigante beans, and a vibrant lemon-and-wine sauce that binds it all together. Olive oil is responsible for the pot pie’s addictive crust, pulverized cashews for its creamy innards. This is comfort food for vegetable lovers.

2.THE JUJUBE TREE:

This homey Astoria Asian restaurant offers vegan versions of various cuisines. Japan, Korea, China, and Thailand all influence dishes such as spicy tofu skin wraps, soy cheese-filled wontons, and pad Thai with tofu. he kimchee and baby carrots that accompany borderline-junky cauliflower wings, and the sautéed kale and blackened cauliflower cohabiting with mac ’n’ cheese. If April Bloomfield cooked vegan, it might go something like this.

Dessert goes the American route with pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate cake. Jujube Tree offers delicious dining and takeout to Astoria, NY.

Jujube Tree is a cornerstone in the Astoria community and has been recognized for its outstanding Vegetarian cuisine, excellent service, and friendly staff. Their Vegetarian restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high-quality fresh ingredients.

3.CANDLE 79:

Candle 79 combines delicious organic vegan cuisine with gracious, knowledgeable service in a gorgeous duplex space. Lovingly crafted food fresh “from local farm to table.” Intimate organic wine and eco-liquor cocktail bar. Favorite of East Side regulars and celebrities like Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, and Alicia Silverstone.

Delicious organic vegan cuisine, fresh from local farm to table! Specialties include Chef Angel’s interpretation of classics like seitan piccata, vegetable paella with smoky seitan sausage, inventive seasonal salads, decadent chocolate brownie sundaes with house-made vegan ice creams and more. All organic and reasonable wine list, intimate romantic wine bar. Delicious Saturday and Sunday brunch, featuring vegan pancakes and waffles and organic sake and champagne cocktails.

The only vegan restaurant ever reviewed by former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, who wrote: “Candle 79 showed me the light!” We offer an extensive Gluten Free Menu. Brunch available Saturday and Sunday. Take-out & catering available, no delivery.

4.SUNSHINE HUMMUS AND HAPPINESS:

The Greenwich Village branch of the Israeli–born hummus chain Vish has changed its name to Sunshine, after its chef and owner. Everything else has stayed the same: the congenial, 16-seat setting, the free Turkish coffee, and, most crucially, the specialty of the house: sufficiently creamy, tahini-rich, ground fresh for each order, and served as warm and fluffy as the accompanying pita.

Hummus has always been filling, high-protein manna for those abstaining from meat, and with the exception of a few dishes with eggs (including a hummus-shakshuka hybrid), everything is vegan. Should you ever grow tired of eating mashed chickpeas straight up, you can get it topped with garnishes like fava beans, eggplant, mushrooms, and even vegan shawarma fashioned from soy protein, though the less said about this last the better.

Sunshine Hummus is a modern, urban and Vegetarian hummus place, serving hot hummus dish as fresh as it can be! We will begin to grind the fresh hot chickpeas only after we receive your order! The whole process is in front of you and with a big warm smile.

5.TOAD STYLE:

Toad Style specializes in scratch-made vegan food. All of the cheeses, ketchup, mustard, pickles etc are all made in house for a uniquely fresh and delicious experience. This attention to quality and detail also ensures that every aspect of the food is 100% vegan. The entire menu is also soy-free, palm oil-free and non-gmo.

Everything is gluten-free except the bread for the sandwiches which can be omitted. Bed-Stuy’s estimable answer to the vegan-junk-food trend is this 12-seat, deep-fry dive, whose name alludes to a 1970s martial-arts movie. This is vegan cooking that ought to come with a defibrillator. We like it for its quirky kung fu décor, its quirkier clientele, and the kitchen’s commitment to making a lot of ingredients from scratch — including ketchup, Heinz be damned.

Best dishes: a finger-licking BBQ jackfruit sandwich on a potato bun, a deep-fried oyster-mushroom bánh mì with mushroom pate, and a frankfurter served Jersey-style, which means deep-fried and stuffed into a split baguette with crispy potatoes, onions, and peppers.

6.SAMESA:

The market offers candy (licorice, trail mix) and sauces like sweet chili and fish sauce. The dining area offers options like shawarma, braised food, and kofta, available in a sandwich or plate. There is also a fridge in the dining area that will be filled with rotating salads, homemade sweets like tahini cocoa pudding and olive oil date cake, and a soup of the day.

Wow. Samesa wins 5 stars for the smallest pita in New York! They achieve this by cutting a pita in two then serving only half of it. It’s a great economic move: give the customer half the product for full price! Brilliant, well done, Samesa. Isn’t that great!?

Now they’ve launched a new venture at Essex Street Market where they serve the most convincing meat replacements we’ve ever had, in the form of delicious vegan shawarma.  the Shawarma Bar as the centerpiece of our meal, since it was an effective, comprehensive start that included Organic Chicken Shawarma over Yellow Rice with Cilantro, Salad, and various Dips and Spreads.  The poultry came from thigh meat, so it was more dark than white, making it even more surprising that it was a bit dry. Greatness personified!

7.SCREAMER’S PIZZERIA:

Mouthwatering already?

The location of Screamers serves up the same vegan pizzas but in Crown Heights. Pizzas come whole or by the slice, and special to this location is a Reuben pie, made with seitan in place of and curly fries pie; and a mac-and-cheese pie. There are also calzones, sandwiches like a “meatball parm,” and garlic knots, and cannolis and zeppole for dessert.

Vegan pizza by the slice joint in partnership with Philly company Blackbird Pizzeria. It also offers whole pies. Toppings include seitan pepperoni, almond ricotta, caramelized onions, and more. Some very creative pies, and doesn’t break the bank as far as vegan pizza goes. I wish I lived close by. The National, Pepperoni, Brunch Pie, Artichoke, and Screamer Slice all of these flavors never fail to surprise the customers by their superb taste.

They have a few toppings like garlic topping, nutritional yeast flakes, and faux parmesan which was remarkably realistic. Go and have fun!

7.BEYOND SUSHI:

Thanks to a Shark Tank deal, they’ve been able to evolve the vegan concept beyond only sushi, opening a table-service, sit-down versions. The menu was initially skeptical that a menu we’d come to love for healthy on-the-go sushi, would be somewhere we’d make dinner reservations.

This is a spacious location with many tables. It offers sushi rolls, rice paper wraps, rice bed salad, and soups. seitan kebab which had great texture and savoriness. The salad that came with it was zesty and refreshing, it will feel like a really balanced dish that you would highly try especially if you want to see how they cook seitan. The scorched broccoli and cauliflower were also super savory and it had a small kick to it that really made you want more.

But the new menu keeps crowd favorites, like the Spicy Mang, while adding whimsical seasonally focused offerings and artful plating garlic bread served in a planter and lurid beet dumplings that were a joy to savor the whole way through. The dinner menu changes seasonally, so keep an eye out for new offerings. 

8.MODERN LOVE:

 The place creates sophisticated comfort food that spans the gamut cuisine-wise, from Italian to Canadian fare, served in a pretty, chandelier-strewn space. Some dishes pull from Southern cooking, like yuba with barbecue sauce alongside corn pudding and collard greens or mac and cheese made with cashew cheese, while others skew Tex-Mex, like nachos with a sub for chorizo, made from smoked walnuts.

The result is a menu of innovative, plant-based renderings of various hearty classics. Moskowitz draws inspiration from her Brooklyn upbringing, pulling, she says, from Italian, Jewish, and Jamaican cuisines, with a healthy dose of southern cooking to boot. The truffled poutine is not to be missed and involves thick-cut fries presented in a Jenga-tower configuration, slathered in gravy, and topped with dollops of fresh almond ricotta. The Mac & Shews, made with a roasted-red-pepper-and-cashew-cheese sauce, is delightfully tangy, while the Buffalo-cauliflower “wings” achieve ideal smokiness.

The comfort-food theme carries into dessert, where there are several different kinds of pie available. Along with wine, beer, and cocktails, there’s a healthy rotation of nonalcoholic beverages that veer somewhat crunchy, like housemade sodas and kombucha on tap. Space itself is plush and intimate without being fussy, though the acoustics make it somewhat difficult to hear a companion when the restaurant’s full.

9.THE CINNAMON SNAIL:

is one of the nation’s top-rated food trucks that shed its wheels to open their first stationary location in The Pennsy serving up vegan specialties. The Cinnamon Snail was born out of a vision from chef Adam Sobel to bring vegan food to street, and make it approachable and even crave-able to the mainstream non-veg eater, as well as die-hard vegans.

They have a selection of about 30 donuts and pastries which changes daily. All items are vegan and kosher, and some items can be made gluten-free upon request. Ancho chili seitan burger grilled in maple hickory bbq sauce with jalapeno mac n cheese, arugula, smoked chili coconut bacon, and chipotle mayo on a grilled pretzel bun Sandwiches and salads dominate the menu, with a variety of unusual burgers, like lentil artichoke with umeboshi-marinated cucumbers. For a meat-free take on a Korean fried chicken sandwich, try the gochujang-glazed crispy seitan with kimchi, pickled red onions, arugula, and sriracha mayo. and many more lavish and mouth-watering dishes are there on their menu.

Started back on Valentine’s Day of 2010 as the country’s first vegan organic food truck, The Cinnamon Snail has become one of NYC’s most beloved vegan institutions. A great day, a great start.

10.BUNNA CAFE:

The food is only part of the draw at this vegan Ethiopian restaurant, where the teff-and-barley flatbread called injera serves as an edible platform for a colorful, deftly seasoned array of pureed and stewed pulses, steamed and sautéed vegetables, and the irresistible kale-avocado mixture called kedija selata. There’s also the coffee ceremony, an engaging reminder of the bean’s Northeast African origins.

Sharing food is often kind of terrible. What if you could go to a great restaurant, share food with your friends, and actually fill up your stomach without emptying your wallet? That experience is actually possible in Ethiopian restaurants. And at Bunna, the vegan Ethiopian spot in Bushwick, it’s an especially excellent experience.

There are several ways to approach a meal at Bunna, but your easiest and best route is The Feast: a giant plate of dishes like Misir Wot (spicy red lentils), Gomen (garlic collard greens), Shiro , and kale salad with avocado). The Feast isn’t just perfect for sharing – it’s designed for it. You’ll eat nine different things off the same shared plate, plus your own personal pile of injera (flat, spongy sourdough flatbread for scooping) so you don’t have to fight anyone for the last piece. If you want even more food, the appetizers are also great, and you can add extra orders of any of the dishes.

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