New York City may be known for its cheesy pizza pies, dirty water dogs and namesake cut of steak, but eating vegan in the Big Apple is no challenge.
Plenty of cruelty-free restaurants scattered throughout the city offer fresh, creative and healthy vegan options that will make even meat eaters forget that anything is missing. If you’ve given up animal products, New York City really is the place to veg out.
72 University Place
Popular with trendy diners of all diets, this Michelin starred vegetarian and vegan eatery (choose which menu you’d like) skips the imitation meats for innovative vegetable focused dishes that could convert any meat devotee. Visit for brunch to nosh on creamy cashew yogurt and a savory tofu scramble and return for the vegan dinner spread, which features cult-worthy cauliflower tempura, pea dumplings and a warm avocado curry creation on pink rice that’s just too pretty not to Instagram.
78 Orchard St.
Vegans who may feel left out of New York City’s ever-popular deli scene need just a visit to this vegan appetizing shop to load up on old school delicacies, veganified. Lox made out of thinly ribboned carrots, cream cheese made from nuts and a knockout Reuben sandwich starring seiten and aquafaba Thousand Island may just make veganism the newest New York classic.
430 E. 9th St.
One of New York City’s best burgers is made from vegetable pulp, the brainchild of former Michelin-starred pastry chef Brooks Headley who left the opulent Del Posto to start slinging veggie sliders. Instead of fries, burnt broccoli salad and seasonally changing sides complete this satisfying meat-free meal.
19 Kenmare St. & 581 Hudson St.
Leave it to a butcher’s offspring to swear off meat, but at least she’s doing it right. This vegetarian restaurant has a slew of vegan options, raging from an adzuki bacon BLT to pad Thai to healthy-ish cocktails mixed with cold pressed juice.
197 Meserole St., Brooklyn
All vegan, all the time (well, until midnight, when the doors close), this diner is an indulgent meat-free dream. From the gut-busting bar snacks like buffalo fries and pizza tots to the heaping breakfast plates (think birthday cake pancakes) to even heftier entrees like a Philly cheesesteak, burgers and hot dogs, this diner is 100% vegan.
317 Union Ave., Brooklyn
This vegan comfort food spot hits all the bases for your meat-free cravings may lie. Start off with a brussel sprout knish or pinto bean tamale doused in coconut sour cream and progress onto a creamy cashew-based mac and cheese, tempeh grilled in bourbon maple barbecue sauce and a surf-and-turf platter unlike any you’ve seen before. (Hint: New England glam chowder.)
55 St Nicholas Ave
Soul food doesn’t always scream vegan-friendly to the animal-free crowd, but head up to Harlem for a 100 percent vegan soul food experience. BBQ “crawfish,” fried “chicken,” a bodega-style chopped “cheese” sandwich and other vegan-friendly recreations on Harlem’s greatest hits are served here.