Vegetarian Restaurants in New York
There is an abundance of vegetarian restaurants in New York. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you will be happy to know that we are a veggie-friendly city. Most restaurants have vegetarian and vegan options on their menu due to the rapidly growing popularity of plant-based food, even amongst non-vegetarians. So, even if you’re not vegetarian, get out of your comfort zone and give it a try, it can be delicious! Because there are so many options, I have created a list of the best vegetarian restaurants in New York.
If you are craving fast food while on a vegan diet, then head to Beatnic. Try the Classic Burger (that can almost pass for the real thing… almost) and the Air-Baked French Fries. If you feel like something else, they also serve sweets and salads. They have a few small locations around the city.
The Butcher’s Daughter
Contrary to what the name suggests, The Butcher’s Daughter is an all-vegetarian and dairy-free restaurant. They describe themselves as a “vegetable slaughterhouse” and slow juices are their speciality. Why not try the “Goddess of Green”, a green juice with a twist? If you are more of a beer person, their selection of craft beers on tap won’t disappoint. Hungry? Choose among a variety of dishes like their famous avocado toast, a selection of “pasta” made with vegetables like courgette or a spicy kale salad, to name a few. They have two locations that fill up quickly during peak hours but the wait for a table is usually not too long.
Ladybird is a vegan restaurant in New York. This cosy place in the Lower East Side serves plant-based tapas. Although the dishes on the menu would make you think otherwise, as it has ‘ricotta’ and ‘cheddar’, among others. You can order some dishes to share, so you can taste as much of the delicious menu as possible. Even meat-eaters will be surprised by the great food at Ladybird!
Caravan of Dreams
Caravan of Dreams offers a wide range of dishes from all over the world: Mexico, Italy, Asia… there is something for everyone. Caravan of Dreams is located in the Lower East Side and attracts a younger crowd. On weekend nights there is often live music. I highly recommend trying their desserts, they are delicious. After dessert, you can go out in this great neighbourhood.
Sweetgreen in New York is a chain of salad bars that are all over Manhattan. At sweetgreen you can create your own salad or bowl by combining all kinds of vegetables and other ingredients, and therefore make your meal exactly how you like it. Sweetgreen uses small and mid-size growers who farm sustainably, so getting dinner at sweetgreen is a very responsible choice as well.
Wild Ginger is an Asian vegan restaurant. The flavours and spices used in their dishes are amazing. All the main dishes can be served with rice, miso soup or a salad. The prices are very reasonable, the most expensive main dish costs around $14. This restaurant is located in SoHo though they do have another location in Brooklyn as well.
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