I recently fell in love…with New York. It is truly an amazing city and I visited in July after an intensely busy period launching my book, From Unknown To Expert in the US and speaking at a DELL conference in Austin, Texas. Needless to say I did absolutely no planning for New York!
Luckily one of my closest friends came over to hang out with me and she did amazing research on places to eat.
We are both strict vegetarians, and I’m mostly vegan, so finding food I can eat while travelling is usually very difficult. I often travel with protein bars, as I don’t have egg or milk so even breakfast can be difficult while I’m travelling.
Then I visited New York. I’m very lucky to have done a bunch of travelling, but I have never ever been to a city where there are SO MANY vegetarian and vegan restaurants. I was blown away by the choice, and I can only dream of having that kind of choice in Sydney.
We went to a vegetarian or vegan restaurant for every lunch and dinner meal in the week we were there. Crazy-amazing!
I can’t describe to you the pleasure of looking at a menu and actually being able to choose something. Usually there is one vegetarian option – which is most often boring pasta!
So thanks to my incredibly planned friend, here is a list of the restaurants she found.
Vegan restaurants NYC (and vegetarian)
|Candle 79||154 East 79th Street at Lexington Avenue (UPPER EAST SIDE) Lunch every day from 12pm, dinner every day from 5:30pm.||Vegan fine dining – must book.|
|The Cinnamon Snail – Food Truck||Follow on twitter for exact location||Vegan food truck.|
|HanGawi – Korean Vegan||12 E 32nd St (at Midtown East, Manhattan)||Korean vegan dining. Need to book.|
|NY Dosas||Washington Square Park – cnr W 4th and Sullivan Mon-Thurs 1am – 4pm||Quick lunch truck in Greenwich Village area. Samosas, dosas.|
|Taim||222 Waverly Pl (West Village)11AM – 10pm, Mon-Sun||BEST FELAFEL IN NYC, takeaway.|
|Le Verdure – EATELY||200 5th Ave – Madison Square Park11am-10pm daily||Italian Vegetarian, inside Eately.|
|Blossom RESTAURANT||187 Ninth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets)12pm-2:45pm daily, dinner 5pm-9/10pm||Vegan – upmarket. Locations all around town.|
|MAOZ Vegetarian||38 Union Square East (Between 16th and 17th St)11am til late every day||Casual, quick felafel + salad – self serve, takeaway. Also one in Times Square and Greenwich Village.|
|Patsy’s Pizzeria||318 West 23rd St, between 8th and 9th Aves11:30am-9:45pm||Low key pizza and pasta|
|Dirt Candy||430 E 9th St (btwn 1st Ave and Ave A, Lower East Side)Dinner only. Tuesday to Sat from 5:30pm||Tiny, VEGO, FINE DINING. MUST BOOK.|
|Pure Food and Wine||54 Irving Place (17th & 18th Sts) Near Union Square.Open everyday. Lunch 12-4pm, dinner from 5:30pm||RAW VEGAN|
|Mexican Radio – SOHO||19 Cleveland Place (Spring & Lafayette St, Soho DistrictOpen 11:30am – 11pm daily||Mexican – vegan/vego-friendly.|
|Rockin Raw||171 Sullivan St (Houston St)Open daily for dinner, only Sat/Sun for lunch||Raw vegan|
|Babycakes Vegan Bakery||248 Broome St (at btwn Orchard St & Ludlow St, Lower East Side).Open daily from 10am, except closed Monday.||Check out the donuts.|
|Blossom Bakery||174A Ninth Ave (at 21st St, Chelsea)||100% vegan cakes and pastries.|