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THE BEST SPOTS FOR VEGAN & VEGETARIAN EATS IN NYC

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UPDATED OCT 2, 2019

You can find just about anything in the Big Apple, dozens of vegan and vegetarian restaurants included. From 100% vegan pizza places to upscale vegetarian dining, New York City really does have it all. So, gather your fellow veggie loving foodies, and get ready for some amazing plant-based cuisine.

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GABRIELLE KASSEL

FITT NEW-YORK-CITY CONTRIBUTOR

This West Village (and SoHo) eatery might be the only place that refers to themselves as a vegetable slaughterhouse. Whether it’s vegan spaghetti and meatballs, a fresh Mediterranean bowl, or one of their healthy breakfast plates, you can't go wrong here. All of their dishes are made with seasonal produce, and their juices are heavenly. And for all of the Brooklyn brunchers out there, The Butcher's Daughter now has a location in Williamsburg.

Want a break from menus flaunting vegan options like “meatless chik’n” and “meatless steak”? Well, Avant Garden in the East Village and Williamsburg is with you. While it’s nice to hear that a diner can hardly tell the difference between seitan and chicken, this vegan hot spot just wants a world where vegetables are the star of the show. Expect big-time flavor with a menu featuring different kinds of toasts, cold dishes like Kale Panzanella, and hot dishes like carrots roasted with farro, ramp chimichurri, and cucumber tzatziki.

City vegans panicked when the popular Upper West Side staple, Cafe Blossom, closed shop back in 2014. Luckily, they opened a more upscale version of the restaurant only months later just a few blocks away. This place not only serves plant-based dishes, but they have an extensive wine and cocktail menu as well. Hit up Blossom for some tempeh and a martini after work, but make sure you save room for their sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan orange crème brûlée.

This cheekily named restaurant was founded in Park Slope back in 2006 and has been serving up some of the best vegan, kosh, and gluten-free eats around ever since. The Latin inspired dishes here, like empanadas and arepas, are packed with flavor and the best ingredients. Can't make it to Brooklyn? Check out their other location, VSPOT Organic, in the East Village.

Lower East Side residents know just how hard it is to get a reservation at veggie-famous chef Amanda Cohen’s rockstar vegetarian restaurant. But with dishes like Brussels Sprout Tacos, Popcorn Beets, and Pumpkin Pad Thai, the wait is worth it. Fitt Tip: There are a lot of cheese adorned items on the menu, so be sure to let your waiter know if you're vegan.

This vegan hot spot is all about sharing meat-free comfort food — fast. Since its inception in 2015, by CHLOE. has absolutely taken off, now with six eateries around NYC and counting. With a cheery communal vibe complete with lots of plants, a big workers' table, and even a swing in some locations, this eatery is as welcoming as it is casual. With menu options like juicy Guac Burgers, mac ‘n cheese made with sweet potato “cheese” and shiitake “bacon”, and Kale-Matcha Mojitos, it’s hard to pass this place up.

If you find yourself near Greenpoint, make sure to grab a slice at this small, hole-in-the-wall vegan pizza joint. The low-key, authentic Brooklyn pizzeria is perfect for a by-the-slice, plant-based cheese concoction. With all of the different topping combinations, we won't judge if you order a whole pie to-go.

Attention vegetarians: it’s time to take your shoes off and enter this veggie-only Korean shrine. You’ll have to surrender your shoes at the door before feasting on carefully-crafted rice bowls, tofu delights, and mushroom madness. With a mushroom-heavy menu, order à la carte and ask your waiter about the specials to get a taste of something different. Not sure what to order? Try out their stone bowl entrées, filled with exotic veggies, lotus root, fresh greens, and rice.

If you haven’t bitten into the juicy, meat-free burger of Brook Headley, you’re doing NYC wrong. With vegan and vegetarian patties available, this hidden East Village gem is #burgergoals. But be aware that although the restaurant is adorable, it's only about the size of a shoe box. So enjoy your burger in the nearby Tompkins Square Park, or get it delivered straight to your door.

From fries and milkshakes to black and white checkered floors and classic diner booths, Champs really is the champ of retro diners. Whatever all American comfort food you can think of, chances are you'll find the plant-based version at this popular all vegan eatery in Brooklyn. Fitt tip: While it's well worth the wait for weekend brunch, get there as soon as they open to avoid the inevitably long line.

Can’t find any good vegetarian Mexican food in NYC? Well, you can officially quit daydreaming because Jajaja in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn serves up authentic Mexican street food that’s just what you’ve been wishing for. You won’t find any marinated meats here — just a selection of tacos and bowls featuring delicious ingredients like tempura cauliflower, fermented black beans, hemp and flaxseed battered chayote, and pickled peppers.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian place with all the trendy vibes (we’re talking gold accents, velvet seating, and ferns hanging from the ceiling), you’ve found your spot. But the aesthetic isn’t the only thing that’s noteworthy at this East Village vegetable bar. On their menu you’ll find tasty treats like sun dried tomato tarts, Buffalo miatake bao buns with pickled celery and ranch, and, of course, avocado toast. Fitt Tip: stop by after 11pm for their late-night menu and half off of select bottles of wine.

At this vegan hot spot in the Upper West Side and Union Square, they believe in spreading peace by way of your plate. Everything here is 100% vegan, but that doesn’t translate to a small menu of select items. At Peacefood Cafe, you can fill up on everything from sandwiches and sushi to pizza and dessert. Now comes the hard part — deciding what to order.

After one glance at Toad Style’s Instagram, you’ll be wiping drool from your face as you head out the door to Bushwick. While their social media game is on point, their commitment to quality is what’s really worth talking about. Aside from making their entirely vegan menu from scratch every day, everything they serve is also soy-, palm oil-, and GMO-free.

If comfort food is what you’re craving, head over to Modern Love in Brooklyn (or stay in your pj's and order one of their meals for delivery). Their menu features plant-based takes on some of your favorite classics, like Mac & Shews and bacon cheeseburgers. But do yourself a favor, and save room for dessert, because the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is to die for.

Sick of seitan and feeling tough on tofu? Bunna Cafe’s got just the thing. Bringing a taste of Ethiopia to Brooklyn, this plant-based restaurant serves up international fare that you won’t find at any other vegetarian spot. Plus, every weekend they have live music featuring local DJs, so you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Fitt Tip: they’re cash only, so make sure you stop by the ATM on your way.

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