Best Vegan Restaurants in NYC - Where the Food Actually Has Real Taste


by Anne Thompson

Even though it is a far more common lifestyle choice these days being a vegan who likes to eat out isn't always easy, even in the culinary mecca that is New York City.

While vegetarians are increasingly well catered to if you have chosen to take the herbivorous diet to the 'next level' then finding a great meal outside the confines of your own kitchen can be tough.

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Tough, but not impossible, as these very notable vegan restaurants in New York City demonstrate every day.

Beyond Sushi

Beyond Sushi NYC

Obviously, sushi is not a culinary niche that vegans can indulge in but this all vegan eatery offers the next best thing.

Everything on their 'sushi station' may look very much like the real thing but in fact, it is all created from fresh local vegetables and other vegan-friendly ingredients.

Standouts on the extensive menu include the Spicy Shroom wrap, a flavorful combination of baby greens, buckwheat noodles, shiitake and portabella mushrooms, pickled ginger and cashews wrapped in a crisp lettuce leaf shell and the black rice roasted eggplant caviar roll.

There is also a selection of colorful and appealing salads and if you don't finish your meal with a big, slightly sloppy Black Sesame Avocado Coconut Cookie you will live to regret it.

Beyond Sushi is located at 229 E. 14th St

V Spot

V Spot NYC

V Spot is more than just a vegan restaurant it's actually a Latin, vegan and kosher eatery so it can cover all kinds of bases on a group night out.

At the heart of the menus at both locations - there is one on St Mark's Place and one in Brooklyn - are 'vege-tized' versions of Latin classics; empanadas, quesadillas, arepas, tacos, burritos and more.

All of them pack just enough kick to satisfy even the biggest of spice fans and everything is vegan-friendly, right down to the cheese.

Our personal favorites include the (over)loaded Philly empanada, a delicious combination of house-made Seitan, vegan Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onions and peppers and the Spinach Burrito, a combination of fresh baby spinach, beans, vegan cheeses and vegan guac.

But there is an awful lot to choose from on the menu and we promise, even your carnivore friends won't really miss the meat.

V Spot boasts locations at 12 Saint Marks Place and 156 5th Ave, Brooklyn

Blossom on Carmine

Blossom on Carmine NYC

The Blossom chain is now four all-vegan eateries strong, each with its own menu and vibe, but our favorite is the quiet and rustic Blossom on Carmine.

The menu of this particular Blossom consists mainly of no-nonsense but delightfully delicious versions of your favorite comfort foods.

Pop in in the morning and enjoy their signature Breakfast Bowl, a feast of savory scramble, roasted potatoes, veggie sausage, rosemary 'buttermilk' biscuits and raspberry jam and it will be just like eating home cooking again.

And if it's a juicy burger you really miss the Soy 'Bacon CheeseBurger' should hit the spot perfectly.

Blossom on Carmine is located at 41-43 Carmine St.


Terri NYC

Many vegans believe that their fast food days are pretty much over once they make the big dietary switch.

But, Terri proves that that is far from the case. Working on the premise that fast food favorites can be converted into far healthier vegan dishes that actually have taste the vegan eatery will soon be expanding to three locations and offers catering and delivery options as well.

Just what do we mean by vegan fast food? Their faux bacon, egg, and cheese muffin is a truly great way to start the day and every one of their lunch menu sandwiches is a winner, especially the Southwestern 'chicken' melt.

They even have you covered for a quick dinner, offering delights like their Thai 'chicken' with rice and the hearty 'meatball sub'.

Terri locations can be found at 60 West 23rd Street, 100 Maiden Lane and, as of March 2016 in Midtown East.

LuAnne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan

LuAnne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan

Don't let the hole in the wall location fool you, LuAnne's offers some seriously good vegan eats with a unique Asian flair that are well worth stopping by for.

Menu standouts include the oversized deep-fried wontons that are packed with soy cheese, watercress and spinach, the light and fragrant Pumpkin Soup and the tasty as heck Seitan Skewers with Scallion Pancakes.

Whatever you do though don't eat too much as you'll want to leave room for a slice of the amazing Peanut Butter Bomb Cake that is a house specialty.

LuAnne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan is located at 380 Broome St.

There you go, thats the list over Top 5 NYC Vegan Eateries that you definitely shouldn't miss out on.