Vegan Restaurants in NYC
Angelica Kitchen- A vegan New York institution. You will usually have a wait for a table and the service can be cold and officious. The food is clean, delicious, and consistent. Some of our faves include the dragon bowl, the hibiscus cooler, and the sea caesar dressing.
Baby Cakes- The best vegan and gluten free baked goods. We have never had something from here we didn’t like. Highlights include the tiny brownies, the chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes, and the cookie sandwiches filled with heavenly agave frosting. The stock sells out, so this is a better stop early in the day than after dinner.
Blossom- Tucked away in Chelsea’s west side this place is a true gem! Great atmosphere, great vegan food, and a mid-range price for the upscale meal you will have.
Bonobo’s- This is a cafeteria style raw food restaurant. There is almost no atmosphere to be captured here, but affordable and tasty raw food.
Candle Cafe and Candle 79- We have only been to Candle 79, but these restaurants are absolutely delicious and charming. It’s almost always packed, but it’s the kind of place you can take a non-vegan friend for a great lunch/dinner.
Curly’s Lunch- This is comfort food central for vegans and vegetarians. Everything from french toast to burgers and fries. Named for their Curly fries, this is the greasy spoon of vegan living.
Pala- Craving pizza? Run don’t walk. Delicious brick oven pizza served here for vegans and omnivores. They even have gluten free options. This is not a quick meal, but always worth the wait. Try the potato and zucchini pizza!
Pure Food and Wine- The original raw food restaurant from the woman who wrote the book on raw foods. This is pricy and indulgent! Everything is amazing, and you won’t believe you’re only eating raw plant based foods. $$$$$
Terri Organics- A new spot for us. Think of this as vegan subway. They have sandwiches, juices, and baked morsels. Nothing to write home about, but the meal is quick and decent when you’re on the go.
Wild Ginger- This is a delicious asian fusion spot. The atmosphere is charming and the food is delicious. Been here many times and we’ve always been satisfied with the meal.
Vegan Restaurants Around the Country
Cafe Gratitude- Somewhere between a meal and a visit to the Disneyland of hippy communes you’ll find Cafe Gratitude. Servers will ask you to ponder some philosophical musing while you wait for your food- it’s quite dogmatic. However, if you want a delicious and affordable raw food meal you will be glad you came. Try the homemade ginger ale!
Herbivore- A standard west coast flavored diner. Staple breakfast and lunch foods for vegan meet-ups and brunch will satisfy your non-vegan friends too. We hear that each location has different strengths/weaknesses. We can vouch for brunch at the Divisadero locale. We can’t get enough of the tofu scrambles here.
Millenium- This place takes vegan dining to a whole new level. Pricy but worth the money. If you’re in San Francisco make this a special dinner. Highlights include the creamiest vegan ice cream ever and cocktails/ specialty drinks that are meticulously created to order.
Veggie Heaven- For those of you who switched from a Standard American Diet. This clean asian inspired vegan joint will blow your mind. We asked five times if they were sure our vegan pork was not made of pigs.
Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup - WT discovered this place while working in Burlington. A hot and cold bar features vegan and vegetarian options from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. It is awesome! 3-5 Vegan baked goods a day. Do not miss this place!