Driven by the ambition to make people want vegetables, Amanda Cohen revived her beloved East Village restaurant on the Lower East Side with an expanded tasting menu and a space three times larger than the original, which seats 18 people. Decorated with a greenery mural by graffiti artist Noah McDonough, the extensive dining room focuses on the open kitchen, in its center, with a chef's counter and a full bar along a wall. Like Cohen's past dishes, each dish is based on a vegetable, but his redesigned offerings contain several ingredients. Despite recent renovations that have renovated the space, Buddha Bodai remains one of New York's most essential vegetarian and vegan dining destinations.
Chef Dong has been distributing plant-based versions of Peking Duck, Turnip Pie, and Vegetarian Sesame Chicken for more than 45 years. The seemingly endless options at the Veggie Castle buffet have attracted both regular customers and more than 36,000 followers on Instagram. The personalization is unbeatable and, luckily for visitors with hungry eyes, it's also especially photogenic, as evidenced by hundreds of labeled photos of vegan fish baked in salt, grilled chicken, wings and other alternative proteins. The name is a bit joking for parents, but Avant Garden's 28-seat space, with a petrified wood countertop and raw tree branches above an open kitchen, is full of high-quality plant-based dishes.
Combine a quartet of toast covered with products such as crimini mushrooms with homemade spaghetti and drink beer, wine and cider. The restaurant, which bears the name of a kung-fu combat style from the cult classic Five Deadly Venoms from 1978 and appears on posters of old martial arts movies from the 70s and 80s, serves plant-based riffs of classics such as a fried oyster and mushroom banh mi and a cremini, mushroom and lentil burger with homemade tomato sauce and cashew cheese. This modest and cozy two-level space in Williamsburg is perfect for enjoying a cold afternoon. Known as the city's first 100% plant-based creperie, Little Choc offers sweet and savoury crepes (galettes), as well as juices, teapots and much more.
Ras Plant Based is one of the only places in the city that specializes in plant-based Ethiopian food, such as tender mushroom ribs and meatless comforters. From puff pastry sambusa and crispy cauliflower wings to huge plates of classic Ethiopian dishes, such as kitfo made with pea protein, every dish at this Crown Heights restaurant is memorable. Bring an appointment or stop by for a casual weeknight meal. The colorful murals will make you feel like you're in a multi-sensory art exhibition.
This place is like many of the restaurants in the East Village, as it's small, dark, crowded, and quite loud. But Ladybird stands out for its completely plant-based menu, making this place a popular destination for vegans who want to have a fun night out. The kitchen prepares cheesy and creamy dishes very well. They serve the best vegan macaroni and cheese we've ever tasted, and it's a real achievement if you can stop eating the coconut crème brûlée topped with fresh raspberries before it's all over.
Amanda Cohen has been at the forefront of vegan, experimental and fun haute cuisine here in New York City for more than a decade (long before the Eleven Madison Park team tried it). There's vegan food that tastes great for vegan food and then there's good food that turns out to be vegan. Most restaurants with a tasting menu don't easily admit vegan diners, and that's partly what makes this vegetable-focused restaurant at LES incredibly unique. While the restaurant has some meat dishes, they also serve some of the tastiest vegan and vegetarian sandwiches in the city.
The HAGS vegan tasting menu isn't just one of the best vegan options on the New York dining scene, it's one of the best options, period. This small narrow but artistic jewelry box in a restaurant aims to give vegan food a well-deserved touch of elegance. The historic red sauce joint that brims with New York charm, such as plant-based mozzarella, offers a completely vegan menu of old school Italian dishes. NY, NY 10002This elegant vegan restaurant delights guests with an epic 5-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing.
NY, NY 10009For an unforgettable dining experience, check out the vegan tapas menu at this modern restaurant. We love their Greedi Soul Bowl (with the grain of the day to choose from or macaroni with 26 vegan-made cheeses, topped with fried chicken breaded with quinoa, with kale or spinach and sweet potatoes to choose from); semolina with vegan meat sauce and their vegan crab cake burgers. Increasingly, New York restaurant owners are focusing their attention on vegan and vegetarian food, regardless of whether they themselves follow a meatless diet. There are plenty of restaurants in the city that offer creative ways to prepare great-tasting food without using any animal products, and these are the best.
By offering vegan pies such as 26% mushroom sausage (tomato sauce, homemade seitan sausage, cremini mushrooms and vegan cheese), The Old School (broccoli, almond ricotta and caramelized onion), The Old School (broccoli, almond ricotta and caramelized onion) and a self-made option, Screamer's makes it clear that pizza doesn't need any animal products to taste delicious. This vegan restaurant in East Village in Sichuan serves dishes such as dan dan noodles with impossible meat, mapo tofu and a trio of eggplant options. .