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20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots In NYC

Written by Bianca kirschner

20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots In NYC

Welcome to your ultimate guide to the top vegan and vegetarian spots in NYC! Whether you’re a full-time plant-based diner or just scouting for some healthy, eco-friendly eating options, New York City offers a plethora of choices that cater to every taste and preference.  But amidst the abundance, how do you uncover the true gems? To guide you, we’ve curated our recommendations for the top 20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots in NYC. Whether you’re a New York City resident or taking advantage of living in New Jersey while working in NYC, consider our recommendations if you are a hard-core vegetarian/vegan, aspiring, or simply looking to eat clean.

Not planning on crossing over into the city to get your vegetarian/vegan fix? Check out our list of Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Hoboken or our list of 8 Gluten-Free Bakeries in Jersey City if you’re looking for a healthy sweet treat. Keep this page bookmarked for the latest updates, including operational hours and new entries!

Dirt Candy

86 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Dirt Candy kicks off our list of the top 20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots In NYC. It stands out as the city’s only vegetable restaurant and one of two with a Michelin Star. They serve exclusively vegetables, with the goal of making them taste better than anything you’ve ever had. The kitchen essentially acts as a laboratory for their award-winning chef, Amanda Cohen, who pushes the boundaries of vegetables further than anyone else in the world every day. The menu changes regularly because they are on a journey to explore the furthest reaches of vegetable cuisine.


38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

Featuring imaginative and progressive dishes that put plants at the forefront, along with tonics and cocktails that showcase the finest offerings of Mother Nature. Under the leadership of Jean-Georges and Executive Chef Neal Harden, treat yourself to a plant-centric array of dishes, including vegan and gluten-free options. Embracing the growing trend towards plant-based eating, Jean-Georges has inaugurated a new venue at Tin Building, dedicated exclusively to plant-based and vegan cuisine.

Avant Garden

95 Avenue A, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10009

Avant Garden has become renowned for offering some of New York’s most cherished vegan dishes, complemented by a selection of curated global natural wines. Focusing on fresh, natural vegetables and international flavors, Avant Garden stands as a pivotal plant-based dining destination in the NYC culinary landscape.

Beyond Sushi

Various Locations

Beyond Sushi is a spot to check out if you are looking for vegan or vegetarian sushi. Beyond Sushi in New York City’s leading vegan restaurant chain, reimagining plant-based food one plate at a time. They are a vegan and kosher haven known for their unconventional sushi, globally inspired flavors, and indulgent desserts and cocktails. They have five locations across Manhattan, offering full-service dine-in, takeout, and delivery options.


185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Beatnic was once known as By Chloe. But was rebranded by the owner after a legal battle. They have many options on their menus, from began burgers, salads, sandwiches, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and fresh juices! Of course, all are vegan or vegetarian. This spot is so popular because you can find healthy options, but they have that too if you are craving junk food!


15 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001


Led by Founder and CEO Steven Salm and Co-founder and Executive Chef David Lee, PLANTA was born in 2016 to expand the accessibility and acceptability of plant-based dining; dining as it should be an unguilty pleasure. PLANTA puts Asian fare on the table with a food menu divided into five sections sushi, chilled & raw, dumplings, small plates, and wok & noodles. Additionally, the cocktail menu incorporates a variety of fruity Asian flavors as well, like the Herb Your Enthusiasm, made with Thai chili-infused tequila; Lych Please, made with hibiscus-infused gin and lychee liqueur; and the Kombucha Mojito! 23.

The Butcher’s Daughter

581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots In NYC

The Butcher’s Daughter is a plant-based restaurant, cafe, juice bar, and “vegetable slaughterhouse.” They treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat hence the name. They constantly change their menu, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 100 percent vegetarian and non-dairy. The cafe was created in 2012 by Heather Tierney, who owns the cocktail bar Apotheke. Soon after opening, this place became immensely popular.


Various Locations

20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots In NYC

Taïm is a legendary West Village falafel spot that pretty much everyone in this city has been obsessed with for a decade. A falafel sandwich at Taïm is the best thing you can get in New York City for less than $10. They have 3 locations in NYC. Order a falafel sandwich or a sampler platter, and you won’t be disappointed.


122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009


Cadence is a new soul food spot from the vegan restaurant group Overthrow Hospitality. At Cadence, the simple menu from executive chef Shennari Freeman manages to hit all the spots. They are famous for their redefined classics like Southern fried lasagna with red wine “Bolognese” and pine nut ricotta, a fried Buffalo oyster mushroom sandwich enclosed in a pretzel bun, expertly seasoned smoked grits, and a housemade fruit cobbler. Additionally, the wine menu features bottles from Black-owned wineries too. They are located in the east village.


Various Locations

Blossom is a vegan restaurant group in New York City that was established to creatively bring vegan dining to a fresh, new, and delicious level. Starting in 2005, they brought animal-caring, health-conscious cuisine to food lovers everywhere. They have two locations—one in the Upper West Side hub with a full-service bar and a newer Greenwich Village eatery. The menus span several categories of cuisine; the atmospheres lean toward classy.


111 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

First opened in 2016, Ladybird is a tapas and wine bar—a convivial environment for dates and good conversation. Ladybird offers an assortment of small plates to enjoy if you want to eat something lighter. Try their famous Buffalo Maitake Buns and our Fondues! Yes, they are vegan, too, and delicious.

Spicy Moon

328 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots In NYC

This Szechuan restaurant is the perfect spot if you are a fan of spicy Chinese food. Spicy Moon is located in East Village. You have many options with spicy grilled eggplant, dan dan noodles, and dumplings.


12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

HanGawi is a vegetarian restaurant that aims to incorporate traditional Korean vegetarian dishes into Western culture. If you like Korean food or want a place with many flavors, check them out.

Peacefood Cafe

41 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003


This vegan gem is located on the Upper West Side. This is a great spot to stop for a healthy and delicious lunch. They have salads, sandwiches, soups, and more. Additionally, they also have an entirely vegan bakery section. They also have a kid’s menu if you stop by with the little ones.

Caravan Of Dreams

405 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Angel Moreno founded Caravan of Dreams in 1991 as a place where the Spanish ex-pat could combine his passions for food, health, music, arts, and community. Since then, it has served the East Village with all organic, vegan, kosher verified, and extensive live food options, a fully stocked bar, nightly entertainment, and occasional educational seminars and events.

Built plank-by-plank and brick-by-brick by Angel, Caravan of Dreams became the vanguard of a new mode of living and has since become one of the established stalwarts of the East Village scene and a symbol of the Zeitgeist. Their vegan menu includes salads, sandwiches,  paella, ravioli, and more.

Buddha Bodai

5 Mott St. New York NY, 10013

Situated in the heart of Chinatown, Buddha Bodai has been serving magnificent vegetarian meals since its inception in 2004. Buddha Bodai is committed to achieving and maintaining the delicate flavors of China’s deep culinary history. Chef Dong has been doling out plant-based versions of Peking duck, turnip cake, and vegetarian sesame chicken for over 45 years, so this place is not one to miss!

NY Dosas

50 Washington Square S New York, NY 10012

NY Dosas is a very well-known street vendor in NYC. This Washington Square food vendor usually has many eager, hungry customers who love their food. The Indian food truck specializes in crunchy dosas that are 100% vegetarian. Stop by and enjoy a dosa if you are in the area or park!

Fat Choy

250 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

Fat Choy is a type of Chinese food spot that is fast-casual and focuses on various small plates. There’s a play on the sloppy Joe made by stuffing mushroom ragu inside a sesame pancake, salt and pepper cauliflower, and sticky rice dumplings that are unique and flavorful. They also have rice rolls, a green salad, smashed cucumber, and more.

Lekka Burger – Permanently Closed 

81 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

Vegan burgers are a huge craze right now. Lekka burgers are made with only whole, natural ingredients, including portobello mushrooms, cannelloni beans, onions, fennel, and garlic. The burgers contain no soy or gluten and require no added lab-made flavors or vitamins to be wholesome and delicious. This is Amanda Cohen’s follow-up to Dirt Candy. The menu also has salads and several vegan milkshakes or soft serves.

Bunna Cafe

1084 Flushing Ave Brooklyn, NY 11237

Last on our list of 20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots In NYC is Bunna Cafe, a Bushwick staple. Since 2011, Bunna Cafe has been curating Ethiopian-themed food and music events around NYC. In February 2014, they finally opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant on the heels of an inspirational Indiegogo campaign. Bunna Cafe will be right up your alley if you want to try something unique and new. Sample the family-style platters or the red lentils in berbere sauce, mashed split peas simmered with tomato, and a chickpea stuffing with kale.

As you explore our list of 20 Vegan or Vegetarian Spots in NYC, you’ll not only be indulging in some of the finest plant-based cuisines but also contribute to a more sustainable planet. Whether you choose the seasoned favorites or the trendy new eateries, each spot promises a unique dining experience that supports a more healthy lifestyle. Continue to follow us here for more insights and updates on New York and New Jersey’s vibrant food scene.

Updated April 22, 2024

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