Eat Your Vegan: 11 New NYC Restaurants for Plant-Based Fare
There was a big uproar in New York City a few weeks ago when the famous high-end restaurant Eleven Madison Park announced they would be reopening with an all-vegan menu. When a renowned chef pivots from honey lavender duck to plant-based food, the dramatic shift garners a lot of attention.
Vegan food has seen a steady increase in popularity during the pandemic, and within the last few months, eleven new vegan eateries opened in NYC. From soul food to comfort food, read on to find out more about these exciting new places, many of them located in the East Village.
Aunts et Uncles
Stylish Aunts et Uncles is a hybrid shop/restaurant serving plant-based eats, as well as leisurewear and home goods. At this Flatbush storefront, you can find a wide range of snacks, including open-face sandwiches, soups, salads, and tacos.
How does vegan soul food sound? Cadence in the East Village is a “plant-based restaurant with Southern soul.” The menu - all vegan - includes smoked grits, palm cakes, jerk mac+cheese, and seasonal fruit cobbler for dessert.
This artisanal chocolaterie features 100% plant-based chocolate. Located in the East Village, the vegan chocolate shop Casse-Cou Chocolate sells boxes and bars, as well as chocolates by the piece. Flavors include matcha, passion fruit caramel, yuzu, blackcurrant yogurt and marzipan.
A sister restaurant of Cadence and Soda Club (two new vegan places included in this list), Etérea specializes in vegan Mexican food. Also located in the East Village, this tequila and mezcal bar will serve you tamales and zucchini cake with your next agave negroni.
Do you love French pastries, but you can’t hang with all that butter? A vegan bakery in the East Village called Plant-Baked may be your new favorite place. Here you can get your fill of croissants in a dairy-free version.
Real Veggie Cafe
Another vegan soul food restaurant? Yup, this Queens cafe in Jamaica serves fried cauliflower instead of fried chicken. The next time you’re craving Caribbean food, head to Real Veggie Cafe for barbecue sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad, and chocolate cake.
Smashed is the latest NYC burger spot to offer vegan Impossible patties. This Lower East Side restaurant will set you up with a triple burger for $17, if you’re into that sort of thing. The Impossible Smashed comes with onions, pickles, and smash sauce on a potato roll.
Take your pick from over 200 natural and organic wines, courtesy of Soda Club’s vast collection from around the globe. This new wine bar in the East Village serves vegan pasta. Freshly made Italian dishes include gnocchi, tagliatelle, ravioli, and lasagna.
Chickpeas are the vegan star at this East Village restaurant. At Tamam Falafel, you can order a pita sandwich, a falafel platter, or a hummus bowl. Specializing in Israeli food, this plant-based eatery is one of the cheapest options on the list with their sandwich costing less than $10.
Whipped Urban Dessert Lab
You probably guessed from the name - this new Lower East Side spot is the place to go for your next ice cream fix. Whipped Urban Dessert Lab serves vegan oat milk soft serve. You can get three signature bases - vanilla, chocolate, or whipped twist, as well as hand-selected fusions, including Coffee Waffle Crunch and Cinnamon Apple Twist.
Willow, a new vegan restaurant specializing in American comfort food, has something for everyone. The Chelsea eatery offers an extensive menu, including calamari, tuna melt sandwiches, steak frites, and banana fosters cake.
What do you think of all these new vegan restaurants in New York City? Have you tried any yet?