Vegan Travel Guide: New York City

Vegan travel guide for New York City

New York City:

New York City is the largest city in the U.S. and is home to over 8.6 million people. The city is flooded every day with tourists from all around the world to observe the extensive list of landmarks, skyscrapers, and events that can make NYC a favorite destination for travelers. There is so much to do in New York that it can be overwhelming to plan what to see and, most importantly, where to eat.

Vegan Scene

New York City has been the culinary capital of the world. There is such a diverse selection of culinary experiences a traveler can have in the big apple. Vegan food and restaurants are not an exception. There is a wide variety of vegan options in this city that range from ethnic restaurants with great vegan alternatives to 100% vegan eateries that will blow you away. New York is home to some of the most visionary vegan chefs in the world who are redesigning what vegan food can be.

"Vegan option" Restaurants:

THEP Thai Restaurant: I personally love Thai food and this is one of the best Thai restaurants that I have been to. This place has some lovely vegan options, including pad thai, fried rice, and stir fry. The restaurant itself looks great with excellent service.

Pure Ktchn: This is another restaurant that has "vegan options", including the rainbow burger, Picante salad, caesar salad, falafel bowl, and vegan sushi bowl. It is a very healthy restaurant that has no added sugar or fried foods. I love the breakfast at his place because you can tell that they use whole foods. This is the perfect way to start your day.

100% Vegan Place:

New York has a shocking amount of all-vegan restaurants. Many major cities may have a handful at most. However, New York is home to dozens. There are almost too many to choose from! Here is a list of some of the best and most popular.

Beyond Sushi: Beyond Sushi is my favorite place to eat in NYC. I have a full article here on Beyond Sushi. Just know they are making amazing vegan sushi and making huge innovative strides in the vegan community. This is a fantastic place to take someone who is not vegan or considering vegan because it shows that a vegan diet is not constricting and that you can still have your favorite foods. Definitely stop by!

By Chloe: This is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in New York City, and I am sure incredibly delicious. However, I would not support this restaurant. This restaurant was started by Chef Chloe Coscarelli but was later pushed out of her own company. Chloe Coscarelli has made some of the best vegan cookbooks and has helped create the best vegan food. N.Y. Eatery did an excellent article on this sad story. So personally, I would not support this restaurant and instead support Chloe Coscarelli, who makes fantastic vegan food and has been a tremendous vegan advocate.

Urban Kitchen Vegan Chicken and Mac N' Cheese

Urban Vegan Kitchen: is located in the west village in a very cool part of town. This restaurant is funky and fun. The music and art on the wall are littered with musical greats Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and other music legends. I order a chicken and Mac & Cheese. The chicken is made with seitan and crispy, topped with sautéed kale. The Mac & Cheese was creamy and tasted great. This is one of those vegan places where you want to order several dishes at once. I caught myself on several times, eyeing other people's food as they brought it out and cursing myself for not ordering it!

P.S. Kitchen: P.S. Kitchen is a 100% vegan restaurant that offers lunch, dinner, and brunch over the weekends. This restaurant is one of the must-stops for all vegan travelers visiting New York City. Not only because of their fantastic food but also their amazing charitable works. 100% of the profits go directly to the charity. You heard that, right! 100% of the profits go to re-noun international charities.

I talk more about P.S Kitchen and their charitable work in more detail here. This is such an amazing and honorable cause. This is a unique aspect of P.S. Kitchen and a reason why P.S. Kitchen deserves our support and business. Their food is the second major reason to dine out. They have some great dishes including an amazing burger and fries. They also have an amazing apple cobbler with coconut whipped ice cream that is photographed above.

Screamer's Pizzeria: Screamers Pizzeria offers excellent vegan pizza. This is a great place to get your authentic New York City pizza fix!

Candle 79: This is a lovely establishment in the Upper Eastside. They have a lot of exceptional items, including kinds of pasta and Moroccan spiced chickpeas.

Modern Love Brooklyn: This is a great place to grab a burger! They have great chicken and waffles as well.

Avant Garden: Avant Garden is a well renowned vegan restaurant. They have s very high rating on trip advisor and yelp and are also the proud winners of many different awards for their fantastic food. The setting is intimate and rustic. There are great wines at this restaurant, which I much appreciate because it can be challenging to find high-quality wines that I know are vegan.

NYC Vegan

Photo of New York City Apartment

New York City is one of the most desirable places to be as a vegan. The options are endless. Throughout each neighborhood no matter if you're in Manhattan, Brooklyn or any other Burrough you have access to vegan restaurants. Plan your next trip to the big city. Just make sure you are planful and know what places you want to try. This is a unique opportunity to have vegan foods that you may not have access to in your home city. It may be sushi from Beyond Sushi or Chicken and Waffles from Urban Kitchen. Do your research and enjoy one of the seemingly infinite vegan options of New York City!


Cameron Ralg is an avid member of the vegan community for about a decade. He has recently discovered his passion for travel and loves to offer tips and suggestions from his experiences.  


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