The rise in popularity of plant-based food cannot be denied. Not too long ago, people looking to grab a vegan meal at a restaurant were often limited to few options. Today, that is not the case. In the past few years, many new, innovative vegan restaurants have opened their doors. By Chloe, an all-vegan fast-casual restaurant founded by Chef Chloe Coscarelli now has several locations in Manhattan as well as locations in Boston and Los Angeles. We’ve also recently seen quite a few “firsts.” This year, Temple of Seitan, London’s first all-vegan “chicken” shop opened its doors in London, sparking lines out the door and rave reviews. There is also The Herbivorous Butcher, America’s first vegan butcher shop, where you can get cuts like filet mignon and classic deli sandwiches like the Italian, sans meat and dairy.
Well, another first has just happened. The Good Sort, a chic, modern vegan spot that fuses Australian coffee culture with Asian breakfast food and a touch of vegan dessert, just opened its doors in NYC’s Chinatown. While Chinatown has long been a destination for restaurant-goers, its plant-based fare has been limited to Buddha Bodai, which is a vegetarian dim sum spot, or any of the “accidentally vegan” options that one might find on the menu at other restaurants.
Nestled in an unassuming backstreet between Bowery and Mott Street lies The Good Sort, the first vegan restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
At The Good Sort, you can pick up a cup of Australian-imported coffee or sip on a rainbow of dairy-free lattes made using ingredients like beet powder, turmeric, black sesame and activated charcoal, matcha, and blue algae.
You can also grab a warm bowl of congee, an Asian rice porridge that has a stick-to-your-ribs texture. Pictured below is their breakfast congee, which is served with crunchy granola, fresh blueberries, and strawberries.
The restaurant was founded by Australian Eddy Buckingham and his partner Jeff Lam and lies adjacent to their restaurant, Chinese Tuxedo. Buckingham explained to Well and Good, “the nucleus of the idea was to have an Australian espresso bar fused with a Chinese tea menu.”
While the location is small, it is very cozy and peppered with green plants, Chinese decor, and vegan desserts displayed under glass cloches. If you are ever in the area, it is certainly worth the trip — and if you do stop by, be sure to have your latte made with oat milk. The texture is incomparable. And if coffee isn’t your thing, you can always order a cup of Chinese-inspired tea to go with your choice of food.
All image sources: The Good Sort/Instagram