If you’re interested in eating amazing vegan food, New York City is one of the best places to be! With all of the amazing options, you’ll have little trouble finding innovative, delicious vegan food. The first time I visited the city, I was blown away by how many vegan options are available at regular restaurants, as well as how many strictly vegan places there are.
After eating my way through this city the past few years on a plant-based diet, here are 10 must-try vegan dishes in NYC:
1. Maple Mustard Tempeh Sandwich at the Cinnamon Snail food truck
For a quick, no-frills nom-fest, one must stand in line at the Cinnamon Snail food truck, which parks in various locations around NYC. This food truck is the crème-da-la-crème of to-go vegan sandwiches. Get your protein with their delicious maple mustard tempeh sandwich, which is served on grilled spelt bread with roasted garlic aioli, kale, tomato, and onion.
2. Farmer’s Quinoa Veggie Burger at Bareburger
Bareburger is known for cooking up organic and all-natural burgers. Vegans have a couple of burger options, including their farmer’s quinoa veggie patty. Order it on a multi-grain roll. You choose what style you want, such as California, with avocado and salsa verde, or Mediterranean with red piquante peppers and cucumber mint yogurt.
3. Ukrainian Vegetarian Borscht at Veselka
Get hot, delicious vegetarian borscht all 24 hours at Veselka, which has been serving traditional Ukrainian food in the city since 1954. Just ask to hold the sour cream. Borscht is a soup made from beets.
4. The Bob Marley at Hoomos Asli
This chef sandwich includes falafel and every salad on their menu. That means you get falafel on a pita with Israeli salad, Moroccan Salad, Carrot Salad, Spicy Tomatoes, Tabouli, Babaganoush, and more.
5. Grilled Nama Gori Panini at Sacred Chow
This organic, kosher vegan bistro serves up hearty paninis, tapas, and more. Get the Grilled Nama Gori Panini. Nama gori tofu steaks are first steeped in a rich mustard-garlic sauce, then sliced, and seared until tender and succulent. It’s served with baby greens and a drizzle of garlic aioli.
6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnut at Dun-Well Doughnuts
In Brooklyn, two friends who met in college opened NYC’s first all-vegan doughnut shop. Yes, that’s correct: every doughnut on the menu is dairy-free. They make dozens of flavors. Be sure to try the peanut butter and jelly doughnut.
7. Roasted Salt and Pepper Japanese Yam Sandwich at Num Pang Sandwich Shop
This Cambodian sandwich shop has bottles of Sriracha sauce on the counter. Pour it on the roasted salt and pepper Japanese yam sandwich for a spicy, sweet, creamy taste on delicious roasted bread. Ask the staff to prepare this vegetarian sandwich as vegan by holding the mayo.
8. Omega Salad and Applewood Smoked Tofu at Caravan of Dreams
Indulge in delicious, organic vegan fare at Caravan of Dreams. The atmosphere is great for a date, and they feature live music. The omega salad consisted of kale, sunﬂower sprouts, cucumbers, mixed ﬁeld greens, avocado, spiced cashews, hemp seeds, and Citrus Hemp dressing. The sandwich has artichoke hearts, caramelized onion mustard, romaine, whole wheat toast, and pickle.
9. Marinara Pizza at PizzArte
The restaurant boasts that everyone from the wait staff to the general manager to the pizzaiolo and the executive chef is from Naples, so you know you’ll get quality pizza. They have a vegan pizza on the menu, the Marinara, which is a simple harmony of San Marzano tomatoes, oregano, and garlic.
10. Southern Seitan Sandwich at Café Blossom
Among the many fresh, vegan creations, Café Blossom has fantastic sandwiches. Try the Southern Seitan Sandwich that they have in season, which includes spiced seitan, avocado, caramelized onions, romaine, and chipotle aioli on rustic rosemary focaccia.
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