Plenty of fast food restaurants are beginning to offer meatless and plant-based options. Burger King introduced a Whopper made with the vegan Impossible patty, KFC tested vegan fried chicken made by Beyond Meat, and McDonald’s even launched a vegan happy meal in the U.K. But it’s still not so common to find completely plant-based casual eating places that serve “fast food” classics.

Of the few fully plant-based places like this is Veggie Grill, one of the most popular vegan restaurants for eating out. In fact, it’s the largest 100% plant-based, premium fast casual brand in the country. Although they have 36 locations, they’ve never had one in New York City… until now! On Friday, December 13th Veggie Grill opens their 37th location and first ever in New York City!

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The new Veggie Grill will be located at 12 W. 23rd St in the Flatiron District. Their menu will include signature Veggie Grill items such as burgers, sandwiches, tacos, entrée salads, bowls and more. There will also be customer favorites like VG Beyond Burger, Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ sandwich, Rustic Farm Bowl and the Mediterranean Supergreens Salad along with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

Veggie Grill will give New Yorkers the chance to not just eat vegan, but eat with the seasons. They innovate the menu four times a year with seasonal celebrations, which means customers can hope for fresh produce all year long!

Interior of NYC Veggie Grill location

Source: Courtesy of Veggie Grill

CEO Steve Heeley told One Green Planet: “We are thrilled to bring 100% plant-based handcrafted food to New Yorkers that share our belief around making food matter more. We can’t wait to share our chef-inspired dishes with this great city as we continue our east coast expansion delivering affordable and delicious plant-based meals to conscious consumers.”

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The restaurant will have solo, communal, and intimate tables. There will also be kiosks for ordering that guide customers step by step on ordering the right meal for them. It will be open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday, and 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday.

To celebrate, profits from the opening day will be donated to GrowNYC, an organization aiming to improve New Yorkers’ quality of life through environmental programs.

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects. Learn about some Common Health Concerns That May Disappear Once You Ditch Dairy and 10 Calcium Supplements For Healthy Living on a Dairy-Free and 10 Carrageenan-Free Non-Dairy Products!

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, plant-based, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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