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The 10 Best Vegetarian And Vegan Restaurants In New York City

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Updated: 22 January 2018
A city of character, New York is known for offering something for everyone. One look at Manhattan’s renowned restaurant scene proves this, with dollar pizza joints, upscale restaurants, and classic food stands all sharing the city streets. For those seeking cuisine with a conscience, here are 10 of New York’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
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Red Bamboo

Drawing inspiration from flavors that are global favorites, vegan Red Bamboo boasts an exciting menu of both familiar and foreign fare. Utilizing fresh veggies, flavorful spices, and tasty mock ‘meat,’ Red Bamboo delivers dishes such as Créole fried ‘chicken,’ Caribbean jerk seitan (wheat gluten), and fiery barbecue buffalo wings. They also offer an extensive selection of vegan wines and beers, as well as an indulgent dessert menu. This multi-ethnic restaurant makes eating with a conscience easy.

Red Bamboo, 140 West 4th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 260 7049

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Superiority Burger

Not many veggie burgers can earn block-long lines of hungry customers, but let any New Yorker in-the-know tell you, Superiority Burger is worth braving the lunch rush. Delivering healthy renditions of your favorite drive-thru dishes, this vegetarian hotspot is serving up tofu sloppy joes, homemade gelatto, and of course, a fan-favorite burger.

Superiority Burger, 430 East 9th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 256 1192

Superiority Burger, muenster cheese, iceberg, tomato, dill pickle | © T.Tseng/Flickr

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Vegetarian Dim Sum House

Great for group outings, Chinese restaurant Vegetarian Dim Sum House offers an extensive menu of shareable plates at affordable prices. Enjoy complimentary tea while you dig into crispy wontons, sweet and salty dumplings, and lotus-wrapped sticky rice. The restaurant’s friendly staff, intimate interior, and inventive dishes, make this cozy Chinatown nook a must-visit for any dim sum-loving diner.

Vegetarian Dim Sum House, 24 Pell Street #1, New York, NY, USA +1 212 577 7176

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Candle 79

For upscale vegan fare, look no further than Candle 79, an Upper East Side restaurant catering to fine dining foodies. Wild mushroom crêpes, portobello steak, and fluffy polenta fries are only a sampling of the restaurant’s decadent dishes. Also offering an array of organic wines, dessert cocktails, and gluten-free desserts, Candle 79 is one of New York’s hottest health-conscious restaurants.

Candle 79, 154 East 79th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 537 7179

Zucchini Enchiladas | © Laura/Flickr

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Angelica Kitchen

Dare to indulge at Angelica Kitchen, a historical Manhattan restaurant serving vegan versions of your favorite comfort foods. Fiery three-bean chili, flavorful tempeh reubens, and gravy-smothered country biscuits round out Angelica’s menu of well-executed and re-imagined classics.

Angelica Kitchen, 300 East 12th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 228 2909

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Bunna Cafe

The flavorful vegan fare at Ethiopian restaurant Bunna Cafe is as fun to look at as it is to eat. Colorful platters of spicy red lentils, garlic-ginger chickpeas, and rosemary-onion mushrooms are enjoyed alongside African beers and wines at this warm Bushwick restaurant. If you’re lucky, your visit may earn you an elaborate performance of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and complementary bunna to enjoy with your meal.

Bunna Cafe, 1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 347 295 2227

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The Butcher’s Daughter

Join the trendy crowd at The Butcher’s Daughter for fresh-pressed juices, La Colombe coffee, and colorful vegetarian dishes sure to make your body (and your Instagram feed) happy. The daily-changing menu at this healthy hotspot features curried avocado toast, crispy kale chips, and raw pesto linguini topped with cashew ricotta.

The Butcher’s Daughter, 19 Kenmare Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 219 3434

The Green Radish

Bringing new meaning to the phrase ‘meals on wheels,’ vegan food truck The Green Radish delivers guilt-free fast food to Manhattan and New Jersey customers. Serving up baked rosemary fries, gluten-free cookies, and spicy black bean burgers on Balthazar buns, this rolling restaurant is more than a few steps above your usual lunch break locale.

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Chennai Garden By Tiffin Wallah

Save yourself the trip to Flushing and get your Indian food fix at Chennai Garden by Tiffin Wallah, a kosher and vegetarian restaurant serving authentic ethnic fare. Located in Manhattan’s own ‘Curry Hill,’ this Indian restaurant stands out for its super-sized dosa, regionally-inspired thali platters, and affordable lunch buffet.

Chennai Garden by Tiffin Wallah, 127 East 28th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 685 7301

Lunch Buffet Take Out Chennai Garden | © Jason Lam/Flickr

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For a unique dining experience, try Hangawi, an upscale Korean restaurant embracing Asian tradition and vegetarianism. Lose your shoes and grab a spot on the floor to begin your authentic Korean meal of spicy kimchi pancakes, black sesame porridge, and sweet-and-sour mushrooms. Worth the splurge, the restaurant’s elegant Asian décor and warm atmosphere are treats themselves.

Hangawi, 12 East 32nd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 213 0077

Hangawi Sweet and sour mushrooms | © Edsel Little/Flickr