As a plant-based eater, the Staten Island food scene can leave you wanting—and hungry. However, luckily for vegan and vegetarian locals, some restaurants can accommodate carnivores and no-meat-noshers alike. Here are the best Staten Island spots to enjoy a meatless meal.
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One of many Sri Lankan restaurants on Staten Island (the borough is home to New York City’s largest Sri Lankan population), Lakruwana stands out as a must-visit for every kind of eater. Take in the restaurant’s stunning Sri Lankan décor before taking on its fan-favorite weekend buffet. Here, pineapple curries, sweet and smoky eggplant, gooseberry mousse, and more are served alongside non-vegetarian dishes.
Think plant-based bites have to be bland? The team behind the food coma-inducing eats at Potatopia invites you to think again. Catering to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and carnivorous consumers alike, Potatopia makes alternative eating easy—and delicious. The spot’s starch-centric menu features tater tots, smashed red skinned potatoes, and sweet potato fries covered with toppings such as farmer’s market broccoli, vegetarian chili, and smoked gouda.
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They say to never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, but breaking the rules has never tasted better than at Tastebud’s Natural Foods. The grocery store-cum-grab-and-go eatery boasts a food bar featuring tofu quiche, lentil burger patties, seaweed salad, and much more. Like your lunch? With its natural and organic products, Tastebud’s makes it easy to create your own plant-based plates at home.
A taste of Thailand is closer than you may think; at Forest Thai Cuisine, Southeast Asian eats are accessible to all. Here, vegetarian-friendly finds include pad Thai with tofu, vegetable curries, mango with coconut sticky rice, and more ethnic classics.
With its selection of core offerings and two daily-changing menus of family recipes prepared by “nonnas of the world,” Enoteca Maria boasts an eating experience as diverse as it is delicious. Here, plant-based patrons can taste the world through dishes such as Italian vegetable loaves, Greek spanakopita, and Venezuelan cheesy corn pancakes.
At the self-identified “vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegetarian restaurant” Dosa Garden, there’s something for every appetite. Authentic Indian eats, such as paneer in hot and sour sauce, vegetable biryani, and stuffed dosa, or crepes made with fermented lentils and rice, are sure to satisfy Staten Island eaters.