I’ve been a vegan for about 5 minutes (okay 38 days…) and even though I may not have been everywhere/ tried everywhere just yet ( trust me it is on the agenda) I do know good food when I taste it. Being a vegan has really opened my mind, and eyes up to food. Which is odd because most people think when you go vegan, you are losing out on all of these options. Don’t get me wrong… being a vegan has been difficult at times, when I just want to grab something to eat and go, or when I want to grab something off the memory of my favorite place only to realize they aren’t as vegan friendly as I thought (sigh… shame on you Juice For Life).
But overall I’ve had a pretty great experience being a vegan and have definitely leveled up in the kitchen. (you can check out my Gluten free/vegan waffle recipe here). And even though I have been Master Cheffing it up in the kitchen, I’ve also tried some amazing (and not so amazing… but we’ll save that for a different list) Vegan restaurants in New York. I’m really lucky to live in New York with all of the experimenting I do with my diet… and this was a sweet treat to find so many options available. Check out my top picks for the top 5 best vegan restaurants in New York.
Top 5 Best Vegan Restaurants In New York
1. MOB (Brooklyn, NY): This was the first Vegan restaurant I went to when I started my journey and their catchphrase is “Vegan Food For Carnivores”. I will say I was a little hesitant because I didn’t see anything that I thought I’d like. I was pleasantly surprised and dared to step out side of my comfort zone, so I did. I tried many things but my two faves are the Pizza Mob (with gluten free bread as an option) and the Ice-cream Sundae. Definitely a spot I recommend especially if you are just starting your transition into Vegan life.
2. Blossom Restaurant (Upper West Side, NY): I’m partial to anywhere that has good dessert, and Blossom Restaurant does not disappoint. They have 3 different locations that offer different options on the menu, so it really depends on what you are in the mood for. I went to the Upper West side location and was certainly not disappointed. I do recommend making a reservation!
3. Dun-well Doughnuts (Brooklyn, NY): In “normal” life I’m not even a huge fan of donuts and try to avoid them as much as possible, but when I became a vegan, I all of a sudden had a sudden urge for them (strange I know). So I started looking up how to make vegan donuts, then I laughed and changed my search to “where to find vegan donuts”. I was pointed in the direction of Dun-well doughnuts and I never want to leave. These donuts are so tasty and fulfilling. You are going to want seconds (watch the sugar intake) and thirds!
4. V.Spot (East Village, NY): I was interested in this restaurant initially just to see if it was really possible to take latin fusion food and turn it vegan. I must say that yes they did a good job. You can taste slight differences here and there from your favorite latin comfort foods, but it is still a delicious alternative. They also have a Park Slope location in Brooklyn as well.
5. Carmine’s: Okay…this one is a bit of a cheat. This is one of my all time favorite restaurants and they are definitely not a Vegan or Vegetarian restaurant by any stretch of the imagination. They are a full blown Italian restaurant. BUT… what I love about them even more than their food is their specialty menus. They offer a menu for people who are vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, or have nut allergies. Talk about compromising! And as someone who has experienced their “regular” menu their Vegan menu is also delicious. Carmine’s is just an overall good time all the time!
Honorable Mention: I’m a sucker for any place that has sweets … so these four spots have been recommended to me as amazing! I haven’t tried them yet but they are on my to do list, so I figured I’d add them to my honorable mention list here until I’ve had an opportunity to try them out myself.
Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary
Champs Family Bakery
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