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Where To Eat Vegan In New York City

It’s no secret that New York is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world—and it’s getting even better. What started as a niche trend has now become mainstream. Veganism has been rising for years, but its popularity is only increasing. New restaurants are opening daily, making it easier to find delicious vegan food in New York City.

Residents can choose from various vegan dining options, including gourmet Korean, conceptual food art, and Ethiopian stew. The city is home to several plant-based restaurants that cater to all types of diets, including meat eaters who want to try something new.

I’ve personally visited each of the places listed, and I can tell you they’re wonderful.

Here are some of the best places to enjoy vegan food in New York City:

  • Blossom
  • Peacefood
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Eric McKenna’s Bakery
  • Bareburger
  • May Kaidee
  • Spicy Moon
  • Whole Foods Market

Before you start exploring my suggestions, I recommend you look at my Mapstr map, where you can find vegan and vegan-friendly places in New York City and around the world.


Blossom

Blossom is one of my favorite vegan spots in New York. It’s also one of those restaurants where everything on the menu sounds good—so you may want to order multiple things and share them. 

I’ve been to the location on Columbus Avenue called Blossom on Columbus. This beautiful location features a large, open dining area and a full bar with organic and local wines and beers.

Name: Blossom
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: Yes
Cuisine: Innovative 

Find Blossom

Address: 507 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA


Peacefood

Peacefood is an entirely vegan cafe in New York. The restaurant serves organic and non-GMO products that are locally sourced whenever possible.

Peacefood is a great place to get your daily veggies, with options like salads, soups, smoothies, juices, and more. The menu also includes sandwiches on homemade bread as well as baked goods.

You can find Peacefood at two different locations throughout Manhattan: Uptown and Downtown. I’ve been to the one in the Upper West Side. It’s very casual. 

I’ve been there for lunch and got The Other Caesar, a Caesar salad with onion, tomato, crostini, romaine, and smoked tempeh bacon. It was amazing. The tempeh bacon was delicious!  

Name: PEACEFOOD 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan & Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: Yes
Cuisine: Comfort Food 

Find Peacefood

Upper West Side Address: 460 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, United States
Greenwich Village Address: 41 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, United States


Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment is a plant-based café in Williamsburg, a young and fashionable hip neighborhood in Brooklyn. It opened in 2019, and it’s become known for its decadent and cozy pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, freshly baked croissants, seasonal bites, and coffee.

I was blown away when I tried their pastries for the first time. They are possibly the best sweets I’ve ever tried. The Pain Au Chocolat tasted better than the one I ate in Paris years ago—made with milk and eggs. It’s a must-go if you’re near Williamsburg—or even if you have to go there on purpose!

Name: Terms of endearment
Location: williamsburG, BROOKLYN
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: Yes
Cuisine: BAKED GOODS

Find Terms of Endearment

Address: 135 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States


Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Erin McKenna’s is a cozy little bakery in the Lower East Side. It’s completely gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free. When they opened the bakery in 2005, they focused on the underserved: they wanted to make eating vegan and gluten-free fun—and they did.

Their desserts are out of this world. They’re so good it’s hard to believe they’re vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and often sugar-free too!

This time, I had a Gingerbread Cupcake and a Chocolate Chip Cookie. It was my first Chocolate Chip Cookie as a vegan, and wow. It was delicious.

Name: ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY
Location: LOWER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: YES
Cuisine: BAKED GOODS

Find Erin Mckenna’s Bakery

Address: 248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002, United States


Bareburger

Bareburger is a local micro-chain of burger restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. They use local, organic, and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.

Their vegan options are excellent. They include different burgers, salads, sides, plenty of sauces, and vegan desserts and shakes.

If you want to satisfy your burger, fries, and shake craving, look no further!

I’ve been to three different Bareburger locations: the Hell’s Kitchen one, the Lower East Side one, and the East Village one. My favorite is the Hell’s Kitchen location; the others are also nice, though. The cool thing about Bareburger is that each place has its own vibe.

Name: Bareburger
Locations: Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: No
Cuisine: AMERICAN 

Find Bareburger

Hell’s Kitchen Address: 313 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, United States
Astoria Address: 33-21 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11103, United States
Chelsea Address: 184 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011, United States
Upper West Side Address: 2233 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, United States
Cobble Hill Address: 149 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
Astoria Address: 23-01 31st St, Queens, NY 11105, United States
Forest Hills Address: 1681 1st Ave., New York, NY 10128, United States
Hell’s Kitchen Address: 366 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
Greenwich Village Address: 535 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012, United States
Long Island City Address: 48-19 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101, United States
Murray Hill Address: 514 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States
Lower East Side Address: 155 William St, New York, NY 10038, United States
Park Slope Address: 170 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States
East Village Address: 173 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, United States


May Kaidee

May Kaidee is a small, all-vegan Thai restaurant in Two Bridges. The food there is so good that I bought the cookbook!

May Kaidee is a restaurant that specializes in vegan Thai food. It was started by May Kaidee, who moved from Thailand to New York City, and it’s named after her.

I’m a big fan of Thai food. It’s spicy, flavorful, and full of fresh ingredients. I’ve eaten at many Thai restaurants but have never been to Thailand.

I had some amazing dishes, including Panang Curry and Pad Thai. The spice level is relatively high so if you’re sensitive to spicy foods or not used to eating spicy foods, then be sure to ask for milder spice levels on everything!

Name: May Kaidee 
Locations: two bridges, manhattan
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: Yes
Cuisine: Thai

Find May Kaidee

Address: 215 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002, United States


Malibu Farm

Malibu Farm is a SoCal-style gathering place from Chef Helene Henderson. I went to the first location at the end of the Malibu Pier in 2018 and had a fantastic lunch.

So, this year, I returned to the Seaport location in New York City. The restaurant looks fantastic: you can see the Brooklyn Bridge from the windows. Malibu Farm mainly uses whole wheat flour, whole grains, lots of veggies, and fruits. They have plenty of vegan options, including curries and burgers.

The Roasted Red Pepper Hummus was one of the best I’ve tasted. The spice made it taste so yummy. It tasted like Heaven with the spiced chickpeas on top.

Name: MALIBU FARM
Location: FINANCIAL DISTRICT, MANHATTAN
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: No
Cuisine: californian 

Find Malibu Farm

Address: 89 South St, New York, NY 10038, United States


Spicy Moon

Spicy Moon is a 100% vegan Chinese Szechuan restaurant.

I was truly blown away when I walked into their Greenwich Village location. I went to eat Chinese food and was not expecting such a vibrant atmosphere.

The lights were dimmed, the pop music was blaring, and colored lights were blazing. The food was good, spicy, and authentic.

It was a really cool place, and I would absolutely recommend it both for the food and the vibe!

Name: spicy moon 
LocationS: Greenwich Village, Manhattan & East Village, Manhattan
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: Yes
Cuisine: Chinese Szechuan

Find Spicy Moon

Greenwich Village Address: 468 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, United States
East Village Address: 328 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003, United States


Whole Foods Market

There is one supermarket chain that I think is one of the best places in New York to eat vegan. It’s Whole Foods.

It has a bakery, a salad bar, and a hot bar where you can make your own box with whatever strikes your fancy: salads, cereals, legumes, vegan foods from different cultures, and also pizza!

In some Whole Foods locations, there is also a café area where you can order hot drinks and pastries. It opens early, so it’s great for breakfast too.

Personally, I have eaten breakfast there twice. The first time, I had an outstanding Vegan Blueberry Scone. It was the first vegan scone I had, and I thought it was delicious—I certainly didn’t miss the Starbucks scones I used to eat. The Vegan Blueberry Muffin is also very tasty.

In short, if you’re looking for organic food at reasonable prices and don’t mind eating in a grocery store (or taking away your food and eating with a New York City view) rather than a restaurant, then Whole Foods might be just what you’re looking for!

Name: WHOLE FOODS MARKET
LocationS: MANHATTAN & BROOKLYN
Gluten-Free Options: Yes
100% Vegan Business: No
Cuisine: GROCERY STORE 

Find Whole Foods Market

Tribeca Address: 270 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, United States
Nolita Address: 95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, United States
Gramercy Address: 4 Union Square South, NY 10003, United States
Flatiron District: 63 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States
Chelsea Address: 250 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001, United States
Chelsea Address: 450 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001, United States
Theater District Address: 1095 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036, United States
Midtown Address: 226 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022, United States
Hell’s Kitchen Address: 10 Columbus Circle Ste Sc101, New York, NY 10019, United States
Upper East Side Address: 1551 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States
Upper West Side Address: 808 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025, United States
Harlem Address: 100 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027, United States
Williamsburg Address: 238 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States
Downtown Brooklyn Address: 292 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States
Carroll Gardens: 214 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States
Sunset Park: 167 41st St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, United States


New York City is a vegan-friendly city. You’ll have no problem finding vegan food, but these are my favorites, and you should definitely try them!

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