vegetarian/vegan

west~bourne

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Overview:

West-Bourne is the newest all day cafe to grace Soho. The venue was opened by total girl boss Camilla Marcus who is an LA transplant with a serious resume of going to the French Culinary Institute and working for Union Square Hospitality Group. Her mission is rooted in wholistic hospitality: to take care of her neighborhood. The interior has a definitive casual, laid back Cali feel. Menu items are mainly vegan or vegetarian but done with so much mindfulness & creativity that you don't miss the meat. You'll find bowls, salads and sandwiches like an insanely satisfying "mushreuben" made with roasted maitake mushrooms, sauerkraut, peppadew peppers, swiss & special sauce on toasted caraway rye bread. Another stunner is "the bounty" which arrives overflowing with raw and cooked vegetables, house made beet chips, shallot labneh & walnut bagna cauda. The place is a perfect neighborhood addition. 

Information:

Address137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:   (347) 534-3050

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$


 

Ellary's Greens

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Overview:

Ellary's Greens is an all day eco-friendly cafe in the West Village. Outfitted with exposed brick and communal tables, the rustic space looks and feels like a health-focused restaurant. The wide-reaching menu focuses on vegetarian food—with limited meat and fish options woven into soups, salads, sandwiches and composed plates. They offer an array of healthy, gourmet options of affordably-priced, natural and organic foods for all. Dishes include Moroccan lentil salad, bison burger, green Thai tofu curry, and bacon mac & cheese with quinoa pasta. The food is extremely satisfying whether you are looking to eat heathy or just need some variety. They also offer beer & biodynamic wine. 

 

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Information:

Address: 33 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 920-5072

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Au Za'atar

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Overview:

You'll find Au Za'atar in a cozy corner spot of the East Village. Divided into three dining areas plus a handful of outdoor tables that run along Avenue A they offer plenty of seating. The décor is rustic with bare brick and wood-paneled walls. Named after Lebanon's signature spice mixture, the restaurant attempts to encompass the full range of typical food found in the region, calling itself an "Arabian French bistro." The food is fantastic and there is a seemingly endless list of hot & cold mezzes, dips, and grilled meats & fish to order. A range of spices and fresh vegetables go into satisfying plates perfect to share like familiar dishes of falafel and hummus or more adventurous offerings like fattet al-betenjane and mujadara. Mixed grill platters of grilled meats and sauces is fun & tasty to share. Comfortable neighborhood spot that is good for groups, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. 

Information:

Address: 188 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 254-5660

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$$


 

The Little Beet Table  


Overview:

Little Beet Table is the sit down version of it's fast-casual sister, Little Beet. The full service restaurant is casual, with comfortable decor and some great modern artwork in the cozy space. The menu is farm-to-table new American food with tons of options to satisfy those looking for healthy, vegetarian, or gluten free options. Many of the dishes are great for sharing like the cauliflower hummus, watercress guacamole, or crispy pearl rice with shishito peppers. Entrees are large and hearty, like the grilled grass fed angus strip on a vidalia onion puree. There is a ton of variety for vegetarians and carnivores alike. It's a great place for a quick lunch and the price point is set low enough that one could dine here often.  

Information:

Address:   333 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (212) 466-3330

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website: http://www.thelittlebeettable.com/

Price: $$


 

abcV


Overview

Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC family of restaurants has added a third venture to their group, this time in the form of the vegetarian concept abcV. This venue is the most casual of the three with a takeout counter, tiny bar, and relaxed dining room. The white washed space is outfitted with quirky chandeliers and wall hangings from their furniture store counterpart. The food is more upscale than the space would indicate, and JGV is doing really interesting vegetarian plates. Vegetables stand on their own here, as opposed to vegetable protein masquerading as meat (talking to you, seitan). The menu is wildly diverse with influences from Asia, India, and the Mediterranean. Ideal dishes are the shallot labne with fava beans, dosas, fresh spinach spaghetti, and roasted cauliflower with turmeric-tahini & pistachios. The bar offers locally made organic spirits, a list of biodynamic wines & fresh juices. 

Information:

Address  38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone:    (212) 475-5829

Neighborhood: Gramercy  

Website: http://www.abchome.com/eat/abcv/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Ilili


Overview

Ilili has been renowned as one of the better, if not best Lebanese restaurants in the city for years. The food is casual but you can have said food in a very chic setting. The interior is breathtakingly grand with dramatic high ceilings and warm lighting. The room is designed to look like as though you are sitting amongst the windows in the streets of Beirut. Because of it's large size, the space is ideal for big groups & celebrations. You will find classic Mediterranean mezze throughout the menu perfectly designed to split, allowing you to order many dishes. For smaller dishes graze on hommus, labne, chankleesh (feta) & grape leafs. The main dishes offer a huge variety of grilled proteins like lamb & beef. Such variety of vegetarian, fish, and meat options will allow you to return many times and never have the same meal twice. 

Information

Address:  236 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Phone :  (212) 683-2929

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website: http://www.ililinyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Jajaja


Overview 

Give me some tacos & tequila and I'm generally going to be a happy little girl. Jajaja is a new venture from the team behind Gelso & Grand, situated on the north side of Chinatown. The small space has a relaxed atmosphere with beautifully colored tiles and giant windows that fill the room with sunlight. The cocktails are great, and I say that as a person who generally opts to just get tequila on the rocks. The menu is unique because it is entirely plant based, vegan everything. The nachos were particularly interesting with tumeric queso, fermented black beans & veggie relish. I'm all for meaty tacos but the ones at Jajaja filled with mushrooms and mock chorizo were surprisingly hearty and satisfying. If you're feeling a grab-n-go vibe, there's a take-out counter for snacks and juices. 

Information

Address:   162 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Phone:      ((646) 883-5453

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Website: http://jajajamexicana.com/

Price: $$$


 

Orchard Grocer


Overview 

I wouldn't be a vegan unless something horrible happened that forced me to give up meat & dairy. That being said, there have been amazing advances in culinary techniques that have elevated vegan food into something desirable even to a hardened carnivore like myself. Orchard Grocer is a quaint shop in LES that is taking advantage of those techniques. The interior is a small grocery shop with a grab-n-go deli counter serving great vegan sandwiches, salads, and bakery options. The range of flavors and creativity is truly extraordinary. They have veganized classics like a reuben made with beet-brined Blackbird seitan and an insanely flavorful bagel and "lox" made with shaved smoked carrot. The most exciting selection is the mock pulled pork made with pulled jackfruit, house-made pomegranate ginger bbq sauce & red cabbage cole slaw. They made me .a believer.

Information:

Address   78 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (646) 757-9910

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Website:  https://www.orchardgrocer.com/

Price: $$

Good for: vegan/vegetarian, breakfast, glutton free, sandwiches 


 

Houseman


Overview

Painfully cute & cozy restaurant in an area you probably don't often venture into. Houseman is located in a little pocket of West Soho between the West Village & Tribeca. It's a jack of all trades restaurant - neighborhood comfort you could frequent several times weekly, take the parents, settle in for a first date. The interior design is clean and understated. Chef/owner Ned Baldwin's menu is very seasonal and changes frequently so you won't get bored to death. They have a large selection of small plates and seafood loaded heavily with vegetables. Think chicory with smoked trout, roasted carrots in tahini cream, or pork sausage with leeks and clams (fuck yes). You'll find a killer Houseman burger with a double patty, cheese, & caramelized onions.  I'd honestly go just for the burger.

Information:

Address  508 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 641-0654

Neighborhood: Soho/West Village

Website : http://housemanrestaurant.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: dinner with mom & dad, casual weeknight date, brunch, seasonal menus, vegetarian friendly


 

Modern Love


Overview

Sometimes, every once in a blue moon I take a break from eating giant mounds of meat. My body appreciates it, although it is certainly confused when introduced to the occasional vegetable. Modern Love is a newish vegan restaurant in Williamsburg that is comfortably loud and very casual. Definitely need to call out the service here. The staff was kind and patient, attentive but not overbearing. They make it a lovely experience. The food takes influence from comfort classics like chicken & waffles, biscuits & gravy, and shrimp n' grits; all veganized. The plating style is rather elegant and the use of spices elevate the flavor of each dish. Portions are large, you certainly won't leave hungry. Definitely a nice spot if you are looking to satisfy the non meat eaters in your life. 

Information:

Address: 317 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Phone:  (929) 298-0626

Neighborhood: Williamsburg     

Website : http://www.modernlovebrooklyn.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: vegan, vegetarian, comfort food 


 

Lalito


Information:

Address: 104 Bayard St., New York, NY 10013.

Phone:  (646) 998-3406

Neighborhood: Chinatown  

Website : http://lalitonyc.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: breakfast all day, cheap lunch (all dishes under $15), bar scene

Overview 

This was a culinary experience where I walked away thinking, "I don't know what the fuck I just ate, but I loved it." The concept comes from the brain of former El Rey chef Gerardo Gonzalez. The Chinatown restaurant is decorated in a minimalistic retro fashion. The food is truly out of the ordinary, amongst a landscape of restaurants that all open with the same menu. There are Mexican, Mediterranean, and Latin influences contributing to complex flavors in casually plated food with lots of vegetable-heavy options. Confusing flavor combinations of roasted yam & yogurt, cumin & bacon, or potatoes & pickled pineapple have been finessed into dishes that will leave you pensive for days. I respect any place that has a "celery salad" consisting of a mountain of bacon and 3 pieces of celery. Hats off to Gonzales for shakin' shit up. 


 

The Green Street LIC


Information:

Address:  10-39 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: )646)-681-1109

Neighborhood: Long Island City

Websitehttp://www.thegreenstreetlic.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: organic, gluten free, paleo-friendly, vegan, bbq, groups

Overview 

Green Street LIC is tucked away in a residential area that was desperately in need of some restaurant loving. Walk through the unassuming facade and you'll find a massive space with an all day coffee bar serving sandwiches & juices adjacent to a lively open kitchen. The lofty, industrial dining space is filled with communal tables all equipped with a barbecue pit. The cuisine is Korean BBQ that's largely organic, gluten free & paleo-friendly. Opt for one of their tableside BBQ sets that come with a staggering array of sides including spicy tofu stew, bibimbap, kiimchi & vegetables. Their double patty kimchi burger is a thing of beauty, good luck fitting it in your mouth. The menu is rounded out with ample salad, vegetable & small plate options like pajun (crispy Korean pancakes) and spicy fried chicken wings.  


 

Cafe Clover

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BEETS AND BEANS - roasted beets, pistachio, haricot vert, farmer's greens, sherry vinaigrette

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CHOPPED SALAD - mushrooms, sunflower kernels, tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, lemon vinaigrette

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BURRATA BISCUIT - murray’s burrata, spelt and hemp seed biscuit, pear butter, poached pears

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Avocado Toast

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SOCCA PIZZETTE -SMOKED SALMON w/ smoked salmon, dill, greek yogurt, fried capers

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PASTURE RAISED BEEF BURGER - sweet potato rosemary bun, pickles

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Address: 10 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

Phone(212) 675-4350

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By Chloe

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SMOOTHIE BOWL - GRANOLA, BANANA, APPLE, BLUEBERRIES, GOJI BERRIES, CHIA SEEDS, COCONUT, RAW ALMOND BUTTER

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SPICY THAI - APRICOT-SRIRACHA GLAZED TEMPEH, ALMONDS, QUINOA, EDAMAME, SCALLION, CRISPY WONTONS, PEANUT DRESSING

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SMASHED AVOCADO TOAST - SEASONAL VEGGIE, ALMOND PARM, 7-GRAIN TOAST

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PESTO MEATBALL - ITALIAN MEATBALLS (PORTOBELLO + VEGGIE), MARINARA, SWEET PEPPERS, BASIL PESTO, CASHEW MOZZ, ALMOND PARM, POTATO SUB ROLL

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AIR BAKED FRENCH FRIES

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Address: 185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

http://eatbychloe.com/

Miss Paradis

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Local burrata - gazpacho, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes

 

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Grilled Shrimp

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Fried Anchovies – guacamole, grilled lime

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Zucchini tagliatelle – salmon, kale & basil pesto, parmegiano-reggiano, roasted tomatoes

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Flip Flap blinis - pastrami smoked salmon, crème fraîche, red onions, avocado, arugula salad

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Avocado toast - country artisan bread, micro cilantro, poached egg

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Shishito peppers, sumac, lime

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Address: 47 Prince St New York, NY 10012

Phone: 646-329-6380

http://www.miss-paradis.com/

Urban Vegan Kitchen

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chick-un & waffles - southern fried seitan, sautéed garlic kale, crispy belgian wa√e, maple mustard aioli

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uvk quarter pounder - roasted mushroom barley patty, crispy fried shallot rings, housemade special sauce, tomatoes, pickles, iceberg lettuce, toasted potato bun,

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rainbow rolls - shredded purple cabbage, rainbow carrots, bell peppers, watermelon radish, thai basil, peanut dipping sauce

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mexican street corn - charred corn on the cob, chili lime aioli, cilantro, almesean dusting

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baked mac n cheese -  cashew cheese sauce, numu mozzarella, elbow macaroni, smoked paprika, herbed bread crumb topping

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Brownie

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pumpkin pecan pie

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Milk 'n Cookies 

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Address: 43 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Phone(646) 438-9939

www.urbanvegankitchen.com/

Black Flamingo

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When I told people I was going to Black Flamingo the resounding response was “I didn’t know they served food.” Definitely not what you look to hear when en route to a restaurant. Granted, the place is known more for being a bar/nightclub. But if no one even knows you have food, what can one really expect for a meal there? What I found blew me away.

The menu at Black Flamingo is latin inspired vegan fare. Normally I stay away from restaurants that put me in a corner and tell me I can’t have something in particular. However the overall experience was exceptional. We were greeted by staff that was endlessly kind and excited about the restaurant. They guided us through the dishes wanting us to love everything. The food that poured out of the kitchen was incredibly innovative, beautifully presented, and assembled with tremendous thought. Along the way they kept us lubricated with heavily laced tequila cocktails (yay!).

I am baffled that no one seemed to know BF served food. So many times I go out to eat and think “that was fine, I didn’t mind it, food was good, I wouldn’t rush to go back.” I think this 10 times per week. But as I ate through the vegan menu each dish excited me more than the last. Their vegan ceviche was fresh and acidic, a beauty to behold, and the perfect firm texture. The jack fruit “crab cakes” had my mouth completely confused over whether I was eating crab or not. The texture is interchangeable. The watermelon and feta salad was the prefect refreshing bite and paired effortlessly with the tequila.

Now, the tacos. There are 7 different variations, each one more interesting than the last. Each with pops of color, acid, crunch and fat. You can choose from a huge variety of hearts of palm, mushrooms, tofu, mofongo and jackfruit. They look like little works of art. The rest of the small plates and tacos are sophisticated massively flavorful.This was the kind of food I am excited to write about and eager to return for. Here’s what we had:  

HOUSE-MADE CHIPS, GUACAMOLE, AND PICO DE GALLO

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ROYAL CEVICHE royal trumpet mushroom, cucumber, mango, jicama, baby yams marinated in blood orange habanero vinaigrette w/ plantain chips 

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WATERMELON AND HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD  local grape heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, feta*, jicama, and baby arugula in citrus mint vinaigrette  

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JACKFRUIT "CRAB CAKES" - chipolte aioli, mango raita, savoy cabbage chipolte aioli, mango raita, savoy cabbage

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FLAMINGO TACOS

THE AL PASTOR                      
ancho chile marinated jackfruit grilled with smoked mozzarella*, refried
black beans, seared pineapple, avocado, pico verde 

THE SAVORY SHROOM
crispy herb mushroom croquette, brazilian collard, fried leek,
truffle cashew crema, pecorino, almond parmesan

THE PALMS
grilled hearts of palm, guacamole, esquites, chipotle aioli, pickled watermelon radish,
fresh cilantro, micro arugula 

THE BIBIMBAP Gojujang popcorn tofu, pickled watermelon radish, carrot, daikon, micro arugula,
toasted black sesame seed, fried quail egg, scallion

THE JERK seared mofongo, roasted fingerling sweet potato, refried black beans, jerk
aioli, mango raita, crispy collard greens

THE JAM crispy potato latke, gruyere, guava jam, fried garlic, chive-dill crema,
red onion escabeche, cotija, scallion

THE “FISH” TACO beer battered king oyster mushroom, avocado salsa, lime cabbage slaw,
vegan crema, radish

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WILD MUSHROOM QUESADILLA grilled oyster mushroom, shiitake, cremini, gruyere, truffle cashew crema, cotija served with salsa verde and sour cream, pickled jalapeno, sour cream, cashew cheese, vegan sour cream, almond parmesan

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Nix

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I generally avoid having friends who are vegetarians. Also people who don’t drink or cringe when I yell obscenities in public. I don’t like to be put in a box and deprived of things. I am here to say Nix put me in a vegetarian box and didn’t deprive me of one thing.

Nix is a new vegetarian restaurant in Greenwich Village that comes from John Fraser. He is the Michelin award-winning chef behind the acclaimed Narcissa in the Standard Hotel. The space itself is comfortable and doesn’t suffer from being over decorated. At the front of the long narrow dining room you will find a marble bar and at the back, a semi open kitchen. The ceiling and brick walls are white washed and brown leather booths run the length of the room. It is casual enough for a relaxed dinner but would also suit for a special occasion.

Often when I dine in a vegetarian restaurant I leave not feeling satiated. Like sex without an orgasm, if you will.  The focus of any vegetarian menu (I would assume) is to make dishes so heavenly that you don’t miss the meat. Fraser executes that perfectly. For starters, the basis of the dishes span the globe. We went from the Mediterranean, to China, and then Italy. It was exciting to see dishes from around the world with so much depth and freshness of ingredients. We started with grilled bread hot from the oven and an assortment of some of the best spreads I’ve ever encountered. I was skeptical of the avocado a la plancha. It looked like burnt avocados swimming in water. Wrong, so wrong. I don’t know what they do with this dish, but just trust me and eat it. It was fresh, acidic, and fatty. The cacio e pepe was sinfully creamy with a sharp bite and rich roasted mushrooms. They also have a playful version of steamy bao buns that come with sweet and sticky cauliflower. I definitely finished with an orgasm. Here’s what we had:

Tandoor bread w/ Spreads - House hummus, zaatar / Labneh & marinated cucumbers / Avocado, mint & curry

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Ribbons of jicama with fresno chili & blood oranges  

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Avocado a la plancha, tomato water, mozzarella  

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Shiitake “cacio e pepe” with salsify & heirloom polenta  

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Brown rice stir-fry with snap peas, spring ramps & tofu

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Cauliflower tempura and steamed buns, house pickles  

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Roasted pineapple with hazelnuts

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Address: 72 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 498-9393

www.nixny.com