Did you know that New York City is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world? Whether you follow a plant-based diet, or you simply want to have some healthy meals, this is the place to be!
Our contributor, Sarah Zhao - who is a vegan herself - shared the three vegan restaurants you have to try.
Named after the idea that peace begins with the source of one’s food, Peacefood Café was founded by Eric, an antiques dealer, and Peter, an interior designer. They believe that “the awareness of non-violence can be spread through feeding people with delicious vegan food,” and their dishes are definitely delectable!
Upon discovering the hidden gem tucked away from the busy University Place, I have already gone back with several of my friends. I especially recommends the Un-Chicken and Waffles, made with a special seitan only sold to vegan restaurants. It’s not found in grocery stores and it’s topped off with saccharine yet fresh agave syrup!
Peacefood Cafe’s first location opened in 2009, on the Upper West Side. Following its success, a second location was opened near Union Square, in 2013. Now, food lovers around New York City can enjoy a delicious vegan meal!
Both locations are opened every day from 10am – 10pm.
460 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side
41 East 11th Street, Greenwich Village near Union Square
Ronen Seri and Pamela Blackwell founded Blossom in an intimate and historic Chelsea townhouse, in 2005. Back then, vegan food was nowhere near as popular as it is today, and their actions were motivated by their love for animals and passion for entrepreneurship.
All of Blossom’s choices are not only heavenly, but are also creative in their use of soy, tofu, and seitan. They use these ingredients to recreate meat dishes, ensuring vegans do not miss out on the tastes and texture of bacon, eggs, or chicken. After your main course, I recommend getting the Tiramisu, which I think is even better than the non-vegan versions. Believe it or not!
Blossom has also opened as second location on Columbus, featuring a full bar with wine and beer. Most importantly, all of their ingredients are fresh, organic, and sourced from local farms and small distribution companies!
Lunch/Brunch: 12pm - 2:45pm daily
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9:30pm | Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 10pm | Sunday: 5pm - 9pm
Upper West Side:
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am - 4pm
Brunch and Lunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10:30am - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm | Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
187 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea
507 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side
If you’re looking for a vegan restaurant in the serene Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, look no further than Sun in Bloom!
Realizing the incredible connection between the food she was eating and the way she was experiencing life, Chef Aimee decided to make a change. The restaurant opened its doors on January 1st, 2010 and the rest was history!
They integrate macrobiotic philosophy into their plant-based, raw-living foods, and they are known for their gluten-free vegan baked goods. I love their Macro Bowls, and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, definitely try their Raw Vegan Cheesecakes!
Sun in Bloom also has a second location in TriBeCa, and both make their foods in their kosher in-house kitchen.
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10am - 5pm
Monday – Friday: 7am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm
460 Bergen Street, Park Slope
165 Church Street, TriBeCa
So, what are you waiting for?
Go out and try all the amazing NYC Vegan Restaurants that New York City has to offer!
As I mentioned, New York is the perfect city to explore all the Vegan and Vegan-Friendly options. You might want to try some of the best cupcakes at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop, the original creations by Chef Anthony Mongeluzzi at Avant Garden, and still the Michelin-starred Nix.
But wait! Did you even know that Vegan Fashion exists? Go to Vaute, to see what it’s all about.