Did you know NYC is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in America? That might not come as a surprise to New Yorkers who’ve seen a huge increase in plant-based restaurants opening up in the past few years. We regularly update our list of vegan restaurants in the city and recently released our 2015 guide with dozens of veg eateries, from well-known cafes to up and coming sushi spots, there’s something to please every type of eater and every range of budget.
To keep things fresh and interesting, we’ve compiled a list of a few new vegan spots we’ve added to this year’s guide that we think are definitely worth checking out!
Kajitsu: 125 E 39th St New York, NY 10016 b/t Park Ave & Lexington Ave in Midtown
“The Japanese restaurant Kajitsu has reopened, as promised, moving uptown from its old, austere, East Village basement space into the second floor of a Murray Hill townhouse filled with natural light, straight lines, and finished wood. The vegan restaurant got its license to serve wine and sake earlier this week, and it will continue to offer two prix fixe menus each month based on shojin, a cuisine style that has roots in centuries-old Zen Buddhist traditions and involves, essentially, a “nose-to-tail” approach to vegetables where nothing is wasted and everything is revered.” From GrubStreet.com review
Beyond Sushi: 229 E 14th St b/t 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave in Gramercy
“Beyond Sushi is a healthy lifestyle brand offering a fresh approach to traditional sushi. Husband and wife owners, Guy and Tali Vaknin have created a 100% vegan sushi eatery with two locations in Manhattan. “I wanted to offer patrons a unique and exciting ‘experience’ when dining at Beyond Sushi”, quotes Guy Vaknin, “an enticing and ethical way of eating well while nourishing your body and soul”. BeyondSushiNYC.com
Red Pipe Cafe: 71-60 Austin St Forest Hills, NY 11375
“An ALL Organic Coffee Shop. Full Espresso bar, large selection of Teas, Amazing Pastries. We serve Oatmeal and Yogurt parfaits all day and also make Sandwiches, soups and salads. The menu is completely vegetarian, we also have plenty of Vegan and Gluten Free options available as well as non dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, soy and coconut milk.” Red Pipe Cafe
Haymaker’s Corner Store: 176 Ainslie St Williamsburg, NY 11211
Vegan caviar, croissants, and deli case….all in one corner store? It sounds almost too good to be true, but NYC vegans are in luck! Haymaker’s Corner Store, NYC’s first 100% vegan grocery store opened last month in Williamsburg. Located at 176 Ainslie St and the small shop has been steadily gaining in popularity as locals have begun to take notice of the spectacular array of vegan products offered by Haymaker’s. Haymaker’s on Yelp.
Jujube Tree: 35-02 30th Ave Astoria, NY 11103
“At last, a place in Astoria that caters to vegetarians and vegans! I have to admit that I’m biased, because I want this place to succeed, it being the only vegan restaurant in the area. But taking that into account, I’ve found the food to be exceptional.
The style is a fusion of Asian cuisines with a touch of non-traditional ingredients. Like the pumpkin kimchee bowl. I’ve dined here twice with a group of friends and we shared a number of different dishes. My favorites have been the seitan dishes, but the soy protein ones are really good too.” Reviewer on Yelp