The 8 Most Grub Worthy Vegan Friendly Restaurants in NYC

Vegan restaurants in NYC

New York City boasts an abundance of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, so you are more than spoiled for choice. With close to 600 fully vegan restaurants alone, it would be nearly impossible to try all the vegan food in New York.

Nevertheless, we would gladly accept the challenge. In fact, since Victoria's lived less than an hours train ride away from Manhattan all her life and Adam is obsessed with the Big Apple, we've already eaten at our fair share of vegan friendly-restaurants in New York.

But, instead of writing about all of them, we wanted to introduce you to our favorite restaurants serving vegan food in New York. On the list, you’ll find all the restaurants that make us hungry just thinking about them and the ones we love to gorge ourselves at whenever we're around. Bring a picky friend or difficult family members because these 8 vegan-friendly restaurants in NYC offer something for everyone.

Champs Diner - Vegan Food in Brooklyn

Vegan restaurants in NYC

Champs Diner in Brooklyn serves some exceptionally mouthwatering vegan comfort food in the setting of an old American diner. Think delights such as crispy waffles, french toast, stacks of pancakes, chili cheese steak sandwiches, reuben sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, ice cold lemonade. You name it. If you’re looking for some hearty vegan food in Brooklyn, then Champs Diner is the place. It is 100% vegan and 110% delicious. American comfort food at its best.

One of the extra perks with Champs Diner is that Dunwell Doughnut’s original cafe is located just one block away. If you by any chance have room for another dessert...

Price range: $8 - $15

Dunwell Doughnuts - Donuts, Donuts, Donuts

Vegan restaurants in NYC

Dunwell Doughnuts is where you die and go to heaven. Point blank.

When we finally made it to Dunwell Doughnuts our excitement was almost uncontainable. Our indecisiveness spun into complete overdrive as we were presented with choice after choice like chocolate sprinkles, powdered jelly, blueberry french toast, peanut butter and jelly, and so MUCH more!

This overwhelming situation resulted in us ordering two donuts each and one donut sundae to share. And yet it still wasn’t enough for us which is when we finally gave into the urge and ordered a six pack of donuts to bring home. Who could resist? It was pure happiness in a box.

This legendary establishment first launched in Brooklyn and just recently opened a new smaller vegan bakery in Manhattan. Please do us a favor next time you’re in New York and DO NOT MISS OUT!

Price Range: $2-$3 depending on the flavor

Two Boots Pizza - Vegan Pizza in New York

Vegan restaurants in NYC

Where should we start? The cheesiest vegan pizza ever. Several vegan options. Pizza by the slice. Locations across the country. You get the picture! Two Boots Pizza is a delight for many and especially for vegans missing a real cheese pizza.

We have been to a few of their locations on the East Coast and it's almost as if the experience gets better every time. Two Boots is a vegan friendly restaurant in NYC offering some incredible vegan options. The V for Vegan pizza is covered in artichokes, red onions, a criss-cross of basil and red pepper pesto, and a seriously unhealthy amount of Daiya cheese. It is probably the closest you can get to a vegan New York style pizza anywhere in the world! They also sell gluten free pizzas for an extra charge.

Two Boots has 11 locations in New York, one in New Jersey, two in Los Angeles, and one in Nashville.

Price range: Slice: $2-$4.5 | Full pizza - $10-$26

Beyond Sushi - Vegan Sushi in NYC

Vegan restaurants in NYC

The owners behind Beyond Sushi have managed to do something that no one has done yet and are at the forefront when it comes to innovative vegan sushi in the world. Eating at Beyond Sushi is an experience that really stretches far beyond sushi (pun intended!) and will challenge everything you thought you knew about this classic Japanese dish.

The menu is small but exciting, and it's evident that a lot of love and serious planning has gone into creating the artistic sushi rolls offered here. Just don’t expect to eat a California roll or another "classic" sushi dish. At Beyond Sushi you can feast on vegan rolls with asparagus, chickpea purée, mango, mushrooms, and more. They also serve dumplings, miso soup, and a few Asian inspired salads.

We can easily say that Beyond Sushi is one of the best sushi restaurants we've ever been to, and we've had our fair share of vegan sushi.

Note that the menu differs slightly between the different locations so you might want to check before you go.

Price range: $6.50 - $10 per roll

The Cinnamon Snail - Vegan Burgers and Sweets at The Pennsy

Vegan restaurants in NYC

The Cinnamon Snail started off as a food truck back in 2010 and quickly got so popular that they had to open a brick and mortar restaurant. The restaurant is located at the Pennsy - the food square within the Penn Station and Madison Square Garden complex. They serve a straightforward menu of burgers, sandwiches, and desserts that could convince any meat eater to go vegan.

Case in point: their Beastmode Burger Deluxe. This seitan burger grilled in maple bbq sauce is filled with jalapeno mac n’ cheese, smoked chili coconut bacon, arugula, and chipotle mayo on a grilled pretzel bun. Need we say more?!

The Cinnamon Snail is easily one of the best restaurants for vegan food in New York, and thanks to its very convenient location, every vegan visiting the city should eat here at least once.

In addition to the restaurant at the Pennsy, the Cinnamon Snail also offers catering and custom vegan cakes that can be ordered from their website. Perhaps the most amazing part with the Cinnamon Snail is that you can cater your own food truck. So, if you're ever throwing a party in New York City and need to cater food, you know who to call!

Price range: $6 - $11

Blossom Du Jour - Plant-Based Fast Food

Vegan restaurants in NYC

We remember biting into the Skyscraper Burger at Blossom du Jour like it was yesterday. This triple stacked over-sized monster overflowing with vegan bacon, onions rings, and vegan cheese was our very first experience with vegan fast food in New York back in 2014. 

Since that time we have returned to most of Blossom du Jour's locations in Manhattan and it is still one of our favorite vegan restaurants in NYC. Quick and simple, 100% vegan fast food. That's it.

Our favorite part with Blossom du Jour is the greasy fast food but they also have a few healthier options like salad and juices. Some other notable favorites include their midtown melt, giant peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, and red velvet cupcakes. You're welcome!

Price range: $7 - $13

Bareburger - Vegan-Friendly Restaurant in NYC

Vegan restaurants in NYC

Bareburger is another one of our favorite vegan friendly restaurants in NYC. This burger joint has plenty of vegan options and everything is organic! The franchise has grown rapidly lately and you can now find them in 40+ locations in five different countries. More than 20 of those locations can be found in the New York metropolitan area alone!

Bareburger serves three types of vegan patties including the farmer's quinoa patty, a black bean patty, and a sweet potato and wild rice patty. One of our favorites is the Guadalupe Burger which comes with the black bean patty, guacamole, pickled red onions, tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts. We always add a side of vegan cheddar cheese to the Guadalupe and the combination is heavenly. Everything melts together in your mouth for a creamy and satisfying indulgence. You can also build your own burger and choose your own patty, bun, and whatever toppings you'd like.

Bareburger has also started offering the Impossible Burger. You can now find the Impossible Burger in New York City at several of their locations, and it is expected to spread to even more Bareburger locations nationwide in the next few months. Have you tried the Impossible Burger? We tried it and thought it was amazing, it definitely blew our minds! Let us know what you think about the Impossible Burger in the comments below!

Price range: $8 - $15

Sun in Bloom - Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Raw Health Food

Vegan restaurants in NYC

Sun in Bloom is a savior for all health nuts and a great choice for the days when you start feeling guilty for all the vegan donuts, pizzas, and melted cheese you’ve likely stuffed your face with while in New York. It’s nevertheless delicious and a must try when you visit the city.

They offer a wide variety of freshly made salads, bowls, raw food, and smoothies as well as a few amazing (and maybe not so healthy) desserts. Honestly, Sun in Bloom is worthy of a visit solely based on their chocolate chip and vanilla cream sandwich alone.

Price range: $8 - $15

Vegan restaurants in NYC

Finding good vegan food in New York is never a problem. The problem is rather deciding where to eat. There is literally something for every taste preference and mood. Most importantly, you’re rarely more than a few minutes walk from an all vegan or vegan-friendly restaurant in NYC.

The unlimited choices of vegan food in NYC is truly inspiring. We hope that New York City is a glimpse of how vegan-friendly the rest of the world will become in the future. In the meantime, eat yourself happy at the restaurants we mentioned above. We promise you won't leave hungry or unsatisfied.

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  1. October 1, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Hey guys! Great article! Definitely some of our faves too, especially Champs, Two Boots, and Beyond Sushi!! Love that Two Boots has so many locations and they’ve recently expanded their vegan selection, which is amazing! We’ve always been a little disappointed in Blossom du Jour, their portions are a bit minuscule for us haha 😉 but there really is something for everyone in NYC! I will say that there are definitely not 600 fully vegan restaurants in NYC, where did you guys find that stat? Maybe that’s vegan friendly places? There are just over 100 vegan restaurants in NYC, which is still impressive, but it really also matters where you are in the city, since it’s so big! If you’re in Brooklyn, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but where we are from in Queens it can definitely get a bit more difficult. There are only a handful of vegan places in Queens right now, though we do have the best selection of cheap street food from all over the world, which is pretty awesome!!

    • Victoria & Adam
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      October 2, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Hi Sam, we’re glad you liked the article! We really enjoy Blossom du Jour’s Skyscraper burger and their desserts! Brooklyn is definitely a vegan hot spot, but we haven’t check out the scene in Queens yet. Do you have any specific recommendations?

      We got those stats from Datafiniti that did a poll on 18,000 restaurants in North America in October 2016. The result was a total of 563 vegan restaurants and 1,026 vegetarian restaurants in the metropolitan area of New York, making New York the most vegan-friendly city in North America. We linked to an article by ChooseVeg where they mention the statistics from Datafiniti. We thought it sounded crazy too, but it’s just further proof of how awesome New York really is!

      Here is the original source: https://datafiniti.co/city-best-for-vegetarians/

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