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Vegan in Manhattan? Possibly one of the easiest things to do. There is definitely no shortage of vegan options in one of my favorite cities on the planet. Not only will almost any spot have a vegan option, but there are countless all vegan Manhattan restaurants and even more all-vegetarian options. As a vegan, you most definitely will not go hungry. In fact, you’re going to have to do a lot of walking (one of the best cities to walk everywhere anyway) to work off all that extra food you’re going to want to eat.
On my most recent visit, I did my best to eat at as many spots as possible but naturally couldn’t fit them all in. However, I’m headed back in October and hope to try some more. Regardless, I’m making this guide as comprehensive as possible so I’ll be including all vegan Manhattan restaurants along with plenty of vegetarian ones and several vegan-friendly ones.
And, if you’re trying to eat gluten-free as well or you’re traveling with a gluten-free travel partner, make sure to check out this NYC gluten free guide!
Psst: Looking for more information on New York City? Check out a few of our other posts!
Use the map to find a vegan spot in a specific area!
Blue = all-vegan restaurant
Yellow = all-vegetarian restaurant
Purple = vegan/vegetarian store
Pink = vegan-friendly restaurant
Vegan Restaurants Manhattan
Avant Garden is located in the East Village among several other vegan restaurants – two of them being sister restaurants – Ladybird and Mother of Pearl.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 130 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009 Hours // Sun-Thu (5pm-10pm) – Fri-Sat (5pm-11pm) Website//www.avantgardennyc.com
Bar Verde is a Latin influenced restaurant with a menu including tacos, ceviches, burritos, quesadillas, sustainable tequila and mezcal and more. Bar Verde is located in the East Village.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 65 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 Hours // Mon-Thu (5pm-11pm) – Fri (3pm-12am) – Sat (12pm-4pm + 5pm-12am) – Sun (12pm-4pm + 5pm-11pm) Website// www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/bar-verde
Every time someone asks me if I miss anything since becoming vegan, I’ve always said sushi. Not enough to ever consider consuming animals but I just miss something about sushi. I could easily consume three rolls just by myself. So, I had been hearing about Beyond Sushi all the way down in Nashville for two years – drooling from a distance.
I can now say that it met my expectations beautifully. The menu includes vibrant sushi, dumplings, wraps, salads and noodle soups.
Blossom is a fine dining vegan restaurant with items on the menu such as ravioli, salmon tofu, seitan cordon bleu, scallops and more.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 187 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10011 Hours // Mon-Thu (12pm-245pm + 5pm-930pm) – Fri (12pm-245pm + 5pm-10pm) – Sat (12pm-330pm + 5pm-10pm) – Sun (12pm-330pm + 5pm-9pm) Website// www.blossomnyc.com
Blossom on Columbus
Blossom on Columbus is the newest of the two. This one has a similar style of food but a completely different menu which I think is amazing that they made a completely different experience. Two of the most noticeable differences is a brunch menu on the weekend and a pizza menu.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 507 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024 Hours // Mon-Sat (1130am-330pm + 5pm-945pm) – Sun (1030am-4pm + 5pm-945pm) Website// www.blossomnyc.com
by Chloe. started in New York City and has grown to five Manhattan locations and one in Brooklyn. You can also find by Chloe in Los Angeles, Massachusetts (two in Boston), Rhode Island and even across the pond now (two in London).
Think fast food style but all vegan. This was actually the first place I ate when I arrived this past January.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // see website for locations and hours Website// www.eatbychloe.com
Candle 79 is part of the same brand that owns three restaurants in Manhattan and is the fancier of the three restaurants. This two-story upscale dining experience incorporates the famed organic plant-based cuisine in a more formal setting featuring organic wine and full eco bar.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075 Hours // Mon-Sat (12pm-330pm + 530pm-1030pm) – Sun (12pm-4pm + 5pm-10pm) Website// www.candlecafe.com/candle-79.html
Candle Cafe is also known as Candle East (located on the East side of Manhattan) and has a Latin-inspired menu with fajitas, empanadas, quesadillas and more.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 1307 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10021 Hours // Mon-Fri (1130am-10pm) – Sat (11am-10pm) – Sun (11am-930pm) Website// www.candlecafe.com/cafe-east.html
Candle West is, of course, located on the West side of Manhattan and includes many of the same dishes as Candle Cafe East but with several additions including the Impossible Burger, vegetable ravioli, dumplings, and more.
I got the cajun seitan sandwich and it was delicious – and that chili aioli was amazing!
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 2427 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 Hours // Mon (5pm-10pm) – Tue-Thu (113oam-4pm + 5pm-10pm) – Fri (1130am-4pm + 5pm-1030pm) – Sat (1130am-4pm + 4pm-103opm) – Sun (1130am-4pm + 4pm-930pm) Website// www.candlecafe.com/cafe-west.html
A joint vegan sweet shop opened May 2016 by Sweet Maresa’s and Lagusta’s Luscious from New Paltz. I didn’t get by here but I did try some vegan macaroons from Sweet Maresa’s that I got at Orchard Grocer.
Double Zero brings a healthy perspective to the world’s most popular food – pizza! Featuring pizza from a wood-burning oven, small plates including tree-nut cheeses, plant-based desserts and a list of organic and sustainable wines. This is located right next door to Bar Verde and both menus are created by Chef Matthew Kenney.
I actually went to the one in Disney World before the one in NYC but was excited to check out this all vegan and gluten-free bakery! You can find donuts, cupcakes, loaves, cookies, and more in this small bakery located in the Lower East Side.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 248 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002 Hours // Sun-Tue (10am-8pm) – Wed-Thu (10am-10pm) – Fri-Sat (10am-11pm) Website// www.erinmckennasbakery.com
Franchia Vegan Cafe
Franchia is a casual restaurant focused on Asian-fusion vegan dining. You’ll find a rather large menu with just about any Asian type of dish your heart desires.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 12 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Hours // Mon-Thu (12pm-10pm) – Fri (12pm-1030pm) – Sat (1pm-1030pm) – Sun (5pm-930pm) Website// www.franchia.com
HanGawi’s all-vegan menu is based on mountain roots, greens, and grains that have comprised the staple diet of ancient Koreans. Enjoy vegetarian dumplings, tofu clay pot in ginger sauce, vermicelli delight, multi-grain rice, bean curd with kimchi and vegetables. Traditional teas, folk and zen music, decor filled with antiques and artifacts, a relaxed atmosphere of peace and refuge.
HanGawi and Franchia are sister restaurants.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 12 E 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016 Hours // Mon-Fri (12pm-230pm + 5pm-1030pm) – Sat (1pm-1030pm) – Sun (5pm-930pm) Website// www.hangawirestaurant.com
Oh, this place looked so cool when I walked by but it wasn’t open at the time. Ladybird is focused on small plates and drinks. I’m really wanting some of that fried macaroni and cheese though.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 111 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009 Hours // Sun-Thu (5pm-1am) – Fri-Sat (5pm-2am) Website// www.ladybirdny.com
Marty’s V Burger
Counter-serve nook with limited seating for vegan eats, such as burgers, crab-like patties & salads. I had every intention of getting a burger but I could not pass up the wings and I’m so glad I didn’t because they were perfect.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 134 E 27th Street, New York, NY Hours // Mon-Sat (11am-10pm) – Sun (11am-8pm) Website// www.martysvburger.com
Mother of Pearl
Polynesian-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar with a tiki theme. Doesn’t get more specific than that, folks. The menu includes Asian fusion dishes – my eye is on the watermelon poke for my next visit.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 Hours // Mon-Wed (5pm-1am) – Thu-Fri (5pm-2am) – Sat (3pm-2am) – Sun (3pm-1am) Website// www.motherofpearlnyc.com/
Orchard Grocer is actually a small all-vegan shop with lots of hard to find vegan items. However, they also serve food here and I had a sandwich that I haven’t stopped thinking about since.
“We specialize in hearty sandwiches, homemade soft-serve, hard-to-find pantry items, and hard-to-resist snacks. We’re also entirely palm oil free (yay orangutans!) and our deli kitchen is gluten-free friendly (welcome, celiac friends!). Brought to you by the founders of MooShoes, consider it a one-stop-shop for cruelty-free cravings. A haven for compassionate convenience. A deli for a better world.”
Place for vegan plates & bar snacks with style, donating all of its profits to charity. I can’t really say it better than their website so I’m going to quote here:
“Our mission is to leverage the power of good food and an open heart to lovingly serve our clients, employees, society and the earth.
That’s why we commit our energy, passion, and time to giving others a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” The work of P.S. hopes to break the cycle of poverty by connecting resources to vulnerable communities, providing tools necessary for self-sustainability, and building meaningful relationships with our neighbors, near and far. That makes a social business. That makes P.S. PS is a social business and artisanal, plant-based restaurant. We commit to:
1. Creating jobs for those marginalized in New York, such as clients of our partnering organizations. 2. Donating 100% of profits to sustainable charitable work locally and overseas. 3. Providing New Yorkers with delicious food options that are kind to the body and the earth.”
I learned about this spot right before my trip was ending or I would have gone out of my way to visit. I’ll definitely be going here in October.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address //46 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036 Hours // Sun-Mon (11am-11pm) – Tue-Wed (11am-12am) – Thu-Sat (11am-2am) Website//www.ps-kitchen.com
Peacefood Cafe is a health-focused vegan restaurant located on the Upper West Side.
Seasoned Vegan offers veganized versions of soul food from all over the globe created by a mother and son duo. One of the few vegan restaurants in the Harlem neighborhood.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 55 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10026 Hours // Tue-Thu (5pm-10pm) – Fri (5pm-2am) – Sat (11am-2am) – Sun (11am-9pm) Website// www.seasonedvegan.com
The Cinnamon Snail
Oh, I went here a couple of times due to the location and I really really liked the food. Located in Pennsy Hall, this is perfect location wise as many of the subway lines connect through Penn Station including the ones to and from the airport.
I had the same sandwich both times and several of their desserts. Everything was delicious.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address //2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121 Hours //11am-9pm every day Website//www.cinnamonsnail.com
Urban Vegan Kitchen
Urban Vegan Kitchen has some modern staples such as chili cheese fries, hushpuppies, quarter pounders, and chicken and waffles — just veganized!
ESSENTIAL INFO Address //41 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 Hours // Mon-Thu (11am-11pm) – Fri (11am-12am) – Sat (10am-12am) – Sun (10am-1030pm) Website//urbanvegankitchen.com
Mediterranean Inspired Cuisine and Cocktails by the Matthew Kenney Cuisine Team (same as Bar Verde and Double Zero). You’ll find lots of hummus, falafels, baklava, and more on this menu!
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 44 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011 Hours // Sun-Wed (11am-4pm + 5pm-10pm) – Thu-Sat (11am-4pm + 5pm-11pm) Website// www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/xyst
Vegetarian Restaurants Manhattan
abcV is Jean-Georges’ third restaurant inside of the ABC Carpet & Home furniture store, and this one is all vegetarian.
Buddha Bodai is a kosher all-vegetarian restaurant with a very extensive Chinese menu including dim sum, noodles, rice, soups, and more.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 5 Mott St. New York NY, 10013 Hours // Mon-Fri (11am-930pm) – Sat-Sun (10am-930pm) Website// www.buddha-bodai.com
“If there’s an underlying philosophy to what we do, it’s that we want people to crave vegetables the way they crave fried chicken and pizza. So every day our chef rolls up here sleeves and tries to do something with vegetables no one’s ever done before. We’re on a journey into the unknown. Come with us. We promise that you’ll taste things you’ve never tasted before. You may love some of it, you may hate some of it, but we promise it will be unlike anything you’ve ever had before.”
Dirt Candy is also on my must-list for next time because it sounds freaking fabulous.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address //86 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 Hours // Tue-Fri (530pm-11pm) – Sat (11am-3pm + 530pm-11pm) – Sun (11am-3pm) Website// www.dirtcandynyc.com
Red Bamboo has an extensive menu full of comfort foods from philly cheesesteaks to lo mein. Their website describes them as vegan but they have clearly marked vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Another place I didn’t hear about until the end of my trip. My guide from the tour I took in Brooklyn told me about them once I said I was vegan. The menu is really small but everything looks so good!
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 430 E 9th Street, New York, NY 10009 Hours // Mon-Sat (1130am-10pm) – Sun (1130am-9pm) Website//www.superiorityburger.com
Vegan-Friendly Restaurants Manhattan
This is nowhere even remotely close to a full list of vegan-friendly restaurants. These are just a few that I either visited or had on my list to visit.
From their website – “We offer our chocolate chip in vegan, and our peanut butter snickerdoodle is naturally vegan (and gluten-free, too)!” I’m not 100% certain that they never have any non-vegetarian items so I’ll put them under vegan-friendly for now!
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 550 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012 Hours // Tue-Wed (10am-9pm) – Thu-Sat (10am-10pm) – Sun (10am-9pm) Website// www.cookiedonyc.com
Hu Kitchen is not vegan focused but they do have several vegan options and, more importantly, some really good vegan chocolate bars. You can grab smoothies, juices, coffee, avocado toast and more.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 78 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Hours // Mon-Fri (730am-930pm) – Sat-Sun (930am-830pm) Website// www.hukitchen.com
Pommes Frites means premium fresh fried potatoes, crunchy on the outside, and soft inside – an authentic Belgian food.
Vegan sauces include curry ketchup, dijon mustard, horseradish chipotle ketchup, Irish curry, Mexican ketchup, poutine gravy, sambal olek, sweet chili, and Thai chili ketchup.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 128 Macdougal Street, New York, NY 10012 Hours // Sun-Thu (11am-1am) – Fri-Sat (11am-3am) Website// www.pommesfritesnyc.com/
Groceries, Health Stores + Markets
May Wah Vegetarian Market
All vegetarian food supply store. You can get almost every kind of alternative meat product here including vegan lamb, duck, and seafood.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 213 Hester Street, New York, NY Hours // 930am-8pm every day Website//www.maywahnyc.com
The first cruelty-free store of its kind in NYC that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, bags, t-shirts, wallets, books and other accessories.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // 78 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 USA Hours // Mon-Sat (1130am-8pm) – Sun (11am-7pm) Website//www.mooshoes.com
UNION SQUARE GREENMARKET
This isn’t just any farmer’s market – it’s an eco-conscious one. Farmers markets are usually pretty sustainable in general – local food, less packaging, etc. The Union Square GreenMarket is big on recycling, composting and more!
The Union Square Greenmarket is every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8am-6pm.
ESSENTIAL INFO Address // Union Square Park Hours // 8am-6pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) Website // www.grownyc.org
Manhattan Animal Activism
Interested in taking part in animal activism while you’re in Manhattan? Here are a few great options!
My favorite way to get vegan options in a new place is by joining the local Facebook group. The locals will you give the best advice on where to eat, what not to miss and the hidden gems of their city!
Psst: Looking for more vegan guides? Check out a few of our other posts!
Pacsafe Cross Body Purse (I love my Pacsafe products and would highly recommend using them when traveling) Comfortable Shoes (my feet tend to hurt pretty easily and these are the best shoes I’ve had in a while for walking a lot)
Have you ever been to any of these spots?? Tell me about it in the comments below ↓↓↓
Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website, wild-hearted.com.
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