Green is the new trend. With people striving to restore ecological balance and reduce their carbon footprint, going natural is the way. And why should it not be reflected in your food too? Here is a quick list of recommendations of some exotic vegan restaurants in New York City, giving vegetarianism a completely new meaning without compromising on flavor.
- By Chloe
Eat well, eat with purpose. That’s the mission statement of By Chloe, the newest stop in town that has already established itself as a place of wholesome, delicious vegan food. Crafted by specialty chefs, the vegan dishes are made of freshly picked local ingredients. All the comfort foods you can think of including burgers, ice cream, smoothies and many more are served here, but in vegan form and in an eco-friendly packaging. If you are looking for hearty but nourishing meals, By Chloe is your only destination, but be prepared to wait as it is over-packed most of the time.
- Blossom du Jour
Fast foods are exciting but what if they offered similar benefits to those of health foods? Blossom du Jour, the Manhattan food chain, has addressed this need and created “alternative fast food.” The food is prepared from 100% vegetarian recipes and tastes delicious. The restaurant takes pride in making a positive impact on its patrons’ health with minimum to no harm towards animals and the environment. Indulge in a wide-ranging super-nutritious food menu and “Say Yes to Life”.
- Jivamukti Café
Yoga is a path to emancipation and enlightenment and is a tool to uplift one’s spirit. Jivamukti Café at Broadway, Union Square, is working with to allow everyone to reap the benefits of Yoga through the simplest route, that is, eating. Since every one of us eats, the best way to elevate one’s spirit and health is through eating healthy and tasty organic foods made in a spiritually charged environment. The food served here is 100% vegan and thus the eatery contributes to a happier world for all living beings. Sounds too woo-woo? Drop in to Jivamukti Café to try their healthy versions of pesto zucchini fettuccine, spicy salad and special Enlightenment smoothies and you will know.
- Peacefood Café
The modern age is witnessing a lot of conflict everywhere, and every sane and responsible human being is wishing for peace to prevail. And if peace prevails everywhere, why should it stay away from your food platter? Peacefood Café, located in two prominent spots, serves delectable vegan food with the aim of transforming the lives of farm animals, personal health and the environment. The interior is brightly done to cheer you up instantly. If you are an uncompromising vegan, try their raw lasagna and Brazilian nut chai, while the aspiring vegans could start with the vegan cheeseburger and some impeccable desserts. Indulge your heart out and let peace engulf you.
- The Butcher’s Daughter
It’s a slaughter house minus all the gore. Welcome to this self-proclaimed “vegetable slaughter house” which offers you tasty, nutritious wholesome meals with a daily changing menu. Fruits and vegetables are treated here as meat as they are chopped, filleted and carved into super-healthy veggie dishes or fresh and tasty juices. The produces are bought from local and organic farms to maintain freshness and taste. Seasonal produce is treated with special care and each month the restaurant comes up with exceptional seasonal delicacies. If you are looking for a fresh change from regular food, drop in at the Daughters, and get pleasantly surprised. But be prepared to drop in early or to stand in a queue.
- Dirt Candy
If there is ever a movement for painting your food platter green, Dirt Candy will lead the movement. This award-winning restaurant on the Lower East Side of New York City has been open for just six years and within this short time period, it has won two stars from the New York Times and got recognized by Michelin Guide five years in a row, apart from other awards and recognition. Dirt Candy calls itself a “vegetable restaurant” and not just a vegetarian restaurant. They say “anybody can cook a hamburger, leave the vegetable to the professionals.” Well, that’s what we call attitude!
Anyone who thinks being vegan means eating only restrictive diet foods, it’s time to remind them that vegetarian food can be fun, enticing and deeply satisfying as well. Nix at University Place in the lively Greenwich Village has come up with exciting vegan dishes crafted with fresh, seasonal produce which are highly enjoyable and flavorful. The food is complemented with innovative cocktails, house-made sodas and an affordable but adventurous wine list. Who said eating vegetarian means sacrificing? Not here at Nix.
- DF Mavens
Does being a veggie only mean gulping down vegan dinners? Oh no, your dessert could be vegan too! Welcome to DF Mavens, one of the best vegan ice cream shops in New York City. The rich creamy indulgence is available in three main bases – coconut, almond and soy. There are a great number of flavors, including Mint Almond Cookie, Alphonso Mango, New Orleans Salted Praline and many more. Not only are these delights 100% vegan, but completely gluten-free and all natural. Do you need more coaxing?
- Smoothie Bars
Well, they are aplenty in the streets of New York. If you ever feel a craving for a quick and healthy bite-on-the-go, drop in to a smoothie bar. Among a whole lot of choices, you can try out Juice Press, Juice Generation and Liquitaria. Looking forward to something unconventional? Visit Joe and the Juice and get filled in.
- Erin McKenna’s Bakery (Formerly Babycakes NYC)
It cannot get any healthier than this. People sensitive to gluten, soy, dairy or egg can find solace here. Moreover, the food is completely free of refined sugar as well. Welcome to Erin McKenna’s Bakery, taking care of taste buds that are allergic to various components. And even if you have no food restrictions or allergies, the food will not fail to impress you with its delicious taste. Complete information about the nutritional value along with allergy info is given at their website, so look through it to have complete control over your food.
- Cinnamon Snail
What initially started as a food truck now boasts a full-fledged restaurant located in The Pennsy. Their Samiches and burgers could sweep even the die-hard non-veg off his feet. But the most popular item in their kitchen are the doughnuts. A variety of seasonal doughnuts and pastries are offered with everything being completely veg. You can choose to have a gluten-free version as well. And don’t forget to try out their unique ginger ale available in a number of flavors, all priced at just under $3.
- Candle 79 & Candle Café
They are the old guards of the vegan world in New York City. Candle Café has been a popular vegan joint since 1994, whereas Candle 79 opened its doors in 2003 as a swankier version of the café. Both offer delightful vegetarian menus made with fresh and organic produce. The menu changes every year keeping in rhythm with the growing seasons for fruits, produce, herbs and other natural ingredients. The restaurant preaches a “Green Philosophy” and strives to minimize the carbon footprint thus promoting a healthier and cleaner environment.
Originally posted 2017-08-21 13:17:27.