Vegan eats in New York
In no particular order I’m going to tell you about the many vegan options that we enjoyed when we were in New York a couple of weeks ago. We were in NYC for five nights and didn’t have enough time to check out all the vegan businesses. There were that many! Isn’t it awesome?
Erin McKenna's Bakery is a small bakery which is bursting with vegan options. Everything is vegan and gluten free, and although food that’s gluten free has a reputation of being like cardboard, Erin’s treats aren’t!
Below you’ll see some of the options that they had on offer, as well as, what we ordered.
I love what motivates Beyond Sushi: to eat clean and leave a lasting impact on our planet. The Chef avoids all meat and seafood alternatives and replaces them with carefully designed combinations of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
What they offer varies between branches. We went to two branches. One had a station in a food court and the other was a large restaurant. You’ll see what we ordered below.
We booked Avant Garden for my birthday and I’m so glad we did. It was here that we found out about the owner, Ravi DeRossi. Ravi has fifteen bars and restaurants and he’s on a mission to make them vegan hot spots.
The lighting was dim and made the experience lovely. However, it meant I had to use the flash to capture what we ate. I hope you can see beyond the brightness.
Champs is fully vegan and they don’t take bookings. A number of people popped in, put their name on the waiting list and then went to Dunwell Doughnuts while they waited for someone from Champs to tell us to make our way over.
At Champs, I got exposed to dishes that I’d never heard of e.g. Tater Tots and different styles of sandwiches. We went here for my birthday brunch. I was so glad that there were four of us, as it meant we could order and try a variety of things and ensure there was minimal/no waste.
Cinnamon Snail started off as a vegan and organic food truck. They now have multiple food trucks which serve at festivals, farmers markets, and catering events. They also have two permanent locations. All their food is Kosher and vegan.
They have sweet and savoury foods. You’ll see most of what they offer below, as well as, what we ordered.
We stumbled upon Delice and Sarrasin by chance. We needed to eat and it was one of the rare occasions where our meal plans weren’t fixed. My hubby, searched for ‘vegan near me’ and discovered this fully vegan French restaurant that offers a range of authentic French dishes, as well as, savory crepes (galettes) and vegan sweet crepes.
Dunwell Doughnuts was created because Christopher Hollowell had a craving for a vegan doughnut. He and Dan Dunbar made it their mission to open NYC's first all-vegan doughnut shop. You’ll see below that they’ve gone way beyond creating one or two doughnuts. They’ve got loads of different flavours!
Mother of Pearl is one of the bars owned by Ravi DeRossi. As mentioned earlier, Ravi has fifteen bars and restaurants and he’s on a mission to turn them all into vegan hot spots.
Mother of Pearl is described as a fully vegan post-modern Polynesian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. They have a variety of savoury and sweet items, as well as, larger plates for sharing.
We went to Modern Love for our final meal before leaving NYC. It is described as offering swanky vegan comfort food. I loved the feel of Modern Love, which may have had a lot to do with our waitor who had a lovely way about him.
Unfortunately we were pushed for time and space to eat, so we limited ourselves to only ordering a couple of dishes.
We did more than eat in New York. We went on a walking tour, saw a show on Broadway and checked out a couple of tourist sites but I’ll keep the focus of this article on food!
So in terms of food, the choices were vast, everything was easily accessible on the Metro and on foot, the variety of types of food was huge and there was a balance of sweet and savoury options.