If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know I’ve spent the last two weeks in New York aka the greatest city in the world. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for longer than I can say, and I had an inkling that I would fall in love with the Big Apple.
What I could never have predicted however, just was how vegan friendly NYC really is!
It’s a true haven for plant based beings with everything from greasy vegan street food to fine dining of the highest standard on offer. From Brooklyn to Chelsea to the Upper East Side and everywhere in between, you’ll find endless choices to satisfy the hungry piggy within.
I found some real gems in the city that never sleeps, and feel so inspired to cook and create more. For now, here’s some of my favourite meals that you MUST TRY if you’re planning a trip. If you’re not…what are you waiting for?!
With three locations in New York you’ll have no problem stumbling across The Butcher’s Daughter.
On my first visit, I enjoyed the most scrumptious green juice (there was one hell of a heatwave at the time), and the Butcher’s Pancakes.
Made with rice flour and served with a mixed berry sauce, the dish was generous, tasty and filling.
The Butcher’s Daughter showcases different menus throughout the day (morning, brunch, afternoon, and evening), with so much great choices like the Nachos Libre and Raw Pesto Linguine. I can’t wait for my next visit to this little gem.
Note: Not everything on the menu is 100% vegan but all dishes that are plant based are clearly marked.
As far as I’m concerned, you have not lived until you’ve smashed the Beastmode Burger Deluxe from The Cinnamon Snail. The bourbon BBQ seitan patty is outrageously good and is slathered with coconut bacon and jalapeno mac n cheese. I’d go as far to say that this is the best vegan burger I’ve tried in my life. Shout out to Adam Sobel for inventing this utter BEAST of a meal.
I’m not entirely sure how I managed both a burger and a doughnut but I did! The Cinnamon Snail has plenty of options to suit all taste buds and this Smore doughnut really hit the spot.
I am always delighted to see non-vegan restaurants offer plant based options on their menus. I’m not an all or nothing gal when it comes to choosing places to eat out. If a venue is making an effort and branching out, and recognising how popular veganism is, then I’ll be the first in line to try their offerings.
My brother has wanted to visit Momofuku for quite some time, so it worked out quite well that we could both dine here given they cater for vegans. The menus change daily but you can be rest assured they will cater to you.
The yummy greens (above) were flavourful and spicy, with so much thought and care being put into the seasonings. My ramen (sans broth) was so simple but a genuinely good time for my tummy. The picked cucumber and shiitake mushrooms really added some punch to the dish. Be sure to head to Momofuku the minute you land – you won’t regret it one bit.
Dessert is the best part about any meal (even on airplanes I get excited for any sweet treats handed out). Without a doubt, the Tiramisu from Blossom NYC is the BEST vegan version of the famous dessert I’ve had.
The coconut mascarpone is the champion of the dish, and should be tried by any serious vegan foodie with a sweet tooth.
On the Upper East Side aka the stomping ground of my favourite fictional characters (hi Blair and Serena), you’ll find Candle 79, a cosy little spot with dishes that pop.
After a visit to the Met, I convinced by brother to walk in some seriously intense heat just so I could try the popular vegan dining spot. I was not disappointed.
I went with the Za’atar-Roasted Cauliflower served with a kale-pine nut pesto and spicy tahini sauce, both of which put a huge smile on my dial. I love love love Candle 79, and with a menu that includes Wild Mushroom Crepe and Ginger-BBQ Seitan Skewers it shouldn’t be hard to see why.
My diet is far from clean greens and raw treats 24/7. It can get dirty.
I love fried food, I LOVE gluten, and I adore sugar, oil and salt. All the things those pesky news articles tell us to stay away from. There’s no shame in my game.
If you’re like me, then you’ll appreciate Blossom Du Jour, located a short walk away from Times Square aka hell on earth. They have Nacho Fries, Mac n Cheese, and the deliciousness you see below, the Egg, Cheese and Bacon English muffin. This tiny bite comes with tofu scramble, sauteed greens, cheese sauce and mushroom bacon bits. The folks at the Golden Arches should be very afraid…
I loves me a boujee dinner and Avant Garden takes fine dining to another level.
This was truly the best dining experience I’ve ever had. The intimate candlelit environment makes it perfect for date night or, in my case, a lovely solo outing.
I begun with the Sunchoke toast, which is nothing like the toast you’ll find in your kitchen.
I then followed my waiter’s suggestion and went with the Celery Root pasta with shiitake veloute and mushroom gremolata. Wow.
Have you ever seen that classic Sarah Michelle Geller movie, Simply Irresistible? In one scene, her character’s food was so sensational and dreamy that it sent diners into a trance-like state of pure ecstasy. That was me eating this dish.
Have you ever tried any of my favourite NYC dining spots? What did you think? Hit me up on Insta with your thoughts and tips for new places to try. I’ll be back NYC. You will always have my heart.