Want to eat vegan food in New York? Here are some of the best vegan restaurants in NYC and what you can find on their many + my experience.
Beyond Point – Vegan Sushi in New York
This is one of the first restaurants that serve 100% vegan sushi. The ingredients are local and seasonal. Prices are very reasonable given to the restaurant’s location in Manhattan and that it’s a New York restaurant in general.
The owner of the concept is the renowned chef Guy Vaknin and his wife, Tali. They mainly serve sushi, but there are also other dishes like noodle soup and salads, also 100% vegan. Beyond Point is a cozy and homey place with a simple interior and delicious food.
Here you go for a quick and delicious vegan dinner. Perfect as lunch or quick stop between all the sightseeing.
I tried these sushi rolls
- Sunny Side
- La Fiesta
- Chic Pea
- Spicy Mang
- Mighty Mushroom
Except for vegan sushi, I also ordered some Kimchi, which is a South Korean dish. I love Kimchi, so of course, I had to try. The homemade Kimchi from Beyond Point was delicious. However, it was quite spicier than what I’ve tried in South Korea.
Of the varieties I chose, Sunny Side was my absolute favorite, containing black rice, dried tomatoes, braised fennel and avocado topped with Butternut pumpkin and almond pesto. If the sushi were an Italian invention, the Sunnyside would be a real classic.
Besides Sunny Side, I also liked the Spicy Mang and La Fiesta. These two were also very good, and if I would recommend three dishes, I would choose Sunnyside, Spicy Mang, and La Fiesta without a doubt.
Spicy Mang contains black rice, avocado, mango, English cucumber topped with spiced vegetables. Sure it was a little sting in it, but the flavors worked well together, and the spiciness was just right.
La Fiesta, on the other hand, had a soft and delicate flavor, almost like liverwurst, thanks to the purée of black beans.
You can find Beyond Sushi here
Beyond Sushi is one of the best places to go for vegan food in New York, especially if you’re a budget traveler.
Double Zero – Vegan Pizza in New York
Double Zero is a cozy little vegan restaurant in the charming East Village in New York. Their concept is entirely plant-based food, primarily vegan pizza. An exciting concept that I hope more restaurants take after.
Pizza is usually an unhealthy dish, but this vegan version is exactly the opposite. The person behind the restaurant and the concept is the world-leading plant-based chef Matthew Kenney. Below you can see the menu and ingredients.
We tried these pizzas
- Farro-Fennel Sausage
- Smoked Carrot
- White Pizza.
To describe farro-Fennel in short, one can say that it tastes a little like tacos. Something like a Mexicana. This was also the only one of our three pizzas that had a tomato base. I give this 4 stars out of 5 stars.
Smoked Carrot tasted a bit like a fresher version of Capricciosa. The bread is made from carrots, but it’s not very carroty. I had expected somewhat more minty taste as it said that it would be mint pesto.
However, the pizza was still very good. I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
I have never tasted anything like it, but it was super good. The fried green kale and garlic along with Maitake mushroom gave a very nice flavor. I give this 5 out of 5 stars.
First, I’ll point out that all of the three pizzas were well-made with great taste and texture. But as with everything else, there is always something that stands out, and if I’m going to pick a favorite, I would say the White Pizza.
White Pizza is one of the most delicious pizzas I’ve ever eaten, and that says quite a lot since I have eaten authentic Italian pizza and tried lots of pizzerias in Sweden and other countries. This pizza had a puffy “bread” with fried kale, garlic, maitake mushrooms, and macadamia ricotta.
A full flavor explosion that gave my taste buds a culinary experience they’ll never forget. It is rare to find a fresh pizza that tastes this much. If you are hesitant about vegan pizza and would like to find some vegan food in New York, definitely go for this one.
The other two pizzas – Farro-Fennel Pizza and Smoked Carrot were both good. The first tasted a little like a taco, and the other tasted a bit like a fresher version of Capricciosa. We were three who shared these and I can warmly recommend you to do the same.
Don’t be afraid to try something different. I’m sure the other variants are at least as good as Farro-Fennel and Smoked Carrot, which is significantly better than most pizzas I’ve eaten around the world.
Double Zero location
Address: 65 2nd Ave, New York
Tacos, burritos, and quesadillas are all common dishes available at several restaurants in New York City and the United States. Most of these are meat-based, but in New York, there are plenty of vegan places, and so it was extra fun to try traditional dishes such as these – But 100% vegan.
The restaurant we went to is called V Spot and below you can read more about the different dishes and how they tasted. Our little food jury in New York consists of me, my girlfriend and her sister.
Soft tacos bread made of corn. Inside seitan, lettuce, avocado, red beans as well as red and green salsa. Very similar to a regular taco and most would not feel any particular difference.
It was moderately spicy and gets 4 out of 5 stars.
V spot’s vegan burrito was a worthy winner in the battle for vegan dishes from Latin America. Tasty and filling. As with tacos, it was very much like a regular burrito with meat.
Their vegan burritos contain seitan, guacamole, salad, red beans, and vegan cheese. It’s a really good burrito which I would rate 5 out of 5 stars.
Quesadillas are a personal favorite that I eat on a regular basis, both at home and at the restaurant. Therefore it was especially exciting to try a vegan variant. These were good, although not as tasty as traditional quesadillas.
As a side dish, we ordered a large plate with avocado fries, which are breaded chunks of avocado. For there had to be a Picante sauce with mayo and lime. A tasty appetizer/side dish that was actually more like snacks than a meal.
More about V Spot Organic
V Spot Organic opened its doors back in 2008. The founder named Danny Carabano and together he runs the V spot with his brother Alex Carabano and friend Steven Simicich. The restaurant is now in three places. First, the restaurant is located on the Park Slope.
The restaurant we ate at opened in 2015 and is located in the East Village at 12 St. Marks Place. A nice restaurant with a beautiful decor and cozy atmosphere. In 2016 they opened up his third restaurant, located at 241 E 24th St.
Address: 12 St. Marks Place, East Village.
In the overall rating, I give the restaurant 4 out of 5. The food was cooked on order and therefore took a while before it came out. The staff was friendly, and the food tasted good. In short, a successful restaurant experience.
One thing to keep in mind is that the portions are relatively small compared to standard portions in the U.S.
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