Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Clifton Park.)
540 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12209
Vegetarian/bakery/café. All Good Bakers is an earthy bakery and café featuring an all-vegetarian menu. They are committed to using local and responsibly-sourced ingredients that are fresh from the farm. Enjoy Artisanal Loaves and from-scratch baked goods and desserts. There is some seating outside. Cash only.
258 Lark St., Albany, NY 12210
Mexican. Bomber's offers huge vegetarian burritos, all of which can be made vegan, and a different vegan burrito special each month. All can be rolled in your choice of chili, spinach, tomato, or whole wheat tortillas. Other interesting items include a peanut butter and jelly taco, barbequed Tofu Fries (with or without cheese), and Vegan Chili Fries.
465 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Mexican. El Loco offers no-lard refried beans, veggie brown Mexican rice, veggie chili and soups, blue cornbread, and a host of items can be prepared vegetarian. The restaurant has a funky atmosphere, outdoor patio dining, and interesting t-shirts.
274 Lark St., Albany, NY 12210
Vegan/tea shop/café/organic. Lil' Buddha Tea is a vegan café and gourmet tea shop with a welcoming, cozy ambiance. They feature over 100 organic teas in bulk loose leaf to take home or to enjoy there served hot or iced. Their menu is vegan and includes an eclectic variety of options, from Belgian Waffles to Hemp Tabouli Salad. Free Wi-Fi is available. Enjoy outdoor seating on their sidewalk tables in the summertime. Reservations are accepted. Please note that Lil' Buddha's store hours vary from when they serve food and there is no food service on Sunday (beverages only).
206 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Middle Eastern. Mamoun's serves creative vegetarian dishes, including cooked spinach with a tahini sauce served over rice, lentils and bulgur served with salad, couscous with steamed vegetables, falafel, hummus, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, a spicy eggplant dish, and vegetarian sandwiches. Mamoun's is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
9360 Transit Rd., Amherst, NY 14051
5495 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14221
3190 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14051
Mexican. This regional fast food chain is a great solution for those looking for a quick meal. The beans that Mighty Taco uses are vegetarian. All tacos and burritos can be made without cheese upon request.
656 Millersport Hwy., Amherst, NY 14226
Vegetarian/Indian. Palace of Dosas is an all-vegetarian restaurant specializing in South Indian cuisine. They offer a daily vegetarian lunch buffet with vegan options. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
3093 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226
Indian. This restaurant offers the most authentic dishes, each prepared with a variety of spices to create a distinct and individual flavor. Their fresh ingredients are skillfully cooked to preserve a low-fat, high nutritional value and prepared for your taste from mild to medium to hot. All entrées are served with Basmati rice.
466 Ashford Ave., Ardsley, NY 10502
Thai. Many vegetarian and vegan options are offered at Thai House. Some to try include Vegetarian Wonton (stuffed with tofu & mushrooms), Vegetarian Delight (deep-fried tofu & taro root), and Vegetarian Mango Salad.
2100 Doubleday Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Natural foods/organic. Good Morning Café is an earthy eatery that serves breakfast all day. They feature local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients and are vegan-friendly. Good Morning has a unique, community give-back business model. Enjoy live music on the weekends. The café is located on Route 50.
41 E. Main St., Bay Shore, NY 11706
Natural foods. Tula Kitchen offers some great vegan dishes including the Tempeh Reuben Sandwich, Tofu Veggie Crab Cakes, "Stick To Your Ribs" Tempeh Teriyaki, and the Bean of the Day Burger. Grilled organic tofu can be added to salads and all of their dishes are baked not fried. Tula means balance in Sanskrit, so come to Tula Kitchen to get back in sync with your taste buds.
21135 26th Ave., Bayside, NY 11360
Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. See description under New York, NY.
516 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508
Thai. Sukhothai is a Thai restaurant with some vegetarian and vegan dishes. Some of their veggie selections include Tofu Grapow (fried tofu with Thai sweet basil) and Eggplant Pad Ped. Sukhothai has a more formal atmosphere but with casual dress. The brick walls are lined with beautiful pieces of Thai artwork. The restaurant is only two blocks away from the Howland Cultural Center.
248-03 Union Tpke., Bellerose, NY 11426
Vegetarian/Indian. This restaurant serves a wide range of Indian dishes, including pakoras, dosa, uthappam, biryani, sizzling entrées, idli, dahl, breads, and specialty rices. However, the menu also includes other ethnic cuisines, such as Mexican (nachos, enchiladas), Italian (eggplant parmesan, lasagna), and Chinese (spring rolls, haka noodles), a children's menu, desserts, and a variety of Indian drinks.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Johnson City.)
43 S. Washington St., Binghamton, NY 13903
Natural foods. Whole in the Wall serves tofu, tempeh, and Middle Eastern dishes; fresh-baked breads and bagels; and soups made from scratch. Examples include miso, spicy vegetarian chili, stir-fried vegetables with tofu, tempeh, or both, tempura, and pita pockets. All non-vegetarian items are cooked separately, and the restaurant can accommodate special diets. For dessert, try a slice of pie, made with fresh fruit and a whole-wheat crust. Live music is featured on Friday and Saturday night.
280 Rt. 22, Brewster, NY 10509
Indian. Jaipore is located in an historic Victorian manor and offers more than 15 vegetarian entrées, including rice dishes, freshly baked breads, vegetable curry dishes, and more.
97 N. State Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
Natural foods store. A wide range of organic vegetarian, vegan, and fat-free dishes, as well as a bakery, are available at Mrs. Green's. This location is at the corner of Route 9A and North State Road.
315 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Vegetarian/eclectic. 'sNice offers vegetarian fare in a comfortable atmosphere. Breakfast items are available along with salads, soups, and sandwiches. More than half of the sandwiches are vegan and vary from wraps and paninis to Reubens. They offer delicious vegan baked goods, vegan hot chocolate, soy shakes, and an excellent selection of teas and coffees. 'sNice in Brooklyn is located between 2nd and 3rd Streets in Park Slope. Cash only.
624 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225
Vegetarian/ice cream parlor. You can get plenty of vegan ice cream scoops at Scoops! Also known as 24 Scoops and Plates, this ice cream parlor offers not only vegan frozen treats, but Caribbean fare, too. Try a scoop of pistachio after enjoying faux 'sausage' with beans & rice. Vegan individuals should be aware that some items contain honey, so inquire further with the staff when ordering. Cash only.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Vegan/organic/gourmet. 4 Course Vegan is like a dinner party. Every Saturday evening, 10-15 guests gather at Chef Matteo’s Williamsburg loft for a unique dining experience of gourmet, vegan cuisine. It's a very relaxing atmosphere as the guests converse around the table and the chef cooks his delightful 4 course meal. Many guests aren't even vegetarian. Reservations are required. Unlike a typical dinner party, this dinner costs $40 per person.
535 Kings Hwy., Brooklyn, NY 11223
Natural foods/kosher. Most of the menu items at Back to Nature are vegetarian, but there are a few fish dishes. Try the Vegetable Kibbeh, Tofu Vegetable Salad, hummus sandwich, veggie burger deluxe, vegetable stir-fry with tempeh, or one of the many other creative meals.
191 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Vegetarian/café. Bliss is a casual little dining spot located between N. 6th and N. 7th Streets in Williamsburg, an artistic community in Brooklyn. This mostly vegan eatery offers tasty dishes like the Tofu Club, Bliss Bowl, and Curry Supreme. Cash only.
167 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11249
Vegan/American. Bliss Grand offers all-vegan cuisine. Enjoy creative dishes like BBQ Pulled Jackfruit, Two Fisted Lentil-Beet Burger, Smoked Veggie Seitan Wrap, and Senegalese Peanut Stew. Outdoor seating is available. Reservations are accepted. Bliss Grand is located at the corner of Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.
176 Ainslie St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Vegan/bakery. Looking for some vegan sweet eats? Head over to Champs Family Bakery for vegan pastries, muffins, pies, and lots of other delicious desserts. Don't leave without trying the cinnamon buns and scones! They also serve tea and coffee. Champs is located between Lorimer & Leonard Streets in Williamsburg. Cash only.
222 Montrose Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11206
Vegan/donuts. Dun-Well Doughnuts is an all-vegan doughnut shop! Flavors rotate but may include Death by Chocolate, Peach Cobbler, Raspberry Cheesecake, Butterfinger, Jelly Filled, and Espresso Mocha. Dun-Well is located in East Williamsburg. Cash only.
2281 Church Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226
Vegan/Caribbean. Four Seasons is an inexpensive vegan restaurant with delicious Caribbean offerings. Cash only.
525 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Vegetarian/eclectic. Maimonide of Brooklyn or MOB is a cozy vegetarian eatery. With the exception of honey, the restaurant is completely vegan. Guests receive a comic book with MOB's origin story along with complimentary kale chips. You'll love the bright, charming decor and unique food. MOB is located between 4th and 3rd Avenues in the Boerum Hill neighborhood and just a short walk from the Williamsburg Saving Bank on Atlantic Avenue.
987 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225
Vegetarian/natural foods store/juice bar. Nature's Delight is a health food store "specializing in all your vegetarian needs." They offer frozen foods, personal care items, nuts & herbs, and much more! Enjoy fresh juices from their organic juice bar.
12 Grattan St., Brooklyn, NY 11206
Vegan/bar. The Pine Box Rock Shop has the distinction of being in a building that used to house a casket factory. This unique bar has all-vegan beer, wine, and liquor - they make their own vegan versions of cocktails such as Bloody Marys and Irish Creme. They also have a Waffle Brunch on Sundays in the spring and summer, featuring fresh, local farmers markets toppings. They host some live music acts and have a Trivia Night on Wednesdays. Pine Box is located steps from the Morgan Avenue L Station.
443 7th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Vegetarian/juice bar/café. From juices and smoothies to entrées and sweet treats, Stoop Juice offers it all, without ever compromising taste. They have a large selection of vegan and raw entrées, such as their Watermelon Gazpacho and freshly-made Tabouli. Plus they have over 15 different juices and smoothies! Nestled in the heart of Brooklyn's South Slope neighborhood at 15th Street, Stoop Juice is the place to go for authentic and sustainable vegetarian foods.
2268 Church Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226
Vegan/Caribbean. The menu here changes daily, but items often include tofu stew and chickpea stew. Located between Bedford and Flatbush.
460 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Vegan/organic/raw foods/juice bar. Sun In Bloom is a quaint little eatery serving an all-vegan menu of mostly organic and raw foods. Breakfast is available all day and includes Rosemary Dijon Tofu Scramble and Apple Pie Pancakes. They also feature a plethora of muffins, cupcakes, and raw cheesecakes -- all vegan, of course. Sun In Bloom makes all food, desserts, and beverages from scratch in their kosher kitchen. Don't miss their weekend brunch! The café is nestled in Park Slope, between 5th and Flatbush.
156 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Vegan/international. The V-Spot offers an eclectic all-vegan menu of salads, soups, pastas, wraps, burgers, and entrées. Many items are gluten & wheat free or can be made so. Don't miss their weekend brunch which includes tofu scramble, whole wheat pancakes, and home fries. The V-Spot has a beautiful outdoor patio for warm weather dining.
128 Montague St., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Vegan/Chinese/kosher. Vegetarian Ginger is an all-vegan Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. The Sweet Citrus Soy Protein with Kale is one of their most popular entrées. Other dishes include Pineapple Soy Protein, Basil Soy Protein, Smoked Teriyaki Seitan, Grilled Soy Filet, Broccoli Soy Protein, and Broccoli Soy Seitan. They offer many teas and fresh-squeezed juices. Enjoy vegan desserts like soy ice cream in your choice of vanilla, chocolate, or peanut butter chocolate flavors. Vegetarian Ginger is located between Henry and Clinton Streets.
603 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238
Vegetarian/Chinese. Known simply as VP by regular customers, Vegetarian Palate offers veggie Chinese cuisine, including spring rolls, mock meat dishes, and noodle dishes. And you may want to save room for some soy ice cream for dessert!
112 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Vegetarian/Asian. Wild Ginger is an elegant and beautiful Pan-Asian restaurant whose menu is based on traditional Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai cuisines. Almost entirely vegan, their delicious dishes include Pad Thai, Black Pepper Seitan, Mango Soy Protein, and Yam & Taro Tempura. For dessert, the Peanut Butter Bomb is highly recommended. Wild Ginger is in the Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill area of Brooklyn, between Pacific & Dean Streets. Outdoor patio dining is available at the Brooklyn location during warm months.
212 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Vegetarian/Asian. Wild Ginger is an intimate and low-key Pan-Asian restaurant whose menu is based on traditional Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisines. Almost completely vegan, their tasty dishes include Smoked Teriyaki Seitan, Sweet Citrus Soy Protein, Cilantro Tofu, and Malaysian Curry Stew. Make sure to check out their great lunch specials. And no meal would be complete without a slice of vegan chocolate cheesecake. Yum! Reservations are required on weekends. Wild Ginger is located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, between N. 5th & N. 6th Streets.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Amherst, Depew, Hamburg, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park, Tonawanda, and Williamsville.)
3234 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214
Lebanese/American. Amy's Place is very veg-friendly. Both vegetarian and vegan items are noted on the menu. Enjoy Vegan French Toast, Falafel Sandwich, Veggie Chili, or Homemade Tofu Sizzle Strips. The restaurant is located in the University Heights neighborhood of Buffalo. Cash only.
3912 Maple Rd., Buffalo, NY 14226
5425 Transit Rd., Buffalo, NY 14221
Natural foods deli. This deli, located within a natural foods store, is one of the few safe havens for vegetarians in Buffalo, NY. Try the TLT, Feel Lite Bagel, Hummus Stuff-It, or the Tofu Cheddar (soy cheddar available upon request).
264 Bryant St., Buffalo, NY 14222
Vegetarian/café. Go Veggies Café serves a variety of lunch fare, including six different kinds of veggie burgers. They also have a flavorful selection of vegetarian and vegan soups and curries, and most of their other menu items can be made gluten-free or dairy-free.
439 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202
Organic/natural foods. Although Merge is not completely vegetarian, it offers a wide range of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. Items to try include Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup, Marinated Vegetable & Quinoa Salad, Chopin Hummus Wrap, Vegan Mozzarella Cheese & Tomato Panini, and their house specialty, Ambrosia's Lasagna. All vegetarian items are cooked on separate equipment. Merge also showcases local artists and musicians and offers art classes to the public.
345 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14207
2245 Walden Ave., Buffalo, NY 14225
2367 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
1762 Sheridan Dr., Buffalo, NY 14223
6888 Transit Rd., Buffalo, NY 14207
Mexican. See description under Amherst, NY.
1081 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222
Greek. Pano's is one of Buffalo's institutions. The restaurant moved up the street from its previous location and is now able to accommodate many more customers. Pano's serves breakfast at any hour and has a vegetarian menu that features stuffed grape leaves, falafel, a white bean salad, and spinach and rice.
1098 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222
Vietnamese/Thai. Saigon Café, located in Buffalo's trendy Elmwood district, offers some of the best cuisine that southeast Asia has to offer. The menu features a "Vegetarian Corner" with such specialties as Vegetable Rainbow, Tamarind Tofu, Basil Noodles, and Vegetable Green Curry.
1028 Rt. 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Italian. This restaurant has been called "a vegetarian's delight," and with good reason. Most dishes have wheat-free pasta options and/or can be altered to suit vegan guests. The menu includes appetizers, an "always vegetarian friendly" soup of the day, salads, and vegetarian versions of classic pasta dishes. In addition to traditional toppings, you can choose items like chick peas, pine nuts, and veggie bacon, pepperoni, sausage, or meatballs for a gourmet pizza. Cash or check only; there is an ATM outside their front door.
318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054
Vegan/café. The Loving Café is an all-vegan eatery offering soups, subs, sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. Try a Deluxe Veggie Burger or BBQ Chick'n Wrap. The entire menu is vegan; all "meat" dishes are made from TVP (texturized vegetable protein), soy, or wheat protein, and any dish including cheese is made from Daiya, which is composed of tapioca and arrowroot flours.
1435 French Rd., Depew, NY 14043
Mexican. See description under Amherst, NY.
75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, NY 11735
Pizzeria. 3 Brothers Pizza Café is unlike most pizzerias as it offers two menus: a regular one and one which is fully-vegan! One of the 3 brothers that the restaurant is named for is vegan, and he felt that good vegan food was needed in Long Island. The full vegan menu includes appetizers, salads, pasta, entrées, pizza (create your own & specialty), calzones, and hoagies. Pizza toppings include Tempeh Bacon, Soy Pepperoni, Seitan Meatballs, Seitan Sausage, Grilled Eggplant, and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms. There are vegan cheeses to choose from as well. Don't miss the popular vegan brunch on the weekend; foods include Tofu Benedict, Tofu Omelet, Scrambled Tofu, Tempeh Bacon, and Seitan Sausage.
6789 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY 13066
Natural foods store/café. The café inside Wegmans Market is quite spectacular. Feast on pasta, Chinese dishes, pizza, and more.
4563 Bowne St., Flushing, NY 11355
Vegetarian/Indian. This affordable establishment offers masala dosas, traditional breads, and other South Indian foods.
135-37 37th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354
Vegetarian/Chinese/kosher. Enjoy the Zen-like atmosphere while dining at Happy Buddha. Using organic ingredients, some of their offerings include Vege Eel with Lily Flowers, Black Pepper Vege Chicken, and Vege Shark Fin Soup. Don't miss the great weekday lunch specials.
5908 Main St., Flushing, NY 11355
Vegetarian/Chinese/kosher. New Bodai Vegetarian is a unique dining experience. All food preparation is monitored by rabbis and prepared in accordance with Jewish law. Patrons may wish to try the Braised Bean Curd Roll with Shiitake Mushroom, Sliced Dry Pressed Bean Curd with Black Pepper Sauce, or the Crispy Shredded Shiitake Mushroom & Broccoli with Brown Sauce. Only one meal on the menu is made with eggs.
159-01 Horace Harding Expy., Flushing, NY 11365
Natural foods store. This natural foods store offers a variety of hot and cold items, many using organic vegetables. The menu is veggie except for tuna salad. Entrées are available for take-out, and upstairs seating is also offered.
157-19 72nd Ave., Flushing, NY 11367
Vegetarian. Eclectic menu with unusual items, such as Duck Surprise (vegetarian duck with butter-braised broccoli, served with royal rice and pineapple sauce) and Portobello Mellow (grilled portobello mushrooms, red peppers, fresh spinach, and mozzarella in a spinach wrap). The menu also includes a soup-of-the-day, appetizers, salads, and desserts.
4546 162nd St., Flushing, NY 11358
Vegetarian. Vege Eats is a vegetarian specialty food store that is mostly vegan. They feature an extensive selection of mock meats including what you would expect - ham, beef, chicken - to unusual items like mutton, duck, abalone, squid, and lobster. Nearly every meat alternative comes in multiple flavors. They also sell tofu, vege balls, and other frozen & dry products.
2 South St., Garden City, NY 11530
Indian. Akbar has a good vegetarian selection with at least four vegan entrées; three others have some dairy. Outdoor seating is available. Akbar is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
3124 Rt. 44/55, Gardiner, NY 12525
Natural foods deli. Located within a grocery store at the foot of the Shawangunk Cliffs, this full service deli features homemade salads, omelets, bagels, soymilk, soy ice cream, and grilled tofu. The store also has mountain bike rentals for $35 per day. This establishment is run by the same people who manage the Main Street Bistro in New Paltz, NY.
42 Forest Ave., Glen Cove, NY 11542
Natural foods store. This take-out only market makes a huge variety of vegan salads and sandwiches, including Lemon Seitan, Tofu Teriyaki, barbecue tempeh, and vegetarian chili.
5999 S. Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075
Mexican. See description under Amherst, NY.
206 E. Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale, NY 10530
Vegetarian/Indian. Masala Kraft Café is an all-vegetarian restaurant featuring authentic Indian cuisine in a contemporary setting. The chefs create gourmet dishes from a colorful array of spices and herbs. Try menu items like Masala Dosa, Chana Bhatura, and Samosas. Make sure to ask about the Daily Special.
1739 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, NY 11557
Chinese/Japanese. Little Fu's offers healthy Chinese and Japanese cuisine with a tremendous selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Enjoy creative tofu and gluten dishes, vegetable or noodle entrées, delicious soups, brown rice, plus much more. Little Fu's is located in a shopping center where Valley Stream, Lynbrook, and Hewlett meet.
128 Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Vegetarian/Indian. Chennai Dosas offers South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Prices are very reasonable and the daily lunch buffet is not to be missed. The restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
416 S. Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Vegetarian/Indian. House of Dosas offers an all-vegetarian menu of authentic South Indian cuisine. Enjoy large portions for very reasonable prices.
537 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534
Mexican. Mexican Radio offers upscale dining in a casual and eclectic setting with an emphasis on local ingredients. The menu notes which items are veggie and vegan friendly and there are many. Tortilla fillings include carmelized plantains, grilled portobello mushrooms, tofu, seitan, soy cheese, and vegan crema. Both the black beans and pinto beans are vegetarian. The friendly staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating so feel free to ask them if you have any questions about the menu. Delivery is available at the Manhattan location.
11 N. 7th St., Hudson, NY 12534
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern/pizza/kosher. Park Falafel & Pizza provides an alternative to the ordinary fast food choices. Their affordable menu is completely vegetarian with food prepared daily using natural and fresh ingredients. PFP offers kosher food, halal food, and vegan selections. The restaurant does not have or use a microwave for preparation of any of their dishes, all baking is done on the premises, and they blend spices that date back to biblical times and places. PFP is located in the center of Hudson's historic shopping and arts district.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Freeville and Trumansburg.)
100 Dryden Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
Mediterranean. Aladdin's Natural Eatery offers great soups, sandwiches, pasta dishes, salads, and more.
115 The Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850
Vegetarian/café/coffeehouse. Autumn Leaves Café, located in the heart of Ithaca's Commons, offers a nice selection of fair trade and organic coffee, vegan cookies, and vegetarian and vegan soups and salads. While there, make sure to check out their tremendous quantity of used books and records. Oftentimes, they feature live acoustic music.
329 Pine Tree Rd., East Hill Plaza, Ithaca, NY 14850
Triphammer Mall, N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
400 N. Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 14850
415 College Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
203 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Express! Drive-Thru, 209 S. Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Café/bakery. The sandwiches are made with everything from portobello mushrooms to seitan to avocado. They also offer bagels with Tofutti cream "cheese."
400 N. Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Café/bakery. This bakery is located on Rt. 13 in the historic west end of Ithaca. Besides breads and pastries, they have a selection of vegetarian sandwiches, including the Cayuga Croissant (with avocado, tomato, mushrooms, sprouts, and parsley-garlic dressing), Michigan Hollow (marinated portobello with roasted red peppers and dressing on multi-grain), and Varna Vegan (lemon teriyaki seitan on oatmeal wheat bread with fresh spinach, tomato, and balsamic vinaigrette).
DeWitt Building, 215 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Natural foods. Moosewood is a cooperatively owned and managed restaurant with a menu that changes daily, rotating through the hundreds of dishes featured in the restaurant's cookbooks.The menu offers gourmet and natural foods cuisine with ethnic specialties on Sunday nights and features homemade desserts, Bully Hill 100% New York State Grape Juice, and Yuengling beer, ale, and porter. There is a friendly ambiance, and seasonal outdoor terrace dining is available.
101 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Mexican. Viva Taqueria is a California-style eatery -- a place to get fast, delicious Mexican food at inexpensive prices. All food is vegetarian except the meats and Caesar dressing. All vegetarian items can be made vegan by omitting cheese and sour cream. Ingredients are locally-sourced when possible. Vegan burrito fillings include calabacitas (zucchini, corn, lima beans, onions); organic Ithaca Tofu in tomato vinaigrette; and, of course, beans (three kinds) and rice. The Tofu Quesadilla (without cheese) and Tofu Mole Burrito are recommended.
8443 164th St., Jamaica, NY 11432
Vegetarian/Indian. Annam Brahma, inspired by the spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, is a completely vegetarian restaurant. Although primarily Indian, cuisines from all over the world are also offered. Make sure to try their all-you-can-eat international smorgasbord on Sundays. They also have an extensive selection of specialty beverages. Cash only.
8614 Parsons Blvd., Ste. A, Jamaica, NY 11432
Vegetarian/diner. Unlike a typical diner, where the only options for vegetarians and vegans are fruit or toast, Smile of the Beyond is all-vegetarian! Breakfast includes pancakes and meat substitutes like soy bacon and soy sausage. If you are in more of a lunch mood, try one of their sandwiches, salads, or soups. Located just up the hill from the Parsons Boulevard 'F' train stop, it's hard to believe this vegetarian diner started out as an ice cream parlor. Cash only.
214 Main St., Johnson City, NY 13790
Natural foods store/deli. This deli is located in the back of a natural foods store. Both hot entrées and cold dishes are available.
202 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 10536
Natural foods store. See description under Briarcliff Manor, NY.
8122 Lefferts Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Natural foods store/café/juice bar. Both an organic market and café, Thyme offers pre-made and made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, as well as fresh coffee and bakery items. Their full case of prepared foods features many vegetarian and vegan selections. All café items are handmade on the premises by a trained natural foods chef and are mostly vegetarian/vegan.
94 Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont, NY 10538
Mexican. Harry's Burritos serves Cal-Mex-style cuisine in a kitschy '50s atmosphere. Their food contains no preservatives, lard, MSG, trans fats, or animal rennet. Substitutions include vegan soy cheese, tofu sour cream, brown rice, and whole wheat tortillas. Weekday lunch specials are offered.
2460 Boston Post Rd., Larchmont, NY 10538
Natural foods store. See description under Briarcliff Manor, NY.
23122 Merrick Blvd., Laurelton, NY 11413
Vegetarian/natural foods store. Health Conscious Natural Foods has a small but tasty menu featuring a variety of organic salads, soy & veggie patties, and vegetarian sushi. They also offer a large selection of organic vegan juices ranging from the "Iron Man" wheat grass drink to the "Rasta Blend" mango & apple drink.
5691 S. Transit Rd., Lockport, NY 14094
Mexican. See description under Amherst, NY.
987 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541
Natural foods store. Mrs. Green's in Mahopac is located in Lake Plaza. See description under Briarcliff Manor, NY.
2 Main St., Millerton, NY 12546
Chinese/Japanese. Located next to the well-known Harney & Sons tea store, this restaurant offers both Chinese and Japanese dishes. Options for vegans include Agedashi Tofu and vegetable rolls.
54 Main St., Millerton, NY 12546
Natural foods deli. Manna Dew offers daily specials, which include curry tofu, steamed brown rice, and vegetables with peanut sauce.
38 S. Etna Ave., Montauk, NY 11954
Natural foods store/café. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at this café, where you'll also find a deli case, take-out, fresh baked goods daily, and fruit smoothies, along with a natural foods store.
686 Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Natural foods store. See description under Briarcliff Manor, NY.
195 S. Main St., New City, NY 10956
Vegan/Asian. Veggie Heaven offers an extensive vegan menu including soups, noodle dishes, and mockmeats. Desserts include Vanilla Soy Cheesecake, Tofu Ice Cream (vanilla almond bark, wild berry, chocolate, or butter pecan), and the extremely popular Green Tea Cake.
623 French Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413
Middle Eastern/Lebanese. Vegetarian platters include falafel, fattoush, tabbouleh, and other Middle Eastern items.
1627 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. Madras Woodlands is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant with an extensive menu and reasonable prices. House Specialties include Channa Batura, Spring Dosai, and Masala Iddly. Make sure to stop in for their unlimited lunch buffet on weekends. Madras Woodlands is Kosher certified. Please note that the restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner on weekdays so call ahead for hours.
11 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561
Vegan/café/deli/organic. Karma Road is a bright and cheery all-vegan spot in the heart of downtown New Paltz. Environmental sustainability is integral here as they create, "food for an inspired planet." Because they utilize organic, local, and seasonal ingredients, their menu is always changing based on availability. Past offerings include Persian Lentil Soup, Tomato Chowder, Falafel Wrap, and Baked Tempeh Reuben. An extensive number of menu items are gluten-free. Their deli case offers an amazing selection of grab-n-go items and their organic fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies are very popular. Desserts are made with spelt and brown rice flour or no flour at all and include muffins, pies, and cakes.
59 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561
Natural foods. Main Street Bistro offers veggie burgers, stir frys, chili, burritos, quesadillas, a BLT with Fakin' Bacon, and a wide variety of tofu dishes. Breakfast is available all day; try the Tofu Scramble. Their own in-house bakery makes many tempting sweets including vegan desserts. Main Street Bistro is located in the heart of downtown New Paltz, not too far from Minnewaska State Park.
13 A N. Front St., New Paltz, NY 12561
Bakery/café. The Bakery offers not just baked goods but sandwiches, soups, and salads. They are very veg-friendly. Menu items include Vegan Black Bean Chili, Hummus Wraps, Vegetarian Reuben Wraps, Garden Burgers, Black Bean Burgers, and Vegetarian Fat-Free Ham. As for sweets, The Bakery serves the usual muffins, scones, and cinnamon buns, but also unique pastry items like Apricot Linzer Tart and Espresso Fudge Torte. Enjoy the outdoor café with children's play area and gardens.
412 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801
Vegan/Jamaican/juice bar. Jolo's Kitchen serves all-vegan Ital food in a warm, comfortable environment. Delicious menu items include Ginger "Chicken" & Broccoli, Veggie Ribz, "Fish" Stew, Smoked "Duck," and Jerk Tofu Patties. Jolo's also features a juice bar where you can create your own juice or smoothie. .
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see New York City.)
45 8th Ave., New York, NY 10014
150 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012
Vegetarian/eclectic. The location on 8th Avenue is between Jane and West 4th Streets in the West Village. The location on Sullivan Street is between Prince and Houston Streets in Soho. See description under Brooklyn, NY.
300 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003
Vegan/natural foods/organic. This restaurant uses 95% organic ingredients. Daily specials are offered along with excellent homemade cornbread and tahini dressing. Angelica's has been rated highly by many New Yorkers. The restaurant is located between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Cash only.
17 Waverly Pl., New York, NY 10003
Vietnamese. This restaurant uses separate cooking equipment when preparing vegetarian foods. There are many interesting natural food choices, including Yam Tempura, Watercress Salad, Tempeh Burger, Stir-Fried Cabbage with Soba Noodles, BBQ Seitan, and more. It also features Karaoke sing-a-long.
706 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025
Vegetarian/Indian. Located at 94th St., this restaurant offers Indian vegetarian cuisine.
127 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
Deli/kosher. This kosher restaurant offers daily soup and sandwich specials, omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods, and desserts. Hot entrées like vegetarian stuffed cabbage and vegetarian chili. This establishment does serve fish. B & H is located in the East Village.
248 Broome St., New York, NY 10002
Vegan/bakery/kosher. BabyCakes NYC is a specialty vegan bakery that serves mostly organic and gluten-free sweets including cupcakes, cookies, muffins, cinnamon buns, brownies, and cakes. Refined sugar is never used; most items are sweetened with agave syrup. Among the tempting treats are Vanilla Macaroons, Blueberry Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches, Pumpkin Spice Loaf, and Red Velvet Cupcakes. Besides local delivery by messenger, many items can be ordered for shipment in the United States. BabyCakes is located on the Lower East Side between Orchard and Ludlow.
93 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Mexican. Benny's Burritos serves Cal-Mex-style cuisine in a kitschy '50s atmosphere. Their food contains no preservatives, lard, MSG, trans fats, or animal rennet. Substitutions include vegan soy cheese, tofu sour cream, brown rice, and whole wheat tortillas -- all at no extra charge. Weekday lunch specials are offered. Benny's is located on the corner of 6th Street.
229 E. 14th St., New York, NY 10003
Vegetarian/sushi. Beyond Sushi serves a unique alternative to traditional sushi. With fruits and vegetables, including kiwi, mango, carrots, and snap peas, everything is vegetarian. The sushi is wrapped in black Chinese forbidden rice and six grain rice. Beyond Sushi offers a variety of vegan rolls and many of the rolls served are gluten-free as well. Each roll comes with a customized tofu and veggie sauce, including jalapeno-wasabi, carrot-ginger, and mango-chili.
102 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016
Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. Bhojan Vegetarian Restaurant offers authentic Indian cuisine that is vegetarian and kosher. Highlighting dishes from the North and West regions of India, the menu offers fresh, homestyle meals in a relaxed and beautiful setting. Bhojan is located in Little India, between 27th & 28th Streets.
187 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Vegan/organic. Blossom is a chic restaurant offering an intimate dining experience. Menu items include Seitan Medallions, Porcini Crusted Filet, Tofu Fra Diablo, and Phyllo Roulade. Is your mouth watering yet? If not, it will when you see the dessert menu; you must finish off your meal with pumpkin pie, chocolate ganache torte, pineapple crepes, or apple & cranberry napolean. Or one of each! Blossom is located in the heart of Chelsea, between 21st and 22nd Streets. The restaurant is closed between brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended for dinner.
174A 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011
Vegan/bakery/organic/kosher. Blossom Bakery is an all-vegan and kosher-certified bakery featuring organic ingredients. Choose from French pastries, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes, and pies. The bakery is part of the Blossom family of vegan restaurants in New York City. It's located between 20th & 21st Streets in Chelsea, across the street from Blossom Restaurant and adjacent to Blossom Du Jour.
174 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011
Vegan/organic/kosher. Enjoy Blossom Du Jour's "shrewd fast food"-- cruelty-free, environmentally-conscious meals prepared quickly and efficiently. Gluten-free options are available. Savor Grandma's Vegetable Pot Pie (edamame, carrots, and zucchini) or Spaghetti and Soy Meatballs, followed by a Massivo Choco Chip Cookie or a slice of Chocolate Mousse Pie. Blossom Du Jour is located between 20th & 21st Streets in Chelsea.
62 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003
Vegan/organic/kosher. Enjoy Blossom Du Jour's "shrewd fast food"-- cruelty-free, environmentally-conscious meals prepared quickly and efficiently. Gluten-free options are available. Fortify yourself with the Breakfast of Champions (peanut butter, banana, oats, pea protein, and almond or soy milk), or the Smoky Avocado Wrap (avocado, smoked tempeh, tomato, mixed greens, and aioli), followed by a homemade cupcake (Black Bottom, vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry-lemon). Blossom Du Jour is located inside the New York Health & Racquet Club in Cooper Square in the East Village. The café is open to the public.
5 Mott St., New York, NY 10013
Vegetarian/Chinese/kosher. Buddha Bodai offers many delicious dishes including veg lobster with black bean sauce, veg lamb with mixed veggies in garlic sauce, and veg shark fin soup. Make sure to stop by for their weekday lunch special which is a great value. Buddha Bodai is kosher certified.
466 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024
41 Carmine St., New York, NY 10014
Vegan café/organic/kosher. Café Blossom offers organic and innovative vegan cuisine. Sandwiches include the Tofu BLT, Southern Seitan, and Soy Filet Parmesan. Choose from gourmet entrées such as Porcini Rubbed Tofu, Risotto Croquettes, or Rosemary Walnut Crusted Seitan for dinner. This kosher café uses organic ingredients from local farms and small distribution companies. The location on Columbus Avenue is between 82nd and 83rd Streets on the Upper West Side. The location on Carmine Street is between Bedford and Bleecker Streets in the West Village. Café Blossom is a sister restaurant to Blossom in Chelsea.
2578 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Vegetarian/pizzeria. Café Viva has a great selection of pizzas. Choose from toppings such as seitan pepperoni, soy sausage, organic vegetables, and tofu. Casein-free soy cheese is available for vegans. The menu also includes salads, sandwiches, pastas with seitan "meat" sauce, calzones, ravioli, and more. The restaurant only uses unbleached flour, sea salt, filtered water, and natural sweeteners. Café Viva is located between 97th and 98th Streets.
154 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10075
Vegan/organic/gourmet. Candle 79, from the same owners as Candle Café, offers a fine dining experience of vegan gourmet cuisine. They use organic and seasonal ingredients in their creative menus. Enjoy such dishes as Chili-Grilled Tempeh, Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake, Live Heirloom Tomato Tartare, Balsamic Herb Baked Tofu, or Seitan Piccata. Candle 79 is located at Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side. The restaurant is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
1307 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10021
2427 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
Vegan/organic/natural foods. "Vegetarianism is taken to a whole new level" at this all-vegan restaurant. Candle Café, sister restaurant to Candle 79, serves unique dishes like a Grilled Rosemary Tempeh Sandwich and a Grilled Tempeh Portabello Burger, as well as a rotating selection of entrées, such as Seitan Toastadas, Lentil Croquettes, and Hijiki Caviar. Candle Café on 3rd is located between 74th and 75th Streets on the Upper East Side. Candle Café on Broadway is located between 89th and 90th Streets on the Upper West Side. Reservations are accepted.
405 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10009
Vegan/organic/kosher. Caravan of Dreams offers organic and vegan cuisine with many raw foods dishes. Try their Black Bean Chili, Corn Polenta with Sweet Potato & Leek Sauce, or Grilled Marinated Tofu. Many dishes are wheat-free, and the water is osmosis-filtered. The staff at Caravan is committed to using only organically-grown ingredients whenever available and to designing balanced dishes for healthful eating. The restaurant also features live music nightly, an art gallery, lectures, and various classes. Caravan of Dreams is located between 1st & Avenue A and is kosher certified.
684 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10017
110 W. 40th St., New York, NY 10018
Vegetarian/organic. Environmentally-conscious and modern, CRISP, offers sandwiches and salads, all made with fresh and mostly organic ingredients. Pair your meal with a house-blended iced tea such as pear-white or passion fruit-rooibos. This all-vegetarian quick-service restaurant "syncs your taste with your conscience." The 3rd Avenue location is at the corner of 43rd and not far from Grand Central Station and the United Nations Plaza. The 40th Street location is between 6th and Broadway and only a few minutes walk from Times Square. Please note that CRISP on 40th Street is not open on weekends.
180 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10003
Vegetarian/Chinese. Dang Lai Palace offers a variety of fake meats, including duck, fish, and steak, as well as traditional vegetarian dishes. While the majority of the menu is vegan, the few dishes that contain eggs or dairy are clearly marked as such.
430 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009
Vegetarian/contemporary. At Dirt Candy, the focus is clearly on vegetables. Owner/Chef Amanda Cohen actually thinks of them as nature's candy saying, "Made of little more than water and sunlight, vegetables are candy from the dirt." Menu selections include Jalapeno Hush Puppies, Portobello Mousse, and Carrot Risotto. Everything can be made vegan upon request. Dirt Candy is located in the East Village between Avenue A and 1st Avenue. Reservations are strongly recommended.
12 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016
Vegan/teahouse. Franchia, an offshoot of the nearby upscale vegan Korean restaurant Hangawi, was designed with waxed floors, low tea tables, and intricately carved wooden sliding doors to evoke a mountain-temple-style traditional tearoom. It features a vegetarian kitchen specializing in soups; vegetarian sushi; green-tea-flavored pancakes, noodles, salads, and bread; soy and grain "meat" dumplings; sautéed rice cakes; pumpkin noodles; and desserts, including soy ice cream and soy cheesecake. In addition, you may buy their teas and other items in the gift shop and through their website. Franchia is located between 34th and 35th Streets.
The Natural Gourmet Cookery School, 48 W. 21st St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10010
Vegetarian/natural foods. Enjoy a five-course vegetarian meal served by a chef instructor and students of the Chef's Training Program. The food is whole, fresh, natural, and seasonal, as well as high-fiber, low-fat and cholesterol-free. No refined sugar is used. Communal seating and a new fixed menu each week. In addition, baked desserts, frozen yogurt, and non-dairy frozen desserts are available at reasonable prices, and there's a large selection of herbal teas.
130 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10009
Vegan/organic/raw foods. Gingersnap's Organic is a café in the East Village offering a unique selection of raw, gluten-free, and vegan food made from completely organic ingredients. Everything in the café is made from reclaimed or recycled materials and designed with an eye toward sustainability. With free Wi-Fi and outlets, Gingersnap's is a great place to hang out -- whether you want to grab a tasty bite with friends or get work done.
401 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014
1426 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10028
Vegetarian/Asian. The sons of Zen Palate's owners are behind this sophisticated eatery. The open kitchen turns out artful international dishes, such as crispy spinach & soy cheese wontons, green tea noodle miso soup with seitan, white beans & cremini mushroom casserole, wild rice & tempeh wrapped in collard greens with pomegranate sauce, avocado tartare with wasabi-lime sauce, and butternut squash risotto with toasted almonds. Gobo in the West Village is located between Waverly Pl. & 8th St. On the Upper East Side, Gobo is at E. 81st St.
1413 York Ave., New York, NY 10021
Vegetarian café/organic/juice bar. The Green Bean Café is a quaint and inexpensive spot to grab a bite to eat. They focus on organic and wholesome foods. For a light meal, try the Tempeh BLT or the California Tofu Wrap. At their juice and smoothie bar, you can choose from an extensive menu or create your own concoction. For dessert, don't miss the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough vegan ice cream! The Green Bean Café is located between 75th and 76th Streets.
12 E. 32nd St., New York, NY 10016
Vegan/Korean. This upscale vegan restaurant serves traditional Korean dishes in a serene setting, with ancient decor and traditional folk music. Shoes must be removed at the door. There is a fixed price menu that comes with starters, appetizers, entrée, and dessert. An á la carte menu is also available with several other options, including salads, soups, rice and noodle dishes, stews, and much more. A fun fact about this restaurant is that birthday honorees are dressed in traditional Korean attire for their meals and photographed by the staff.
241 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023
Mexican. Harry's Burritos serves Cal-Mex-style cuisine in a kitschy '50s atmosphere. Their food contains no preservatives, lard, MSG, trans fats, or animal rennet. Substitutions include vegan soy cheese, tofu sour cream, brown rice, and whole wheat tortillas -- all at no extra charge. Weekday lunch specials are offered. Harry's is located on the corner of 71st Street.
68 Mott St., New York, NY 10013
Vegetarian/Chinese. House of Vegetarian offers a menu free of meat, chicken, seafood, and MSG. The restaurant serves more than 200 dishes with many different meat imitations. There are assorted mock chicken dishes using pineapple, lemon, mango in season, and yams; mock iron steak; imitation fish; vegetarian egg rolls; and more. Cash only.
1613 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10028
Vegetarian/Mediterranean/kosher. Hummus Kitchen features hummus in a variety of forms, but also serves various other Middle Eastern specialties, including falafal, baba ghanouj, baklava, and more. They have a full menu, including appetizers, soups, salads, and desserts. Hummus Kitchen is located between 83rd & 84th Streets on the Upper East Side.
109 Saint Mark's Pl., New York, NY 10009
71 7th Ave. S., New York, NY 10014
99 Macdougal St., New York, NY 10009
2608 Broadway, New York, NY 10009
305 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10023
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern/kosher. If you love hummus, then this is the place for you! Enjoy dishes like Tabule Quinoa, Hummus Tahini, and Veggie Couscous at this kosher restaurant. Don't miss their great specials! With 5 locations in the Manhattan area, there’s bound to be a Hummus Place near you! The location at Saint Mark's Place is in the East Village, between 1st Avenue & Avenue A. The locations on Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue are both in the Upper West Side. The location on Macdougal Street is in Greenwich Village. The location on 7th Avenue is in the West Village.
841 Broadway, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003
Vegan/organic/café. Jivamuktea Café is located inside Jivamukti Yoga School. They are a deli-style café serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and a few other vegan specialties. They bake vegan desserts daily and have a large coffee, tea, and juice menu.
302 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003
Italian. John's of 12th Street uses the highest quality, freshest ingredients to prepare traditional Italian cuisine with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. They have a separate vegan menu (which includes desserts!), and they use dedicated utensils to prepare vegan dishes. The romantic, festive décor includes tiled floors and painted scenes of Italy. Try the vegan Eggplant Parmigiana with Daiya Cheese, Seitan Scallopini with Marsala Wine Mushroom Sauce, or Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Polenta and Greens. Satisfy your sweet tooth with vegan Almond Coconut Panna Cotta, vegan ice cream, or vegan cannoli. The restaurant is in the East Village between 1st and 2nd Avenues and near NYU. Cash only.
125 E. 39th St., New York, NY 10016
Vegan/Japanese. Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine, an ancient Japanese cuisine developed in Zen Buddhist monasteries, that focuses on fresh ingredients and artistic presentation. Following the Buddhist principle of not taking life, no animal products are used. The menu changes monthly according to what is in season. Diners can choose between two prix-fixe menus -- four or eight courses. The meals are served on handmade ceramic dishes, some of which are antiques. You will find Kajitsu between 1st Avenue and Avenue A in the East Village. Reservations are recommended at this upscale restaurant.
342 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003
Vegetarian/Vietnamese. Lan Café is a small, family-owned all-vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant. With the exception of a milk option for tea and coffee beverages, they are completely vegan. If you enjoy flavors like cilantro and lemongrass, you will no doubt love Lan Café. They are located between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan. Cash only.
410 6th Ave., New York, NY 10011
Natural foods store/deli. LifeThyme Natural Market features one of NYC's largest selections of organic produce, natural personal care items, all-natural deli (including a 100% organic salad bar and hot bar), and an all-vegan kosher bakery. Sweet selections include cookies, cakes made-to-order, raw fruit cheesecakes, and more! LifeThyme is located between 8th and 9th Streets.
170 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10012
Vegetarian/juice bar. Besides a huge selection of fresh juices, like organic carrot or cantaloupe, the menu offers a vegetarian sandwich menu with items like Chickenless Chicken, Hummus, and Nori Rolls. Liquiteria is located at 11th Street.
348 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001
Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut in New York City is located between 29th & 30th Streets in midtown Manhattan.
104 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016
Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. Madras Mahal features authentic South Indian cuisine that is kosher, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly. Try South Indian dosai, spicy curries from Western India, fluffy breads, and much more. Some dishes are made with dairy products, but eggs are not used. Don't miss their daily lunch buffet! Madras Mahal is located in Manhattan's Little India section between 27th & 28th Streets.
119 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012
22 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003
Middle Eastern. Mamoun's Falafel serves delicious and inexpensive falafel along with other Middle Eastern favorites. Try their 100% vegan lentil soup.
646 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024
Japanese. Mana, which is vegetarian except for fish, offers Japanese natural and macrobiotic cooking without sugar, chemicals, preservatives, or dairy products. Filtered water and organic ingredients are used. Mana is located between 91st and 92nd Streets. Cash only.
38 Union Square E., New York, NY 10003
59 E. 8th St., New York, NY 10003
2047 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
558 7th Ave., New York, NY 10003
2857 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
638 8th Ave., New York, NY 10036
Vegetarian/fast food. Maoz is a mostly vegan restaurant. Each meal is served with chips and juice. One of the most highly recommended items on the menu is the falafel. The restaurant originated in Holland and is vegetarian for ethical reasons. This location is between 16th and 17th Streets in Union Square. The 8th Street location is between Broadway and University Place in Greenwich Village. The 7th Avenue location is on the corner of 40th Street in Times Square. The location at 2047 Broadway is between 70th and 71st Streets in the Upper West Side. The location at 2857 Broadway is between 110th and 111th Streets at Columbia University. The 8th Avenue location is between 43rd and 44th in the Theatre District.
468 W. 47th St., New York, NY 10036
Ethiopian. Located near Times Square and the theater district, the dishes are served on injera (Ethiopian bread). Menu items include miser alecha (split lentils dipped with ginger) and shiro wat (highly seasoned chickpeas in berbere sauce).
19 Cleveland Pl., New York, NY 10012
Mexican. See description under Hudson, NY.
123 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003
Vegetarian/organic. The Organic Grill (between 7th Street & St. Marks Place) boasts that "99.9% of our foods are prepared using clean, sustainably raised materials." For a tasty treat, try the BBQ Seitan Sandwich, Eggplant Caponata with Herb Crostini, or the Vegan Wheat-Free Waffles. All cheese dishes can be made with vegan cheese. Orders and reservations can be placed from The Organic Grill's website.
947 8th Ave., New York, NY 10019
Vegetarian/eco. Otarian is an all-vegetarian quick service restaurant franchise that is committed to sustainability. They show the carbon footprint for each menu item along with a comparison to its non-vegetarian counterpart. For example, their Tex Mex Burger has a carbon footprint of 1.59kg compared with a Tex Mex Beef Burger which has a 2.28kg carbon footprint. Enjoy soups, flatbreads, wraps, burgers, salads, and more! Their 'Hearties' section includes Vegetable Biryani, Spicy Vegetable Noodles, Tacos, and Spiced Coconut Curry. All menu items are vegetarian and do not contain egg, animal rennet, or gelatin, however, milk and honey are present in some foods. The menu notes what is vegan, gluten-free, and/or wheat-free along with the ingredients of each item. Otarian lets you enjoy good food that is good for the planet -- what could be better? The eatery is located between 55th & 56th Streets in Hell's Kitchen.
460 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024
41 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10003
Vegan/natural foods/bakery. Peacefood Café's menu includes panini, pizza, vegetable tempura, chickpea fries, strawberry shortcake, and raw key lime pie. Locally-grown ingredients are used whenever possible. Desserts are baked in their own kitchen with no dairy, egg, or refined sugar. Peacefood on Amsterdam is located uptown at 82nd Street while the café on East 11th is located downtown at University Place.
123 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
Regional. Pommes Frites is a take-out spot that offers Belgian-fried potatoes with 30 sauce options, some of which are vegan. They are located between 7th Street and St. Mark's Place.
110 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016
1154 First Ave, New York, NY 10021
Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. Pongal specializes in southern Indian cuisine, so you will find items like dosai and crepes, made with fermented batters that are stuffed with potatoes and other vegetables. This restaurant is certified kosher. The 110 Lexington Ave. location is between 27th and 28th Sts. The 1154 First Ave. location is between 63rd and 64th Sts.
71 1st Ave., New York, NY 10003
Vegetarian/Thai. This vegetarian Thai restaurant, Pukk (Thai for 'vegetable'), is 98% vegan and offers an egg-free option for the few dishes containing eggs. Dishes include curry Thai pancake and soft green rice crepe as well as a large mock meat selection including mock chicken, beef, duck, and shrimp and three types of tofu. Vegan desserts are also available such as a caramel chocolate cake. Located between 4th and 5th Sts.
54 Irving Pl., New York, NY 10003
Vegan/raw foods/organic. This upscale restaurant near 17th St. serves up raw cucumber summer rolls with green papaya and watermelon; soft corn tortillas with chili-spiced beans, avocado, tomato-lime salsa, and vegan sour cream; gnocchi made from red beets; zucchini and green zebra tomato lasagna with basil pistachio pesto, wild mushrooms, and pine nut ricotta; green-curry noodles made from coconut; and spelt crust and pignoli cheese pizzas in a garden setting that seats 80. As an environmentally friendly establishment, it prides itself on its organic wines and even offers utensils made from corn and wheat for take-out orders.
226 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012
Natural foods. While Quantum Leap is not completely vegetarian (they serve fish), it's very veggie-friendly. There is truly something for everyone here; menu items include salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, veggie burgers, Mexican, Japanese, tofu, and seitan dishes. Items that are vegan (and there are many) are noted on the menu. Quantum Leap is in the West Village.
263 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10009
Vegetarian. This internationally-flavored restaurant between 1st Ave. and Ave. A uses only organic ingredients to prepare their dishes. All meals are based on living foods philosophies. Options include dips, salads, soup, pasta, nori rolls, and desserts. The only thing that keeps Quintessense from being completely vegan is the use of honey in some dishes.
348 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10039
Vegan/raw foods. Located near Jackie Robinson Park and in walking distance of The City College of New York, Raw Soul serves live, vegan cuisine. Enjoy personal pizzas with walnut/Brazil nut cheese & sun-dried tomato sauce or lasagna made with zucchini noodles and walnut cheese. Raw Soul offers great weekday lunch specials too.
140 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012
Vegetarian/Caribbean. Red Bamboo specializes in all-vegetarian Caribbean soul food. Its menu includes unique entrées such as Caribbean Jerk Spiced Seitan, Creole Soul Chicken, Maryland Fried Scallops, Salmon Teriyaki, Citrus Beef with Asparagus, Butterfly Soy Chops, and Quesadillas. They also offer appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, specialty rices, and sides like Sweet Potato Fries, Collard Greens with Veggie Ham, and Mango Salsa. Red Bamboo is located at Washington Square & 6th Avenue in Manhattan's West Village.
227 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012
Vegan/organic/kosher. Yes, this is the former veggie deli that was in Greenwich Village. Now it is completely vegan and offers sit-down meals. Their specialty is vegan tapas and they offer delicious soups of the day. Definitely leave room for desserts like their gluten-free velvet brownies. Please stop by "to fuel your mind & body."
81 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016
413 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024
Vegetarian/Indian. Saravanaa Bhavan is part of the popular Chennai-based international franchise. Specializing in South Indian vegetarian cuisine, the restaurant offers traditional dishes including dosa, uthappam, curries, and thali. The location on Lexington is located at the corner of 26th Street in Curry Hill. The location on Amsterdam is between 79th and 80th Streets on the Upper West Side.
55 St. Nicholas Ave., New York, NY 10026
Vegan/soul food. Seasoned Vegan is a restaurant run by a mother and son duo. They specialize in gourmet vegan soul food. The menu features southern, Caribbean, Moroccan, and Asian comfort foods, with specials such as "Crawfish" in basil sauce, Mango "Beef" and "Chicken" in ginger sauce. They also offer delicious cakes, such as spicy chocolate or beet flavored, many vegan sandwiches, kale or mushroom salads, and much more. Seasoned Vegan is located near Columbia University at the corner of W. 113th Street in Harlem. Reservations are accepted.
210 6th Ave., New York, NY 10014
28 E. 13th St., New York, NY 10003
Macrobiotic/organic. Sample Souen's various seitan, tofu, and tempeh entrées. Appetizers, soups, salads, tempura, and noodle dishes with the option of udon or soba noodles are also offered. Please note that fish is served here.
4749 7th Ave. S., New York, NY 10014
Vegetarian/Asian. Located between Bleecker and Morton, Soy & Sake is in the heart of the West Village. Their extensive menu of Japanese/Pan-Asian vegetarian cuisine is mostly vegan and notes which items contain whey, casein, or dairy. Try the Thai Salmon, Tofu Teriyaki, Ginger Pumpkin Shrimp Soup, or Butterfly Soy Chops (all vegan). They offer great weekday lunch specials that are too good to miss.
165 Church St., New York, NY 10007
Vegan/organic/raw foods/juice bar. Although there are a few tables, Sun In Bloom in TriBeCa is mostly a take-out eatery. Enjoy an all-vegan menu of organic and raw foods prepared fresh daily in their kosher kitchen. In addition to sandwiches, salads, and wraps, they also feature a hot bar for take-out as well.
139 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Vegetarian/café/store. Sustainable NYC, both the store and the café, is committed to providing New Yorkers with fair-trade, local, organic, and biodegradable products. They have a wide variety of items in their store, many of which would make great gifts! The café features vegan ice cream, pastries (including vegan ones) from Ciao For Now, coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company, and many more savory treats. The store sells vegan apparel, home décor, water bottles, and products for around the house. Sustainable NYC is located between St Mark's Place & 9th Street in the East Village.
127 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10009
Vegetarian/French. Table Verte is a French vegetarian bistro in the East Village. Enjoy an ever-changing menu of creative dishes with seasonal ingredients. Vegan selections are noted and may include Fennel & Petit Onion Confit, Roast Yams Etouffee, and Stuffed Roasted Squash. Reservations are recommended.
222 Waverly Pl., New York, NY 10014
45 Spring St., New York, NY 10014
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern. Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar offers inexpensive all-vegetarian (& mostly vegan) Middle Eastern cuisine with a gourmet twist. Their falafel is gluten-free and prepared fresh-to-order. It comes in three flavors: Green (parsley, cilantro, mint), Harissa (Tunisian spices), and Red (Roasted Red Peppers). Taim on Waverly is located in the West Village. Taim on Spring is located in Nolita. Cash only.
90 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002
Vegetarian/café/teahouse. Musician Moby's popular vegetarian restaurant, with its modern lime-green, white, and yellow modern décor, offers a variety of vegetarian cuisine, including cold nectarine and cantaloupe soup, faux turkey clubs, Middle Eastern dishes, desserts, and interesting teas. Teany is located between Ludlow and Orchard Streets on the Lower East Side. Cash only.
60 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010
100 Maiden Ln., New York, NY 10038
Vegan/organic/kosher. Terri is a 100% vegan establishment. They offer unique sandwiches such as the 'Thanksgiving' (Tofurky, cranberry sauce, vegan mayo, celery & crushed walnuts), 'Skinny Elvis' (peanut butter & carmelized bananas), or 'Fat Elvis' (with soy bacon). The restaurant on 23rd is located between 5th & 6th Avenues in Chelsea; the eatery on Maiden Lane is in the Financial District with its entrance on Pearl Street.
Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Vegan/organic/food truck. The Cinnamon Snail is a vegan food truck that serves mostly organic food, prepared without processed or artificial ingredients. They offer gluten-free, macrobiotic, and raw food options. Try the Creole Grilled Tofu Sub, Korean Barbeque Seitan, or Maple Mustard Tempeh Sandwich. The menu changes with the seasons and their whims; weekly specials are offered. They also offer a selection of vegan desserts and pastries (baked fresh daily) including Cinnamon Buns (after which the truck is named). All packaging is 100% biodegradable and compostable. In addition to offering delicious vegan food, The Cinnamon Snail also serves to educate the public about sustainable and local agriculture, animal welfare and non-violence. The truck does not operate in very bad weather or when on catering jobs. For locations and times, follow them on Twitter or Facebook. They also run Certified Orgasmic, a vegan and organic full-service caterer. Cash only.
1208 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10021
2611 Broadway, New York, NY 10021
835 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017
Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. A natural deli and juice bar are situated inside a large health foods store. Freshly-prepared gourmet vegetarian salads, pasta, grains, hot foods, pizza, soups, pastries, cakes, and snacks are available. Sometimes, a vegan cheesecake is even offered.
170 Allen St., New York, NY 10002
Vegan/Chinese. Tiengarden is a cozy restaurant that offers a fantastic menu with many dishes featuring tofu or seitan with a Chinese/Asian accent. Some items to try include Spicy Organic Tofu, Curry Peanut Lovers, or Organic Mixed Vegetables. Tiengarden is located between Stanton and Rivington Streets and near E. Houston Street.
127 E. 28th St., New York, NY 10016
Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. Tiffin Wallah combines the vegetarian Indian cuisine of Gujarti, Punjab, and Southern India to create eclectic dishes. They offer many selections of dosas, curries, fresh soups, and salads. Tiffin Wallah is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
14 E. 125th St., New York, NY 10035
Vegetarian/Caribbean/juice bar. Don't let the name fool you. This place is much than organic fruit and vegetable juices. The menu features blueberry pancakes; tofu omelets; mock breakfast meats; hot soups and stews; mock chicken, beef, turkey, or fish salads, wraps, and sandwiches; Shepard's pie; curry duck; Cajun of barbeque tofu; lasagna; veggie steak; side dishes; and much more. They also offer a full line of vegan pastries and baked goods, including breads, carrot cake, soy cheesecake, pies, muffins, doughnuts, and more.. Uptown is located in Harlem between 5th & Madison Avenues.
1522 First Ave., New York, NY 10075
Vegan/organic/gourmet. The classy V-Note organic wine bar and vegan bistro is located on the upper Eastside of Manhattan, and offers a kitchen that stays open later than many of the other vegan restaurants in the city. Menu highlights include a mushroom risotto and pistachio and pepper dusted tofu. V-Note also offers desserts such as a chocolate ganache cake. All of the wines are organic and sustainable. V-Note is at North 80th Street.
409 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10016
Vegetarian/Indian. Decorated to evoke a Gujarati village, diners at Vatan remove their shoes to sit on fluffy cushions surrounding a central courtyard. They offer an all-you-can-eat dinner featuring dishes, such as samosas, batatavada (fried potato balls in chickpea flour batter), bhaji (chickpeas and spinach), and khichdi (lentils, rice, and vegetables). You may also order from a four-course prix fixe menu that includes appetizers, soups, rice, entrées, and desserts. No children under 10 allowed. Vatan is located between 28th & 29th Streets.
1437 1st Ave., New York, NY 10021
Vegan/bakery/organic/kosher. Vegan Divas offers baked goods of all kinds, from doughnuts and cookies to pastries and cakes. A favorite among vegan divas everywhere is the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Raspberry Jam! This kosher bakery also features vegan soft serve ice cream made with an organic tofu base. Their treats can also be found in over 24 different locations throughout New York or online where you can have them shipped and gift-wrapped for you! Vegan Divas is located between 74th and 75th Streets on the Upper East Side.
24 Pell St., New York, NY 10013
Vegetarian/Chinese. This restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown features Dim Sum all day. Try rice flour rolls, spring rolls, various dumplings, sweet cakes, fresh juices, and more. Cash only.
144 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012
Vegetarian/Chinese. An extensive, mostly vegan menu features exquisite Chinese vegetarian cuisine. The menu includes hot and cold appetizers, salads, desserts, and many entrée categories, such as bean curd, greens, mock meat, mushroom, wheat gluten, noodle, and rice. In addition, they feature hot clay pots and house specials, such as Crispy Fish Divine (made from soy protein), Stuffed Lotus Leaf, and Spinach Dumpling. It's not be missed!! You'll find it near the W. 4th St. subway stop on the A/B/C/D/E/F trains.
46 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011
Natural foods/organic. This spacious Greenwich Village restaurant offers whole grains only and features daily specials. They have many vegetarian dishes, but please note they also serve fish. Try the BBQ Soy Chicken Salad Wrap, Seitan Club Sandwich, or their Village's Vegan Burger. They also have a nice selection of vegan pies.
380 Broome St., New York, NY 10013
Vegetarian/Asian. Wild Ginger is in the Little Italy area of Manhattan, between Mott & Mulberry Streets. See description under Brooklyn, NY (the location on Smith Street).
97 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009
Natural foods. In the bohemian atmosphere of the East Village (between 1st Ave. and Ave. A), vegetarian dishes include crepes, stir-fry, tofu, baba ghanouj, hummus, pasta, and a divine fruit salad. There's garden seating during the summer, as well as a sidewalk café.
663 9th Ave., New York, NY 10036
239 W. 105th St., New York, NY 10025
115 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003
Vegetarian/Asian. In a minimalist atmosphere, the staff at Zen Palate offers beautifully-presented dishes. Some to try include Wonton Soup, Taro Spring Rolls, Zen Burger with Yam Fries, Eggplant Zentastic, and Shepherd Pie Croquette. All menu items are vegan unless otherwise noted. The location on 9th Avenue is at 46th Street in the Theatre District. The location on 18th Street is in Union Square. The location on 105th Street is on the Upper West Side.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Amherst, Buffalo, Lockport, Tonawanda, and Williamsville.)
2951 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Mexican. See description under Amherst, NY.
90 Main St., Nyack, NY 10960
Mexican. See description under Larchmont, NY.
12 Park St., Nyack, NY 10960
Thai. A variety of vegetarian and vegan menu items are offered at Thai House. Try Pra Ram Pak (steamed mixed vegetables with peanut sauce), Vegetarian Curry (tofu, mixed vegetables in green curry & coconut milk), or Tofu Ma Keur (eggplant, tofu & basil leaves sautéed in ginger sauce). Please note that Thai House is closed between lunch and dinner on Fridays so call ahead for hours.
3000 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572
Natural foods store/café/organic/juice bar. Try one of Jandi's many delicious organic vegetarian soups, salads, pizza, pasta, desserts, and more. Dishes prepared with soy cheese are vegan.
12 Valley View Rd., Oliverea, NY 12410
Café. This café offers a cozy, rustic environment for breakfast and lunch on the weekends, and it serves guests at the unique Full Moon Resort Bed & Breakfast, as well as those attending special events. Breakfast at this inn's café can include vegetarian options like fresh baked goods, crepes or French toast, homemade granola, cereals, yogurt, and assorted fresh fruit. The dinner buffet begins with seasonal soups, such as roasted pumpkin or cannelloni bean, and is followed by yellow peppers stuffed with polenta, spinach and artichoke topped with pecorino, or cabbage leaves rolled with basmati brown rice and garlic tofu in red sauce.
139 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820
Thai. Simply Thai is a restaurant dedicated to preparing traditional Thai dishes using the freshest ingredients. They offer many vegetarian and vegan items, and most dishes can be made vegetarian or vegan upon request. Try veggie selections such as vegetarian spring rolls, vegetable soup, and mock chicken.
244 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820
Natural foods. This American bistro offers daily specials and uses whole foods. All items are prepared on the premises.
3342 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY 14127
Mexican. See description under Amherst, NY.
100 Main St., Pine Bush, NY 12566
Vegan/Chinese. Pure City is a family-owned Chinese restaurant which offers a wide variety of delicious, MSG-free appetizers, soups, and 21 entrées. The menu includes the Pure City appetizer platter, Green Jade made with veggie ham, Ginger Veggie Nuggets, Bai-yeTofu (bean curd with a savory mild mushroom sauce), and excellent BBQ veggie ribs. Also, the décor is beautiful, the owners are great, the restaurant is clean, and all of the food is made fresh to order.
8 Schoen Pl., Pittsford, NY 14534
Mediterranean/Greek. Aladdin's Natural Eatery offers fresh, moderately-priced food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All pasta dishes are vegetarian. Enjoy outdoor dining on the canal at the Pittsford location. Aladdin's on Monroe in Rochester has an outdoor deck for dining in warmer weather. Aladdin's on Exchange is located in Corn Hill Landing.
135 Central Park Rd., Plainview, NY 11803
Chinese. Their separate vegetarian menu offers 12 dishes using mock "meats" and more.
156 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Café/juice bar/java bar/eclectic. Tiger Lily's website describes it as "the funkiest alternative vegetarian eatery to be found." Although not completely vegetarian, the café has extensive veggie selections. Try the Sesame Tofu Cutlet Wrap or Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Wrap. There is a great vibe inside with plenty of art on display and a pleasant atmosphere. Enjoy a specialty beverage at either their juice bar or java bar. Tiger Lily features a private outdoor deck for dining in nice weather. Cash only.
4604 Route 9G, Red Hook, NY 12571
Pizzeria/eclectic. Two Boots, with its funky folk art décor, is known for its special cornmeal crust pizza. They offer fresh ingredients and unique Cajun-flavored toppings. Try the "V For Vegan" Pizza, made with Daiya vegan cheese, topped with artichokes, shiitakes, red onions, basil, and red pepper pesto. Pizzas can be ordered without cheese upon request.
50 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
Natural foods deli. This deli has several veggie options.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Brighton, Pittsford, and Victor.)
2602 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618
Asian. This Asian-inspired restaurant, in the heart of the Brighton 12 District, offers many delicious Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes. Try their Szechwan Stir-Fried Rice Bowl or Peanut Noodle Salad, both containing an assortment of juicy vegetables and zesty sauces.
646 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14607
280 Exchange Blvd., Rochester, NY 14608
Mediterranean/Greek. See description under Pittsford, NY.
Loehmann's Plaza, 1900 S. Clinton Ave., S., Rochester, NY 14618
Chinese. This restaurant has a separate vegetarian menu, including Sautéed Green Beans, lightly fried Spinach Tofu, and about a dozen soy protein dishes.
1009 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620
Vegetarian/Indian. This restaurant offers Southern Indian cuisine, including many items not found in a typical Indian restaurant. Appetizers include dahivada (lentil and onion fritter) and soups like rasam (spicy lentil and tomato soup). A variety of dosai (crispy crepes), as well as curries (spinach made with paneer or tofu, for example), rices, breads, and desserts make this a unique place to eat.
288 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY 14607
Vegan/Ethiopian. This Ethiopian buffet and vegetarian café is located in the Natural Oasis Market & Wellness Center, where you can do yoga, get a massage, and buy local and/or organic foods.
220 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, NY 14620
Catering. This company will cater an event, lunch, or meeting with vegetarian and vegan appetizers, spring rolls, salads, pasta dishes, brunch items, and desserts. Their entrée menu includes Spanakopita, Quiches, West African Peanut Stew, Tempeh and Shiitake Mushrooms, Tofu- or Cheese-filled Ravioli, and Moroccan Eggplant. Vegan items are noted, as are those that can be made vegan upon request.
1455 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14623
Thai. An extensive vegetarian and vegan menu includes an excellent Phat Thai and vegan ice creams made with coconut milk. The atmosphere is enchanting and the service is friendly.
75 Marshall St., Rochester, NY 14607
Natural foods/organic/local. The Owl House features local and organic foods, numerous vegetarian and vegan options, and even has a separate vegan menu! Try the Seitan Meatball Sandwich (request Daiya or no cheese to make vegan). They cook all vegan items on separate grills and fryers from meat. The Owl House is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
283 Oxford St., Rochester, NY 14607
Vegan/American/café. The Red Fern is an all-vegan, American café with a quaint and rustic atmosphere. The food is bought fresh from local markets. Daily specials include everything from lentil burgers to biscuits and gravy. The compost plate, their version of the garbage plate, is served daily. The Red Fern has found creative ways to turn timeless favorites into vegan meals. The eatery is located on the corner of Oxford and Park. Outdoor seating is available. Cash only.
212 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Pizza/Italian/American. 3 Brothers Pizza Café is unlike most pizzerias as it offers two menus: a regular one and one which is fully-vegan! The vegan menu includes appetizers, salads, pasta, entrées, pizza (create your own & specialty), calzones, and hoagies. Pizza toppings include Tempeh Bacon, Soy Pepperoni, Seitan Meatballs, Seitan Sausage, Grilled Eggplant, and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms. There are vegan cheeses to choose from as well. Try to make their Sunday brunch which also has a separate vegan menu that includes: Tofu Benedict, Tofu Omelet, Scrambled Tofu, Tempeh Bacon, and Seitan Sausage.
435 Main St., Rosendale, NY 12472
Natural foods café. Rosendale Café offers a wide variety of events, including music, storytelling, and more. Their menu features soups, salads, vegetarian chili, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and other entrées which change daily.
46 Purchase St., Rye, NY 10580
Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Enjoy nature's bounty at Andy's Pure Food. The food is mostly vegan (no dairy or eggs, although they do use honey and bee pollen) with wheat-free and gluten-free options. Treat yourself to the Simply Yum Salad (romaine lettuce, tomato, avocado, onions, sunflower sprouts, and agave); the quinoa with celery, cilantro, red onions, scallions, and almonds; or the Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Sandwich (sun dried tomato spread, vegan American cheese, mixed greens, tomato, and sprouts in whole grain bread), along with the Live Gigi Smoothie (grapefruit, gojiberry, coconut shake, pumpkin seed, and almonds).
Bay & Divisions St., Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Natural foods deli. In this homey atmosphere, you'll find a salad bar with organic lettuce, and dishes such as Scrambled Tofu, an Organic Vegetable Pot Pie, and a Tempeh Reuben.
33 Philadelphia St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Vegetarian. A wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes are offered daily, including hot and cold entrées, soups, salads, and fresh breads.
39 Main St., Sayville, NY 11782
Natural foods. This small café and deli located in a natural foods store offers fresh juices, soups, veggie burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.
365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583
780 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583
Natural foods store. See description under Briarcliff Manor, NY.
132-09 Liberty Ave., South Richmond Hill, NY 11419
Vegan/Caribbean. Veggie Castle II offers vegan "fast food" with a Caribbean flair. Try their vegan mac & cheese or a veggie burger. Please note that they are mainly a take-out restaurant as seating is very limited. Cash only.
42 N. Main St., Spring Valley, NY 10977
Vegan/Caribbean. Primarily for take-out, Caribreeze is a vegan restaurant featuring Caribbean cuisine. They offer delicious soy protein and wheat gluten meals. Some items to try include jerk potatoes, Ital stew, macaroni & soy cheese, callaloo patties, breadfruit, and barbecue soy chunks. Don't miss the late afternoon daily meal special and soup. Cash only.
2210 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314
Kosher dairy. This pizza and dairy restaurant features a Chinese menu, mock meat dishes, and an ice cream bar. Please note, they do serve fish.
26 Indian Rock, Suffern, NY 10901
Natural foods store. Located in the Indian Rock Shopping Center in the Village of Airmont, right behind Outback Steakhouse. See description under Briarcliff Manor, NY.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Fayetteville.)
526 Westcott St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Mexican. Alto Cinco uses no lard and no MSG in any of their foods. The rice and beans are vegetarian, and they have two vegan burritos on the menu. All sauces are made fresh daily. Alto Cinco also has a shorter dine-in menu, with a special vegetable platter featuring fall harvest vegetables and wild rice.
2204 Brewerton Rd., Syracuse, NY 13211
Chinese. China Road has a separate vegetarian menu that offers an extensive selection of meat-free options including appetizers, rice dishes, and noodle bowls. Veggie "meats" include seafood, chicken, pork, and duck, which complement sautéed vegetables, bean curd, and vegetable dumplings for a tasty and budget-friendly meal.
129 Marshall St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Middle Eastern. This Middle Eastern-style restaurant is in the heart of the Syracuse University area.
719 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Vegan café/organic. Strong Hearts Café offers inexpensive vegan comfort food in a relaxed and casual environment. Menu items include soups, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and milkshakes. Breakfast (French toast, pancakes, waffles, tofu scramble, and more) is available all day! Caring about sustainability and community, Strong Hearts Café uses organic and locally-grown ingredients as much as possible and only 100% biodegradable and compostable food packaging.
55 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583
Vegetarian/organic/eclectic. Luna 61 offers upscale vegetarian cuisine in a beautiful setting. They use locally-grown and organic produce; the menu description for the Yard Salad is "whatever is freshly picked." Dessert always includes at least one vegan option.
48 Main St., Tonawanda, NY 14150
2309 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150
Mexican. See description under Amherst, NY.
405 River St., Troy, NY 12180
Mexican. Jose Malone's Mexican Irish Restaurant is extremely vegetarian-friendly and puts an effort into imaginative vegetarian dishes. Their cooks are trained to use separate spoons for mixing food, and they have separate cutting boards, knives, griddles, fryers, etc. so vegetarian items do not come in contact with meat byproducts. Some items can easily be made vegan upon request. Enjoy dishes such as Vegetarian Tamale Wrapped in Banana Leaves or a burrito or fajita with your choice of fillings.
97 4th St., Troy, NY 12180
Vegan/bakery/organic. X's to O's is a vegan bakery in the charming town of Troy. Sweet treats include canoe boats (like twinkies), cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cakes, and more! They use organic and local ingredients whenever possible and care about sustainability and their carbon footprint. Everything is handmade from scratch in small batches. X's to O's can do custom orders for special occasions including weddings. They also offer grab-and-go lunch items and brunch every other Saturday.
1 W. Main St., Trumansburg, NY 14886
Mexican. This is a casual restaurant with eclectic atmosphere and live music. Their menu includes veggie fajitas, pizza, burritos, and taco salad. A children's menu is available.
200 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Bakery. This bakery makes European-style breads and pastries fresh daily. Menu items include tofu burger, healthy hoagie, hummus, cheese sandwich, and PB&J.
92 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Natural foods store deli/juice bar. See description under New York, NY.
171 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10601
Vegetarian. Hot vegetarian Meatball Loaf, vegetarian Chicken Parmesan, and vegetarian stews made from organic ingredients are a few of the items available at Manna Foods.
78 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY 11596
Vegan/bakery. Sweet to Lick puts more personality and creativity into their treats than one can possibly imagine! They have enough cookies, cakes, and pastries to satisfy even the most indulgent sweet tooth. Tasty treats include Chocolate Chip Cookies, Rocky Road Bars, Peanut Butter Mousse, S'mores Cake, and Swiss Rolls. Looking for something savory instead? Sweet to Lick has you covered. Check out their Facebook or Twitter pages to see what creative dishes they are serving.
6 Old Forge Rd., Woodstock, NY 12498
Vegetarian/organic/eclectic. Garden Café on the Green is an almost entirely vegan café located in downtown Woodstock. Focused on organic and natural foods, they use no preservatives, chemicals, transfats, or genetically-engineered products. Their menu features seasonal offerings, daily specials, and eclectic choices like the Grilled Mediterranean Chickpea Wrap, Homemade Southwest Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Burger, and Caribbean Grilled Pineapple Chili Tofu.
12 Triangle Shopping Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Natural foods store. See description under Briarcliff Manor, NY.