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Spotlight on Manhattan

While in Manhattan you might like to try these ALL VEGETARIAN restaurants from the soon-to-be-published 4th edition of Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants.

Note: •  indicates an all vegetarian restaurant, ••  indicates an all vegan restaurant, and § indicates "Reviewers Choice".


Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
35 Grand St. New York, NY 10013 (212) 226-5959
Ethiopian. The Abyssinia Restaurant has the beguiling air of Ethiopia's 4000-year-old culture. Its arched vaults and grass-cloth walls are adorned with artifacts from another time, with top African background music and wines. There are no utensils! Vegetarian dishes are eaten with a spongy bread as you sit on hand-carved wooden stools around colorful woven-basket tables called mesobs. All natural ingredients are used in cooking.Open Monday through Friday for dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, Wine/beer, catering, take-out, AMEX, $$.
•• Angelica Kitchen
300 E. 12th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 228-2011
Vegan. This vegan restaurant uses 95 percent organic ingredients. Daily specials are offered along with excellent homemade cornbread and tahini dressing. Angelica's has been rated highly by many New Yorkers.Open daily. Full service, vegan options, Macrobiotic/vegan options, fresh juices, smoothies, take-out, $$.
Apple Restaurant
17 Waverly Pl. New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-8888
Ethnic Foods. Apple serves lunch, dinner, and brunch. This restaurant uses separate cooking equipment when preparing vegetarian foods and features Karaoke sing-a-long. There are many interesting natural food choices, including Yam Tempura, Watercress Salad, Tempeh Burger, Stir-Fried Cabbage with Soba Noodles, BBQ Seitan, and more.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, Wine/beer/alcohol, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
• Ayurveda Café
706 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10025 (212) 932-2011
Vegetarian/Indian. Located at 94th St. this restaurant offers Indian vegetarian cuisine.Open daily for lunch and late dinner. Full service, take-out, catering, delivery, informal atmosphere, suitable for business entertaining, reservations recommended, VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$.
B & H Dairy Restaurant
127 Second Ave. New York, NY 10003 (212) 505-8065
Kosher. This kosher restaurant does serve fish. Home cooking includes omelettes, baked goods, sandwiches, salads, soups, and hot entrees such as vegetarian stuffed cabbage and vegetarian chili. Sandwiches, salads, and desserts round out the menu at B & H, which offers daily soup and sandwich specials.Open daily. Limited service, vegan options, Fresh juices, take-out, no credit cards, $.
•• Bachue
36 W. 21st St. New York, NY 10010 (212) 229-0870
Vegan. New York City is fortunate to have this vegan restaurant. Diners can enjoy vegan breakfasts with items such as waffles, scrambled tofu, and a juice bar including tropical shakes. Entrees during the day include many international items such as Chickpea Crepes, enchiladas, and empanadas. Organic grains and beans as well as organic produce are used when available at Bachue. Flour is ground on the premises to make fresh bread.Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, Catering, take-out, $$.
Benny's Burritos
93 Avenue A, New York, NY 10014 (212) 254-3286
113 Greenwich Ave. New York, NY 10014 (212) 727-0584
Mexican. Benny's serves Cal-Mex style cuisine emphasizing fresh vegetarian foods in a Fifties atmosphere. The food contains no preservatives, lard, or MSG. Benny's uses non-dairy tofu sour cream, whole-wheat tortillas, and brown rice.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, Wine/beer/alcohol, catering, take-out, $$$.
Black-Eyed Susan's Organic Café
128 East 7th St. New York, NY 10009 (212) 388-0707
Natural Foods. The majority of the menu items at this organic restaurant are or can be made vegan. Options include red lentil burges with wasabli dressing, black olive pate with grilled tofu, and vegetable pot pie.Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Full service, vegan options, Take-out, reservations recommended, macrobiotic options, fresh juices, soy milk, smoothies, beer/wine, VISA/MC, $-$$.
• Blanche's Restaurant and Juice Bar
22 E. 44th St. New York, NY 10173 (212) 599-3445
972 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10021 (212) 717-2011
Vegetarian. Enjoy gourmet organic world cuisine at this vegetarian restaurant and juice bar.Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday for brunch. Closed Sunday. Limited service, vegan options, Macrobiotic/vegan options, catering, take-out, fresh juices, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
Café 18
8 East 18th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 620-4182
Kosher. Vegetarian with the exception of several fish dishes. All "turkey" and "chicken" are soy pareve. Entrees include stuffed butternut squash, "chicken" marsala, and stuffed peppers.Open Sunday through Thursday for three meals. Closes early Friday and re-opens 1 hour after sundown Saturday night. Full service, take-out, non-smoking, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St. New York, NY 10021 (212) 772-2011
French. This elegant restaurant offers vegetarian options a la carte and prix fixe. The gourmet menu has included herb stuffed artichokes, five potato and market vegetable cocotte, and crisp chickpea fries.Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch. Open daily for dinner. Full service, Reservations recommended, beer/wine.alcohol, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$$.
•• Candle Café
1307 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10021 (212) 472-0970
Vegan. "Vegetarianism is taken to a whole new level" at this vegan restaurant that serves creative and unique dishes like a Grilled Rosemary Tempeh Sandwich and a Grilled Tempeh Portabello Burger, as well as a rotating selection of entrees, including Seitan Toastadas, Lentil Croquettes, and Hijiki Caviar. Desserts include dairy- and egg-free muffins and cookies.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, Wine/beer, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, catering, take-out, VISA/MC, $$.
• Caravan of Dreams
405 E. 6th St. (between First Avenue and Avenue A), New York, NY 10009 (212) 254-2011
Vegetarian/Natural foods. This primarily vegan, smoke-free restaurant is committed to using only organically grown ingredients whenever available and to designing balanced dishes for healthful eating. Almost all foods are dairy-free, many are wheat-free, and the water is osmosis-filtered. Caravan offers completely vegetarian foods such as Black Bean Chili, Corn Polenta with Sweet Potato and Leek Sauce, and Grilled Marinated Tofu. It features live music nightly, an art gallery, lectures, and various classes.Open daily to midnight or later. Full service, vegan options, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$.
• Dimple
11 West 30th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 643-9464
Vegetarian/Indian. Varied menu with breakfast items and options from all regions of India, including and an extensive section of sweets and snacks sold by the pound. Exotic menu items include Bhel Purl (puffed crisps served with potatoes, beans, sauce, and mint water), Usal Pav (white beans toped with onions, corriander, sauces, and Indian noodles), Undhiu (mixed vegetables with nuts and coconut), as well as traditional items such as vegetable samosa, uthappam and dosa.Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. Full service, delivery, catering, take-out, suitable for business entertainment, special drinks, $-$$.
• Friday Night Dinner Club
48 W. 21st St. Second Floor, New York, NY 10010 (212) 645-5170
Vegetarian/Natural foods. Enjoy a five-course vegetarian meal served by a chef instructor and students of the Chef's Training Program. The food is whole, fresh, natural, and seasonal, as well as high-fiber, low-fat and cholesterol free. No refined sugar or dairy is added. Communal seating and a new fixed menu each week.Open Friday only. Reservations required. Closed major holidays. Full service, BYOB, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$$.
Galaxy Global Eatery
15 Irvine Pl. New York, NY 10003 (212) 777-3631
International. Located near Gramercy park, this restaurant offers a good number of vegan options. They utilize hemp in many recipes.Open daily for three meals, including late dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, beer/wine/alcohol, smoothies, soy milk, VISA/MC, $-$$.
Good Health Cafe
324 E. 86th St. New York, NY 10028 (212) 439-9680
Natural Foods. Good Health Cafe offers foods that are mostly dairy-free; some items are made with eggs. Middle Eastern, Mexican, Italian, and Japanese dishes are featured.Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Full service, Fresh juices, non-alcoholic beer, delivery, take-out, MC/AMEX/DC, $$.
Hana Restaurant
675 Ninth Ave. New York, NY 10036 (212) 582-9742
Korean. Hana offers a separate vegetarian menu that includes Korean and Japanese specialties. The menu features Jap Cahe (vegetables with rice noodles), Hana Noodle (stir-fried noodles), Woo Dong (soup with noodles and vegetables), and four types of vegetarian sushi.Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Full service, vegan options, carrot juice, sake/plum wine/wine/beer, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
•• Hangawi
12 E. 32nd St. New York, NY 10016 (212) 213-0077
Vegan. This pricey vegan restaurant serves traditional Korean dishes in a serene setting, with ancient decor and traditional folklore music. There is a fixed price menu that comes with starters, appetizers, entree, and dessert. An a la carte menu is also available with several other options including salads, soups, rice and noodle dishes, stews, and much more.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$$.
• Healthy Chelsea
248 West 23rd St. New York, NY 10011 (212) 691-0286
Vegetarian. Located between 7th and 8th Ave. Menu items include tofu and collard greens, and special "immunity" drinks. Open Monday through Friday for three meals.Open Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturday. Limited service, cafeteria, limited service, informal atmosphere, non-smoking, vegan/macrobiotic options, fresh juices, smoothies, special drinks, $.
•• Helianthus
48 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012 (212) 598-0387
Vegan. Japanese and Chinese dishes are served at this restaurant that uses soy protein to make the meat, chicken, and fish used in the meals.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, $-$$.
Herban Kitchen
290 Hudson St. New York, NY 10013 (212) 627-2011
Organic natural foods. The menu changes daily depending on the season at this restaurant with a country atmosphere. Ingredients from local family farms are used whenever possible to make creations like Vegetarian Grain Burgers, Smoked Tofu Clubs, Vegetarian German Sauerbraten and Red Cabbage, Tempeh Scaloppini served over Linguini, and Quinoa Bean Loaf served with Braised Greens. Home delivery of weekly meals is also available.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, Fresh juices, smoothies, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
• House of Vegetarian
68 Mott St. New York, NY 10013 (212) 226-6572
Vegetarian/Chinese. House of Vegetarian offers health food and brown rice. There's no meat, chicken, seafood, or MSG used in the food. The restaurant serves more than 200 dishes with many different meat imitations. There are assorted mock chicken dishes using pineapple, lemon, mango in season, yams, etc.; mock iron steak, imitation fish, vegetarian egg rolls, and more.Open daily. Full service, vegan options, Macrobiotic/vegan options, take-out, $-$$.
Indian Delhi Restaurant
392 Columbus Ave. New York, NY 10024 (212) 570-0962
Indian. At Indian Dehli, many items are dairy-free and only canola oil is used in cooking. It is located across the street from the Museum of Natural History. Space is limited.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, Fresh carrot juice, wine/beer, take-out, $$$.
Josie's Restaurant and Juice Bar
300 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10023 (212) 769-2011
Natural Foods. Josie's is located near 74th Street and offers several dairy-free vegetarian dishes using organic products when available. Be sure to start your meal with the Grilled Vegetable Salad with Mesclun Greens or their Roasted Butternut Squash/Sweet Potato Soup with toasted pumpkin seeds. Veggie entrees include Vegetable Meatloaf with brown rice, red bans, wheat gluten and rosemary with mashed potatoes; Marinated Portabello Mushroom Fajita with Tomato Avocado Salsa on a whole wheat tortilla; and baked sweet potato with tamari brown rice, steamed broccoli, roasted beets, and a tahini sauce. They use recycled materials for dining including napkins and towels.Open daily for dinner. Full service, vegan options, fresh juices, take-out, catering, non-alcoholic wine/beer, wine/beer/alcohol, VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$-$$$.
• Kate's Joint
58 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (212) 777-7235/7059 *Err*
Vegetarian. Nice selection on an eclectic menu. Dishes include whole grain hot oven pizza, "Fake Steak Au Poivre," "Southern Fried Unchicken Cutlets," and "Beefless Jamaican Patty." Plenty for vegans to choose from.Open daily for three meals with late evening service. Full service, take-out, delivery, vegan options, fresh juices, soy milk, cappuccino/espresso, alcoholic and non-alcoholic wine/beer, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
Life Café
343 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10009 (212) 477-8791
Natural Foods. Possibly the hippest restaurant around, Life Cafe has plenty of local color and great food. It's tiny and fills up fast, but the food is worth the crowd. Many offerings are vegetarian or vegan.Open daily for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Full service, vegan options, fresh juice, wine/beer/alcohol, take-out, VISA/MC/DC, $$.
Life Thyme Natural Market
416 6th Ave. New York, NY 10011 (212) 420-9099
Natural Foods. Located between 8th and 9th Sts. Complete natural market featuring 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 all vegan bakery.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Market open during breakfast hours. Limited service, take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soy milk, special drinks, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
• Lucky's Juice Joint
75 W. Houston St. New York, NY 10012 (212) 388-0300
Vegetarian. Besides a huge selection of fresh juices, like organic carrot or cantaloupe, made in the store, Lucky's offers a vegetarian sandwich menu with things like Chickenless Chicken, hummus, or Nori Rolls.Open daily for three meals. Full service, vegan options, Fresh juices, smoothies, take-out, $.
• Madras Mahal
104 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10016 (212) 684-4010
Vegetarian/Indian. Madras Palace features South Indian kosher vegetarian cooking near Manhattan's Little India section. Dairy products are used but no eggs.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, non-alcoholic beer, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$.
Mana Restaurant
2444 Broadway, (Between 90th and 91st Sts.), New York, NY 10024 (212) 787-2011
Japanese. Mana is vegetarian except for fish and offers Japanese natural and macrobiotic cooking with no sugar, chemicals, preservatives, or dairy products. Filtered water and organic ingredients are used.Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Full service, vegan options, BYOB, take-out, no credit cards, $$.
Mary Ann's
116 8th Ave. New York, NY 10011 (212) 633-0877
1503 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10021 (212) 249-6165
2452 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (212) 877-0132
Mexican. Try something from the extensive list of vegetarian plates, including Spinach Burritos, Sprout Tacos, or Black Bean and Avocado Burritos or Tostadas. Fried foods are prepared in 100 percent canola oil, and brown rice or whole wheat tortillas are available with any order.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, catering, cash only at the 8th Ave. location, VISA/MC, $$.
• Mavalli Palace
46th East 29th St. New York, NY 10016 (212) 679-5535
Vegetarian/Indian. This restaurant offers South Indian vegetarian cuisine and is located five blocks from the Empire State Building (between Park and Madison Avenues). Menu items include masala dosai, (crepe made with lentil and rice stuffed with potatoes), iddy (lentil and rice cake), uttappam (Indian pancake with a variety of toppings), and several curries.Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner (closed mid-afternoon). Closed Monday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, reservations recommended, special drinks, non-alcoholic beer, wine/beer, VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $$-$$$.
Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
468 W. 47th St. New York, NY 10036 (212) 664-0520
Ethiopian. Ethiopian dishes served on injera (Ethiopian bread). Menu items include miser alecha (split lentils dipped with ginger) and shiro wat (highly seasoned chickpeas in berbere sauce). Near Times Square and the theater district.Open for lunch and late dinner. Full service, take-out, reservations recommended, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer, VISA/MC/DISC, $$.
Michael & Zoe's Cafe and Bakery
101 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003 (212) 254-5004
Natural Foods. Several vegetarian burgers, eggrolls, and soups are available at this cafe/bakery. Some shakes and coffees are prepared with soy milk.Open daily for three meals. Limited service, vegan options, Fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, $.
Mizrachi Kosher Dairy Restaurant
105 Chambers St. New York, NY 10007 (212) 964-2011
Kosher/natural foods. Mizrachi provides a fresh salad bar, full breakfast menu, Middle Eastern and vegetarian dishes, different types of pizzas, plus many kinds of sandwiches and homemade soups.Open Monday through Thursday for three meals. Open Friday for breakfast and lunch. Cafeteria, fresh juices, catering, no credit cards, $.
Naturworks
200 A W. 44th St. New York, NY 10036 (212) 869-8335
Natural Foods. A wide variety of natural food is offered with an emphasis on vegetarian sandwiches, vegetarian soups, and quiche. Baked desserts, frozen yogurt, and non-dairy frozen desserts are available at reasonable prices, and there's a large selection of herbal teas.Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cafeteria, vegan options, fruit juices, take-out, $.
New Nutrisserie
142 W. 72nd St. New York, NY 10023 (212) 721-3039
Natural Foods. This health food deli and store has an organic juice bar with an extensive vegetarian menu.Open daily for three meals. Cafeteria, fresh juices, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $.
Nirvana
30 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019 (212) 486-5700
Indian. Near the Fifty-seventh Street N/R and B/Q subway stops, Nirvana has a terrific view north into Central Park.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Formal. Full service, $$$.
Ozu Restaurant
566 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10024 (212) 787-8316
Macrobiotic. A primarily Japanese menu includes soups, breads, salads, and entrees featuring tofu, grains, noodles, tempura, and vegetables. Fish is also served here as are daily entree and dessert specials.Open daily. Full service, macrobiotic/vegan options, beer/organic wine, take-out, VISA/MC, $$.
• Plum Tree Vegetarian Restaurant
1501 First Ave. New York, NY 10021 (212) 734-2011
Vegetarian/Natural foods. Plum Tree has served vegetarian, macrobiotic, and vegan cuisine since 1981. The menu includes items such as Azuki and Black Bean Soup, Fire Dragon Chili, Macro-Ratatouille, and Vegetable Crepes.Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday. Full service, macrobiotic/vegan options, fresh juices, take-out. No credit cards. $$.
• Pommes Frites
123 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003 (212) 674-2011
regional. Pommes Frites offers Belgian fried potatoes with 30 sauce options, some of which are vegan.Open Sunday - Thursday from 11:30am to 12:00am, and Friday - Saturday from 11:30am to 1:00am. Take-out, vegan options, $.
• Pongal
110 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10016 (212) 696-9458
Vegetarian/Indian. This Indian restaurant is both vegetarian and kosher. Pongal specializes in Southern Indian cuisine, so you will find dishes such as dosai and crepes made with fermented batters that are stuffed with potatoes and other vegetables.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$.
Quantum Leap
88 W. Third St. New York, NY 10012 (212) 677-8050
Natural Foods. Many tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes, along with natural pies and house dressing, are served in this relaxed and homey atmosphere.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, $$.
•• Quintessense Restaurant
263 East 10th St. New York, NY 10009 (646) 654-2011
Vegan. this internationally flavored restaurant 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.Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner only. Closed Monday. Full service, vegan options, catering, fresh juices, VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$.
Ratner's
138 Delancey St. New York, NY 10002 (212) 677-5588
Kosher. This eatery is near Delancey Street F subway stop and Essex Street J/M subway stop.Open Sunday through Friday for three meals. Closed Saturday. Full service, $$.
•• Sacred Chow
522Hudson St. New York, NY 10014 (212) 337-0863
Vegan. Although pricey, this gourmet foods store is definitely worth checking out. Almost completely vegan, except for the occasional use of honey, gourmet dishes include Fennal Soysage with Roasted Garlic Tomatoes; Dill Pickle Tempeh with Juniper Berries and Tarragon and Grilled Vegetables; Seitan Robai; and Wheat Berries with Tamarind Glaze. Fresh-made juices and milks include orange blossom almond milk nad organic orange juice daily.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Limited service, vegan options, fresh jices, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
Souen Restaurant
28 E. 13th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 627-7150
Macrobiotic/natural foods. Sample Souen's various seitan, tofu, and tempeh entrees. Appetizers, soups, salads, tempura, and noodle dishes with option of udon or soba noodles are also offered. There are indoor and outdoor gardens.Open daily. Full service, macrobiotic/vegan options, fresh juices, organic coffee, organic wine/beer, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$-$$$.
• Thali Vegetarian Cuisine
28 Greenwich Ave. New York, NY 10011 (212) 367-7411
Vegetarian/Indian. This small restaurant has a menu that changes daily. All food is prepared fresh that day. Limited seating is available.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, take-out, catering, cash only. $$-$$$.
The Blue Nile Restaurant
103 W. 77th St. New York, NY 10024 (212) 580-3232
Ethiopian. This traditional Ethiopian restaurant offers vegetarian entrees and appetizers. Enjoy the distinct decor of woven-basket tables and hand-carved stools.Open daily for dinner. Open Friday through Sunday for lunch. Full service, vegan options, wine/beer, catering, take-out, AMEX/DISC/DC, $$.
The Great American Health Bar
821-25 Third Ave. New York, NY 10022 (212) 758-0883
10 E. 44th St. New York, NY 10017 (212) 661-3430
35 W. 57th St. New York, NY 10019 (212) 355-5177
55 John St. New York, NY 10038 (212) 227-6100
Natural Foods. The Health Bar offers a wide variety of vegetarian entrees such as Eggplant Parmesan, Pizza of the Day, and Pasta of the Day, and is known for its fresh-squeezed juices and homemade soups. Sandwiches include hummus, falafel, The Garden Patch, and avocado.Open daily. Full service, vegan options, fresh juices, catering, take-out, $.
The Health Nuts
1208 Second Ave. New York, NY 10021 (212) 593-0116
835 Second Ave. New York, NY 10017 (212) 490-2011
2611 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (212) 678-0054
Natural Foods. A natural deli and juice bar are situated inside a large health food store. Freshly prepared gourmet vegetarian salads, pasta, grains, hot foods, pizza, soups, pastries, cakes, and snacks are available. Sometimes a vegan cheesecake is offered!Open daily. Counter service, vegan options, fresh juices, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $.
The Health Pub
371 Second Ave. New York, NY 10010 (212) 529-9200
Natural Foods. A spacious dining area and leisurely pace are the hallmarks of this exceptional restaurant. Food is vegan, except for some salmon. Menu items include Marinated Grilled Tofu with Horseradish Dressing, Black Bean Chili with Cilantro and Tofu Sour Cream, and Marinated Lima Beans with Fennel and Shallots. Delicious desserts such as Lemon Pecan Tart, Hazelnut Carob Torte with Raspberry Sauce, and organic wines are also offered.Open daily. Full service, vegan options, non-alcoholic beer, organic wine/beer, take-out, AMEX, $$-$$$.
The Natural Food Bar
166 W. 72nd St. New York, NY 10023 (212) 874-2011
Kosher/natural foods. Vegetarian except for fish, the Natural Food Bar has an extensive vegetarian offering, including tabbouleh salad, baba ghanouj, veggie-nut burgers, and fresh-squeezed juices. It has a small sit-down bar and other limited seating.Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Limited service, take-out, fresh juices, $.
• The Natural Gourmet Cookery School's
Friday Night Dinner Club, 48 W. 21st St. 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10010 (212) 645-5170
Vegetarian/Natural foods. A wide variety of natural food is offered with an emphasis on vegetarian sandwiches, vegetarian soups, and quiche. Baked desserts, frozen yogurt, and non-dairy frozen desserts are available at reasonable prices, and there's a large selection of herbal teas.Open Friday only, reservations required, closed major holidays. Full service, BYOB, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$$.
The Salad Bowl
A and S Plaza 7th Floor, 901 Sixth Ave. New York, NY 10001 (212) 594-6512
Natural Foods. Salad Bowl offeres vegetarian sandwiches, soups, and salads. All foods are home-cooked.Open daily, Cafeteria, fresh juices, catering, take-out, $$.
•• Tiengarden
170 Allen St. New York, NY 10002 (212) 388-2011
Vegan. Chinese/Asian accent, tofu or seitan are often the centerpiece of many dishes.Open Sunday - Friday from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, closed between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Full service, take-out, soy milk, non-smoking, $$.
• Vatan Indian Vegetarian
409 3rd Ave. (29th St.), New York, NY 10016 (212) 689-5666
Vegetarian/Indian. Vatan offers an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. Dishes include samosas, batatavada (fried potato balls in chickpea flour batter), bhaji (chickpeas and spinach), and khichdi (lentils, rice, and vegetables).Open daily for dinner only. Buffet, reservations recommended, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$$.
•• Vegetarian Dim Sum House
24 Pell St. New York, NY 10013 (212) 577-7176
Vegan/Chinese. Here's another vegan Chinese restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown. This restaurant features Dim Sum all day. Try various dumplings, sweet cakes, Rice Flour Rolls, Spring Rolls, fresh juices and more.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, vegan only, fresh juices, take-out, $-$$.
•• Vegetarian Paradise 2
144 W. 4th St. New York, NY 10012 (212) 260-7141
Vegan/Chinese. An extensive menu features exquisite Chinese vegetarian cuisine. The menu includes hot and cold appetizers, salads, desserts, and many entree categories such as bean curd, greens, mock meat, mushroom, wheat gluten, noodle and rice. Hot clay pots and house specials such as Crispy Fish Divine (made from soy protein), Stuffed Lotus Leaf, and Spinach Dumpling are featured. It's not be missed!! You'll find it near the West Fourth Street Subway stop on the A/B/C/D/E/F trains.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, fresh juices, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
• Vegetarian Paradise 3
33-35 Mott St. New York, NY 10013 (212) 406-6988
Vegetarian/Chinese. Located in the heart of Chinatown, this restaurant is kin to Vegetarian Paradise 2 (see that entry for description).Full service, $$.
Village Natural Food Corp.
46 Greenwich Ave. New York, NY 10011 (212) 727-0968
Natural Foods. This spacious Greenwich Village restaurant offers whole grains only, and has daily specials.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, take-out, $$.
•• VP-2-Go
140 W. 4th St. New York, NY 10012 (212) 260-7049
Take-out only. Enjoy outstanding vegetarian fare at excellent prices. The take-out menu lists thirty-five items from Fried Taro Dumplings to Stuffed Lotus Leaf to Lemon Tofu Pudding plus 100 percent vegetarian authentic Dim Sum "like nowhere else in NYC." Wholesale and retail foods are available at this location.Open daily. Cafeteria, vegan options, vegan options, catering, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $.
Whole Earth Bakery & Kitchen
130 St. Marks, New York, NY 10009 (212) 677-7597
Vegetarian bakery. Enjoy fresh baked goods that are predominately vegan. Menu includes muffins, cookies, brownies, and much more. Some sandwiches are also offeredOpen daily. Take-out, vegan options, $.
Whole Foods in SoHo
117 Prince St. New York, NY 10012 (212) 673-5388
Health foods store deli. Whole Foods features gourmet natural take-out, deli, and a salad bar.Open daily. Take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $.
Yaffa Cafe
97 St. Marks Pl. New York, NY 10009 (212) 674-9302
Natural Foods. In this bohemian atmosphere, vegetarian dishes include crepes, stir-fry, tofu, baba ghanouj, salads, and hummus. There's garden seating during the summer, as well as a sidewalk cafe.Open 24 hours daily. Full service, vegan options, fresh juices, wine/beer, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
• Zen Palate §
663 Ninth Ave. (At 46th Street), New York, NY 10036 (212) 582-2011
34 Union Square East, New York, NY 10003 (212) 614-9345
2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (212) 501-7768
Vegetarian. Zen Palate offers beautifully presented dishes such as Stuffed Cabbage Deluxe, Vegetarian Squid, and stir-fry Brown Rice with Vegetables at its three locations.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, fresh juices, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$.
•• Zenith
888 8th Ave. New York, NY 10019 (212) 262-8080
Vegan. Enjoy unique vegan dishes including Marinated Seaweed, Thai Soup, Mesculin Organic Salad with a Miso-mustard Dressing: assorted vegetables with a mushroom steak wrapped and baked in a soybean crepe and served with a light curry sauce; Soybean Gluten prepared with carrots and potatoes in a mild curry sauce; steamed eggplant topped with a light spicy black bean sauce and garnished with basil and red pepper; sauteed artichoke with basil; noodle and rice dishes, and much more. The restaurant is located near 52nd street.Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan only, fresh juices, espreeso/cappuccino, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$-$$$.


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