New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, probably because everyone is busy eating at all the amazing restaurants the city has to offer. New York has so many plant-based restaurants, and it was difficult to decide where to eat during my visit. I indulged in a lot of delicious vegan goodies, and I have no regrets.
I heard about Beyond Sushi
from watching an episode of Shark Tank. Beyond Sushi has six locations in New York, with hopes to expand to the west coast. Chef Guy Vaknin ended up landing a deal on Shark Tank. The concept behind the vegan sushi restaurant is to eat clean and have a lasting impact on our environment.
We started with "Fun-Guy" dumplings. The dumplings are filled with braised porcini, shiitake, portabella mushrooms, baked tofu, and spinach topped with micro arugula and chili toasted panko. Next, we tried three of their rolls: La Fiesta, Favacado, and the Mighty Mushroom.
If you love sushi, then you will love Beyond Sushi. Everything is fresh and made with simple ingredients. I can't wait till they have locations on the west coast!
I'll eat pho even when the weather is warm and sunny because it's always a good time for pho. Saigon Shack
is located in Greenwich Village near Washington Square Park. This Vietnamese restaurant is popular among college students since it's close to NYU. When we arrived at the restaurant, there were no available tables, but luckily, we were seated after waiting for only fifteen minutes. The pho was so good and worth checking out.
Air's Champagne Parlor
If you know me, you know I love champagne! Air's Champagne Parlor
was a fun and unexpected find while we were in Greenwich Village. The menu features a large variety of champagne along with an oyster bar to accompany your bubbles.
Wine me and dine me. I love a leisurely dinner where the conversation is good, the wine is flowing, and the food is animal free. Avant Garden
was the perfect place for exactly that. The restaurant is small, with limited seating. The food was delicious! We started with the Baby Gem salad, The Artichoke Toast (not pictured), and the Hen of Woods as our final course. We paired the dinner with a bottle of the 2015 Cosse Et Maisonneuve Malbec.
Hen of Woods
After visiting the Brooklyn Bridge, we took a stroll to Screamers Pizzeria
in Crown Heights. Screamers is an all vegan pizzeria that not only serves delicious pizza but also, fries, calzones, sandwiches, and pasta. There are two locations in New York, and the menu varies at each location. We tried three of their pizzas: Mac & cheese, Sausage & Mushrooms, and Artichoke Pie. My favorite was the Mac & Cheese, the cheese so cheesy and I love sriracha on just about anything. I highly recommend Screamers Pizzeria
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
is an annual festival that celebrates all things vegan! I love traveling for these festivals because it's fun to see how big the vegan community is in every city. Plus the food is always good!
We decided to try Stanley's Pierogi
, which were amazing! They were very fresh and tasty.
The last place we tried was empanadas and avocado fries from V Spot
. The avocado fries are so good!
The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
also had vendors that sold t-shirts, stickers, and tote bags with funny and witty vegan puns.
We stopped in Bao Haus
for a quick appetizer before our actual dinner. Bao's (Or as I like to call them; Taiwanese Tacos) are my favorite! My mom would make these for me stuffed with pickled veggies. At the Bao Haus, they had one vegan option: Uncle Jesse Baos, which has organic fried tofu served with the Haus Seasoning Salt, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, cilantro, and Haus Sauce. Only $5 each. What a bargain.
I am obsessed with podcasts, and one of my favorite shows is The Plant Proof
Podcast, which is where I heard about Wagamama
. Wagamama is an Asian fusion restaurant with dishes inspired by Japanese, Chinese, and Korean culture. I came for the ramen. I got the "tofu ramen," crispy silken tofu, shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, wakame, scallions and menma in a spicy vegetable broth served on a bed of noodles. YUM!
New York Pizza Suprema
New York is famous for pizza. I remember watching the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the opening scene where everyone is eating large slices of cheesy pizza. New York Pizza Suprema
was a classic New York pizza joint with big slices of vegan pizza. Did you even go to New York if you didn't eat a pizza? No.
If you're wondering what I ate for breakfast, well, I don't eat breakfast because I practice intermittent fasting. However, Ben doesn't practice intermittent fasting and is a massive fan of bagel and cream cheese. Brown's Bagels
was just a couple blocks away from our hotel and offered a tofu schmear. Not many people know this, but bread such as bagels are typically vegan. Finding a bagel shop that offers unique spreads is fantastic. Ben said the tofu schmear was creamy and tasted just like cream cheese.
New York was so much fun! I would love to come back again to check out a few more restaurants and landmarks that I didn't get to see. Check out my New York City
post to see everything I did! Thanks for reading!