The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in NYC

Alyson Penn

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Lately, herbivores, carnivores and everyone in between have been flocking to vegetarian and vegan restaurants not only for ethical or health reasons, but also because the food is really, really good. Whether they’re dishing out faux meat or serving vegetable-centric plates, NYC’s meat-free restaurants are inventive, trendy and—most important—delicious. Read on for some of our favorites. 

New Restaurants

By Chloe

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By Chloe

Chloe Coscarelli, a vegan cookbook author, social media star and the first vegan chef to win the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, opened her first fast-casual restaurant, By Chloe, in 2015 with Samantha Wasser of ESquared Hospitality.

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Avant Garden

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Avant Garden

Haute vegan cuisine is the main event at Avant Garden, a forward-thinking East Village café owned by Ravi DeRossi (Death & Co., Mayahuel, Amor y Amargo).

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Superiority Burger

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Superiority Burger

Order a burger at Superiority Burger, and the counter person might ask if you want it "vegetarian." "Isn't everything vegetarian?" you say, already schooled in the hype surrounding this Brooks Headley (ex-Del Posto) sensation, where all menu items are meat-free.

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Screamer's

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Screamer's

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Seasoned Vegan

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Seasoned Vegan

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Classic Restaurants

Angelica Kitchen

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Angelica Kitchen

Herbivores flock to this East Village outpost for a menu featuring no meat or dairy, but plenty of variety: regulars love such diverse dishes as the hearty Olé Man Seitan, the greenery-filled Dragon and Combo Bowls, and the classic marinated tofu sandwich.

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Candle 79

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Candle 79

Opened in 2003, Candle 79 is the upscale version of its sister restaurant, Candle Café, and serves healthy vegan and vegetarian dishes, such as wild mushroom stuffed tempeh and Moroccan-spiced chickpea cake, in an elegant setting.

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Blossom

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Blossom

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Champs Diner

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Champs Diner

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Beyond Sushi

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Beyond Sushi

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Franchia

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Franchia

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