The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in NYC

Alyson Penn

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

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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

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

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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Seasoned Vegan

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Classic Restaurants

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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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Champs Diner

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Beyond Sushi

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Franchia

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