NYC Food Guide: Restaurants for Vegetarians & Vegans (Good Enough for Your Meat-Eating Friends Too)

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or trying to incorporate more veggies into your diet, you can’t go wrong with any of these places. You can even bring along your carnivorous friends, too.

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Angelica Kitchen

Since 1976 Angelica Kitchen has been serving organic, fresh, and delicious plant-based cuisine to New Yorkers. The menu is one of the more eclectic menus you'll find, and has a nice mix of affordable salads, sandwiches, and even some faux-meat dishes. Not sold? It's also BYOB.

Favorites: Ferris Bueller Seitan, Dragon Bowls, Blueberry Cake

Angelica Kitchen
300 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-2909
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Candle 79

A favorite of celebrity vegans Alicia Silverstone and Kathy Freston, vegan and non-vegan foodies are heading to this Upper East Side duplex for this fine-dining experience. The restaurant is Certified Green by the Green Restaurant Association and the layout is feng shui friendly.

Favorites: Guacamole Timbale, Paella, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bliss

Candle 79
154 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 537-7179

Dirt Candy

Owner / Chef Amanda Cohen says, "Anyone can cook a hamburger, but leave the vegetables to the professionals." I may disagree about the hamburger, but one thing is for certain: Dirt Candy can even leave a die-hard carnivore asking for seconds. Everything on the menu of this tiny restaurant (18 seats) can be made vegan or vegetarian.

Favorites: Jalapeno Hush Puppies, "Corn", Popcorn Pudding

Dirt Candy
430 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-7732
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Hampton Chutney

Get your dosas on at the bustling Soho location after yoga at Virayoga or Strala. Vegetarians and carnivores alike, there's something for everyone here. The seasonal chutneys and dosas are always delicious.

Favorites: The Classic Masala Dosa, Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich, Chai, Lassis

Hampton Chutney
68 Prince Street
New York, NY
(212) 226-9996

464 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 362-5050

Josie's

Carnivores and vegans can meet in the middle at this mid-priced stalwart. There's a grass-fed burger that won't disappoint and loads of natural, organic, and vegetarian/vegan dishes to choose from.

Favorites: Pan-Seared Organic Black Bean Dumplings, Veggie Plate Deluxe, Grass-Fed Burger

Josie's
565 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 490-1245

300 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-1212
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Pure Food & Wine

This 100% raw restaurant is not for the faint of heart. (Yes, nothing is heated above 118 degrees.) Pure Food & Wine is a great option for a raw & vegan fine dining experience. Come summer, they also have a beautiful outdoor garden. Be sure to try the dessert plates – we still can't believe there's no dairy. If you're lucky, maybe you'll run into Sarma Melngailis, the brains (and beauty) behind Pure.

Favorites: White Corn Tamales, Trio of Dark Chocolate

Pure Food & Wine
54 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-1010

Souen

Photo: Image via Kathy Chan at Serious Eats

Are you ready to take your eating up a notch and flirt with a macrobiotic diet? Souen has been serving Japanese-inspired organic foods to New Yorkers since 1971. There's definitely a zen-like feel to these three locations and you'll feel better and healthier after eating here. It's light on the wallet, too.

Favorites: Avocado Salad, Mixed Grains, Tofu Cream Cake

Souen
210 Sixth Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 807-7421

28 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 627-7150

326 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-1155

Spring Street Natural

From organic edamame, to "Mayan" egg brunch specials, to grass-fed steak sandwiches, everyone can find something they love on the menu of this SoHo stalwart. Whether you are coming for the plethora of veggie options or the grass-fed organic meat, the people watching is second-to-none as this restaurant has occupied this corner SoHo location since 1971.

Favorites: Spring Street Natural Taco Salad, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Grass-Fed Steak Sandwich

Spring Street Natural
62 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-0290

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