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11 Spots for Gluten-Free & Vegan Food in NYC

Updated January 11, 2024

It should come as no surprise that New York City is a mecca for vegan food! And, we’re not talking just burgers and pizza, think artisan cheeses, savory crepes, and crispy mushroom calamari.

I bet those got your attention!

There aren’t too many cities in this world where you can find a vegan food combo like that, but the real problem becomes find vegan food that’s also gluten-free! Well, don’t you worry, because NYC has that too!

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The Best Restaurants for Gluten-Free & Vegan Food in New York City

There are also some great vegan breakfast and brunch options in NYC — is there a better way to start the day than with a stack of vegan and gluten-free pancakes?

#1 Beyond Sushi

Multiple locations in NYC: 37th Street, Upper East Side, 56th Street, and Nolita
Sayonara fish-filled sushi and hello to the most creative and beautiful plant-based rolls that you have ever seen. Even if you’re not a sushi lover, you must check this place out – you won’t be disappointed!

The menu is filled with a selection of sushi rolls filled with their special “tuna,” spicy jackfruit “crab,” a selection of veggies, spices, and more! Their menu is so interesting, it is difficult to choose. I suggest you check out at least one of their special rolls and start with the nori taco sampler. Their spicy jackfruit “crab,” and Yuzu-infused “tuna” are out of this world! Many of the items are gluten-free, but just make sure to let your server know so they can make any changes if necessary.

#2 Rawsome Treats

158 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
This delightful little NYC vegan bakery wants to ensure you enjoy treats that are not only delicious but also nutritious. Each of their cakes is raw, vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! Their menu includes carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, blueberry cream pie, and much more.

My favorite was their Trisome Cheesecake which is a layer of rich vanilla and berry cream with a chocolate chip crust and topped with a drizzle of sweet dark chocolate. You can stop in for a slice or order ahead for a full-size cake.

#3 Jajaja

Multiple locations in NYC: Lower East Side, West Village, Hudson Yards, & Williamsburg
Vegan nachos? Yes, please! This colorful vegan spot features some of the best Mexican food in New York City! And, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon chilling out on their sunny patio. Jajaja pairs their wonderful food with refreshing Mezcal cocktails and a huge selection of Tequilas.

Aside from the most delicious nachos, their menu also features Mexican specialties like Gorditas stuffed with beans and shiitake bacon or an extensive selection of street tacos. Boring black bean tacos are replaced with Crispy Chayote “Fish” (hemp and flax seed battered squash with a chipotle almond butter sauce and topped with roasted red onion) or their Buffalo Flower (tempura cauliflower dipped in spicy buffalo sauce and topped with house-made queso).

#4 The Butcher’s Daughter

Multiple locations in NYC: Nolita, West Village, & Williamsburg
This bright, laid-back vegetarian café beckons you to stop in for brunch, lunch, or dinner (or all three – no judgment!) Their rotating menu is driven by what’s in season and features amazing vegan and gluten-free pancakes topped with a sweet berry sauce, broccoli steaks, and mushroom and squash carbonara.

We didn’t make it for dinner, but brunch was so good we wished we had one more day to return. Make sure you check out their Butcher’s Bowl with tofu scramble. This flavorful scramble is topped with savory adzuki bacon and crispy onions. Hands down the best scramble I have ever had!

#5 Avant Garden

130 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Looking for a spot for a sophisticated date night or to impress non-vegan friends? Come here! The ambiance of the rustic wood and exposed brick décor coupled with artistic plates of veggie creations is seriously Instagram-worthy!

The creative team of chefs prepare all the tapas-style dishes right in front of you and even hand-deliver to share exactly what they have created. The small dishes are meant to be shared and almost everything can be made gluten-free. Don’t miss their artisan toasts on soft and chewy gluten-free bread. It was SO good that I had them double-check that it was indeed gluten-free! Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

#6 Modern Love

317 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
This hip Brooklyn spot is the place to come for house-made vegan and gluten-free comfort food. No matter what you’re craving, they’ve got it! Mac-n-cheese? Epic burgers? Nachos smothered in cashew queso? Yep, yep, and yep!

Their menu is well-marked for gluten-free dishes and their staff is more than happy to ensure you’re taken care of. It is really hard to decide what to order – you might need to come twice! Just make sure you start with an order of their crispy oyster mushroom calamari – OMG – it is amazing. The crispy mushrooms dipped in their sweet and spicy house-made sauce will have you fighting over the last bite.

#7 Riverdel – The Original Vegan Cheese Monger

88 Essex St, New York, NY 10002
Missing cheese? Then you MUST head to Riverdel, this place is vegan cheese heaven. There needs to be a Riverdel in every state! I hate driving and would seriously drive hours to stock up on wheels of their deliciously addictive cheeses.

Located in the bustling Essex Market, this little deli counter is overflowing with SO many vegan cheese options – you will be overwhelmed with what to choose! Check out their cheese sampler to select a few different options to try with regular or gluten-free crackers. Need a little more?

Check out their assortment boxes which come with a selection of cheeses, jam, crackers, nuts, and more! They also sell a variety of sandwiches dripping with gooey, delicious cheese as well as packaged cheeses, jams, “meats,” – everything to create your own charcuterie board. Many of the cheeses are gluten-free but some are made with beer – to ensure it’s safe just ask to see their ingredients list.

#8 Orchard Grocer

78 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Only a few blocks away from Riverdel, this small vegan food market and deli is inspired by New York City delicatessens. This is the perfect place to pick up a few vegan snacks and groceries and order a delicious sandwich or salad for lunch or brunch!

Their made-to-order menu features creative bagel sandwiches piled high with carrot lox and cashew-cream cheese, as well as a vegan BLT stuffed with house-made tempeh bacon, mayo, lettuce, and tomato.

Many of their sandwiches or salads can be made gluten-free. Make sure you save room for a cup or cone (sadly the cone pictured isn’t gf) of their creamy vegan soft serve or a milkshake! The flavors of their cashew-based ice cream rotate regularly, but no matter the flavor you won’t be disappointed.

#9 Delice & Sarrasin

20 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Transport yourself to France at this small family-owned café. Ever been curious about authentic French cuisine but never found a suitable vegan option? Look no further. The mother and son team behind this charming little spot specializes in crepes, cheeses, desserts, and more!

Enjoy vegan snails (oyster mushrooms) drenched in garlic butter or a hearty Coq Au Vin (braised “chicken” leg with carrots, mushrooms, shallots, and onions). They also offer a selection of vegan wines to pair with your meal. After dinner enjoy a cappuccino with a few of their deliciously chewy French Macarons. The menu is well marked for gluten-free options. They are also open for brunch!

#10 Erin McKenna’s Bakery

248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
Erin McKenna’s Bakery in NYC is a haven for those seeking delectable treats that are both vegan and gluten-free. Nestled in the heart of the city, this charming bakery boasts a mouthwatering array of guilt-free indulgences, from freshly baked cupcakes and cookies to luscious donuts and savory sandwiches — all crafted with a commitment to quality ingredients and a passion for accommodating diverse dietary needs. The menu features an inventive blend of flavors and textures, ensuring that every bite is a delightful experience. It’s a place where everyone can indulge in the pleasure of exceptional baked goods.

vegan and gluten free cinnamon roll held with one hand in front of the erin mckenna bakery sign in LA

#11 Pure Grit BBQ

36 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
Pure Grit BBQ in NYC redefines the barbecue experience with its exceptional focus on vegan and gluten-free offerings. This spot is a haven when you’re craving comfort food, offering a tantalizing menu of plant-based, gluten-free BBQ delights. From smoky pulled jackfruit to irresistible shroom burnt ends, Pure Grit BBQ masterfully captures the essence of traditional barbecue flavors without compromising on its commitment to cruelty-free and allergen-friendly dining. The menu also boasts an array of can’t miss sides from crispy tofu bites to mac-n-cheese!

About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad