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Ultimate NYC Vegan Guide: Where to Eat, Shop, & Explore in 2024

Updated March 25, 2024

New York City is a magical place — full of unlimited energy and inspiration; it is one of the best cities in the world (in my opinion). There is so much to do, see and eat! I’ve visited countless times and even lived outside of the city for a short period and each time I visit I still find new things to check out!

All of that is to say you’re in for a treat no matter if this is you first or 100th visit!

This NYC vegan guide will help you find fantastic vegan restaurants, bakeries, shops, things to do, and much more.

You’re in for an epic vegan adventure!

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New York City Skyline from Brooklyn

Is New York City Vegan-Friendly?

Is the sky blue?! NYC is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world! You’ll find loads of vegan and vegetarian options and most restaurants are vegan-friendly. One report estimates there are over 1,000 restaurants in NYC with vegan options — that’s huge!

One caveat, certain parts of the city are friendlier than others, getting from one end of the city to another can take some serious work. So be sure to plot out restaurants that you really want to visit and activities ahead of time so you don’t spend all of your time traveling.

The Best Vegan Restaurants in NYC

The lineup of vegan restaurants in NYC is seriously a mile long and so diverse! I’ll cover globally-inspired spots, fine-dining, fast food, and more! So if you don’t see something, keep scrolling! When planning your dining adventure, it’s important to know that these restaurants are peppered all over the city — it’s best to save the ones you really want to visit on Google Maps. That way, you can see what’s near you while you’re out and about.

New York City Vegan Food Tour

There’s a lot to eat in NYC, you might want to consider booking this tour to get the vegan lay of the land!

East Village Vegan Eats Walking Tour

Delice & Sarrasin

20 Christopher St, NY, NY 10014
If you thought light and crispy crepes and boeuf bourguignon were off the table for vegans, you need to come here! This family-owned restaurant is delighting guests with its veganized French creations — fruits de mer, coq au vin, and even foie gras! They are also one of the best spots for vegan brunch in NYC! If you’re gluten-free or soy-free, no worries; they have options for you, too!


77 Mulberry St, NY, NY 10013
If you like Dim Sum, you can’t miss this vegan paradise in Chinatown. All the dishes at this Chinese restaurant are super flavorful but don’t skip the steamed shumai, curry dumplings, and sticky rice in a bamboo leaf.

white rectangle plate with a bed of bright green broccoli and topped with savory tofu in nyc
Credit: Buddha-Bodai

Peacefood Café

Two locations — Uptown and Downtown
For over a decade, this casual vegan café has been dishing out a creative mix of vegan comfort food, along with a few raw dishes. Whether you’re interested in diving into a filling Peace Food bowl or want a cookie on the run, you can do that here.


739 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
This plant-based Ethiopian restaurant in Brooklyn has a colorful selection of dishes to delight eyes and taste buds! Their menu features a selection of hearty bowls for lunch, larger entrees, and small bites for dinner. The best way to experience authentic flavors is to order and share a few options.

two lines of vegan ethiopian dishes on top of injera bread in new york city
Credit: Ras

Beyond Sushi

Multiple locations throughout NYC
You will be in awe of these gorgeous fish-free creations! This Japanese spot has veganized all the fishy things no one would expect to be vegan — crab, tuna, zalmon, and more! Don’t leave without trying a few different specialty rolls — the spicy jackfruit crab is outstanding. This is one of the best spots for vegan sushi in NYC!

Le Botaniste

Multiple locations throughout NYC
If you’re looking for an excellent spot for nutrient-packed dishes, look no further than Le Botaniste. The sustainable menu features bowls overflowing with fresh veggies, house-made soups, sushi, and even healthy desserts. It is also the only carbon-neutral restaurant in NYC.

vegan coconut curry bowl next to a beet juice at le botaniste vegan restaurant in nyc

Modern Love

317 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The vegan comfort eats at this Brooklyn diner are incredible! The seasonal menu features mouthwatering burgers, mushroom fried chick’n, loaded mac-n-cheese, and much more. Try and save a little room for one of their house-made desserts or a peanut butter shake!

Pure Grit BBQ 

36 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
A vegan BBQ joint that’s a lot gluten-free friendly? No way! That sounds way too good to be true — luckily for you and me it is true! You’ll be head over heels for their smoked BBQ jackfruit, burnt end shrooms, and fried Oreos.

Screamer’s Pizzeria

620 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222A visit to NYC isn’t complete without at least one slice of tantalizing pizza! This pizzeria is cooking up the finest slices of NYC-style vegan pizza topped with an array of creative ingredients.


Multiple locations throughout NYC
The Mexican cuisine at this vegan spot will make you want to do a little dance! It will be hard to decide between their house-made empanadas, loaded nachos, or gorditas, so you should probably bring a friend and get one of each. Their menu is very gluten-free friendly!

May Kaidee

215 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
If you’re a fan of Thai eats, but want something authentic and spicy, look no further! This spot vegan spot started in Bangkok and then brought its mouthwatering food to NYC! Their menu features veganized traditional dishes from throughout the country.

Spicy Moon

A location in East and West Village
If you’re looking for something full of flavor and maybe a little spice, don’t miss this vegan Szechuan! Their menu features various dumplings, buns, noodles, veggie dishes, and more!

small red round bowl with asian noodles being pulled from above by a pair of chopsticks in new york city
Credit: Spicy Moon

NY Dosas

50 Washington Square S, NY, NY 10012
If you see a line wrapping around Washington Square Park, it’s probably for the tantalizing South Indian eats at this food cart! All of the house-made dosas, noodles, samosas, and more are not only vegan but also gluten-free!

Willow Vegan Bistro

199 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011
This cozy vegan restaurant in Chelsea reinvents classic American eats with a plant-based twist. Their menu features a diverse lineup, many of these dishes you won’t find anywhere else! Fishy fans shouldn’t miss their creamy clam chowder or crab cakes; for something meaty, don’t miss their BBQ seitan ribs. In addition to being vegan, the restaurant is also Kosher-certified.


365 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
The same team that created Willow also created this charming vegan Italian restaurant (that is also Kosher and gluten-free friendly). With one look at their menu, you’ll be struck with indecision! From endless bowls of creamy pasta to pizzas topped with fig jam and veggie prosciutto, you’ll definitely want one of everything!

vegan pizza topped with veggie meat and greens at coletta in nyc

Vegan Fine Dining (Or Upscale) Restaurants in NYC

Many of these fancy-schmancy spots require reservations (sometimes months in advance) and a few of them are Michelin- Starred, so be sure to call before you go!

Eleven Park Madison

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
It’s quite possible you’ve already heard about this upscale spot — they made quite a stink when head chef, Daniel Humm made the entire menu plant-based just a few years ago. The chef’s tasting menu consists of 10 courses that highlight seasonal and local ingredients. Reservations are required.


111 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
You’ll not want to miss the Southern specialties at this amazing Michelin Star vegan spot! Treat yourself to maple buttermilk cornbread, buffalo oyster mushrooms, Southern fried lasagna, and more. Aside from being vegan, the kitchen is also 100% soy-free!

two pieces of crispy vegan chicken on a white plate between two lemon cocktails at cadence in NYC
Credit: Cadence


111 E 7th St. NY, NY 10009
This vegan spot is owned by the same group that runs Avant Garden. So, if you’re looking for another chic spot with incredible vegan tapas and natural wine, plan a stop here! They also offer brunch on the weekend.

delicious spread of vegan dinner options at the upscale ladybird in nyc
Credit: Ladybird

Dirt Candy

86 Allen St. NY, NY 10002
This stylish vegan restaurant delights guests with an epic 5-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing. The dishes draw quite a crowd, so make sure you make reservations in advance. This would be an excellent place for a special night out!

Avant Garden

130 E 7th St. NY, NY 10009
For a memorable dining experience, check out the vegan tapas-style menu at this modern restaurant. The menu features a selection of dishes meant to be shared and enjoyed with a glass of natural wine

a white bowl with vegan cream pasta topped with mushrooms and green herbs in new york city
Credit: Avant Garden


38 E 19th St, NY, NY 10003
The dishes here are worthy of a Michelin Star. Located right in the heart of Manhattan, they focus on plant-based, sustainable, and artisanal foods, all sourced from small farms. The dishes are so refined and excellent.


15 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
This chic spot is perfect for a night out with friends or with that special someone! Their Asian-inspired menu is absolutely mouthwatering — bao sliders, spicy tuna (made with watermelon) sushi rolls, noodles, and more. You’ll definitely want to share a few dishes!

two trays of vegan sushi rolls on a granite counter topped with avocado slices and red sauce at planta in nyc
Credit: PLANTA Queen


290 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Enjoy the powerhouse flavors of Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon at this beautiful vegan and kosher restaurant. The mouthwatering menu features classic dishes reinvented with seasonal ingredients in the most creative ways. Make sure you start with an order of their creamy whipped almond and cashew ricotta.

Vegan Fast Food Restaurants in NYC

Whether you’re looking for a giant loaded burger or crispy chick’n with a side of seasoned fries, you’ll find it at one of these vegan fast-food joints! These vegan fast food spots are terrific whether you’re on the run or just want something insanely delicious and greasy!


313 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Vegans on The Fly

24 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

Vegan Grill Diner

Locations in Manhattan and The Bronx

Beatnic Vegan Restaurant

Locations in SoHo, Flatiron, & Rockefeller Center

PLNT Burger

139 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Plant Junkie 52

152 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Neat Burger

230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10169

Superiority Burger

119 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Jerrell’s BETR BRGR

117 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013 (They are open late!)

Vegan Bakeries & Ice Cream in NYC

Whether you’re looking for cream cheese covered cinnamon rolls or artisanal chocolates, you’ll find it at one of these fabulous vegan dessert spots. Also, don’t skip checking out the amazing lineup of vegan bakeries in Brooklyn, too!

Erin McKenna’s Bakery

248 Broome St, NY, NY 10002
This adorable vegan and gluten-free bakery (also soy-free options) has everything from towering cakes covered in sweet buttercream to sinful cinnamon rolls.

Orchard Grocer

78 Orchard St. NY, NY 10002
At first, you wouldn’t think a vegan deli and sweets go together, but this spot has some of the creamiest oat milk vegan soft serve in town!

orchard grocer softserve

Whipped Urban Dessert Lab

95 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
If you love ice cream, don’t miss this shop’s outrageous oat milk creations! They offer creamy soft serve, hard scoop ice cream, truffles, and cakes.

vegan soft serve ice cream covered in colorful sprinkles and filled with peanut butter in the middle from whipped urban desserts in nyc


440 E 9th St, NY, NY 10009
This lovely vegan bakery has a little bit of everything — handmade chocolates, cookies, pies, cupcakes, and gorgeous macarons (also gluten-free)!

box of vegan chocolates from confectionary in nyc

Rawsome Treats

158 Orchard St, NY, NY 10002
There is no better place for beautiful raw desserts than this spot! On top of being vegan, everything is also gluten-free and includes cakes, tarts, cheesecake, and more.

rawsome treats peanut butter cake vegan new york city

Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery

102 B Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
This cozy café in Brooklyn has a diverse lineup of sweets, including gluten-free donuts!

white vegan cheese cake with a cookie crust and topped with chopped chocolate chip cookies in nyc
Credit: Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery

Vegan Markets & Shops in NYC

In addition to amazing vegan restaurants, NYC also offers plenty of options for vegan-friendly shopping.

Moo Shoes

78 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
There aren’t many cities where you can find a vegan shoe shop, so while in NYC, don’t miss this adorable independent boutique! Aside from shoes, they also have men’s and women’s tees, jackets, and accessories.

Orchard Grocer

78 Orchard St. NY, NY 10002
Right next door to Moo Shoes is this cute vegan market and deli! If you’re looking for specialty vegan cheeses or snacks, pop in here.

Riverdel, the Original Vegan Cheese Monger

88 Essex St, NY, NY 10002
A visit to NYC isn’t complete without a stop at this fully vegan cheese shop! Since 2015 they have been crafting their own specialties and stocking the shelves of many well-known and upcoming brands. Make sure to create a cheese-tasting flight with multiple creamy creations, jams, and crackers. 

wood vegan cheese board with three kinds of cheese, bread, avocado, and tomato in new york city
Credit: Riverdel, NYC

Market 57

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011
This vegan-friendly market is a unique place to visit whether you’re hungry or not! What was formally a maritime pier along the Hudson River is now a bustling space filled with food, art, and culture. One the vegan side, the market is home to Ras Plant-Based and Lolo’s on the Water (vegan-friendly) as well as the produce company Local Roots.

Save the Duck

496 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Stay warm and be cruelty-free with one of these puffer jackets! Save the Duck is on a mission to protect the planet and its animals with its lineup of outdoor wear for the whole family (four legged friends too)! You’ll find everything from heavy duty parkas to light rain jackets — perfect for weather in NYC!

Stella McCartney

112 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
There is no better designer to check out for luxury vegan handbags and fashions while in NYC! The Soho shop has vegan and cruelty-free shoes, bags, clothing, and more.

Vegan-Friendly Hotels in NYC

Unfortunately, New York City doesn’t have a fully vegan hotel yet, but here are two that are friendly, plus I have a whole lineup of other vegan-friendly hotels in NYC too! If you’re prefer to stay outside of Manhattan, don’t miss my guide on where to stay in Brooklyn!

The Arlo Soho

231 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
It is considered a micro-hotel, which makes me think it’s a shoebox, but it isn’t. It’s about the size of a traditional European hotel room, with a hip, updated vibe — a pleasant stay for half the price of many other NYC hotels and their onsite restaurant has vegan options.

Book Your Stay

The Archer

45 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
This hotel is ready to welcome you with your favorite plant-based milk in the mini bar, vegan & cruelty-free toiletries by Malin + Goetz, and a vegan treat with the turn-down service*. Their Spyglass Rooftop Bar is also an excellent place for a cocktail and views of the city.
*You need to let the hotel know in advance that you want vegan options.

Book Your Stay

What To Do in NYC

Here are just a few things to consider doing, for even more options, check out my lineup of 10 unique things to do in New York City! If you’re time is short and you want to know what to prioritize, check out this 2-day NYC itinerary, created by a local!

Take a walk on the High Line

A visit to The High Line is one of the best free things to do in NYC. The High Line is a mile and a half path that snakes through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. It was built on a historic, elevated rail line and includes beautiful gardens, art, street performances, and food. It’s a lovely spot to meet friends. One important note, bikes and dogs are not allowed.

new york city high line walking path with a few people and empty rail road tracks

Discover Prospect Park and feel like a Brooklyn local

Prospect Park is 585 acres of nature right in the heart of the city. There are countless activities to enjoy, from yoga to kayaking and everything in between. You’re bound to find something to enjoy or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Prospect Park Brooklyn

Check out the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

This 52-acre park is a living museum — home to over 14,000 plants! It is wonderful when everything comes back to life in the spring.

Take a walk in Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) at the waterfront and set up a picnic (weather permitting)

The creative neighborhood features art galleries, bookshops, boutiques, cafes, and more. This is also a great spot to capture beautiful views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

DUMBO Brooklyn New York City

In the winter, go skating in Bryant Park (it’s great in the summer, too)

Year-round, Bryant Park is a lovely place to enjoy, but in the winter, it really comes alive with a winter wonderland of holiday shops, skating, and festive cheer.

Ice Skating in Bryant Park New York City

Other Vegan-Friendly Cities on The East Coast

New York City is in a great location to check out other vegan-friendly cities like Washington DC and Philly and I’ve got everything you need to plan the perfect vegan adventure!

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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