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Where To Eat In NYC: Part 1

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Ready to get feasting in NYC? Eat Pure…A Monthly Taste hooks you up with Sarah-Mai Miller’s adventures. Sarah is the foodie behind Eat Pure, a veg food + travel blog. She shares her culinary adventures with us monthly, and this Month is our home City (but not hers!) of New Yawk.   She obviously couldn’t hit all of NYC’s fabulous vegan and veg-friendly spots in one trip.. so hang tight for her future adventures;

This month, I made a trip home to New York.   The problem I find in NYC is that there aren’t enough meals in a day.   There are so many restaurants I want to visit and I simply don’t have time to get to all of them.   However, there are some places that I make a point to visit.   Here are a few of them.

One of my first stops when I arrive is usually Babycakes.   It’s a bakery on the Lower East Side that specializes in organic, vegan, gluten free and wheat free sweets.   They have a Biscuit Sandwich with jam and frosting that I love for breakfast.   For dessert or an afternoon snack, their cupcakes, donuts or brownies are divine and essentially guilt free.

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The Chelsea Market is a great place to shop, eat and explore.   It’s a beautiful building that continues to add amazing vendors.   Some of my favorites are 202, a restaurant that also sells clothes and home goods, The Green Table, a sustainable and organic eatery, and The Filling Station, a great spot for olive oil and sea salt.

And of course, One Lucky Duck.   If you don’t have a chance to make it to Pure Food + Wine, a raw vegan restaurant near Union Square, this outpost sells some of their best offerings, like Strawberry Blonde shakes and Macaroons.

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For lunch, I stopped by Loving Hut for their Vegan Joy (soy chicken, veggies, five grain rice and teriyaki sauce) and a Mango Smoothie.   I’ve eaten at several Loving Hut locations and never been disappointed.   They’re very particular about their ingredients – all vegan, GMO-free and organic whenever possible.   You can’t go wrong here.   And the Mango Smoothie actually tastes like mangos, not sugary syrup.

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Teany is the perfect place for afternoon tea, lunch, or just dessert.   They have an extensive tea menu and roughly 10 different types of Vegan Treats cakes daily.   Their Chicken Salad Sandwich is delicious and a great price for a vegan NYC lunch.   They also have a great Breakfast/Brunch menu and an adorable Afternoon Tea Special.   This visit I had a Black Tea Coconut Soy Latte and Vanilla Raspberry Cake.   I had a total sugar coma afterward, but it was absolutely worth it.

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I’m always up for Thai food, and Thai Market is exceptionally veg-friendly.   When the weather’s nice, they open their doors, which span the entire facade, and a lovely breeze sweeps through.

The Mock Duck Salad is so flavorful and distinctive.   Bits of crispy seitan with lots of fresh greens and veggies.

The Pad Sapporod with Tofu is nothing short of amazing.   It’s filled with pineapple, peppers, cashews and green onions with a sweet and sour sauce.   Their tofu has a great consistency – somewhere between soft and crisp.

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The next day I traveled to Brooklyn to see a friend and try Wild Ginger for the first time.   I adore Pad Thai but have to refrain because it’s pretty heavy on the fish sauce.   Finding Vegan Pad Thai was the highlight of my day.   Perfectly spiced, creamy, crunchy and altogether lovely.   We split the Chocolate Cheesecake, but were so excited to dive in that I didn’t have time to take a picture.   Yep, it was that good.

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Lula’s Sweet Apothecary was my next stop that afternoon…I realize I had just had dessert, but I could not miss vegan cashew cream ice cream.   I had Cake Batter + Strawberry Soft Serve Swirl.   It was excellent.   Cold, creamy and rich with a wonderful strawberry flavor.

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That evening I headed back to Brooklyn for a Rufus Wainwright concert in Prospect Park.   A local restaurant catered the event and there were plenty of veg options.   I chose the Vegan Chili, Kettle Chips + freshly cut watermelon cubes.   Great music, fresh air and juicy watermelon…what could be better?

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The following morning, I was craving a New York bagel.   Luckily, many delis in the city offer vegan cream cheese.   I happened to stop in Guy and Gallard on 7th Avenue, which serves both Vegetable + Scallion tofu cream cheese.   With fresh squeezed orange juice, I was in carb heaven.

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Rickshaw is a dumpling bar on 23rd Street that has only one vegan dumpling…but it’s incredible.   Pureed edamame inside a whole wheat wrapper served with a lemon sansho dipping sauce.   You can make a meal of it with soup (the Miso Noodle Soup is vegan) or any of their salads (the Ginger-Soy Salad comes with spicy tofu and an addicting dressing).   And if you’re nowhere near their neighborhood, they have a truck that travels all around the city – check their Twitter page for locations.

Restaurants come and go in New York, especially vegetarian restaurants.   Before each visit, I check Super Vegan to get the scoop on the best veg eats in the city.   Happy Cow is another favorite, and they cover just about every city you can imagine.   With so many vegan and vegetarian options, I will continue to feature New York as one of the leading veg cities.

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Readers Comments (28)

  1. Jeanie says:

    Most Thai places will leave the fish sauce out of their pad thai or curries if you ask them to.

  2. MC says:

    Beautiful phtotgraphy that made my mouth water. I travel to NYC often and am so excited to try these new places. Often times I am so maaried to Pure Food and Wine, S’Nice, and Teany I forget to branch out. Thank you for all of these great suggestions. And all over town too! I look forward to more posts!

  3. Jeanie says:

    Someone needs to compile a list of the best places for vegan brunch in NYC…all I know of that serves good traditional breakfasty foods are Curly’s and Organic Grill, and I see Blossom Du Jour is going to have some brunch options as well (so psyched to try it this week!). I’d love to see that article!

  4. sarah-mai says:

    Hi Jeanie! I personally know that Candle 79 has an amazing brunch…and SuperVegan lets you search by breakfast/brunch spots and tells you how vegan each place actually is, along with other great info!

    http://supervegan.com/results.php?c=36

  5. stephen says:

    try Caravan of Dreams and Angelica Kitchen

  6. Chloe Jo says:

    My favorite brunch in NYC is Kate’s Joint (for Greasy!!), Bliss in Brooklyn (only for the tofu scramble, which wins for best scramble ever!), or Sacred Chow (amazzzzzzzzzzzing).

  7. WOW!!! What amazing choices!!! These images are killing me….everything looks delish!!!

  8. Cups says:

    This couldn’t have been posted at a more perfect time! I’m just now planning a girls trip to NYC and was thinking I needed to compile a list of all the great places I’ve heard about that we need to eat at – you’ve done it for me! Thanks!!

  9. sarah-mai says:

    I’ll have even more next month in Part II…and from the suggestions above maybe a Part III is in order :)

    NYC is THE best spot for veg eats, by far!!!

  10. I am getting hungry just looking at these posts!

  11. Kathryn says:

    Perfect timing…I was just looking for some places to eat while I am in town for the Farm Sanctuary walk. Thank you…lovely pics as always!!

  12. Rob says:

    Great pics! Don’t forget Blossom, Candle 79, and Candle Cafe too!

  13. Laure says:

    I wish i could try them all and more !!!
    Great Loving Hut in Paris too, if anyone comes by… !
    Can’t wait for the next post ;)

  14. Angelique says:

    Love your blog! Great article, makes me want to come to NYC just to eat! I hope you will connect with me.
    Please come get YOUR EXCLUSIVE FREE DAVID WOLFE INTERVIEW: http://t.co/GcJNrwh

  15. Emily says:

    I love this post. Sacred Chow=Best Brunch!! Banana bread french toast and omega waffles, omg <3. Plus amazing tapas.

  16. Marty says:

    Great listing of vegan NYC dining but can you ever finish. Love the line about not enough meals in a day.

    Marty
    Marty’s Flying Vegan Review
    http://www.martysnycveggiereview.blogspot.com

  17. One of my favorites is Foodswings, the all-vegan fast food joint on Grand in Brooklyn. Greas-Y! Well, they have salads, too. And a dozenteen styles of fries.

  18. [...] One of my favorite blogs, GirlieGirl Army (“your guide to glamazon living”), posted this guide to eating in New York (Part 1!). Foodies will appreciate the list’s culinary aptitude (no “I’ll just [...]

  19. sarah-mai says:

    Thank you SO SO much for all of the kind words!

    Marty – That’s the best part…I’ll never be able to finish a guide to any city. That means I can ALWAYS look forward to new veg and non-veg restaurants with incredible vegan options each and every time I visit!!! And I promise to share every amazing experience I encounter with all of you :)

  20. Diane L says:

    Spent a few days in NY for our anniversary. Great meatloaf at Kate’s Joint, ate Babycakes everyday, vegan omelets and homemade veggie burgers at Organic Grill, and assorted dishes at Angelica Kitchen.
    The only disappointment was Zen Palate on 46th and 9th, what the heck happened to that restaurant?? No longer strictly vegan, most dishes contained either dairy or eggs! They also changed the interior, used to be a gorgeous place, now looks like a dump!

  21. Jeanie says:

    Diane L: There’s now a Zen Palate (again) at Union Sq. The interior and atmosphere are quite nice, but the food eeked me out. The server swore it was all vegan, then told me several items I ordered had dairy and/or egg. The “tofu cheese” on my salad tasted eerily like swiss cheese (to the best of my memory; it’s been ten years). I don’t know what the the deal is there.
    But didn’t realize you can search for brunch options on supervegan–should be helpful thanks!

  22. Diane L says:

    Jeanie: We tried ZP in Union sq at least a decade ago. It was ok but, at that time, the 46th and 9th location was superb. Really sad they had to change!
    Forgot to mention Pala Pizza on Allen St. Superb vegan pizza, best crust I have ever had!

  23. sarah-mai says:

    I haven’t been to Zen Palate in a few years, but recently heard they’re going to open a new location at 105th Street on the Upper West and they will be remodeling the 9th Avenue location soon.

    http://blog.zagat.com/zen-palate-looks-north

    Diane – isn’t Babycakes addicting :)

  24. Diane L says:

    Yes Sarah-Mai! Love Babycakes! Thats why we always stay at a hotel right around the corner from them!

  25. Restaurant I says:

    Babycakes is a great bakery! Next time you’re in the area and want to try out a modern asian cuisine restaurant stop on over..we’d love to have you :)

  26. Matt says:

    Great adventures, eats, and photos! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Kate Hakkinen says:

    It is rather interesting for me to read that article. Thank you for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

    Kate Hakkinen
    escort en suisse

  28. [...] my follow up New York installment (you can read – and drool over – my first adventure here,) I really wanted to visit Hangawi, a Korean vegetarian restaurant, on 32nd Street.  [...]




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