I recently went to New York City for a super quick trip that was extremely cold but really great. I ate so much amazing food that I thought I’d share the highlights here on the blog. I’ll be so bold to say that I think New York has some of the best vegan food I’ve ever tasted.
I have friends who plan trips to NYC solely for the vegan food – call it a vegan voyage, if you will. They visit places that vegans only dream about and then post their drool-worthy photos on Instagram to make the rest of us jealous…and hungry. Although this wasn’t that kind of trip for me and I wasn’t picking the restaurants most of the time, I still ate my weight in some pretty awesome vegan food.
When I asked the server at Havana NY if they have vegetarian/vegan options, he presented me with a completely separate vegetarian menu. Awesomesauce! I ordered the veggie paella, and it was so pretty that I had to risk embarrassing myself in front of someone I just met to take a photo. It was as delicious as it was beautiful.
At first I was a little concerned I’d be eating a simple salad at a wonderful Italian restaurant because when I asked the server what he’d recommend that’s vegan, he started talking about gluten-free options, which were essentially the salads. This is where the alarm bells sound off for me – do people really think vegan and gluten-free are the same thing?! When this happens (which is more frequent than one would think), I typically wind up going rouge ordering stuff off the menu with modifications to make it vegan. I got the mushroom fettuccine without the Parmesan – easy peasy – and it was so, incredibly good. Below is a photo of me and my cousins on our walk back from the restaurant, outside in the snowstorm!
This order-at-the-counter restaurant offered an eggplant and tofu dish with imitation duck. I loved the eggplant and tofu, but I realized I’m not a fan of fake meats when they’re served at a restaurant that is not strictly vegetarian. I guess I’m a little weary that they’ll mix up the meat with the plant-based meat, just like Whole Foods did a few years ago. I would definitely go back there, but probably stick to the vegetable and tofu dishes.
Uptown Veg in Harlem
Man, oh man, do I wish I could’ve had a full meal here. I saw this place in between lunch and dinner and was too full to eat anything. I opted for the green juice but after looking at their vegan hot bar, I have to go back and try their food!
Vegan mac and cheese. Need I say more? OK, I’ll say a little more. I loved this place from the moment I walked in. They were having a RuPaul Drag Race viewing party and the server kept calling me queen. It was such a great, fun ambiance and the food was delish! Along with the vegan mac and cheese, I got the Korean cauliflower (amazing, should’ve gotten another order) and the roasted veggies, which were good but, sorry, it ain’t no vegan mac and cheese.
I am SO glad I had time to try out this all-vegan restaurant. I’ve heard lots about it but had never been. I went to the Rockefeller location and got the Sunrise breakfast burrito, which had scrambled tofu, spicy seitan chorizo, black bean salsa, avocado, tofu crema, all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla. The dish was so flavorful and delicious, and I loved the decor in the restaurant. I highly recommend this place for vegans and non-vegans alike.
While in Union Square, I stumbled across this Farmer’s Market that had an all-vegan baked goods stand. I got the chocolate snow balls, which are essentially dates rolled in coconut. It sounds basic but it satisfied my sweet tooth while on the go.
Last but certainly not least, I ventured over to Queens for Indian food. I was in food bliss before I realized I should take a picture, which is why the photo below is of half-eaten food! They have a whole vegan section on their menu which made it really easy to choose what I could eat. I sampled a little bit of everything that was vegan on the table and it was all amazing. Before leaving, I spoke to the owner and he was very friendly; he explained that each dish is made fresh. I would definitely give it 5 stars and recommend that anyone go there.