I’ve recently returned from a sales trip to NYC, it’s on of my favourite cities for so many reasons, I love the hustle and bustle, but most of all I love the food! I’m no food blogger or restaurant reviewer but I thought it would be fun share some of my favourite places to eat in New York City. I have been vegetarian since I was 15 but recently I have been dabbling with veganism and where possible I choose the vegan option. Vegan food is everywhere in NYC and it is so nice to have so many options. Growing up, and even in some restaurants today, there is usually one vegetarian starter and one main I can eat on a menu and no vegan options so it was really amazing to have so much choice! Here are some of my faves:
The Butcher’s Daughter, Nolita
My favourite breakfast spot right around the corner from our hotel. The menu is mostly vegan, but there are also some egg dishes for non vegans. Everything here is delicious, my favourites are the weekend waffles and the pancakes. Make sure you get here early as it gets really busy by 9.30am and there isn’t a huge amount of seating.
Two Hands, Little Italy/Nolita
A gorgeous Australian cafe again right round the corner from our hotel…can you tell why I stay in this hotel!? Food is a priority when in NY! I love the relaxed atmosphere here and the healthy menu. Plenty of vegan option – I love the açai bowl – and of course usually eggs and avocado fare for non vegans. They have a yummy selection of juices too.
Carthage Must be Destroyed, Williamsburg
This was recommend to me by the lovely Jemma Craig, from Meraki Concept Studio, and I loved it! The location is quite inconspicuous in what felt like an industrial estate but once you see the millennial pink painted exterior you know you’re in millennial territory! It’s massive inside and although we were the only people there on Monday morning I imagine at the weekend and in the Sumer it is extremely busy. They have tables outside and doors that look like they open up in the Summer. The menu was perfect for breakfast/brunch, I predictably went for the avocado on sourdough with fresh tomatoes. The portion was really generous and I loved that they had proper sea salt flakes on the table to season with!
By Chloe, Soho
This place is a must for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike! It’s essentially vegan junk food with a somewhat healthy edge. They have burgers, air-cooked fries, hot dogs, seitan meatballs, salads, soft-serve ice-cream and lots of juices, kombucha and cupcakes. My favourite thing to get it the vegan chocolate chip cookie. It is unbelievably good, so chewy and delicious! There are branches of this over NY but naturally this one is near the hotel I usually stay at. There is also a By Chloe in London now, although the cookie I had there was not as good as the NY one!!
Orchard Grocer, Lower East Side
I discovered this place on my most recent trip and I loved it! A great sandwich shop that does breakfast rolls, lunchtime bagels, and just all types of sandwiches.They also have a shop selling lots of vegan products – sauces, cheeses, milks, biscuits, snacks, chocolate etc.
Cheese Grille, Lower East Side
OK this place is one of my faves!! As it’s name would suggest it specialises in grilled cheese. Whilst there are plenty of cheesy options for vegetarians my favourite was the vegan grilled cheese on Levain bread. That paired with their spicy tomato soup was my idea of heaven!! So delicious I always come here when in NY!
Wild, Greenwich Village
A new discovery for this trip, we had dinner here one night and the vegan pizza was so good! It’s a lovely little Italian spot and serves regular non-vegan pizza too but their vegan option was perfection!
A contemporary Eastern Mediterranean restaurant with a fun and cosy atmosphere. You need to book as it gets very busy. The menu is not vegan or vegetarian but there are lots of options. I had the tahini dip (which was amazing!!), pitta, falafel, Brussel sprouts and stuffed dates. It is sharing plates but be warned they are quite big!
More falafel – boy oh boy was this good! It’s all vegan and vegetarian ..what more do you need?! Sometimes falafel can be dry this one however was not and they also do amazing little pots of chutney and spicy coriander dressing. Soooo good!
Charley Street, Nolita
Another cute little Australian cafe that just opened, great avocado on toast & healthy fare.
Tacombi, Various locations, I like Elizabeth Street.
Ah my favourite Mexican in NY! The guacamole is TDF and such generous portion with delicious tortilla chips. There is no vegan option here so I had a sweet potatoe and black bean taco which has a sprinkling of cheese on it and also the mushroom quesadilla. It’s such a fun place, and vibrant atmosphere, highly recommend!
Peace Food Cafe, Upper West
I discovered this gorgeous place by accident on our last day in NYC. I was uptown for a meeting and needed a quick refuel. I loved the calm & friendly atmosphere and the menu had so much yummy stuff on it some of which I had never heard of. .I had a tempeh sandwich which was so good, first time trying tempeh and I loved it.
I hope some of you find this helpful, apologies my food pics aren’t amazing but hopefully it gives you an idea! If you’re planning a trip to NY definitely try some of these places, and let me know what you think!
Thanks for stopping by!