Vegan Food Near Me: 16 Plant-Based Options in Smorgasburg NYC

If you have a worldly palate and know where to look, New York City is brimming with vegan cuisine to please you, from metal plates of Nepalese thali to Ethiopian spicy vegetables and legumes served over injera. That being said, sampling the cuisines of the city usually means you’ll be spending a lot of time on the subway or on a bus. If you prefer to try a wide range of dishes in one place, pop into Smorgasburg to try all the vegan options.

Smorgasburg, a play on the Swedish word “smörgåsbord”, which means a buffet of bites to eat, is the “self-proclaimed largest outdoor food market in America”. And, that claim follows. The New York metro area event brings together around 70 vendors and attracts thousands of diners willing to brave the line to eat in New York’s summer heat and humidity. It is also where many foods, such as raindrop cake (which was first popular in Japan), ramen burgers and spaghetti fritters went “viral”.

Where is Smorgasburg?

Smorgasburg takes place from April 3 through October 30 at a few locations in New York City, but not all vendors are there every day, so take note if you’re looking for a particular option.

Special thanks to Smorgasburg Los Angeles, which has its own plant-based gems such as Avocadamama’s dairy-free mac and cheese; Cena Vegan’s VegNews Veggie Award Winning Tacos; and rainbow-colored Philadelphia-style popsicles from Happy Ice.

As of this year, Miami, Florida also has its own Smorgasburg where you can find vegan vendors like Lucky You! Burger and Isabel’s plant-based comfort food.

Vegan Food Nearby in Smorgasburg

With so many vendors, there are plenty of plant-based bites in Smorgasburg to tempt your taste buds. Here’s what you should check.

ATM Vegan Deli

1 ATM Vegan Deli

This stand serves the real NYC bodega classics charcuterie, only without animal products. Their “tofu over easy” breakfast sandwich and chopped cheese that might fool meat eaters are a must. The jerky shroom, chewy and salty without being too much, is handmade in small batches in their Brooklyn kitchen.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Prospect Park on Sundays or at their brick and mortar in Brooklyn

2 girls and a kitchen

2 2 girls and a kitchen

Here you will find Jamaican-inspired Tacos and more, directed by mother-daughter team, Jataun and Shelly Flash. A few of their plant-based options include vegan jerk chicken tacos, vegan jerk chicken quesadillas, and jerk cheese nachos. Don’t skip the Hold the Rum punch, a refreshing blend of pineapple juice, orange juice, maraschino cherries and lime. It’s going to be a hot summer.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Prospective Park

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3 black rican vegan

Chef and founder Lyana Blount launched her manufacturing business puerto rican vegan comfort food in the midst of the pandemic. Stop by the stand for mofongo, empanadas or a crispy oyster mushroom burger.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Prospect Park and Smorgasburg Jersey City


4 Nadas

Vegan Food Stand Nadas (short for empanadas) has captured the attention of the local food scene with its Colombian-style gluten-free rainbow empanadas. Carlos Santos, who is the son of Port Chester, NY-based restaurateur Olga Santos, founded Nadas in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Basic vegan empanada fillings are black beans and sweet peppers or plant-based chorizo.
Find them on: Smorgasburg World Trade Center (Earlier this year they announced an upcoming permanent location in the West Village.)


5 Kinoko

Kinoko makes temaki, aka hand-rolled sushi, because it’s meant to be eaten with your hands. The buns are $7 a pop, which isn’t a bad price at all for an outdoor food court in New York. Vegan temaki options include jackfruit “snow crab” with spicy cucumbers and pan-fried oyster mushrooms with yuzu mayonnaise.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Prospect Park and Smorgasburg Williamsburg

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6 Cake jars

The pot cake is great because it is transportable. Bring a mini cooler so you can store cake jars a decadent option of vegan cookies and cream while you sample all the plant-based foods you need to eat right away.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Jersey City on Saturday

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seven Monk meats

We love a vegan barbecue area, and at Monk meats, you will find seitan cooked using traditional barbecue techniques. Homemade vegan ribs, made with sugar cane to simulate bones, are smoked slowly and slowly, then coated in a tangy, sticky sauce. Or, you can get crispy seitan chicken wings served with creamy vegan potato salad and sliced ​​pickles.
Find them on: Smorgasburg World Trade Center and Smorgasburg Prospect Park

Fomo Momo

8 Fomo Momo

If you’ve never heard of momos, it’s time to crack for these dumplings of Nepalese origin, which look like little sachets of chewy dough. Fomo Momo specializes in momos inspired by North Indian street food. Vegan options include steamed or fried vegetable momos and Indochinese fusion Schezwan momos.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Jersey City and Smorgasburg Prospect Park



Inspired by Hawaiian and Taiwanese shaved ice kiss, Frubae prepares her frozen dessert by shaving off pieces of frozen fruit blocks with a hand-cranked machine.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Williamsburg and Smorgasburg Prospect Park

Jakarta Munch

ten Jakarta Munch

This Resident of Smorgasburg brings a modern twist to the Indonesian rice bowl, courtesy of founder Ratih Wulandari Del Valle. It starts with a bed of jasmine, nasi uduk (salted coconut rice), or salad. For the vegan protein option, there’s Beyond Meat, then it’s topped with a sauce and served with pickled cabbage, fried shallots, scallions and sambal.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Prospective Park

Mao Bao

11 Mao Bao

There is a vegan option at Mao Bao, a stand specializing in shengjian bao, a kind of pan-fried dumpling from Shanghai. They’re crispy on the bottom and chewy on the top and made with color-matched pasta toppings. The green is filled with Impossible Foods Ground Meat.
Find them on: Smorgasburg World Trade Center, Smorgasburg Jersey City and Smorgasburg Prospect Park

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12 Bona Bona ice cream

Chef Nick Di Bona’s small-batch ice cream business, bona bona, is distinguished by its crown of burnt meringue. Luckily, there are two vegan flavors: Banana Peanut Butter and Coconut Sorbet. The vegan meringue filling is made with aquafaba instead of eggs.
Find them on: All the Smorgasburgs. (Pleasant!)

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13 Wah Gwann

Jamaican-Mexican Tacos with a tasty herbal option. The vegan tacos are made with curried cauliflower and chickpeas, marinated coleslaw, and mango chutney. There’s also homemade mint lemonade, perfect for beating the New York summer heat.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Prospective Park

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14Mom’s closet

Take the vegan duck bánh mì from Mom’s closet, a Thai-Vietnamese food stall not to be missed. The popular sub-esque sandwich features an airy Vietnamese baguette stuffed with meatless duck, pickled carrots and daikon, purple cabbage, jalapeño, cilantro and spicy mayonnaise.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Jersey City and Smorgasburg Prospect Park

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15 Vayalo! cocine

Get your fix of Venezuelan food at Vayalo! cocine. First, try La Vegana Tropical, a gluten-free arepa stuffed with dairy-free cheese, coleslaw, and fried sweet plantains. Get yourself a Sweet Negritas, a corn empanada stuffed with sweet plantains and black beans, and yucca fries. Don’t forget a drink: papelón con limón is a tangy and sweet drink made with lemonade and brown sugar.
Find them on: Smorgasburg World Trade Center and Smorgasburg Prospect Park

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16C Bao

You really can’t go wrong with steamed buns stuffed with vibrant flavors and pleasing textures and that’s what you’ll get. C Bao. They have two vegan options: vegetable tofu and vegan fish.
Find them on: Smorgasburg Jersey City and Smorgasburg Prospect Park

For more vegan guides to New York, check out these articles:
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Uptown Veg has been feeding Harlem for 30 years
The Best Places for Vegan Ethiopian Food in NYC

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