Westchester’s Best Vegan Dishes, According to The Pint-Sized Vegan

Pint-Sized Vegan Jenny Rodriguez | Photo by Angel Leal | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Westchester food blogger Jenny Rodriguez, The Pint-Sized Vegan, tells us why and where to score the best plant-based dishes in the county.

As more and more foodies transition to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, Westchester County chefs are working to make their menus more accessible, creating more complex and varied dishes which, in turn, make eating much easier. choice of herbal products, even just one. or two days a week.

To help us discover some of the tastiest vegan dishes you can currently enjoy in Westchester, we turned to Yonkers resident and food blogger Jenny Rodriguez, aka The Pint-Sized Vegan.

By day, Rodriguez, a lifelong Westchester resident, works as a teaching assistant for the Yonkers Public School District, a profession that affords her ample opportunity to sample some of the county’s most diverse and delicious offerings. She became a vegetarian in the summer of 2013 and became fully vegan about four years later.

Pint-Sized Vegan Jenny Rodriguez | Photo by Angel Leal | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

“There are a lot of chronic illnesses in my family, and meat didn’t make me feel good,” she says. “I always knew that animals were killed, and by becoming a vegan I did more research on that and the environment. Now I’m vegan for all the main reasons: health, animals and the environment.”

“I started my blog as a food diary until around early 2019 because I noticed food blogging was something that could be done seriously,” Rodriguez says. “So I started going to places that have vegan options and showcasing them, and helping places that have potential, so that more Westchester vegans have more places.” She adds: “There are actually a lot of vegans in Westchester, more than a lot of restaurants realize.”

Recently, Rodriguez worked with The Bit at Dobbs Ferry, creating an all-vegan four-course tasting menu that included avocado tartare, chipotle sweet potato tacos, vegan chorizo ​​and vegetable paella, and a crumble. oats with pecans.

“My greatest achievement was with Crotty’s Cheesesteaks in New Rochelle,” says Rodriguez. “The co-owner had wanted to add a vegan cheesesteak for some time, especially being a vegetarian herself. We discussed for months which products to use and where to get them. I really thank my lovely vegan friends for their help as well.

The vegan cheesesteak is made with Beyond Meat and Vevan vegan mozzarella on a vegan garlic hoagie, plus optional fresh vegetables that can be added either on the sandwich or as a side salad. Introduced last summer, the sandwich was such a hit that it was eventually added to the permanent menu.

Crotty's Vegan Philly Cheesesteak |  Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Crotty’s Vegan Philly Cheesesteak | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

So where can you get some of Westchester’s best plant-based plates? Here are five of The Pint-Sized Vegan’s personal favorites:

Spicy cauliflower appetizer Greece in the white plains:

“It’s cooked perfectly, and I like all the sauces and seeds on it. The presentation is also amazing.

Spicy cauliflower;  Greca, white plains |  Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Spicy cauliflower; Greca, white plains | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Vegan bolognese from Divine cuisine in Hastings-on-Hudson:

“It’s mainly a Vegan Wednesdays special, which is another project I’ve contributed to for restaurants in Westchester. It is exactly what you would expect from the original article.

vegan bolognese;  Divino Cucina, Hastings-on-Hudson |  Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

vegan bolognese; Divino Cucina, Hastings-on-Hudson | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Fried Veggie Wonton Dumplings Dinh Dinh Kitchen in Bedford Hills:

“The crunch, the veggies, the sauce, the crisp… it’s all amazing and I tell everyone to fry it instead of steam it. Really worth it.”

Fried Veggie Wonton Dumplings;  Dinh Dinh Kitchen, Bedford Hills |  Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Fried Veggie Wonton Dumplings; Dinh Dinh Kitchen, Bedford Hills | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Vegetarian ramen from Kishuya Ramen Noodle Bar in Hartsdale:

“It says vegetarian, but it’s completely vegan and uses spinach ramen noodles. Packed with amazing veggies and tofu – and if you like spice, I highly recommend getting the Spice Bomb.

vegetarian ramen;  Kishuya Ramen Noodle Bar, Hartsdale |  Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

vegetarian ramen; Kishuya Ramen Noodle Bar, Hartsdale | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

vegan ice cream cookies and cream in Bronxville and Yonkers:

“They have a fair amount of sorbet from Longford’s and creamy options from Emack and Bolio’s. They also make a vegan cookie and carry non-dairy milk. Shown here is the chocolate pudding flavor of the ice cream.

Vegan Ice Cream;  Cookies N Cream, Bronxville and Yonkers |  Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

Vegan Ice Cream; Cookies N Cream, Bronxville and Yonkers | Photo courtesy of Jenny Rodriguez

For even more scintillating vegan choices in and around Westchester, you can sign up for her newsletter or follow Jenny Rodriguez on Facebook or Instagram at @thepintsizedvegan.


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