Where to Eat Vegan in New York Right Now

Carroll Gardens’ Sans’ all-vegan lasagnette tastes like the real thing.
Photo: Noé Fecks

On Monday, the UN released a report concluding that if major changes are not undertaken by 2030, the Earth’s global temperature will rise to such a degree that it will be disastrous for human beings. There are many ways to achieve this goal: reducing carbon emissions, reducing our use of non-biodegradable products and eating less meat. According to the Guardian, beef consumption in Western countries is set to drop 90% by 2030. The good news, if you can call it that, is that there’s never been a better time in New York to eat like a vegan. Chefs of all persuasions have embraced vegetables and are making meatless dishes that are simply some of the most exciting things to eat right now. It’s a small step, but it’s a start — here are 16 amazing vegan dishes you can’t miss.

Lasagnettes
Or: Without
Price: $24

At the new all-vegan hot spot Sans in Carroll Gardens, Chef Champ Jones offers some of the most upscale vegan dishes in town, like black plum terrine with pickled plums, jam and vegan brioche. But the Eleven Madison Park alum is also a fan of back-to-basics comfort food, and you won’t want to miss his vegan lasagnette, made with four discs of deliciously chewy pasta separated by bechamel sauce and served in a tomato sauce. fresh with savory mousse. The result is a dish as comforting as Grandma used to make, without the necessary post-meal nap.

Autumn salad
Or: Dimes
Price: $14

Dimes’ highly seasonal menu on the Lower East Side changes constantly, but the kitchen never fails to include a few vegan gems, including a new fall salad with Tuscan kale, delicata squash, concord grapes, apple-cardamom pepitas and rosemary. – sage balsamic – upstate apple picking trip not included.

Beet “chorizo” bowl
Or: Oxomoco
Price: $12

If you can even get in after our own Adam Platt’s three-star review, Oxomoco has a very appealing vegan menu item worth going to Greenpoint for. For the beet “chorizo” bowl (which also comes as a dinnertime taco), the kitchen staff munches on potatoes on their wood-fired grill; toss them with creamy avocado, whole grains, peppery watercress leaves and salsa a las brazas; and tops the finished product with spiced beets.

mac & shows
Or: modern love
Price: $23

At this “all vegan all the time” restaurant in Brooklyn, non-meat eaters are spoiled for choice, but we suggest opting for Modern Love’s macaroni and cheese, which replaces the cashew cheese. red pepper for the real deal, cornmeal-crusted pecan-tofu and charred cauliflower for the noodles, and spiced pecans for the revealing crunchy topping. And if you’re feeling more indulgent, add an order of truffle poutine to start.

Superiority Wrap
Or: Superiority Burger
Price: $9

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: there’s more to Superiority Burger than the burger itself and the cult fried tofu. Take, for example, the restaurant’s vegan wrap. It’s Brooks Headley’s take on the burrito, stuffed to the brim with brown rice, tofu, cabbage and sunflower crunch. (It’s also available as a “boat” without packaging.) It may not have a cult following (yet), but it really, really should.

Vegan Caesar Salad
Or: Lalito
Price: $13

The vegan Caesar salad is nothing new, but the version at Lalito is so wellness-focused that it falls into the vegan-plus category. For his version of Caesar without anchovies, chef Gerardo Gonzalez adds meaty cashews, blue-green spirulina, nutritional yeast for a touch of umami, and dulse seaweed which, if cooked to perfection, taste a bit like bacon.

Tofu scramble
Or: Nothing
Price: $15

John Fraser’s veggie-obsessed restaurant earned its first Michelin star last year, proving that vegan dishes can impress even the most critical of diners. This is another restaurant where vegans and curious vegans are spoiled for choice, but your best bet is to order the restaurant’s particularly strong Indian-inspired dishes, like the black lentil tofu scramble, vadouvan curry and market squash available at brunch.

Square Vegan Vidalia
Or: Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop
Price: $4.50

The new Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop is about as old-school as it gets — down to the wood-paneled walls and lemon ice cream on the dessert menu — but the restaurant’s four vegan slice options are thoroughly modern. Of particular note is the Vidalia square, with a Sicilian-style slice with vegan parmesan cheese, tomato sauce and caramelized Vidalia onions for a touch of sweetness.

The Bowery and the Edith
Or: Orchard grocery store
Price: $8

Every New Yorker should be able to enjoy a bacon, egg and cheese or a bagel with cream cheese, even if they are vegan. And that dream is alive and well at vegan grocery store Orchard Grocery, where the Bowery (turmeric tofu egg with tempeh bacon and Violife provolone cheese, optional spicy mayo) and Edith (a bagel with cream cheese from cashews, carrot lox, capers and chives) will satisfy even the most hardened morning carb loader.

Nasi goreng
Or: Selamat Pagi
Price: $14

This Greenpoint restaurant happens to share ownership with Van Leeuwen, the beloved ice cream parlor known for its line of vegan ice cream. So, unsurprisingly, there are plenty of opportunities to green menu items at this Indonesian-inspired restaurant. One of the most notable dishes is nasi goreng, a vegetable fried rice dish made with fried krupuk crackers and a fried egg. But executive chef Jack Roche will happily replace the egg with tempeh.

Sea buckthorn and mango bowl
Or: abcV
Price: $18

From day one, this bowl of sea buckthorn was a must on Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu at abcV, and for good reason: it’s easy to keep in season, with mangoes currently replacing persimmons, and with its macadamia milk. whipped, its granola with amaranth and ginger, bananas and gooseberries, it is unlike any other vegan breakfast bowl.

Nachos
Or: JaJaJa Plantas Mexicana
Price: $11 or $16

This year-old Mexican vegan restaurant may undermine everything you know and expect from a Mexican restaurant, but at least their nachos are still piled high and overdressed. For their part, JaJaJa’s kitchen covers tortilla chips with vegan chorizo, tangy and fermented black beans, turmeric queso fundido, spicy vegetable relish and sour cream with fresh corn. at the top of this leaning tower. Order a Mandarin Jarrito or a Topo Chico and you’ll barely notice the difference.

impossible burger
Or: Saxon + parole
Price: $22

There was a time when Momofuku Nishi’s take on the Impossible Burger was the best in town, but recently the restaurant scaled back the recipe, leaving the Saxon + Word runner-up as your next best bet on the stylized “rare” burger. . For their part, the kitchen garnishes the burger with a hearty mash of mushrooms, roasted oyster mushrooms, sherry onions and truffle cream. (Talk about the mushroom love.) It’s not quite vegan, but the option to veganize the burger is there if you need it.

Mushroom canopy
Or: Two hands
Price: $15

Speaking of breakfast, there is something to be said for the mushroom as a substitute for meat in a dish. That’s why Two Hands all-day cafe’s mushroom toast is particularly appealing: it starts with roasted portobello mushrooms in cashew cream on sourdough bread and topped with peppery arugula pesto and pumpkin. Or exactly the type of meal that won’t leave you hungry in two hours.

whole eggplant
Or: misi
Price: $15

People are flocking in droves to try Missy Robbins’ casual new pasta restaurant, but don’t sleep on the restaurant’s impressive vegetarian menu. Among the standout dishes is a dish of whole aubergines seasoned with Calabrian chili, lemon and just enough olive oil to top it all off.

Zucchini Donuts
Or: Samesa
Price: $10 or $15

In some ways, Middle Eastern food lends itself to veganism with its low use of dairy. Just take the vegan zucchini fritters by accident at this Williamsburg eatery, which are served with avocado hummus, garlic sauce, cucumber and tomato salad, and spiced red zhug. The best part: You can get it as a wrap or a plate.