There are so many vegan options in NYC (and so many 100% vegan restaurants). I searched for vegan and gluten-free friendly restaurants using HappyCow.net and SuperVegan.com. SuperVegan is a NYC specific site.
All the food I tried in NYC was delicious and vegan. I was in a vegan wonderland, seriously!
My favorite restaurant in NYC was V-Spot. V-Spot is a 100% vegan restaurant with tasty gluten-free options like kale tostadas, quinoa pasta marinara, pad thai, tofu Thai curry, and veggie tacos. They offer a brunch menu, fresh fruit and veggies juices, and a slew of vegan desserts.
I ordered the Pad Thai–rice noodles with sprouts, broccoli, onion, scallions, tofu and peanuts, served with lime and Thai peanut sauce. This is the 3rd best pad thai I have had. Very tasty. The best pad thai I ever had was from Ruan Thai Cuisine in Savannah GA. The 2nd best pad thai was from the Bees Knees restaurant in Augusta GA. Hopefully I can make a trip to Augusta and blog about it in the future. Sorry about the blurry picture!
V-Spot also sells pre-packaged food items in health food stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
V-Spot is located at 156 5th Avenue, Parkslope, Brooklyn NY 11217.
And of course we went to Babycakes Bakery as soon as our bellies had enough room for dessert! You just cannot go wrong with vegan and gluten-free cupcakes. I fell in love with Babycakes because of their 1st cookbook, thanks to my friend Aggie! From their website – Babycakes offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs.
Danny and I each tried a cupcake. I tried the gluten-free red velvet cupcake (pictured on the left). I can’t remember which kind Danny tried…but it looks tasty nonetheless!
Babycakes Bakery is located at 248 Broome Street New York, NY 10002-3855.
Danny searched high and low for a pizza place that offered gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. He discovered Pie By The Pound, a pizza joint that lets you order pizza by the pound (if you didn’t get that from the name). Various pizzas are available at the counter and you just order as many slices as you’d like and depending on how many pounds of pizza you want.
Vegan pizzas include the Marinara (capers, garlic, tomato sauce, oregano, basil), the Veggie Marinara (mixed veggies, capers, garlic, tomato sauce, oregano, basil), Olive and Onion (black olives, spanish onion, tomato sauce, oregano, basil), and Mushroom and Eggplant (garlic, portobello mushroom, eggplant, tomato sauce, oregano, arugula).
Unfortuately the gluten-free pizza dough isn’t vegan and they didn’t have any vegan cheese :/ The regular crust is vegan though.
I ordered the Mushroom and Eggplant pizza. It was good but the dough was very soggy because of all the sauce and veggies.
Pie By The Pound is located at 124 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th streets) New York, NY 10003-4903.
For our second day in NYC, we got brunch at ‘sNice. I don’t know what the name means or why the capitalization is funny, but the food was great!
‘sNice is an all vegetarian restaurant (with mostly vegan options). I ordered the curried cauliflower wrap with chickpeas, brown rice, and mango chutney (minus the wrap).
The chickpeas and cauliflower wrap mixture was warm and filling after aimlessly wandering around NYC trying to find a suitable vegan brunch location in the cold. This kept me full until dinner time, and then we decided we wanted dessert instead of dinner
‘sNice is located at 45 8th Avenue, NYC 10014 and has other locations as well. Check out their website to find the other locations.
To satisfy our dessert craving, we stopped by Stogo–an organic vegan ice cream shop. Stogo doesn’t use any refined sugar, preservatives, or artificial flavoring.
There we so many flavors to choose from! I had to try the vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It was so tasty and decadent! This ice cream is full of flavor and fatty goodness.
After our first round of ice cream, we headed to Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary, another vegan ice cream and dessert shop. We didn’t know Lulu’s specialized in vegan ice cream until after we arrived. They also had vegan doughnuts (but no gluten-free ones). Danny and I both ordered a giant ice cream cone even though it was freezing outside! I didn’t take any pictures because it was dark outside and my hands were full of ice cream
Stogo and Lulu’s both had delicious vegan ice cream. And since they are only a short 10 minute walk apart, why not try them both?
Stogo is located at 159 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary is located at 516 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009.
For dinner we decided to head back to the hotel to spend time with the dogs. We ordered take-out from Annam Brahma, an Indian restaurant that offers a smorgasbord of vegetarian and vegan options. Vegan options are labeled with a little V on the menu.
I ordered the masala dosa (a wheat-free rice and lentil crepe filled with savory potatoes) and a side of tofu. The dosa was just as tasty as the dosa from the Philadelphia Chutney Company in Philly. Yum. I don’t have any pictures since the food was squished because we ordered it to-go.
Annam Brahma Restaurant is located at 84-43 164th Street, Jamaica, NY 11432.
Oh and Danny just had to try a slice of traditional NYC pizza. He went to one of the places recommended by Jon Stewart (when he was ripping on Donald Trump because he eats pizza with a fork). Doesn’t he look cute?
And here’s a picture of the dogs snoozing in the car. They were very well behaved considering all the driving and shuffling around we did. Such good doggies!