Go to the main content Menu
Back
Willow NYC
Food & Drink New York
Kayla Pasko Kayla Pasko

10 Exciting New Vegan Restaurants to Try in NYC

NYC’s vegan scene continues to expand as more plant-based eateries have made permanent homes throughout the city!

Whether you’re in the mood for a creamy bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese or a melty meatball parm sandwich, these new vegan restaurants have all of your cravings covered. Kick your feet up and relax as we take you on a tour of the city’s newest, must-try vegan spots!

Willow

Manhattan

Beyond Sushi‘s executive chef, Guy Vaknin, and his wife Tali are the minds behind Willow, a new vegan concept that brings innovation to classic American comfort cuisine. The all-vegan eatery offers dishes like porcini chick’n marsala, cheeseburger sliders, and steak frites. In addition to savory bites, you’ll also find desserts like vanilla bean cashew cheesecake and bananas foster cake. Pair your meal with drinks like fresh juices made with carrots, apples, ginger, and coconut!

Willow NYC

Aunts et Uncles

Brooklyn

Experience a taste of the Caribbean in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood at Aunts Et Uncles, which was opened by husband and wife team Michael and Nicole Nicholas this past September. The plant-based cafe serves American-style bites as well as flavors of the Caribbean, such as the Au Burger (Beyond Meat patty, caramelized onions, spicy mayo, BBQ sauce, and arugula on a pretzel bun) and Mofongo (mashed green plantains on a bed of mixed greens and topped with salsa). Each dish can be accompanied by beer, wine, or cocktails, like the Mikey Spice (mezcal, blood orange, Serrano), and Grass Roots (gin, ginger cucumber, Prosecco). Diners can also browse the cafe’s lifestyle shop, which features everything from t-shirts to books on self-love and nutrition.

Aunts et Uncles

Cadence

Manhattan

This past Valentine’s Day, Cadence, a plant-based soul food restaurant, opened for the day in the East Village of NYC. The eatery is the newest venture from restaurateur Ravi DeRossi’s Overthrow Hospitality group. The menu was developed by executive chef Shenarri Greens and features soul food classics such as Southern fried lasagna, jerk mac ‘n’ cheese, and of course, creamy, heartwarming grits! The restaurant will open permanently later this spring.

Cadence

Galioto’s

Manhattan

In December, Galioto’s delicatessen opened in the heart of Little Italy on Mulberry Street. Brought to you by the team behind the NYC staple Jajaja Plantas Mexicana, the deli serves Italian sandwich classics such as The Meatball Parm (Impossible meat) and The Caprese (roasted tomato, basil, mozzarella, and garlic spread) with a plant-based twist. In addition to sandwiches, Galioto’s offers pasta dishes and side plates such as Reginetti Caponata (eggplant, raisins, onions, peppers, tomato, olive, capers, and chili flakes), Creamy Italian (cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, olives, and artichoke hearts), grilled eggplant, and Pepperoni Misti (hot calabrese, sweet cherry peppers, hot banana peppers, peppadew, and pepperoncini). Early risers can also enjoy a variety of vegan pastries from L’imprimerie—a Brooklyn-based French bakery—as well as coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.

Galioto's

SUTRA

Manhattan

In partnership with wellness lifestyle and leading activewear brand Alo Yoga, Matthew Kenney Cuisine opened SUTRA—a plant-based restaurant emphasizing innovative raw cuisine—on the top floor of Alo’s Sanctuary in the Flatiron District of NYC. The restaurant serves elegant dishes in a minimalistic yet chic environment. Guests can enjoy dishes like Omega 3 Beet Poke (wakame, macadamia, spinach, crispy rice, and edamame), Pineapple Adobo Tacos (avocado, cabbage, and cilantro crema), Carrot + Zucchini Pasta (sundried tomato marinara, pistachio pesto, and ricotta), and a cheese plate with fermented vegetables, fruits, and seedy crackers. Each dish can be accompanied by fresh-pressed juice, tea, or coffee. While SUTRA is currently closed, the restaurant plans to reopen soon. Follow @sutra.mkc for the latest updates!

SUTRA

Louie’s Luncheonette

Brooklyn

This past July, brothers Matt and Louie Catizone opened Louie’s Luncheonette, an all-vegan deli that offers cold cuts such as ham, turkey, pepperoni, and BBQ chicken. In addition to plant-based meats, Louie’s Luncheonette also serves sandwiches like The Italian (ham, pepperoni, vegan mozzarella, red onion, tomato, arugula, red pepper spread, balsamic, and oil served on toasted focaccia) and the Cubano (ham, plant-based cheddar, sliced dill pickle, golden spicy brown mustard, and vegan butter on a toasted baguette).

Louie's

Terms of Endearment

Brooklyn

At Terms of Endearment—an elevated cafe and patisserie that opened its doors this past September—food is an intimate expression of love, especially when sharing it among friends, family, and loved ones. The plant-based menu features an array of breakfast items such as the Bacon Egg & Cheese (JUST scrambled egg, bacon, cheese, Everything seasoning, greens, and crème fraîche) and hearty sandwiches such as the Maple (JUST egg, BE-Hive sausage, cheddar, mixed greens, and maple aioli), all of which can be nestled in their house-made croissants, brioche, or focaccia. Sweets such as pastries and cakes are also available and are baked on-site.

Terms of Endearment

Tamam

Manhattan

Restaurateurs Simon Oren and Tuvia Feldman joined forces to open Tamam (Arabic and Hebrew slang for “thumbs up”), a 100% vegan falafel restaurant that specializes in falafel but also serves dishes like cauliflower shawarma, eggplant sabich, hummus bowls, and sides of Israeli salad. Since opening their Upper East Side location back in June, Tamam has expanded to a second Union Square location on E 14th St.

Tamam

Vodega

Brooklyn

What started as a pop-up has now made a permanent home in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. Vodega is a vegetarian-style bodega that offers a variety of plant-based deli sandwiches, including “sausage” egg & cheese on a roll, Philly cheesesteak, and the NYC staple, chopped cheese. You can also choose from sides like mixed greens salad with vegan ranch, jeweled grains, smoked mac ‘n’ cheese, and curry hummus & veggies. Be sure to specify that you’d like your items made vegan, as they offer dairy options as well.

Vodega

Seitan Rising

Brooklyn

Laura Varley of Pisces Rising Vegan Wholesale Bakery and Amanda Fox of Seitan’s Helper Deli combined businesses to create Seitan Rising, a plant-based eatery that offers sandwiches, pastries, cakes, to-go deli meats, and more. Get a taste of vegan magic with the Wicked ‘Wich (prosciutto, pepperoni, marinated mushrooms, white bean spread, greens, and honey mustard on focaccia), or order cold cuts like salami, mortadella, chicken, roast beef, and maple bacon to make a sandwich at home!

Seitan Rising

Kayla Pasko

@kaylapasko

Kayla, a Midwest girl living in NYC, is a writer with a background in media sales. When she’s not scoping out trendy vegan spots, she’s usually taking a yoga class, shopping at Trader Joe’s, or catching a Packers game.

Articles by Kayla

More from VegOut

See the article 19-year-old entrepreneur opens gourmet vegan bakery in washington, d.c.

19-Year-Old Entrepreneur Opens Gourmet Vegan Bakery in Washington, D.C.

Last March, Chanice McClover-Lee, a 19-year old Howard University student, launched Baked by Chanice, a gourmet vegan treat company that specializes in cookies and custom cakes. The young entrepreneur began selling baked goods at farmers markets in her hometown of South Florida, and after a successful launch, McClover-Lee is now relocating the business to a food hall and commercial kitchen in DC’s Brookland neighborhood. The new shop is set to open on May 22-23 at 1pm, and will operate on weekends for takeout only.

Kayla Pasko
Baked by Chanice
News
See the article soy concha bakery to ship vegan pan dulce nationwide

Soy Concha Bakery to Ship Vegan Pan Dulce Nationwide

Southern California’s first vegan panaderia, Soy Concha Bakery, is launching nationwide shipping. Formerly Vegan by Victoria’s, the business launched in 2018 at Orange County’s SoCal Vegfest and quickly took over a brick-and-mortar in a small Santa Ana strip mall. Since its founding, owner Earvin Lopez has expanded his offerings from Oreo-topped tres leches and crunchy puerquitos to colorful conchas, vegan gansitos (“vegansitos”), jalapeño-stuffed bolillos, and other classic panaderia goods.

Tanya Flink
Soy Concha
News Los Angeles
See the article matthew kenney opens two vegan restaurants in baltimore

Matthew Kenney Opens Two Vegan Restaurants in Baltimore

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney is opening two vegan restaurants in Baltimore, MD on July 1. Under the Matthew Kenney Cuisine umbrella, Double Zero and Liora will be the first Matthew Kenney restaurants in Baltimore. The establishments will take root in two adjoining spaces within Baltimore’s downtown Inner Harbor.

Tanya Flink
Double Zero Baltimore
News
See the article vegan activist haile thomas is opening a teahouse in beacon, ny

Vegan Activist Haile Thomas Is Opening a Teahouse in Beacon, NY

Enjoy vegan and gluten-free sips and bites as you help support the community at this new teahouse!

Kayla Pasko
Haile Thomas
News
See the article the top 11 vegan-friendly mlb baseball stadiums

The Top 11 Vegan-Friendly MLB Baseball Stadiums

While vegan-friendly options might have been limited to peanuts and Cracker Jack in years past, America’s baseball stadiums are upping their plant-based game—and we’re here for it! From Beyond Meat burgers to sriracha brats, you can be sure to stay fueled while you root for your favorite team. Here are the 11 most vegan-friendly baseball stadiums across the US!

Kayla Pasko
Vegan-Friendly Baseball Stadiums
Food & Drink
See the article canada’s all-vegan grocery store, plantx, is coming to san diego

Canada’s All-Vegan Grocery Store, PlantX, Is Coming to San Diego

PlantX is a one-stop vegan retailer that sells everything from oat milks and canned goods to all-natural soaps and air-purifying indoor plants. They carry thousands of products across 350+ brands—meaning if it's vegan, it can most likely be found in one of their stores. If not, then it’s probably being loaded on a delivery truck to be stocked on shelves later in the week. Leading up to 2021, this West Vancouver-based business was only located throughout Canada, but it will soon make its United States debut in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.

Jared Cross Jared Cross
PlantX
News
See the article this south carolina luxury resort is hosting a plant-based wellness retreat in july

This South Carolina Luxury Resort Is Hosting a Plant-Based Wellness Retreat in July

As spring blends into summer, and many of us are planning our first vacations in over a year, a luxury South Carolina resort will be hosting an inaugural wellness retreat weekend featuring big names in wellness, plant-based cooking, and health, including Deepak Chopra, Ryan Engelhart, and more.

Melissa Nowakowski
Montage
News
See the article jaden smith is opening a vegan restaurant where unhoused people eat for free

Jaden Smith Is Opening a Vegan Restaurant Where Unhoused People Eat for Free

Entertainment artist Jaden Smith has re-launched his initiative to provide free, plant-based meals to the unhoused population of Los Angeles. What originally began in 2019 as the “I Love You” food truck that serviced the streets of Skid Row, the eat-for-free concept is evolving into a brick-and-mortar.

Tanya Flink
Jaden Smith
News
See the article 6 vegan-friendly meal delivery services to try this year

6 Vegan-Friendly Meal Delivery Services to Try This Year

Take the guesswork out of dinnertime with vegan-friendly meal delivery services. They provide fresh plant-based ingredients straight to your door, as well as instructions on how to prepare them, so you can have something fresh and new to eat every day. Here are the meal delivery companies we are loving!

Kayla Pasko
Veestro
Food & Drink
See the article the best vegan dal ever

The Best Vegan Dal Ever

This is my go-to dal. It’s creamy from the coconut milk, tangy from the lemon. It pulls sweetness from the tomatoes and sneaks in some surprise spinach (mostly because I wanted to add some greenery). It’s energizing and light, while remaining both grounding and comforting.

Samah Dada Samah Dada
The Best Dal Ever
Recipe

Newsletter

We’ll keep you updated on new information,
upcoming events, and the best deals in your area.

By signing up you agree to receive emails from VegOut Magazine
and accept our terms of use, privacy policy, and cookie policy.

Subscribe Now

Get the premier vegan food and lifestyle magazine delivered to your door (or inbox!)
Order the magazine!
The Wellness Issue
The Holiday Issue 2020

Navigation

The Wellness Issue

Subscribe Now

Order the magazine!
Close

Filters

Cities

The Most

Writer

Please be aware that we use vegan cookies on our website.

Learn more › ok