9 Spots for Vegan Mac and Cheese in NYC
Need an excuse to indulge in cheesy, savory comfort food? Well, we’ve got news for you—July 14th is National Mac ‘N’ Cheese Day! Here’s where you can grab a bite of this popular dish in NYC.
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S’MAC (Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese) has been serving the East Village since 2006, and hails as one of the first restaurants to be exclusively devoted to mac ‘n’ cheese in NYC. While not fully plant-based, the restaurant does have a vegan mac option for herbivores. You can also spice up your mac ‘n’ cheese with any of the veg-friendly mix-ins, such as jalapeno, salsa, roasted garlic, and more!
This urban bistro offers 100% vegan bites, like nachos, cauliflower wings, and, you guessed it, mac ‘n’ cheese. The Cholo Mac and Cheese is made with tofu, vegan cheddar cheese, plantain, pink sauce, and cornmeal, adding a Latin twist to the usual macaroni noodles and cheese sauce. Order the non-alcoholic Spicy Margarita (Himalayan salt, tajin, organic orange juice, lemon juice, alcohol-free spirit) to accompany your mac, or go for the Sicko Mode Smoothie (shot of espresso, banana, oat milk, chocolate plant protein, and cacao) for a caffeine boost.
Do you prefer your mac ‘n’ cheese on a pizza? Then Vinnie’s Pizzeria is the spot for you! This Williamsburg institution has a separate vegan menu with delicious plant-based offerings, including the Vegan Mac Attack Pizza, which comes topped with macaroni, ground “beef,” mozzarella, cheddar, and hot sauce for a kick.
This farm-to-table eatery offers everything from Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos to BBQ Chicken-less Tenders, and when it comes to mac ‘n’ cheese, they mean business. The Mac & Cheese combines portabella mushrooms, white truffle oil, chorizo, and caramelized onions—now that’s a strong macaroni game!
For the health-conscious vegan, Vegan Love’s Squash Mac N’ Cheese is the dish for you. It’s made with brown rice pasta, butternut squash, and almond cheese sauce, so you can celebrate mac ‘n’ cheese day in a nutritious way (and in a delicious one, too!).
Welcome to the Jungle, they have mac ‘n’ cheese! That’s right, this Greenpoint neighborhood vegan cafe offers a Gluten-Free Cashew Mac ‘N “Cheese” Bowl, which is packed with quinoa-rice pasta, homemade cashew “cheese,” sautéed kale, caramelized onions, smoked vegan ham, and comes with a grilled jalapeño corn muffin on the side for good measure.
Urban Vegan Kitchen
When it comes to comforting, creamy, and downright delicious mac ‘n’ cheese, Urban Vegan Kitchen is your one-stop-shop. Jazz yours up with broccoli, shiitake bacon, tempeh bacon, or fried seitan. We like to order the Mac N’ Cheese with the Korean BBQ Wings, which are best when dipped in ranch, of course!
Looking for a taste of Southern-style mac ‘n’ cheese in the Big Apple? We’ve got two words: Seasoned Vegan. This Harlem-based eatery offers a Baked Mac & “Cheese” entree that can be made with an additional vegan protein like BBQ “Crawfish,” Fried “Chicken,” and Fried “Shrimp.” You can also opt for a veggie addition, such as grilled onions, spinach, and tomato.
As if we weren’t already obsessed enough with by CHLOE., we have another reason to drool over this popular, vegan, fast-casual joint—Mac N’ Cheese! The restaurant crafts their mac with sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce, shiitake bacon, and almond parm. We suggest ordering extra shiitake bacon on top, and don't forget to add a Red Velvet Cupcake to your order for dessert!
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