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10 Women-Owned Vegan Restaurants to Support in NYC

 Check out these plant-based, women-owned eateries in the city that never sleeps.

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 Check out these plant-based, women-owned eateries in the city that never sleeps.

Meet us in New York where the vegan food scene is bustling and the women-owned restaurant lineup is unmatched. From burger joints and killer brunch venues to plant-based BBQ fare and happy hour spots, New York is the place to be. Drooling yet? For more foodie inspiration, check out these 10 women-owned vegan restaurants to support in New York!


Harlem, Manhattan

Vegan comfort food, plant-based Soul Food, and authentic Caribbean food coming right up! VeganHood offers a relaxing environment and an amazing menu filled with mouthwatering dishes. Think fried vegan shrimp, veggie gumbo, plant-based burgers, and dairy-free mac ‘n’ cheese. This women-owned vegan restaurant was created by Janine Smalls and Lanise Herman-Thomas in an effort to bring plant-based food choices to their urban community. We’d say they nailed it!

Plate with vegan soul food from Vegan Hood

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Seitan’s Helper

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

If you find yourself hungry in Brooklyn, here’s your sign to grab a sandwich from this woman-owned vegan restaurant. Seitan’s Helper is owned by Amanda Fox and as you probably guessed, the vegan eatery features delectable handhelds filled with housemade seitan. We’re currently loving the Chickie Caesar Wrap, a tortilla wrap filled with seitan chicken, greens, red onion, tomato, and house Caesar dressing.

Seitan's Helper vegan sandwich

Courtesy of Seitan’s Helper

Slutty Vegan

Harlem, Manhattan

Your favorite Black-owned eatery from the ATL can now be enjoyed in The Big Apple. We’re stoked to see this woman-owned vegan restaurant thriving! ICYMI Slutty Vegan is owned by Aisha “Pinky” Cole and features plant-based fast-food fare like burgers, fries, chicken sandwiches, and plant-based dogs. We’re always down for a Fussy Hussy burger with a side of Slutty Fries.

Chik'n Head meal from Slutty Vegan

Chik’n Head Photo by Madelynne Boykin

Modern Love

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Modern Love is serving up vegan comfort food from scratch! Whether you’re seeking plant-based brunch, dinner, dessert, or cocktails, this woman-owned vegan restaurant is the vibe. We love the Jerk Tofu Bowl, Seitan & Waffles, and Homemade Cashew Ice Cream. And we can’t forget about the eatery’s vegan White Russian made with coconut cream. Let’s cheers to good food, drinks, and woman entrepreneurs like Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz, the owner of Modern Love.

Modern Love vegan chick'n and waffles

Courtesy of Modern Love

Greedi Vegan

Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Are you dining vegan in New York? Head to Greedi Vegan! Owned by Latisha Daring, this Black woman-owned vegan restaurant believes in serving up healthy portions, so be sure to bring your appetite. Check out menu selections like the Chickpea Omelette, Loaded Cheese Fries, Fried Chicken Soul Bowl, and Oreo Cheesecake. We’ll take one of each, please!

Greedi Vegan vegetable filled crepe

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Clinton Hill & Williamsburg, Brooklyn

With two locations to check out, this vegan cafe and specialty food store is a must-try when in New York. The woman-owned restaurant features everything from guava cream cheese donuts and chocolate croissants to bagels with vegan lox and loaded chilaquiles. Step inside this gorgeous cafe for a coffee drink or a boozy cocktail and enjoy its funky ambience. Guevara’s is owned by the duo Alicia Guevara and Daniel Mekelburg. Great work, you two!

Guevara's vegan nachos

Courtesy of Guevara’s

Lekka Burger

Tribeca & Midtown East, Manhattan

BRB, we’re sprinting to this plant-based fast-casual eatery. Owned by Andrea Kerzner and Michelin Star Chef Amanda Cohen, Lekka Burger is a women-owned vegan restaurant with two NYC locations. The menu consists of vegan burgers made with vegetables, grains, and spices, along with better-for-you diner fare. The Masala and Guacamole Burgers are two of our fave burger variations, and we’re always down for some loaded crinkle-cut fries and housemade vegan shakes!

Lekka Burger on a plate

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Pure Grit BBQ

Flatiron District, Manhattan

Pure Grit BBQ offers 100% plant-based and gluten-free eats. This woman-owned vegan restaurant features a menu packed with all things plant-based BBQ. Think Impossible Brisket, Pulled Jackfruit, and Smoked Tofu. Traditional BBQ sides include waffles fries, baked beans, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Founded by Kerry Fitzmaurice, Pure Grit BBQ was designed for vegan and non-vegan diners alike. There’s seriously something for everyone!

Pure Grit BBQ loaded nachos

Courtesy of Pure Grit BBQ

Aunts et Uncles

Flatbush, Brooklyn

This relaxed, woman-owned vegan eatery has the hookup on delicious meals. Enjoy vegan seafood sandwiches, Beyond tacos, and mac ‘n’ cheese with your besties at Aunt et Uncles. Owned by Nicole and Michael Nicholas, this Black-owned vegan establishment also houses a retail space filled with clothing items, books, lifestyle products, and gifts. We love a one-stop spot for dining and shopping. Cheers!

Person holding Aunts et Uncles sandwich

Courtesy of Aunts et Uncles

Black Rican Vegan


While this pop-up travels from state to state, the Black woman-owned vegan restaurant will be popping up in the Bronx, Harlem, Jersey City, and Brooklyn this summer. Black Rican Vegan is owned and operated by Lyana Blount—CEO, founder, and vegan chef. BRV features a rotating menu rich in vegan comfort food. Think mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, fries, sandwiches, fried egg rolls, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for a pop-up near you!

Black Rican Vegan dish in tray

Courtesy of Black Rican Vegan

Anja Grommons

Anja Grommons


During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

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