10 Women-Owned Vegan Restaurants to Support in NYC
Celebrate Women’s History Month by visiting one of these delicious vegan spots!
NYC is known for having some of the best vegan cuisine in the country—and many of its plant-based eateries are owned and operated by female chefs, restaurateurs, and even fashion entrepreneurs. Whether you’re in the mood for a sandwich piled high with vegan meats, or your sweet tooth is calling for a warm chocolate cookie chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel, these women-owned restaurants have you covered. Here’s our list of women-owned vegan restaurants to support in NYC this Women’s History Month!
Chef and owner Brenda Beener pays homage to her Southern roots with delicious soul food that’s entirely plant-based! Ingredients like fried yams, fried burdock root, lotus root, and fermented soy are used to create dishes such as po’ boy sandwiches, BBQ riblets, lemon-crusted chicken nuggets, baked mac ‘n’ cheese, and more. Accompany your meal with a cocktail, or end things on a sweet note with a salted pecan chocolate chip cookie.
Founded in 2016 by restaurateur Pamela Elizabeth, Urban Vegan Kitchen serves comfort food classics like Buffalo wings, chick-un & waffles, and coconut shrimp, as well as unique bites such as oyster mushroom asada served with savory brown rice, black beans, onions, and peppers. Enjoy specialty cocktails like The Dude (Baileys Almande, coffee liqueur, vodka, oat milk, and chocolate syrup) or stay refreshed with a non-alcoholic spritz.
Francesca Chaney is the mind behind Sol Sips, a community-centered vegan cafe that focuses on making plant-based eats accessible for all. The restaurant offers catering, juice cleanses, and plant-based goods, as well as pay-what-you-can meal kits (now shipping nationwide), which can be ordered in three-day packs and come with breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees, so everyone can eat well no matter their income level. Those looking to boost their wellness regimen can also order the two-day juice cleanse kit, which comes with six juices in your choice of 9oz, 12oz, or 16oz bottles.
Amanda Fox opened Seitan’s Helper Deli with the goal of providing comfort food that is simple and tastes delicious. Come on over to the dark side with the Sexy Devil (ham, spicy turkey, Violife cheddar, dill pickles, pickled jalapenos, sauerkraut, and seitanic sauce on a focaccia hero) or chow down on the Evil Twin (piled with roast beef, Violife cheddar, dill pickles, tangy slaw, and mayo on a potato onion roll).
Brooklyn (Bed-Stuy & Crown Heights)
Founded by fashion adept and lifelong vegan Latisha Daring, Greedi Kitchen offers 100% plant-based cuisine that draws on Caribbean, African, and Southern flavors to create diverse and great-tasting dishes. The menu offers everything from fried okra bites to jerk mac ‘n’ cheese, all of which are made with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets and organic distributors. Your seafood-loving friend just might be fooled by the crab cake sandwich, which features a heart of palm-based fried crab cake, arugula, chipotle mayo, jalapenos, kale, chipotle, chipotle slaw, and avocado on a turmeric bun—yum!
Sisters Sara and Erica Kubersky pay homage to delicatessens of NYC’s past through Orchard Grocer, an all-vegan deli and grocery store located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The eatery specializes in classic deli sandwiches like The Edith, a take on the Jewish classic bagel & lox made with carrot lox, house-made cashew-tofu cream cheese, capers, and chives on a bagel. In addition to sandwiches, sides like nuggets, mozzarella sticks, potato salad, and chickpea tuna salad are also available, as well as daily specials. Don’t forget to check out the milkshakes, which come in vanilla-caramel and peanut butter-chocolate-caramel flavors!
Known for its romantic ambience and beautifully plated vegan eats, Modern Love Brooklyn serves unique and flavorful dishes like molo nachos (walnut chorizo, cashew queso, pico de gallo, guacamole, pickled red onion, pickled jalapenos, house hot sauce, and cilantro) and bucatini a la vodka (creamy tomato sauce, fresh cashew mozzarella, pepita parmesan, basil, and a chickpea cutlet). Indulge in desserts like a warm chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel, raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, or strawberry pop-tarts.
This Lower East Side vegan staple offers a rotating weekly menu based on owner Chef Amanda Cohen’s culinary travels. The menu includes dishes like caviar and potato pie, hand-pulled kale noodles, buche de mushroom mousse, and delicata five spice riblets. Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of the eatery’s sweet treats, such as green goddess cake or a caramel popcorn blondie.
Owned and operated by Julia Kravets, Little Choc Apothecary is NYC’s first fully vegan and gluten-free crêperie. All of the ingredients used in Little Choc products are made from scratch and free of chemical binders, gums, artificial flavors, and overly processed sugars and flours. The crêpe menu caters to a variety of palates, as it includes both sweet and savory tastes. The drink menu offers vegan wine and beer, herbal elixirs, freshly pressed juices, and espresso drinks. The espresso drinks are made with homemade almond and coconut milk. You can also choose from an apothecary-like selection of house-blended teas.
Owned and operated by chef and cookbook author Divya Alter, Divya’s Kitchen offers globally inspired dishes such as stir fries, vegetable curry in cashew sauce, and vegan lasagna. Add some sweetness to your day with one of the eatery’s vegan desserts, such as carob coconut cake, rose chocolate mousse, or pistachio fudge.
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