My 10 Favorite NYC Restaurants (And Many More)
Some of these are mandatory for every flirt. Vegans, bring your flirty friends here. They will be thrilled.
My 10 Fave Spots In NYC
1. Pure Food & Wine
54 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
I’m obsessed with the nori-wrapped cashew cheese kimchi rolls with plum sauce. I seriously think about them a lot. I went by myself the last night I was in New York on our winter adventure and then I went again with my friend Daniel Breaker when I was there this spring for a speaking engagement. We had a lovely salad of creamy romaine and a dish Daniel picked—a “pasta” with baby leeks called ramps. Ramps are only in season for a quick hot minute. It was delicious! Pure Food is food art and so fresh and special. I look forward to my next visit!!
2. Hampton Chutney
There are several locations around NYC. Check out the website.
Stop the press! So good. The dosa with butternut and arugula and portabella mushrooms and no cheese is an amazing seasonal dish they have. Run and order it for your non-veg friends.
3. Del Posto
85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
I ate here three years ago with my friend Alex. It’s really great and I need to go back. Here’s my blog about it.
4. Gramercy Tavern
42 East 20th St
New York, NY 10003
This meal was soooo good. It’s a fancy place in terms of price, but the veg tasting menu is so good. Have your parents take you or go on a special occasion. I can’t remember what I ate, but it was food art, and I loved it all. Flirts and non-veg people can eat the vegetarian menu. It’s great and so easy to ask for a vegan version, which of course, I do. Run here if you can.
103 West 77th St
New York, NY 10024
I love this place for the consommé and the fresh and yummy food. This restaurant has a fancy casual vibe. It’s on the upper west side, so a little stiff, but the food? Insane! Monday nights only, they have a full veg tasting menu. Daniel and I went there, and what did me we do? We each ordered a different tasting menu so we could try it all. The consommé was my fave. I had it for dessert too! Seriously, I asked for more consommé for dessert. They also had a marinated beet dish I loved.
I had my meal with a glass of pinot noir, which was delish. I would go back in a heartbeat…I’m sad because I can’t go back until my next visit! Dovetail is great for all non-veggies. This is a great place to take your parents or family. Make sure to look for the veg plates because this place serves meat too.
The special Monday might menu has vegetarian dishes, but you can have it all made vegan. I might not stay for dessert – it’s good, but when I know there are all of the Lula’s Ice Creams out there, or the chocolate bar I’m dying to try, I’d do that next time, unless the dessert menu at Dovetail sounds insane. It’s not too pricey either, which is so nice.
6. Lula’s Apothecary
516 East 6th St
New York, NY 10009
I didn’t made it on my most recent trip, but three years ago, I went with Laura Linney. I think about it a lot and I hope to make it there next time I’m in the city. If you haven’t been, run there for delicious ice cream and such a nice vibe.
7. Candle Café – West
New York, NY 10024
I love the spaghetti and meatballs, seitan piccata (in The Kind Diet, pg. 156), and the mezze plate. Their flautas and spinach ravioli are yum, and the seitan chimichuri. We ate here a lot during The Performers. Check out the cast’s favorite dishes.
8. NY Dosas
50 Washington Sq S
New York, NY 10014
This Indian food stand is sooo good. It was on the corner of the park near my apartment in New York. It’s great for non-veg folk. The only bummer is they use Styrofoam. Let’s all tell him we would love no Styrofoam! I blogged about NY Dosas last time I was in NYC too.
12 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
This place is always good. It’s so tasty…not superhero, but great for non-veg friends.
10. Vegetarian Dim Sum House/Zen Vegetarian House
(2 locations, both delicious)
Vegetarian Dim Sum House
24 Pell St
New York, NY 10013
Zen Vegetarian House
663 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Yum sooo good! I usually don’t go for Chinese food, but the food at Vegetarian Dim Sum House is so authentic and clean and delicious. I don’t feel bad at all after eating here. The waitresses here are always delightfully nasty which makes me giggle. Christopher hugged one of them one time, and she didn’t know what hit her, cause she was so grumpy. Anywho, the food is great and worth running to. Bring your non-veg friends immediately. It’s similar to Zen Vegetarian House, which is also great. If you end up at Zen Vegetarian House, try the honey (I know, it’s not totally vegan) “pork,” plate of ginger greens, and “chicken” fried rice.
And here are some more great spots I need to mention…
The Butcher’s Daughter in Nolita (pictured above) was really great the first time we went. I loved the bagel and “cream cheese” with tomato. They also have juices and soups, but I haven’t had a chance to try those. It’s very flirt and non-veg friendly. It shows no sign of veggieness, just complete grooviness. It’s so sophisticated and stylish. It’s very seductive to the non-veg world.
Sadly, Christopher went back recently and they didn’t have the bagel with cream cheese and we were really disappointed with the avocado sandwich. Hopefully it was just an off day and they get back to being great!
Angelica Kitchen is a nice spot for simple, good quality superhero food. I’m not sure I’d run here, but I like it a lot. And I’m definitely not running with a flirt or non-veg friend. But for vegans and superheroes, it’s a wonderful place. And thank god for it! Nice and simple, good macro food.
Candle 79 uptown is a must try for all non-veg folk. You must order the seitan piccata (pictured below). This meal is the perfect way to turn someone on to veg eating meal. It’s not superhero, but it’s so good. Perfect for fun food and elegant dining.
Candle Café East – My fave dish is the paradise casserole and the iced tea (it’s not caffeinated). They have great superhero dishes and fun dishes that are good for non-vegheads too. It’s uptown. I don’t head there often…but I love all the Candle restaurants and they were our go-to for take out during performance days.
Dirty Candy I went here with my friend Daniel Breaker – we met on The Performers. The wine here is really good. I didn’t love the dessert as much, but the food is good. It’s worth another visit (photos below).
The Fat Radish (pictured below) is a great cocktail spot downtown. They have food too, but their cocktails are crazy good. I had a tequila cocktail with jalapeno and grapefruit juice. I’d go there for a drink and a big fat salad. Their salad greens and kale are so fresh and vibrant and the staff is really friendly. It’s got a super groovy vibe.
Food Swings is the place to go for dirty, yum, frisky vegan junk food. Potato skins, fried chicken, milk shakes…yum! I went a year ago when I was living in Brooklyn. It’s fun food perfect for your non-veg friends. Superhero? No way! Go there when you’re feeling very naughty.
Gobo is good for seitan, kale, and rice. Their macro plate is great but not a first choice for your non-veg friends. There are multiple locations – check out the website to see which is closest to you.
Jivamuktea Café is good for a quick bite. They have superhero plates and fun, festive vegan fare. It’s not my first choice for turning on your non-veg folk, but it’s very good and has a good vibe.
Jewel Bako has a nice veg dishes if you’re looking for a fancy sushi meal.
Kajitsu – I went here a few times about three and a half years ago, and I haven’t made it back yet. But I’m dying to! It’s so sweet in there. The vibe, the serving ware, the cups are so cute! Kaijitsu serves Shojin cuisine, an ancient Japanese cuisine developed in Zen Buddhist monasteries. It’s delicious and great for non-veggies, flirts and superheroes (as long as you skip the sugary desserts). Or if you’re feeling naughty, go crazy and have a treat. I love the simple and elegant food here. I cant wait to go back. It’s an East village, groovy, sweet spot.
Palà Pizza – If you love pizza, this place in the lower east side has good vegan pizza. It’s not all vegan, but they have separate sections on their menu for vegan salads, vegan pastas, and vegan pizzas. The service is awful and there are not very good vibes there, but if you are a huge pizza lover, then check it out. But plan to wait for at least 40 minutes for your pizza (and that’s when they’re not busy!). For me, it’s not really worth it, but some people might love it so I had to share about it. They had good pizza.
Maoz – This place is so great. Really yum! You can make your own little sandwich at the bar. These restaurants are a chain. I went to one in Paris once. So good. There are several locations – check out the website.
Natural Gourmet Cooking Institute – I’ve been two times, once three years ago, and once on this most recent trip. The students make a fancy meal and it comes at a really good price. Go on a Friday night for dinner. I really enjoy this meal. You can bring your own wine if you want. It’s good food for veg and non-veg folks!
Mangia This salad bar isn’t vegan, but I had the best quick lunch here. It has such a nice, upscale veggie selection…truly great, especially for a salad bar! I was excited when I saw the food and then delighted by how yum it all tasted.
Otarian Burgers in midtown has great fries and chocolate cake if you’re in the mood. It’s not superhero, or the first choice for non-veg people, but it’s good.
Peace Food Café has nice food. The kale is especially great. All the food we ordered was good. I would go again. It’s uptown, so I wouldn’t run there, but it’s good, and if you live in the area, definitely go there.
Quantam Leap has good buckwheat pancakes on weekends. Yum! They also have a good macro plate. Nice and easy. I would take someone non-veg for the pancakes, but not the other food. Though they do have milkshakes! I didn’t indulge that day. I used to eat here 10 years ago, all the time, when I did The Graduate on Broadway.
Red Bamboo – I went here three years ago. I remember the “fried chicken” being good.
Sacred Chow Vegan Bistro – I like the Reuben and the pate, but it’s not for non-veg folk in my opinion.
Sushi Zen has really nice food and lots of veg stuff.
Souen is my favorite go-to and my husband’s favorite as well. It’s very superhero, and very good. I’m not sure I’d run there with non-veg folk. Although my husband sees Harvey Keitel there everyday, and I don’t know that he is a veghead. Souen does serve fish, but they have many great veg dishes. I love the yuba soup, the black eyed pea soup, the tempura, the maze rice, and the watercress salad. There are multiple locations – check out the website to see which is closest to you.
Spice Thai has good vibes. The style is comfortable and cool, and everything is fresh made daily. The side salads are not on the menu, but they’re always good. It’s not superhero so much, but yum and cozy. I wouldn’t make it the first choice for your non-veg friends.
Sullivan Street Bakery – This place has yum pizza slices. They’re not all vegan, but they have one called “pizza patate” and it’s so good… it has potato, onion, olive oil, and rosemary and it’s vegan. They have a few other vegan ones as well.
Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen I went to this East Village spot three years ago. It’s super cute and I want to go again!
Zen Palate is good. I like the sticky rice, the dumpling soup, and the noodles with the Hong Kong style fettuccini (ask them to make it vegan). The celestial tofu with sundried tomatoes is great too. I ate here a lot when doing plays. It’s very quick and convenient. They practically bring the food before you hang up the phone! Multiple locations – check out their website!
That’s it for now!
Do you have any restaurant recommendations to add in NYC or your hometown?
Did I miss any super amazing places that I must try in NY?
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