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The deep-fried lasagna at Cadence.
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19 Stellar Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in NYC

The tastiest meat-free restaurants, from fast-casual to small-plate affairs

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The deep-fried lasagna at Cadence.
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During the pandemic, many restaurant owners — whether they themselves subscribe to a fully meatless diet — decided to turn their attention to opening vegetarian and vegan businesses, some even pivoting their preexisting old menus. What’s clear in the industry now more than ever is that vegan and vegetarian restaurants aren’t a constraint but an opportunity for creativity and flavor potential.

For New Yorkers, there’s been no better time to find delicious meals that don’t rely on meat (and dairy) consumption. From fast casual burger joints to top-notch dim sum, there’s something for everyone at these stellar vegan and vegetarian spots.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Samudra

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75-18 37th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 255-1757
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Samudra is one of Jackson Heights’ long-running staples for South Indian vegetarian food, though it was closed for much of the pandemic. Now it’s reopened with the same menu of dosas, idli, uttapams, and vadas in their myriad variations. Classic Mughlai vegetarian dishes are also featured, along with Mumbai chaats and the stray composed rice dish like bisi bele bath.

Bis bele bath at Samudra.
Bisi bele bath at Samudra.
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2. Hangawi

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12 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 213-0077
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Hangawi has the distinction of being one of the few vegan Korean restaurants in town while also boasting a Michelin Bib Gourmand recommendation. The fine dining spot has two vegetarian tasting menu options inspired by temple cuisine: There’s a four-course “Emperor’s Tasting Menu” ($69) and a smaller, amended version for lunch ($30).

A wooden tray with plates from Hangawi’s temple-inspired tasting menus.
Part of the tasting menu available at Hangawi.
Hangawi

3. Peacefood

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41 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-2288
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There’s a wide menu of vegan and vegetarian eats at this friendly Union Square-adjacent restaurant, which also has a bakery area for more casual, quick occasions. While there are many sandwiches and bowls on the menu to eat in their sit-down dining room, Peacefood has come to be known for memorable sides such as its chickpea fries and not-to-be-missed carrot cake. There’s an additional location on the Upper West Side, too.

4. NY Dosas

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50 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
(917) 710-2092
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This Washington Square street vendor usually has a long line of eager, hungry patrons. For good reason: The Indian food truck specializing in all things crunchy dosas is one of the city’s most affordable (and portable) vegan options — perfect for socially-distanced park picnics.

A white paper plate placed on a wooden bench with a dosa on it, a green cilantro sauce, a samosa, and a red sauce in a plastic cup.
NY Dosas is a fixture at Washington Square Park.
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5. Superiority Burger

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430 E 9th St
New York, NY 10009

When Superiority Burger first opened in 2015, it quickly cemented itself as not only one of the best “accidentally vegan” restaurants in NYC, but as one of the best restaurants in the city. (Period.) Daily changing specials means there’s always something new to explore, but we’ll always be loyal to their yuba verde sandwich. Soon, the spot known in part for its tight quarters will be expanding to the former home of the East Village’s Odessa diner.

A black plastic tray has five pieces of food, including two in foil, a paper tray of salad, and two brown paper-wrapped burgers.
Superiority Burger offers more than just its signature burger.
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6. Spicy Moon Vegetarian Szechuan

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328 E 6th St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 429-8471
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Classic Sichuan dishes get the vegan treatment at Spicy Moon, a cozy space tucked away on the East Village’s buzzing Sixth Street. (There’s an additional location in the West Village, as well.) Options include General Tso’s mushroom and vegetable wontons in chili oil, with bigger plates featuring vegetables, tofu, eggplant, or potato in dry pepper, dry pot, and kung pao styles.

A variety of vegan dishes, including mapo tofu, sauteed brussels sprouts, and fried rice.
Mapo tofu is the star at Spicy Moon.
Spicy Moon

7. Cadence

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122 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
(833) 328-4588
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At this new vegan spot led by Shenarri Freeman, dishes are inspired by Black southern cooking, a nod to the chef’s upbringing in Virginia. The soul food menu includes smoked grits with oyster mushrooms, fried lasagna with a pine nut ricotta, and the crowd-favorite maple buttermilk cornbread.

A grey marble-top restaurant bar against a brick wall, with plush pink velvet backless bar stools set against the bar
The dining room and the East Village’s Cadence.
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8. Xilonen

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905 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(929) 272-0370
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From the team behind Oxomoco and Speedy Romeo, this hot restaurant highlights vegan and vegetarian Mexican cooking. Named after the Aztec goddess of young corn, Xilonen stands out for its causal-yet-elegantly-plated dishes such as the green “chorizo” taco with mushrooms and pecans or the avocado tostada topped with pistachio salsa macha. Take these portable dishes to-go in nearby McCarren Park or stay for a while and people watch at the restaurant.

Carrots sit dolloped on a golden tostada, which sits on a brown square napkin on a white table.
The carrot tostada at Xilonen.
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9. Fat Choy

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250 Broome St
New York, NY 10002
(347) 778-5889
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This “kind of Chinese” fast-casual spot focuses on a variety of small plates. There’s a play on the sloppy Joe made by stuffing mushroom ragu inside a sesame pancake, as well as salt and pepper cauliflower and sticky rice dumplings.

A mushroom-based sloppy Joe sits in a brown plastic wrapper above a lunch tray.
The “Mushroom Sloppy” at Fat Choy.
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10. Dirt Candy

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86 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 228-7732
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Amanda Cohen has been at the forefront of experimental, playful vegan fine dining here in New York City for well over a decade (long before the Eleven Madison Park team tried their hands at it). The chef has been a pioneer in her creative use of ingredients, but she’s also helped lead conversations about fairer wages for workers. A five-course tasting menu is priced at $86.

Dirt Candy
Amanda Cohen’s Dirty Candy isn’t afraid to get experimental with vegetarian and vegan food.
Dirt Candy

11. Lekka Burger

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81 Warren St
New York, NY 10007
(646) 678-5367
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Amanda Cohen’s follow-up to Dirt Candy is her more casual Lekka Burger. Here, veggie patties are made from scratch — an increasingly rare occurrence in New York City — and come in versions served on Japanese-style milk bread, such as the Masala Burger or the Peri Peri. Not feeling a burger? The menu also has salads like a broccolini Caesar. Leave room to try one of the several vegan milkshakes or soft serves.

Assorted burgers, “messy fries,” and an oat milk strawberry shake at Lekka Burger.
Assorted burgers from Lekka Burger.
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12. The Original Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant

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5 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 566-8388
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Continuing the long history of Chinese mock meats, there are dozens of Kosher and vegan dim sum options at this Chinatown stalwart. Popular dishes include the fried turnip cake, steamed “pork” buns, “shrimp” dumplings, and more juicy delights. Make sure to bring friends so you can try a little bit of everything.

A bamboo steamer teaming with white-and-pink dumplings.
Vegan dim sum at Buddha Bodai in Manhattan.
The Original Buddha Bodai

13. Bunna Cafe

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1084 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(347) 295-2227
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Despite all the changes in the neighborhood, Bunna Cafe remains a Bushwick staple. Sample the family-style platters of split pea-based shiro or the red lentil misir wot, served with spongy injera bread that’s perfect for sharing. Sometimes, there’s even live steel drum music to accompany an Ethiopian feast.

Injera with lentil stew, one of several sides presented on the plate at Bunna.
A heaping portion of lentils at Bunna.
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14. Seitan Rising Vegan Cafe

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2 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(929) 298-0160
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At this queer and women worker-owned sandwich shop and bakery, you won’t find Impossible Food or other tech-backed meat. Rather, all the sandwiches — such as the Italian-leaning “Triple Threat” — feature deli slices made in-house. Cakes, danishes, and other desserts are also worth picking up. Be sure to keep an eye on their Instagram, where the team announces daily specials.

15. Grilled!

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264 Suydam St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 417-1670
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Located in a small, makeshift structure near a Bushwick dentist office, Grilled! focuses on affordable meatless dishes — nothing costs more than $10 — with a Latin-American twist. The restaurant’s arepa burger and Colombian hot dog pull from chef Guillermo “Memo” Jaramillo’s Colombian heritage, while its choripán, served with a meatless sausage and chimchurri sauce, nods to the street foods of Argentina.

16. Guevara's

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39 Clifton Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Technically, Guevara’s is more of a coffee shop that sells plants, greeting cards, and pantry items, but the corner cafe also serves a robust menu of vegan dishes. For pastries, there are donuts, carrot cake, and croissants on offer, but the best way to do breakfast here is to order the special (a black coffee and two empanadas). If something more substantial is in order, opt for the rainbow-colored torta milanesa with eggplant cutlets or the vegan bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.

17. Toad Style

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93 Ralph Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(347) 789-1589
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Head to this small counter in Bed-Stuy for casual dishes prepared without meat, soy, or palm oil. The chalkboard menu here boasts vegan versions of banh mi sandwiches, burgers topped with cashew-dill cheese, and California burritos stuffedwith shredded jackfruit and home fries.

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18. Ras Plant Based

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739 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-6220
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Another pandemic newcomer, Ras Plant Based has become a quick favorite for Brooklynites looking for vegan cooking that’s full of flavor. Platters of inera come to the table artfully cut with squiggly edges, perfect for dragging through stewy piles of kitfo and mushroom tibs. Come here for platters, or sides of veggie sambusas, and stay for the people-watching on bustling Franklin Avenue.

A yellow plate with multi-colored vegetables and lentils placed on it in a row.
A Ras Plant Based plate with its signature squiggly-edge injera.
Ras Plant Based

19. Aunts et Uncles

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1407 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11226
(347) 295-0001
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Launched by Flatbush locals, vegan cafe Aunts et Uncles also functions as a design store. The menu pays homage to owners Michael and Nicole Nicholas’ Caribbean heritage. There’s a lobster roll made with hearts of palm, as well as mofongo, sweet potato oatmeal, and a vegan bake and saltfish.

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1. Samudra

75-18 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Bis bele bath at Samudra.
Bisi bele bath at Samudra.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Samudra is one of Jackson Heights’ long-running staples for South Indian vegetarian food, though it was closed for much of the pandemic. Now it’s reopened with the same menu of dosas, idli, uttapams, and vadas in their myriad variations. Classic Mughlai vegetarian dishes are also featured, along with Mumbai chaats and the stray composed rice dish like bisi bele bath.

75-18 37th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

2. Hangawi

12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
A wooden tray with plates from Hangawi’s temple-inspired tasting menus.
Part of the tasting menu available at Hangawi.
Hangawi

Hangawi has the distinction of being one of the few vegan Korean restaurants in town while also boasting a Michelin Bib Gourmand recommendation. The fine dining spot has two vegetarian tasting menu options inspired by temple cuisine: There’s a four-course “Emperor’s Tasting Menu” ($69) and a smaller, amended version for lunch ($30).

12 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

3. Peacefood

41 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

There’s a wide menu of vegan and vegetarian eats at this friendly Union Square-adjacent restaurant, which also has a bakery area for more casual, quick occasions. While there are many sandwiches and bowls on the menu to eat in their sit-down dining room, Peacefood has come to be known for memorable sides such as its chickpea fries and not-to-be-missed carrot cake. There’s an additional location on the Upper West Side, too.

41 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003

4. NY Dosas

50 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012
A white paper plate placed on a wooden bench with a dosa on it, a green cilantro sauce, a samosa, and a red sauce in a plastic cup.
NY Dosas is a fixture at Washington Square Park.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This Washington Square street vendor usually has a long line of eager, hungry patrons. For good reason: The Indian food truck specializing in all things crunchy dosas is one of the city’s most affordable (and portable) vegan options — perfect for socially-distanced park picnics.

50 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012

5. Superiority Burger

430 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009
A black plastic tray has five pieces of food, including two in foil, a paper tray of salad, and two brown paper-wrapped burgers.
Superiority Burger offers more than just its signature burger.
Nick Solares/Eater

When Superiority Burger first opened in 2015, it quickly cemented itself as not only one of the best “accidentally vegan” restaurants in NYC, but as one of the best restaurants in the city. (Period.) Daily changing specials means there’s always something new to explore, but we’ll always be loyal to their yuba verde sandwich. Soon, the spot known in part for its tight quarters will be expanding to the former home of the East Village’s Odessa diner.

430 E 9th St
New York, NY 10009

6. Spicy Moon Vegetarian Szechuan

328 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003
A variety of vegan dishes, including mapo tofu, sauteed brussels sprouts, and fried rice.
Mapo tofu is the star at Spicy Moon.
Spicy Moon

Classic Sichuan dishes get the vegan treatment at Spicy Moon, a cozy space tucked away on the East Village’s buzzing Sixth Street. (There’s an additional location in the West Village, as well.) Options include General Tso’s mushroom and vegetable wontons in chili oil, with bigger plates featuring vegetables, tofu, eggplant, or potato in dry pepper, dry pot, and kung pao styles.

328 E 6th St
New York, NY 10003

7. Cadence

122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
A grey marble-top restaurant bar against a brick wall, with plush pink velvet backless bar stools set against the bar
The dining room and the East Village’s Cadence.
Eric Medsker/Overthrow Hospitality

At this new vegan spot led by Shenarri Freeman, dishes are inspired by Black southern cooking, a nod to the chef’s upbringing in Virginia. The soul food menu includes smoked grits with oyster mushrooms, fried lasagna with a pine nut ricotta, and the crowd-favorite maple buttermilk cornbread.

122 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009

8. Xilonen

905 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Carrots sit dolloped on a golden tostada, which sits on a brown square napkin on a white table.
The carrot tostada at Xilonen.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

From the team behind Oxomoco and Speedy Romeo, this hot restaurant highlights vegan and vegetarian Mexican cooking. Named after the Aztec goddess of young corn, Xilonen stands out for its causal-yet-elegantly-plated dishes such as the green “chorizo” taco with mushrooms and pecans or the avocado tostada topped with pistachio salsa macha. Take these portable dishes to-go in nearby McCarren Park or stay for a while and people watch at the restaurant.

905 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Fat Choy

250 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
A mushroom-based sloppy Joe sits in a brown plastic wrapper above a lunch tray.
The “Mushroom Sloppy” at Fat Choy.
Louise Palmberg/Eater NY

This “kind of Chinese” fast-casual spot focuses on a variety of small plates. There’s a play on the sloppy Joe made by stuffing mushroom ragu inside a sesame pancake, as well as salt and pepper cauliflower and sticky rice dumplings.

250 Broome St
New York, NY 10002

10. Dirt Candy

86 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Dirt Candy
Amanda Cohen’s Dirty Candy isn’t afraid to get experimental with vegetarian and vegan food.
Dirt Candy

Amanda Cohen has been at the forefront of experimental, playful vegan fine dining here in New York City for well over a decade (long before the Eleven Madison Park team tried their hands at it). The chef has been a pioneer in her creative use of ingredients, but she’s also helped lead conversations about fairer wages for workers. A five-course tasting menu is priced at $86.

86 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

11. Lekka Burger

81 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
Assorted burgers, “messy fries,” and an oat milk strawberry shake at Lekka Burger.
Assorted burgers from Lekka Burger.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Amanda Cohen’s follow-up to Dirt Candy is her more casual Lekka Burger. Here, veggie patties are made from scratch — an increasingly rare occurrence in New York City — and come in versions served on Japanese-style milk bread, such as the Masala Burger or the Peri Peri. Not feeling a burger? The menu also has salads like a broccolini Caesar. Leave room to try one of the several vegan milkshakes or soft serves.

81 Warren St
New York, NY 10007

12. The Original Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant

5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
A bamboo steamer teaming with white-and-pink dumplings.
Vegan dim sum at Buddha Bodai in Manhattan.
The Original Buddha Bodai

Continuing the long history of Chinese mock meats, there are dozens of Kosher and vegan dim sum options at this Chinatown stalwart. Popular dishes include the fried turnip cake, steamed “pork” buns, “shrimp” dumplings, and more juicy delights. Make sure to bring friends so you can try a little bit of everything.

5 Mott St
New York, NY 10013

13. Bunna Cafe

1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Injera with lentil stew, one of several sides presented on the plate at Bunna.
A heaping portion of lentils at Bunna.
Sue Rissberger/Bunna Cafe

Despite all the changes in the neighborhood, Bunna Cafe remains a Bushwick staple. Sample the family-style platters of split pea-based shiro or the red lentil misir wot, served with spongy injera bread that’s perfect for sharing. Sometimes, there’s even live steel drum music to accompany an Ethiopian feast.

1084 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

14. Seitan Rising Vegan Cafe

2 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

At this queer and women worker-owned sandwich shop and bakery, you won’t find Impossible Food or other tech-backed meat. Rather, all the sandwiches — such as the Italian-leaning “Triple Threat” — feature deli slices made in-house. Cakes, danishes, and other desserts are also worth picking up. Be sure to keep an eye on their Instagram, where the team announces daily specials.

2 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

15. Grilled!

264 Suydam St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Located in a small, makeshift structure near a Bushwick dentist office, Grilled! focuses on affordable meatless dishes — nothing costs more than $10 — with a Latin-American twist. The restaurant’s arepa burger and Colombian hot dog pull from chef Guillermo “Memo” Jaramillo’s Colombian heritage, while its choripán, served with a meatless sausage and chimchurri sauce, nods to the street foods of Argentina.

264 Suydam St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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16. Guevara's

39 Clifton Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Technically, Guevara’s is more of a coffee shop that sells plants, greeting cards, and pantry items, but the corner cafe also serves a robust menu of vegan dishes. For pastries, there are donuts, carrot cake, and croissants on offer, but the best way to do breakfast here is to order the special (a black coffee and two empanadas). If something more substantial is in order, opt for the rainbow-colored torta milanesa with eggplant cutlets or the vegan bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.

39 Clifton Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

17. Toad Style

93 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Head to this small counter in Bed-Stuy for casual dishes prepared without meat, soy, or palm oil. The chalkboard menu here boasts vegan versions of banh mi sandwiches, burgers topped with cashew-dill cheese, and California burritos stuffedwith shredded jackfruit and home fries.

93 Ralph Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221

18. Ras Plant Based

739 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A yellow plate with multi-colored vegetables and lentils placed on it in a row.
A Ras Plant Based plate with its signature squiggly-edge injera.
Ras Plant Based

Another pandemic newcomer, Ras Plant Based has become a quick favorite for Brooklynites looking for vegan cooking that’s full of flavor. Platters of inera come to the table artfully cut with squiggly edges, perfect for dragging through stewy piles of kitfo and mushroom tibs. Come here for platters, or sides of veggie sambusas, and stay for the people-watching on bustling Franklin Avenue.

739 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

19. Aunts et Uncles

1407 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226

Launched by Flatbush locals, vegan cafe Aunts et Uncles also functions as a design store. The menu pays homage to owners Michael and Nicole Nicholas’ Caribbean heritage. There’s a lobster roll made with hearts of palm, as well as mofongo, sweet potato oatmeal, and a vegan bake and saltfish.

1407 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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