The vegan boom in NYC is undeniable right now. New openings include a Cuban-influenced cafe and market in Clinton Hill, and a vegetable-focused, Chinese-leaning eatery on the LES. There are many reasons for this latest shift, including environmental, moral, and health concerns, but many cultures have practiced veganism for centuries and plenty of people have maintained a plant-based diet well before it was considered trendy. This means the city is also home to longstanding institutions like Richmond Hill’s Veggie Castle II, which has been cooking Jamaican Ital cuisine since 1998, and NY Dosas, the veteran Washington Square Park food cart that specializes in South Indian fermented crepes.
Beyond what’s offered at strictly vegan and vegan-friendly establishments, there is a wealth of dishes served across slice shops and tapas joints and noodle shops that qualify as plant-based fare. The fact is it’s never been as exponentially easy to eat vegan in New York as it is right now. Whether you’re committed, curious, or simply appreciate good food and don’t care what rules it abides by, here are 19 of the city’s most exceptional vegan dishes. — Additional reporting by Ryan Sutton
Emily Wilson is a freelance food writer based in Brooklyn.
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