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The green chorizo quesadilla at Xilonen
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21 Exceptional Vegan Restaurants in NYC

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

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The green chorizo quesadilla at Xilonen
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There seems to be a common misconception here in New York that vegan food is a trend. What’s often overlooked is that cultures throughout the world have been preparing meals without meat or dairy for eons. For New Yorkers, there’s been no better time to find delicious ways to cut down on their meat consumption. From fast casual burger joints to top-notch dim sum, there’s something for everyone at these stellar vegan spots. For even more vegetable-forward options, check out these prime picks for vegetarian dining.

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1. 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. From pumpkin porridge to fermented cabbage, the cooking is inspired by temple cuisine served in a zen-like dining room.

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Hangawi’s menu is entirely vegan
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2. Glur Thai

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144 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 738-9898
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Plant-based or vegan — no matter what you call the cuisine at Glur, it’s delicious all around. Choose from Thai dishes like som tum yum, tom kha, khao soi, or green curry. This Chelsea establishment is teeming with options for vegans and non-vegans alike. 

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 eats at this friendly Union Square-adjacent spot, which has a bakery area for more casual, quick occasions. It also has a nicely appointed dining room serving up sandwiches and bowls. But they have really come to be known for memorable sides like chickpea fries. And — we can’t stress this enough — do not skip the carrot cake. There’s an additional location on the Upper West Side, too.

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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. And 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 vegan restaurants in NYC, but one of the best restaurants in the city — meat or no meat on the menu. The team recently announced an expansion to a second location across the street. Daily changing specials means there’s always something new to explore, but we’ll always be loyal to their yuba verde sandwich.

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

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 a vegan twist at Spicy Moon, a small, cozy space tucked away on the East Village’s buzzing Sixth Street. Options include General Tso’s mushroom and vegetable wontons in chili oil, with bigger plates offering vegetables, tofu, eggplant, or potato in dry pepper, dry pot, and kung pao styles. More recently, the restaurant expanded with a second location in the West Village.

A variety of vegan dishes, including mapo tofu, sauteed brussels sprouts, and fried rice Spicy Moon [Official Photo]

7. 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 new restaurant highlights vegan and vegetarian Mexican offerings. Named after the Aztec Goddess of Young Corn, Xilonen stands out for its causal-yet-elegantly-plated dishes such as the green “chorizo” quesadilla with an eye-catching zigzagging pattern or the nestled-up carrots atop a tostada.

Carrots sit atop a golden tostada, which sits on a brown square napkin on a white table
Carrot tostada
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8. 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 a Sloppy Joe made with a mushroom ragu stuffed inside a sesame roll, as well as salt and pepper cauliflower, and sticky rice dumplings.

A mushroom sloppy joe sits in a brown plastic wrapper above a lunch tray
Mushroom sloppy joe
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9. Dirt Candy

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86 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 228-7732
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Chef Amanda Cohen has been at the forefront of experimental, playful vegan fine dining here in New York City for well over a decade. She’s been a leader for her creative use of ingredients, but she’s also helped lead conversations about fairer wages for workers. Here, guests can expect whimsy to never come at the cost of flavor.

Dirt Candy
Amanda Cohen’s Dirty Candy isn’t afraid to get experimental with vegan food
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10. Lekka Burger

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81 Warren St
New York, NY 10007
(646) 678-5367
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Amanda Cohen’s foll0w-up to Dirt Candy is her more casual Lekka Burger. Here, veggie patties are made from scratch — an increasingly rare occurrence these days — and come in versions served on Japanese-style milk bread, such as with the Masala Burger or the Peri Peri. Not feeling a burger? The menu also offers salad options like a broccolini Caesar. Leave room to try one of the several vegan milkshakes and soft serve on offer. 

Assorted burgers, “messy fries,” and an oat milk strawberry shake at Lekka Burger
Assorted burgers from Lekka Burger
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11. Jajaja Plantas Mexicana

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162 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(646) 883-5453
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An attractive, light-filled space with prettily plated vegan Mexican fare makes for Downtown New York dining option diners with all types of palettes might enjoy. There are a variety of tacos and bowls to choose from, plus appetizers like empanadas and fish-free ceviche. The light, flavorful approach extends to the cocktails, too, created with an array of fresh juices. 

Four plates set against a colorful tiled background Jajaja Plantas Mexicana [Official Photo]

12. The Original Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant 🥬 佛菩提

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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 at this Chinatown stalwart, there are dozens of Kosher and vegan dim sum options. 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 of pink-and-white dumplings.
Vegan dim sum
The Original Buddha Bodai [Official Photo]

13. Modern Love

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317 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(929) 298-0626
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At this East Williamsburg establishment you’ll find sophisticated comfort food that spans the gamut. Oyster mushroom calamari, seitan buffalo wings, veggie brie scramble, and more dishes are available for outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery for now.

14. 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 Sue Rissberger Photography/Bunna Cafe

15. 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 freshly in-house. 

16. Sol Sips

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276 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Founded by Eater Young Gun Francesca Chaney in 2018, Sol Sips is on a mission to make healthy-eating more accessible to everyone, not just a select few. At her Bushwick restaurant, Chaney serves organic, soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options such as crispy oyster mushrooms on chia-seed turmeric biscuits, jerk jackfruit paninis, and stuffed plantains.

17. 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, in addition to an extensive coffee menu. But it also has a robust food menu, where everything is vegan. For pastries, there are donuts, carrot cake, and croissants, among others. But the best way to do breakfast here is to order the special deal on black coffee and two vegan empanadas, of which there are several flavors to choose from. If something more substantial is in order, the fan-favorite is certainly the rainbow-colored torta milanesa with eggplant cutlets, but there’s also a vegan version of bacon-egg-and-cheese, among other lunch-friendly options.

18. Toad Style

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93 Ralph Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(347) 789-1589
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At Toad Style, every dish is 100 percent vegan, soy-free, palm oil-free, and uses non-GMO ingredients. Standout dishes such as the Sunshine Burger (with cashew-dill cheese, avocado, and a sweet-chili mustard on a pretzel bun) or the California Burrito (made with shredded chipotle jackfruit) have us coming back again and again.

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19. Screamer's Pizza

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685 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 623-6000
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This second location of Screamers — the original opened in Greenpoint in 2016 — serves up the same vegan pizzas but in Crown Heights. Pizzas come whole or by the slice, and special to this location is a Reuben pie, made with seitan in place of corned beef; a chik’n and curly fries pie; and a mac-and-cheese pie. There are also calzones, sandwiches like a “meatball parm,” and garlic knots, and cannolis and zeppole for dessert.

20. Ras Plant Based

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739 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-6220
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Another newcomer, Ras Plant Based has quickly become a favorite amongst Brooklynites looking for a flavor-packed and veggie-loaded experience. Here, platters of injera come to the table, artfully cut with fun squiggly edges. Come here for platters (or sides like 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 featuring vegetables and lentils
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21. Aunts et Uncles

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1407 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11226
(347) 295-0001
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Launched by Flatbush locals, Aunts et Uncles is a hybrid design and clothing shop, as well as vegan cafe. On the food side of things, the menu pays homage to Michael and Nicole Nicholas’ Caribbean heritage. There’s a lobster roll made with hearts of palm, mofongo, sweet potato oatmeal, and their take on a bake and saltfish.

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1. Hangawi

12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
A wooden tray with food
Hangawi’s menu is entirely vegan
Hangawi [Official]

Hangawi has the distinction of being one of the few vegan Korean restaurants in town while also boasting a Michelin Bib Gourmand recommendation. From pumpkin porridge to fermented cabbage, the cooking is inspired by temple cuisine served in a zen-like dining room.

12 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

2. Glur Thai

144 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Plant-based or vegan — no matter what you call the cuisine at Glur, it’s delicious all around. Choose from Thai dishes like som tum yum, tom kha, khao soi, or green curry. This Chelsea establishment is teeming with options for vegans and non-vegans alike. 

144 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

3. Peacefood

41 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

There’s a wide menu of vegan eats at this friendly Union Square-adjacent spot, which has a bakery area for more casual, quick occasions. It also has a nicely appointed dining room serving up sandwiches and bowls. But they have really come to be known for memorable sides like chickpea fries. And — we can’t stress this enough — do not skip the 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

This Washington Square street vendor usually has a long line of eager, hungry patrons. And 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 vegan restaurants in NYC, but one of the best restaurants in the city — meat or no meat on the menu. The team recently announced an expansion to a second location across the street. Daily changing specials means there’s always something new to explore, but we’ll always be loyal to their yuba verde sandwich.

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 Spicy Moon [Official Photo]

Classic Sichuan dishes get a vegan twist at Spicy Moon, a small, cozy space tucked away on the East Village’s buzzing Sixth Street. Options include General Tso’s mushroom and vegetable wontons in chili oil, with bigger plates offering vegetables, tofu, eggplant, or potato in dry pepper, dry pot, and kung pao styles. More recently, the restaurant expanded with a second location in the West Village.

328 E 6th St
New York, NY 10003

7. Xilonen

905 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Carrots sit atop a golden tostada, which sits on a brown square napkin on a white table
Carrot tostada
Ryan Sutton/Eater

From the team behind Oxomoco and Speedy Romeo, this hot new restaurant highlights vegan and vegetarian Mexican offerings. Named after the Aztec Goddess of Young Corn, Xilonen stands out for its causal-yet-elegantly-plated dishes such as the green “chorizo” quesadilla with an eye-catching zigzagging pattern or the nestled-up carrots atop a tostada.

905 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

8. Fat Choy

250 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
A mushroom sloppy joe sits in a brown plastic wrapper above a lunch tray
Mushroom sloppy joe
Louise Palmberg/Eater

This “kind of Chinese” fast casual spot focuses on a variety of small plates. There’s a play on a Sloppy Joe made with a mushroom ragu stuffed inside a sesame roll, as well as salt and pepper cauliflower, and sticky rice dumplings.

250 Broome St
New York, NY 10002

9. Dirt Candy

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

Chef Amanda Cohen has been at the forefront of experimental, playful vegan fine dining here in New York City for well over a decade. She’s been a leader for her creative use of ingredients, but she’s also helped lead conversations about fairer wages for workers. Here, guests can expect whimsy to never come at the cost of flavor.

86 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

10. 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

Amanda Cohen’s foll0w-up to Dirt Candy is her more casual Lekka Burger. Here, veggie patties are made from scratch — an increasingly rare occurrence these days — and come in versions served on Japanese-style milk bread, such as with the Masala Burger or the Peri Peri. Not feeling a burger? The menu also offers salad options like a broccolini Caesar. Leave room to try one of the several vegan milkshakes and soft serve on offer. 

81 Warren St
New York, NY 10007

11. Jajaja Plantas Mexicana

162 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Four plates set against a colorful tiled background Jajaja Plantas Mexicana [Official Photo]

An attractive, light-filled space with prettily plated vegan Mexican fare makes for Downtown New York dining option diners with all types of palettes might enjoy. There are a variety of tacos and bowls to choose from, plus appetizers like empanadas and fish-free ceviche. The light, flavorful approach extends to the cocktails, too, created with an array of fresh juices. 

162 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002

12. The Original Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant 🥬 佛菩提

5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
A bamboo steamer of pink-and-white dumplings.
Vegan dim sum
The Original Buddha Bodai [Official Photo]

Continuing the long history of Chinese mock meats at this Chinatown stalwart, there are dozens of Kosher and vegan dim sum options. 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. Modern Love

317 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

At this East Williamsburg establishment you’ll find sophisticated comfort food that spans the gamut. Oyster mushroom calamari, seitan buffalo wings, veggie brie scramble, and more dishes are available for outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery for now.

317 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. Bunna Cafe

1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Injera with lentil stew Sue Rissberger Photography/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

15. 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 freshly in-house. 

2 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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16. Sol Sips

276 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Founded by Eater Young Gun Francesca Chaney in 2018, Sol Sips is on a mission to make healthy-eating more accessible to everyone, not just a select few. At her Bushwick restaurant, Chaney serves organic, soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options such as crispy oyster mushrooms on chia-seed turmeric biscuits, jerk jackfruit paninis, and stuffed plantains.

276 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

17. 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, in addition to an extensive coffee menu. But it also has a robust food menu, where everything is vegan. For pastries, there are donuts, carrot cake, and croissants, among others. But the best way to do breakfast here is to order the special deal on black coffee and two vegan empanadas, of which there are several flavors to choose from. If something more substantial is in order, the fan-favorite is certainly the rainbow-colored torta milanesa with eggplant cutlets, but there’s also a vegan version of bacon-egg-and-cheese, among other lunch-friendly options.

39 Clifton Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

18. Toad Style

93 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

At Toad Style, every dish is 100 percent vegan, soy-free, palm oil-free, and uses non-GMO ingredients. Standout dishes such as the Sunshine Burger (with cashew-dill cheese, avocado, and a sweet-chili mustard on a pretzel bun) or the California Burrito (made with shredded chipotle jackfruit) have us coming back again and again.

93 Ralph Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221

19. Screamer's Pizza

685 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This second location of Screamers — the original opened in Greenpoint in 2016 — serves up the same vegan pizzas but in Crown Heights. Pizzas come whole or by the slice, and special to this location is a Reuben pie, made with seitan in place of corned beef; a chik’n and curly fries pie; and a mac-and-cheese pie. There are also calzones, sandwiches like a “meatball parm,” and garlic knots, and cannolis and zeppole for dessert.

685 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

20. 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 featuring vegetables and lentils
Ras Plant Based [Official]

Another newcomer, Ras Plant Based has quickly become a favorite amongst Brooklynites looking for a flavor-packed and veggie-loaded experience. Here, platters of injera come to the table, artfully cut with fun squiggly edges. Come here for platters (or sides like veggie sambusas) and stay for the people-watching on bustling Franklin Avenue.

739 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

21. Aunts et Uncles

1407 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226

Launched by Flatbush locals, Aunts et Uncles is a hybrid design and clothing shop, as well as vegan cafe. On the food side of things, the menu pays homage to Michael and Nicole Nicholas’ Caribbean heritage. There’s a lobster roll made with hearts of palm, mofongo, sweet potato oatmeal, and their take on a bake and saltfish.

1407 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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