Vegan in NYC: My Three Favorite Restaurants in the Big Apple

Zach, my mom, and I just got back from a five-day trip to New York City and I am both exhausted and buzzing with energy!  NYC is my absolute favorite place to visit– the energy, the people, the subway!  Oh man, I just love every second of it.

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Lemon- and maple-glazed doughnuts from Dun-Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn. 

Well, okay, I don’t love hearing people shout all night directly outside my window, but hey, you have to take the good with the bad.  I would still deal with the shouting any day if it meant that I could spend more time in the most amazing place in the world.

While visiting New York, one of my favorite things to do is eat out!  College Station does not have a wide-variety of vegan-friendly foods besides tacos and burritos, so I was extremely excited to finally be able to get something to eat pretty much anywhere I stopped.  But, this post with focus specifically on my favorite vegan restaurants, not just vegan-friendly restaurants.  Yes, because I will always choose to support vegan-only restaurants over vegan-friendly restaurants.  So, let’s dive right in:

Champ’s Diner – 197 Meserole St., Brooklyn

First off, let me start by saying this: chik’n and waffles.  Yes, you read that right, chik’n and waffles.  Being from the south, this is a pretty common dish to see on menu’s in diners.  Being vegan, not so much.  Except when you go to Champ’s that is.  This was what my mom ordered on our most recent trip to Champ’s & she loved it!  I went with the french toast & a side of tofu scramble.  Zach decided to steer clear of the breakfast menu & went for the chik’n Parmesan.  We all loved our meals!

In addition, the environment is great (and the coffee, too)!  Just be prepared to wait about 20 to 30 minutes if you go during a prime time.  But trust me, it’s worth it!

Beyond Sushi – Multiple Locations

Sushi is something I don’t get to enjoy very often, but in NYC, that’s different.  I love Beyond Sushi for their delicious & refreshing vegan sushi options.  My go-to is the ‘sweet tree’: avocado, sweet potato, & alfalfa sprouts combine to deliver a delicious & nutritious flavor.  Make sure you pick up a strawberry kiwi yuzu juice, too; it’ll knock your socks off!  Keep in mind that space is a rare thing in NYC, so be prepared to eat with a small amount of table room.  However, once you go to chow-town you won’t notice how squished you are.

Dun-well Doughnuts – 222 Montrose Ave., Brooklyn

Sugar, sugar, sugar!  What more could a person want, right?  Dun-well does doughnuts “so-well.”  They always have a variety of flavors available & no matter what you pick, you’ll never be wrong!  Everything here is absolutely delicious.  They have specialty coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company, doughnuts (of course!), hell, they even have doughnut sundaes!  While it was 20 degrees while we were visiting, I didn’t get a doughnut sundae but one day I will!  In the meantime, go there, have a doughnut sundae, tell me about how great it was, and make me jealous!

After listing my top 3 spots to grab a bite in NYC, I have realized one thing — I love breakfast food.  While Beyond Sushi is not a breakfast place, 2 out of 3 are places that serve breakfast food & that’s exactly what I got!  So, I guess the real moral of this post is if you want to make me a happy camper, take me to an all-vegan breakfast place & you’ll win my heart.

If you are planning a trip to New York City any time soon, stop by one of the lovely food joints & let me know what you think!  Do you have any other vegan-only restaurants you’d like to recommend?  By all means, leave them in the comments below.  I always love discovering new vegan restaurants, no matter the location!  Thanks for reading!

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