Vegans DINE Out!
“Hey Girl! So as a vegan do you just eat fruits and berries?” My friends making jokes about what I eat. If you only knew…
Being Vegan is a blessing to my body but the dining out struggles are real. For NYC Vegans, it does get a little annoying because most spots close early so plan your meals ahead if you are out and about. If you are a newly vegan, welcome. I would like to offer some insight on a some eating out options in the big apple.
Here are a few spots I love going to that serve AMAZING plant based foods and are affordable.
First let’s start with Seasoned Vegan. Seasoned Vegan is in the heart of Harlem on 113th and St. Nicholas avenue. This place is the soul of all soul foods. Normally, when I come here I have all 3 courses, appetizer, main course and dessert. For appetizer, I always get the stuffed avocado. Main course, the “craw fish” (actual soy protein) platter with rice and capers, broccoli, and of course can’t forget the mac & cheese. YES guys, VEGAN mac & cheese (the gods have answered our prayers), paired with a glass of sangria. This sangria has been the best sangria I’ve had thus far. It’s semi sweet with a hint of cinnamon flavor that is to die for. For dessert, I always ask for the cookie sandwich. DELICIOUSNESS! You will come out of here on a food coma/high.
Second spot I recommend plays to the heart string of my true New Yorker soul. Even as a Vegan, we need PIZZA! I love Double Zero, a winery/pizza spot on 2nd street and 2nd Ave. This is a fancier place so totally cute for a date night spot. Their brick oven handmade pies are so BOMB. The last time I came here I had the white pizza and to drink I had Wolffer cider. This cider, I don’t know if my alcohol tolerance went down, but it had me feeling bubbly inside. As for their pizza, they do have gluten free options, and all ingredients are organically grown. Trust me when I tell you, Vegan or not, it is a must try.
As for vegan fast food you would think there aren’t any options but thankfully we got a few. One of my go to places is Blossom Du Jour. They have four locations across Manhattan. (http://blossomdujour.com/contact.html) Here you can get amazing burgers and wraps. My other go to spot is ByChloe which is my #1 option most days. With much more locations including Brooklyn ByChloe is at the top of my list due to their menu options. I think I’ve had everything on their menu from their kale Caesar to Guac Burger. Also, a great breakfast spot as they have fulfilling morning oats, just make sure to add “the works” to it, and thank me later. The works includes raw almond butter, banana, pure maple and raw cacao nibs. Their kombucha is also a must have as it is so delicious. I usually get the power green one. Both Blossom DuJour, and ByChloe are inexpensive, have great options for on the go, and a great choice for a healthy meal whether you are a vegan or not.
And while “the others” have Insomnia Cookie for their sweet tooth craving don’t think we Vegans are left in the dark. Let me tell you about this incredible doughnut shop that will make you leave walking out with a lifetime supply of donuts. I am a very big fan of doughnuts, so when I stumbled upon this place just imagine the excitement in my eyes, like a kid walking into a candy shop. Made fresh daily, Dun-Well Doughnuts in St. Marks Place has changed the meaning of coffee and donuts in the morning. Their dark roast coffee is so rich and tasty paired with one of their donuts. GREATNESS in the mornings. I don’t have one specific donuts I love because they are all amazing. I salute these guys for reinventing morning coffee and donuts for us Vegans.
I hope you guys find this helpful and even if you aren’t a vegan in NY, you should totally still go check these spots out. From one happy vegan to the next. Happy eats.