Going Green: Your Guide to Eating Vegan in NYC

Going Green: Your Guide to Eating Vegan in NYC

With an increased emphasis on eating healthy and organic, going vegan in the city that never sleeps has never been easier

With an increased emphasis on eating healthy and organic, going vegan in the city that never sleeps has never been easier

Text: William Defebaugh

Text: Adair Smith

By Chloe (240 Lafayette Street, 185 Bleecker Street, 60 West 22nd Street)

Founded by Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser, there's a reason this 100% vegan fast food stop has become a bicoastal sensation. It's quick, affordable, and unique in its creations, with kale ice cream, air baked fries, meatless meatballs, and beet ketchup. The best item on the menu, though, is the guacamole burger, comprised of a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, corn salsa, guacamole, topped off with chipotle aioli. According to its mission statement, By Chloe "aims to share delicious, wholesome, plant-based food that fuels and energizes without compromising flavor, taste or satisfaction. Our chef-driven vegan menu features locally-sourced ingredients in their most natural form to create inspired dishes, made 100% by us daily."

Little Choc Apothecary (141 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn)

Tucked away in the heart of Williamsburg is Little Choc Apothecary, a two story cafe that offers a wide selection of teas, smoothies, and vegan crepe confections that will make even the most passionate of meat lovers' mouths water. The best item from the menu? The pizza crepe. If you have a chance and feel like spending an afternoon in Brooklyn, corner off a table upstairs and enjoy table service as you watch the hipsters pass by on the streets below.

Angelica Kitchen (300 East 12th Street)

Located in the heart of the East Village, Angelica Kitchen has been serving organic, plant-based food since 1976—an early adapter of the vegan and sustainable food movement. According to the restaurant's website, "Ingredients used to prepare our menu are grown ecologically and fairly traded; we use renewable sources of energy and a high quality backwash carbon system to filter our water; our active composting assures as little waste as possible." Equally as enticing as the menu—if you go, try the chile or the olé seitan—is the restaurant's cozy atmosphere, which feels as local as the ingredients.

Juice Press (Click here for locations)

It's hard to believe that Marcus Antebi only founded Juice Press in 2010. The on-the-go raw juice joint has became a mainstay for New Yorkers on healthy and/or vegan diets that don't compromise on taste (some of the heftier concoctions could easily substitute for a meal, or dessert). For those models and editors looking to get fit for fashion week, Juice Press's signature cleanse is the perfect way to get in shape. And for those who are interested in more than juice, try the chia pudding or the marinated kale salad—you won't regret it!

Siggy's Good Food (292 Elizabeth Street)

At Siggy's "Aliens Eat For Free"—no wonder there is also a line of ETs outside. Not really, but regardless you will wish you were one for how often you're going to be going. The black bean burger wrap, live earth salad and plethera of sauteed veggies are our must-haves. Oh, and don't forget the brownie (make sure to ask for it warmed up). Although it's not completely vegan, but its a step in the right direction and there is plenty for you veg heads to pick from.

Peacefood Cafe (41 E 11th Street/ 460 Amsterdam Avenue)

Founded on the idea that peace begins on your plate by an interior designer and antiques dealer, this plant-based restaurant has everything from coffee and raw desserts to pizza and lasagna. Only open for four years before expanding with their second location downtown, Peacefood is the place for comfort food galore. The raw lasagne and the raw cheesecake are the way to go at this must-stop vegan eatery.

Beyond Sushi (62 W 56th Street / 229E 14th Street / 75 9th Avenue)

Say goodbye to avocado and cucumber roles and get ready to have a whole new experience with the everyone and their mother's favorite food. Beyond Sushi puts a modern take on the classic dishes, offering a variety of sushi, noodle soups and dumplings created from different fruits, veggies and grains. Their take on the classic sushi role goes beyond anything you've likely ever had. We suggest the Sweet Tree and Spicy Mang. We know, sweet potato sushi sounds weird, but trust us, you will never pick up a cucumber roll again.

Juice Generation (Click here for locations)

Good for the perfect post-workout snack and the cure to your cold, you can find your favorite smoothie or juice at their many locations. As brutal as it may be, their wellness shots are full of ginger and cayenne will clear up your sinuses in a heartbeat. If you want something a little more substantial, try their PB Acai Bowl or throw it back to your childhood with an Acai Poptart. Either way, its a quick stop for something healthy and fast you can eat on the go. 

Credits: Cover photo courtesy By Chloe

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