I always loved to eat fruits and vegetables. I always loved vegan food. These are my favorite 10 vegan friendly NYC restaurants, which offer a nice selection of vegan food. Keeping a restaurant or take-out place open in New York City is very difficult, especially if it is a speciality restaurant like vegan friendly NYC restaurants. Another reason to support local restaurants so they have more chance of staying open for you and other vegan friendly people!


1. Candle Cafe

. Together with the sister restaurants Candle Cafe West and Candle 79, I am always amazed by the warm filling nurturing delicious dishes they come up with. Full of many veggies, they are a treat and I keep coming back. The restaurants are completely vegan restaurants and located uptown in the Upper East and Upper West side.  Favorites: anything really. I am drooling just thinking about it. And especially the dishes with seitan. www.Candlecafe.com

2. Juice Press

Juice Press has juices, salads and other vegan rawfood dishes and soups. They have many different locations throughout New York City. A lot of people like their foods to do a detox. www.juicepress.com

3. Dr. Smood

Has many vegan options for juices, salads and sandwiches for lunch or to take out for dinner. I like their pastries for dessert as they are chocolate based! They call themselves “probably the Healthiest Cafe in the City”, and there are many locations in NYC. www.drsmood.com

4. Quartino

This cute & romantic Italian restaurant serves delicate homemade healthy pasta and offers many vegan and even gluten free dishes. They also serve a fish of the day. They have a delicious selection of wine, and their extra virgin olive oil is lovely. Located on Bleecker street in NOHO. Favorites: shaved artichoke salad, fresh-made gnocchi and spelt dishes.  www.quartino.com

5. Caravan of Dreams.

A hole in the wall, this eclectic restaurant is dark and cosy, and a perfect place to take your friends for a vegan meal. Everything is vegan, organic and even kosher. They also serve a lot of raw food dishes. They have live music almost every night of the week. Favorites: all salads are amazing! I like the house salad dressing a lot, and the mediterranean salad. Also the smoothies are great, and i like the ravioli of the day with sautéed greens, garlic tomato sauce and avocado. The raw brownie for desert is delicious. www.CaravanofDreams.net

6. Peace food Cafe

the menu needs a bit of help navigating, but this mostly raw and vegan cafe has delicious meals. I like to take the plate with 3 kinds of sautéed vegetables of your choice. Also delicious are the desserts. www.peacefoodcafe.com

Peacefood Cafe 2

7. Mamoun’s Falafel

Falafel is made of chickpeas, so it is a good vegan choice. This place is known for great take-out falafel salads and wraps. Not expensive, which is great too! Also many locations in NYC, I like the one on St. Marks Place. www.Mamouns.com

8.Bare Burger NYC

This restaurant has made 50% of their menu vegan! That means there are so many options for burgers, sandwiches and salads for you to choose from! www.BareBurger.com

Bare Burger dinner
turkey burger with gluten free bun and sweet potato fries at Bare Burger

9. Spring Natural

They have daily changing menus, with a lot of vegan and vegetarian options. On top of that they try to get organic and local ingredients where they can. Think of this place as an American healthy diner. The salads are huge and their stir fry with veggies and rice can never go wrong. Located at the corner of Lafayette and Spring street. www.SpringStreetNatural.com

10. Chipotle

The restaurants of Chipotle are literally all over the city. It is cheap and delicious and!  Even though they don’t advertise it, their motto is to have everything organic, and you can taste it. They have the best guacamole. I order a simple bowl with different beans, rice, vegetables, lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole and you have delicious vegan meal on the go! www.chipotle.com


Love, Lonneke

First published in 2014, updated in 2019