by Zara Mohammed, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 2nd October, 2019
Here is a round up of some of the best plant-based places for vegans and vegetarians to dine in New York City. Keep reading for a selection of restaurants offering a variety of different dining experiences, from quick grab-a-snack options to gourmet vegan dining.
The Butcher's Daughter is a quirky and rather unlikely named restaurant founded by a lady named Heather Tierney, and is described as a "Vegetable Slaughterhouse". The Butcher's Daughter is also a great juice bar.
The website states; "We treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: We chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices."
Heather began her juicing journey whilst crafting cocktails at Apotheke in Chinatown. The Butcher's Daughter is also known as an avocado toast hotspot. Both the New York City and the Los Angeles branches have an LA feel about them with airy white interiors adorned with lush green plants and avocados galore.
The restaurant is 100% vegetarian, including vegan and gluten free options. They serve all three meals of the day, and a weekend brunch! The menu changes daily too, so you can always rely on being able to try out something new.
The broth is a rich and creamy recipe full of flavour and texture that is unusual to find in a meat free ramen. Shiitake mushrooms and kelp are simmered to extract maximum umami and make the stock.
This stock is then combined with a mixture of roasted sunflower seeds and white miso. Everything is finally pressure cooked, releasing the natural oils and starches from the seeds.
What makes this vegan ramen truly unique is the "egg". The resemblance of a real egg is uncanny, from its appearance to the way the yoke pops, and yet it is totally vegan.
The white of the egg is made from locally made GMO-free soymilk, which is seasoned with salt and pepper and then gelled with agar. Agar is a seaweed extract. The ingenious yoke is made from nutritional yeast, back salt and sodium alginate.
Another innovative recipe is the menu's unique twist on avocado toast. This well-loved option lives on every vegan restaurant's menu in the city, but what makes the recipe at Ramen Hood special is that the "toast" is made with deep fried rice.
If you are looking for a vegan sushi option with a bit of intrigue, head to Beyond Sushi for a healthy vegan clean eating experience.
As a chef driven restaurant you can expect to sample a unique and creative spin on your typical sushi recipes. For example, sundried tomato and braised fennel are just two of the ingredients that you wouldn't normally expect to find in a hand roll.
This is fast casual food with a high-end vibe that never fails to surprise and delight your taste buds. The restaurant is 100% vegan and all recipes avoid using meat and fish alternatives in their ingredients, meaning that you are guaranteed wholesome fresh and natural produce.
Try out the rice paper wraps, dumplings, salads and noodle soups too!
Divya's Kitchen is one of the healthiest restaurants in the city. It offers a holistic Ayurvedic vegetarian cuisine with both vegan and gluten free options on the menu.
For guests looking for a totally immersive holistic experience, you can also take advantage of the yoga studio above the restaurant. Previously the chef Divya Alter offered cooking classes and a meal delivery service. Now the restaurant is at the forefront of innovative plant-based dining in the city.
The staff mills their own flours. They also make their own spice blends, paneer, almond milk, and ghee, so you can be certain that everything is made from natural organic ingredients that bring the recipes to life.
The food is full of flavour and possesses a home-cooked but sumultaneously inventive vibe, bringing the menu up to date by reinventing homely staples like lasagne and risotto.
If you agree with Michelin-starred chef John Fraser and James Truman, the two geniuses behind the menu at Nix, that vegetarian food should feel more like a celebration than a sacrifice, then you will love the inventive ways that these guys prepare their vegetables.
The dishes you can expect to be presented with are seasonal, bursting with flavour, and perfect for sharing.
Don't forget to check out the creative cocktails on the drinks menu too along with housemade sodas and a wine list that is both adventurous yet within budget.
If you're the type of person who insists that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then you will definitely want to check out abcV, a Jean-Georges 100% vegetarian restaurant that specialises in morning meals designed to recharge you after a heavy night out on the town.
This restaurant is so popular that it is incredibly difficult to get a reservation, but well worth the challenge. The presentation of dishes are Instagram-ready, with the bright airy restaurant interior complimenting flower petal adorned plates and bee pollen smoothies.
The chef Chloe Coscarelli is known for winning the TV show Cupcake Wars with her awesome vegan creations.
Chloe has since produced a menu of tasty plant-based recipes for her chain of restaurants By Chloe that has become an affordable option and city go-to for great vegan food.
If you have a notorious sweet tooth and an addiction for recording your food journey to post on Intstagram, don't forget to check out the chocolate chip cookies for afters - they are as big as your head!