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The Top 20 Sustainable Vegan Restaurants in Manhattan in 2022

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One of the world's food capitals, NYC has a wide variety of vegan eateries for whatever you are craving. Check out these vegan restaurants in Manhattan.

1. Beyond Sushi

Beyond Sushi is a vegan and kosher restaurant serving cocktails, sushi rolls, dumplings, soups, salads and desserts. Using a variety of flavors inspired by Chef Guy Vaknin’s Israeli upbringing and his Moroccan grandmother, Beyond Sushi provides healthy, plant-based food aiming to have a positive impact on the planet.

Beyond Sushi has multiple locations across Manhattan, including 134 W 37th, 62 W 56th, 215 Mulberry Street, and 1429 3rd Ave.

2. Erin McKenna's Bakery

The two rules at Erin McKenna’s Bakery are to create baked goods and wear cute uniforms. The cozy little bakery is bursting with shades of pink and offers a range of desserts from donuts to cookies, cupcakes and more. All baked goods are vegan, free from wheat, gluten, dairy, egg and soy, and they have kosher options. Erin McKenna’s is located at 248 Broome Street on the Lower East Side.

3. Uptown Veg and Juice Bar

Uptown Veg is a Caribbean-inspired restaurant on 52 E 125th Street. It’s actually also a Black-owned business in NYC. This casual buffet-style restaurant offers fresh juices and salads, wraps, stir-fries, rice dishes and sides like collard greens and curry potatoes, all at an affordable price.

They even have delicious puddings and pastries for dessert. Uptown Veg is 100 percent vegetarian, uses many organic ingredients and has raw food and gluten-free options.

4. Orchard Grocer

Located on the Lower East Side at 78 Orchard Street, Orchard Grocer is an affordable vegan deli and food market. Orchard Grocer offers hearty sandwiches, soft-serve ice cream and modern vegan pantry items. They are palm oil-free and their kitchen practices are safe for people who go gluten-free. 

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5. Tamam

Tamam is an Israeli Mediterranean vegan restaurant offering homemade falafel, shawarma and sabich in your choice of a pita sandwich, platter or salad bowl. Tamam uses organic and fair-trade ingredients and avoids waste by cooking their food made-to-order. They’re located at 1108 Lexington Ave.

6. Marty's V Burger

Marty’s V Burger offers a range of hard-to-find vegan foods. Their menu includes a range of cruelty-free fast food like mac and cheese, wings, drumsticks and crabby patties. Beloved by vegans and carnivores alike, Marty’s provides yummy comfort foods for the whole community. Find them at 134 E 27th Street.

7. P.S. Kitchen

P.S. Kitchen offers French-American fine dining in the heart of Manhattan at 246 W 48th Street. You can feel good about yourself while dining here; not only is the food cruelty-free, healthy and delicious, but P.S. Kitchen creates jobs for marginalized people and donates 100 percent of its profits to charity. 

8. Bar Verde

A Mexican restaurant on 65 2nd Avenue, Bar Verde is completely vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. Their menu includes burritos, quesadillas, tacos, empanadas and much more. They also offer desserts and fun drinks made from sustainable liquor and agave as a natural sweetener.

9. Cadence

Find amazing southern soul food cooking at Cadence, a Black-owned restaurant led by award-winning chef Shenarri Freeman. Cadence is a venue of the Overthrow Hospitality Group and serves up vegan, all-organic and soy-free foods that are as heartwarming as they are yummy. Some of our favorites include their fried lasagna, maple buttermilk cornbread, grilled corn, smoked grits and cobbler. Head to Cadence at 111 E 7th Street. 

10. Le Botaniste

Le Botaniste offers completely vegan and organic foods at several Manhattan locations. Their menu includes foods from several cultures, offering sushi, chili, pasta, soups and bowls.

They have shown their commitment to sustainability by going carbon-neutral, working to fight deforestation and partnering with local restaurants to become more environmentally friendly.

11. The Organic Grill

The Organic Grill is a health-food café serving brunch, lunch and dinner. Their menu hasn’t always been all vegan, but is is now! Their menu includes pancakes, ‘chicken’ tenders and waffles, burgers, tofu omelets, quesadillas, burritos and more. The Organic Grill uses only organic ingredients and seasonal produce. Head to 133 W 3rd Street to check them out.

12. NuLeaf

NuLeaf is a sustainability-minded vegan restaurant serving healthy foods like bowls, salads, wraps, smoothies and shakes. They use a range of organic and locally sourced ingredients, offer many gluten-free options and prioritize the planet by using corn-based utensils. They’re located at 23 W 23rd Street.

13. Blossom

With two locations in Manhattan, Blossom serves up vegan dishes made using fresh, organic ingredients sourced from local farms and small distribution companies. Check out either of their locations at 507 Columbus Avenue or 72 University Place for a yummy salad, pizza or sandwich. They also have a wide range of wine, beer and cocktails. 

14. Vegan on the Fly

Vegan on the Fly specializes in the kind of delicious street food typically hard to find veganized. Their menu makes vegan food more accessible and affordable for people who love fast-food items like loaded fries, burgers, empanadas, mac and cheese, ‘gyros’, cookie creme pies and cake. Head to Vegan on the Fly at 24 W 45th Street. 

15. Black Rican Vegan Pop-Up

Black Rican Vegan Pop-Up is a Black-owned vegan restaurant serving delicious soul food and Puerto Rican dishes, including items like mac and cheese, vegan biscuits and gravy, borri platters and potato salad. Located at 2191 3rd Avenue, Black Rican Vegan Pop-Up is extremely popular. You might need to wait in line, but the food is well worth it.

16. Peacefood

Peacefood has two locations in Manhattan, located at 41 E 11th Street and 460 Amsterdam Avenue. They make vegan sandwiches, Chinese dumplings, soups, salads, juices, teas and desserts. They have a range of raw and gluten-free options as well. Their delicious pastries and desserts are created in-house. 

17. Kraves Vegan Foods

Kraves Vegan Foods is a casual vegan fast-food eatery you can find at 100 Freedom Place South. Their menu consists of cuisines from several countries and includes tasty stir-fries, crispy ‘chicken’ sandwiches, mac and cheese, fried cauliflower, sweet and sour cauliflower, nachos and more. 

18. Jajaja Mexicana

With locations peppered across NYC, Jajaja Mexicana’s all-vegan menu offers traditional Mexican dishes for both comfort and health. Their extensive drink menu includes tequila and mezcal cocktails and Mexican beers on tap from local microbreweries.

19. Avant Garden

Avant Garden is an upscale eatery found at 130 E 7th Street, and another venue of Overthrow Hospitality. Their range of vegan appetizers and dishes like paella, hen of the woods and cremini mushrooms are as delicious as they are ethical. Make sure to enjoy their selection of all-natural wines. 

20. Ladybird

Ladybird is a unique vegan tapas restaurant in the East Village at 111 E 7th Street. They have an extensive wine and cocktail selection and some delicious, healthful natural juices. They offer upscale dining in a beautiful setting. 

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