1 Day New York Vegan Guide (Manhattan)
Welcome to New York (yes, I’m singing the Taylor Swift song in my head). You have 24 hours to eat in Manhattan, which is not enough time at all, but I’m going to help you make the most of it!
Breakfast: Bodhi Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant
If you’ve never had dim sum, you’ve been missing out. Dim Sum is what I consider Chinese brunch in a tapas style where everything is meant to be shared. Housed in New York’s Chinatown is Bodhi, a dim sum restaurant that specializes in all the classic Chinese plates. Some dishes to try: shumai (type of dumpling), rice roll with veg shrimp, vegan ribs, bbq pork buns, soup dumplings, turnip cake (savory), and fried taro dumplings. Those are some of my favorite but take some friends and try a bunch of different things for a real tasty experience!
77 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Snack Stop 1: Orchard Grocer + Moo Shoes
Orchard Grocer is an all vegan deli that serves up all the speciality snacks, cheeses, meats, and candy that you could ever want as a vegan. I hope you have room in your suitcase because you’ll want to buy all the snacks. If you’re not too full from breakfast, I recommend their vegan soft serve or sandwiches. They have a special sandwich everyday, but I love the Bowery (breakfast sandwich) and Eidth (bagel with carrot lox and cashew cream cheese).
Attached to the store is Mooshoes, an all vegan shoe store. Enjoy the cruelty-free fashion, and say hi to the store cats!
78 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Snack Stop 2: Rawsome Treats
A few blocks down from Orchard Grocer is Rawsome Treats, a raw pie dessert shop. Everything here is vegan, gluten-free, and raw (not cooked). Quality and flavor is emphasized in their treats thanks to their amazing owner! You can get a flight (three slices), and I highly suggest their matcha pie and the trisome.
158 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Lunch: Beyond Sushi
Shark Tank funded sushi chain proves that fish is not needed for sushi to be delicious. Beyond Sushi really plays with the beauty and complex flavors of vegetables in all their rolls. I love the Spicy Mang and Mighty Mushroom rolls, but all their dishes are Asian influenced, so you can’t go wrong with the dumplings or noodles either!
Dinner: Ladybird or Avant Garden
My suggestion for dinner is a little fancier (and romantic), but the food and ambiance make a true New York City experience. Ladybird and Avant Garden are owned by the same person, and the flavors of vegetables are really emphasized in their dishes. These restaurants are on the same block, so if one is too full, check out the other location! From Ladybird, I suggest the Buffalo Maitake Buns and Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Fondue. From Avant Garden, you can’t go wrong with any of their toasts.
Ladybird: 111 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Avant Garden: 130 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Dessert: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
This artisan ice cream shop has multiple locations, but the flagship location is in the East Village (a few blocks down from Ladybird and Avant Garden). Half their ice cream menu is vegan, made with cashew and coconut, and they always have special flavors (like the Concord grape featured above). I love their vegan sundaes (made with coconut whip!) and their planet earth (spirulina + matcha cakea) and peanut butter chocolate chip flavors.
48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 (+ multiple locations)