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NYC’s Best (and Prettiest) Vegetarian Restaurants

Everyone knows NYC is known for being a food lover’s paradise – but it also happens to be home to some of the best plant-based cuisine in the country. Vegetarians have dozens of restaurant options to choose from if they want a fully vegetarian (or vegan) menu. But we wouldn’t send you to just any restaurant – we’ve rounded up our favorite veggie-friendly spots with gorgeous interior design and ambiance that will make your dining experience even more special. Here’s where to find the most delicious vegetarian restaurants in the city with stunning vibes that will be perfect for your Instagram feed.

1. Ladybird

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Ladybird is a vegan tapas and wine bar located in the East Village, near Tompkins Square Park. Since its opening in 2016, Ladybird has established itself as one of the leading venues in the city’s bar and restaurant scene. The restaurant is known for its keen eye for décor with a stunning pink bar and cozy velvet seats.

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2. Anixi

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Located in Chelsea, Anixi offers both vegan and kosher cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients, sourced locally and from around the world. From their signature falafel to their tantalizing shakshuka, Anixi provides a delightful twist on classic Mediterranean dishes. The elegant yet cozy atmosphere creates the perfect setting for a romantic date night or an intimate dinner with friends and family.

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3. Jajaja Mexicana

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Located on the Lower East Side, Jajaja Mexicana is a vegetarian hotspot that’s so yummy they are several locations around the city. Jajaja pushes the boundaries of traditional Mexican cuisine by replacing meat with creative substitutes, like jackfruit and hearts of palm, without compromising on flavor.

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4. The Butcher’s Daughter West Village

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The Butchers Daughter is a vegetarian paradise, nestled in the West Village, that serves up fresh and flavorful plant-based cuisine. Known for its cold-pressed juices and smoothie bowls, the restaurant’s menu also features an array of vegetarian and vegan options – including avocado toast and and acai bowls. But it’s not just the food that sets this spot apart – the restaurant’s airy and rustic interior, complete with potted plants and whitewashed brick walls, create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

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5. Aunts et Uncles

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Aunts et Uncles is a plant-based restaurant, café, bar, and concept shoppe located in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The restaurant combines beautiful design, nutritious plant-based food, elevated home goods, clothing, and a passionate and supportive customer base. The entirely vegetarian-friendly menu emphasizes a focus on prioritizing taste, nutrition, and ecological impact.

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6. Public Records

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Public Records is multi-purpose space located in Gowanus Brooklyn. It offers an impressive array of features, including a live room called The Sound Room, a bar and restaurant, a café, a record shop, and an outdoor garden. The restaurant is committed to sustainability and veganism, as well as its dedication to showcasing diverse artistic practices. The space has the feelings of a converted warehouse with huge ceilings and a big overarching skylight.

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7. Seeds & Weeds

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Seeds & Weeds is a restaurant located in the New Tin Building downtown. The restaurant features a sleek and modern aesthetic, with an emphasis on clean lines and an industrial-chic vibe. The restaurant uses natural materials such as wood and stone to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The oversized windows provide plenty of natural light, giving the space a bright and airy feel. The menu showcases healthy vegetarian options that are as innovative as they are delicious.

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8. Eleven Madison Park

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Eleven Madison Park is a renowned and opulent fine-dining restaurant located in the Flatiron District. The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars, as well as a four-star review from The New York Times. Known for its exceptional contemporary American cuisine, Eleven Madison Park offers a seasonal tasting menu that showcases the best of local and sustainable ingredients. The dining experience at the restaurant is characterized by its elegant and refined atmosphere plus meticulously crafted dishes that are as beautiful to look at as they are to taste.

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9. Planta Queen

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Planta Queen restaurant in NoMad offers innovative plant-based cuisine. Led by renowned chef David Lee, Planta Queen serves up a vegan pan-Asian menu that is both craveable and inventive. From sushi rolls to wok-fried noodles, the dishes at Planta Queen are a celebration of the power of plants to create flavorful, satisfying meals. Planta Queen also offers sustainably-crafted cocktails that are as delicious as they are eco-friendly. The space is beautifully-designed with a tropical feel and high-energy atmosphere.

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10. The Butcher’s Daughter Nolita

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The Butcher’s Daughter is a popular vegetarian café and juice bar in Nolita. The restaurant focuses on plant-based dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The menu features a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, including avocado toast, grain bowls, and cold-pressed juices. The interior of the café is bright, airy, and little bit rustic, with large windows that let in plenty of natural light.

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11. Hartbreakers

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Hartbreakers is a colorful restaurant located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Specializing in an array of vegan sandwiches, plates, and salads – everything from their sauces to breads is plant-based. From the same team behind Champs Diner, Hartbreakers is the perfect place to get your vegan fix while indulging in hearty and indulgent fare. You can order at the counter and take a seat in the small, brightly colored dining room or take your meal to-go and enjoy it at home.

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12. Avant Garden

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Avant Garden is vegan restaurant located near Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Owned by Ravi DeRossi, a well-known cocktail expert and longtime vegan, the restaurant serves up vegan cuisine that doesn’t rely on imitative meat or dairy products. Instead, Avant Garden focuses on crafting dishes that are not only vegan but also highly creative and satisfying in their own right.

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13. Cadence

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Cadence is a vegan Southern and soul food restaurant located in the East Village. The restaurant’s Executive Chef, Shenarri Freeman, has created a dining experience that showcases the flavors and foodways of Southern cuisine, while also prioritizing health and sustainability. Her innovative plant-based dishes, such as smoked grits and gumbo, are a testament to her passion for vegan cooking and her commitment to using high-quality ingredients.

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14. Délice & Sarrasin

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Delice & Sarrasin is a charming vegan French restaurant located in the West Village. The restaurant offers a range of delicious vegan dishes, including savory galettes and sweet crepes made with buckwheat flour. The owner, Yvette, is passionate about bringing the authentic flavors of French cuisine to a vegan audience, and she achieves this through her homemade cooking techniques and high-quality ingredients.

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15. The Butcher’s Daughter Williamsburg

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The Butcher’s Daughter has multiple stunning locations, and their Williamsburg restaurant is no exception. As its name suggests, the restaurant is known for its meatless dishes that are made with locally sourced, plant-based ingredients. The menu includes a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options, including avocado toast, grain bowls, and freshly pressed juices. The interior is bright and light, projecting warm colors of yellows, whites, and pinks.

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16. Little Choc Apothecary

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Little Choc Apothecary is the first fully vegan and gluten-free crêperie in the city. Their menu offers a diverse range of sweet and savory crêpes, as well as homemade baked goods, all made from scratch with plant-based ingredients. The restaurant also features a liquid menu that includes natural and biodynamic wines, herbal elixirs, and freshly pressed juices. Little Choc Apothecary was even voted one of the most romantic restaurants in America by TimeOut.

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