Where to Eat in New York: Part 1

New York is like food heaven – for vegetarians, and vegans, too – there are tons of options and they’re all easy to get to. It’s summertime in Mumbai and I’m sure much of the city is out of town, holidaying – if you’re one of those lucky ones wondering where to go in New York, I’ve rounded up a list of a few of my favorite restaurants that offer super vegetarian and vegan food. These are some of my all-time favorites in every category.

Breakfast

Lafayette

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The best croissant in New York.

Located in the lovely, quaint neighbourhood NoHo, this is the perfect first-stop-of-the-day if you’ll be shopping and exploring in SoHo. The almond croissant paired with a cappuccino is a must. Another one of my favorites is the egg white frittata with mushrooms. http://www.lafayetteny.com


Lunch

Ngam

Located just off Union Square, this restaurant is one of the best Thai restaurants with healthy options. It is also my inspiration for the zucchini pad thai noodles recipe I posted a few weeks ago. Its central location, large portions and menu with various options for vegan, vegetarian and meat-eaters made it a great place to meet friends. My picks on the menu are the red curry with steamed tofu and brown rice and of course, the zucchini pad thai noodles. www.ngamnyc.com

Terra Wine Bar

If you find yourself in TriBeCa, this is a great option for lunch, drinks or dinner – a wine bar with a warm ambience, wide selection of wines and reasonably priced, fresh Italian food. This was one of my go-to’s for meals and drinks with friends. My favorites on the menu are the goat cheese appetizer and the pasta with mushroom and truffle, and pretty much any of the red wines. My parents also quoted, “the best tiramisu in New York”. http://terrawinebar.com


Dinner

ABC Kitchen

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One of the best desserts I have ever eaten.

If you manage to grab a reservation at this restaurant on Open Table at a reasonable mealtime, one might say you have super powers. ABC Kitchen is an all-time favorite for New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike. If you can’t get a reservation, do it my way and go at an odd time, either an early or late lunch or dinner, and grab a seat at the bar in front or at the back. You must try the house made ricotta, kale salad, peanut butter dessert, and whatever veggie specials they have – some of my favorites were the mushrooms and the sunchokes. A fair amount of the menu changes seasonally since it is famed for its farm-to-table and organic approach but you can’t go wrong. http://www.abchome.com/eat/abc-kitchen/

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ABC Kitchen serves a pretty good cava, too.

Quartino

I discovered this small restaurant in my vegan phase; a friend and I would stop by often for a healthy post-yoga dinner and glass of wine. It has a vast menu for vegans with salads, farro-based risottos and whole-wheat pastas in addition to organic wine options. Located on Bleecker street in NoHo, this restaurant too is well-located for shoppers and explorers! Because the restaurant itself is fairly small, I would recommend it for smaller groups of 2-4 people. http://www.quartino.com/

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