You quick guide to eating plant-based in the Big Apple

In true Brit style, I’m going to start this with a complaint about the weather. When I flew over to New York in June, it was already absolutely unbearably hot. The streets were sweltering and the air was thick. I would often seek refuge in freezing cafes, overcompensating with their icy air-con, and recuperate in the shade of the many wonderful urban parks, munching on fresh fruit, overlooked by skyscrapers. In all honesty, spending the majority of my time in cafes wasn’t an issue.

I travel for food, and this trip was of course no exception. New York has some incredible eats, and the vegan scene is simply booming:


A proper Mexican joint, serving up insanely flavoursome and plant-based tacos, quesadilla’s and overflowing piles of nachos. The food is fresh and true to traditional Mexican spices and textures. A must visit.

The Butcher’s Daughter

One of the more fashionable foodie spots in the city, full to the brim of hungry diners snapping their waffles every which way. The food is a little on the pricier side, but definitely worth stopping by.

Pressed Juicery

Silky smooth cold pressed juice, readily available across multiple locations. I became a little obsessed with Pressed Juicery’s Freezes, a refined sugar-free nut-based soft serve with your choice of toppings. Delicious.


Tucked away in the West Village, I feel in love with Wild’s laid-back atmosphere and quality Italian food. It’s completely gluten-free, from the pizza to the pasta, and the vegan options are great.

Beyond Sushi

Ridiculously good vegan sushi, Beyond Sushi’s made to order hand rolls are fresh and tasty, the perfect light lunch after several days of indulging. The mushroom dumplings smothered in hot sauce were my favourite.

Van Leeuwen

Undoubtedly one of the most famous ice cream spots in the entire city, and for good reason. Van Leeuwen’s dairy-free options are what dreams are made of, and offer an inventive and slightly bazaar special flavour each day. I grabbed a scoop of the peanut butter chocolate chip, which was cashew based I believe.

Taim Falafel

The fluffiest falafel you will ever tastes, sandwiched inside a gloriously fresh, warm pitta, then smothered in creamy tahini dressing. I highly recommend giving Taim a visit for a quick and easy luncheon, you will not be disappointed.

ChaCha Matcha

ChaCha Matcha is one of those places that you just know has been designed for the insta-savvy millennial girl, with its pink walls and photogenic matcha lattes. From chai spiced coconut milk matcha, to your classic milky iced options, lots to choice from for an on the go pick me up.

Where else? A list other of places you simply must visit:

Mike and Dave’s, Champs Diner, Modern Love, Broken Coconut, Bar Verde, The Cinnamon Snail (food truck), Sweet Green, Juice Press and Hu.