Best Vegetarian Restaurants In New York

Posted on May 13 2014 - 10:22am by Amy Labbadia

New York

If you’re a non-meat eater, it can sometimes be challenging finding suitable places to eat when you’re abroad. You don’t want to be living off of lettuce leaves throughout the duration of your holiday after all; you want something hearty and unforgettable. Luckily our list of the best vegetarian restaurants in New York will ensure you’re never lacking for delicious things to eat in the Big Apple.


Founded by husband and wife duoEinatAdmony and Stefan Nafziger, Taim is a restaurant serving fresh falafel and other delectable eastern delights. The combination of fresh ingredients and innovative flavours create a vegetarian culinary experience like none other. There are three falafel flavours to choose from, depending on your palate: Green (parsley, cilantro and mint), Harissa (Tunisian spices) and Red (roasted red peppers). Combine this with hummus and Israeli tabouli saladand you’ve got a classically delicious meal at Taim. 

Dirt Candy

Celebrating vegetables in all their organic forms, Dirt Candy serves a menu of delicious vegetarian dishes. Dirt Candy is headed by Chef Amanda Cohen, who has worked in some of New York’s best vegetarian restaurants during her career. She is now at the helm, captaining her own restaurant which has swiftly becoming one of New York’s most popular vegetarian restaurants. From warm potato salad with crispy Japanese yams to rosemary cotton candy, diners can expect an utterly unique and delicious dining experience at Dirt Candy. 


This unique Japanese restaurant specialises in Shojin cuisine, a type of vegetarian cooking that finds its roots in Zen Buddhism. Using only the freshest seasonal vegetables, each dish at Kajitsu is emboldened with unique and delicious flavours. From platters of sushi to ramen noodles, diners can feast upon some of the finest Japanese cuisine at Kajitsu. The restaurant also serves a selection of high quality sakes, as well as Japanese green tea from Ippodo, a 300-year-old tea maker in Kyoto. 

Blue Hill

Having opened in 2000, Blue Hill has swiftly gained a reputation as being one of New York’s finest restaurants. Serving only local food, each dish at the restaurant is uncompromisingly fresh and delicious, and is served with an artistic flair. Situated belowground in a ‘speakeasy’ setting, diners can tuck into dishes of blood sausage with emmer wheat, followed by salted caramel bread pudding, or opt for the popular “Farmer’s Feast”, a five course tasting menu inspired by the week’s harvest.

Babycakes NYC

If you are the sort of person who has an irresistible sweet tooth then look no further than Babycakes NYC. Babycakes serves natural baked goods, which are devoid of refined sugar and any other nastiness, making them the perfect choice for vegetarians and vegans. From carrot cupcakes to pumpkin muffins – not forgetting their melt-in-the-mouth chocolate brownies – Babycakes is simply overflowing with delectable treats. And if you fancy recreating your favourite cakes on the menu then you’ll be pleased to know that there are now a range of Babycakes cook books, filled with delicious recipes.

About the Author

Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth