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Best Vegan Restaurants in Downtown New York City

Some of the best vegan food can be found in New York City, and our vegetarian-friendly restaurants even have nut-free, gluten-free, and Kosher varieties, too. It's easy to a appreciate a meal without animal products at these five great downtown vegan eateries. 

Best Downtown Vegan Restaurants in NYC: West Village 

By Chloe vegan food

By Chloe was originally co-founded by vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli, the first vegan chef to win a televised culinary competition, so you know her food is fantastic (although she's left the By Chloe chain of restaurants now). By Chloe serves vegan versions of all of your favorites, like mac 'n' cheese made with sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce and almond parm, or their classic burger, which is made with a tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut patty. Another favorite is tacos made with the super-grain quinoa. And that’s not all! They also have Juices by Chloe, Sweets by Chloe, and Woof by Chloe (treats made specifically for pets). 185 Bleecker St., 212-290-8000, eatbychloe.com 

Best Downtown Vegan Restaurants in NYC: Chelsea

Blossom brings together vegan and an upscale dining experience. With animal welfare in mind, their menu is filled with tasty items like cauliflower steak (olives, capers, breadcrumbs, tapioca "cheese"), gnocchi (sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, snow peas, crispy leeks, and a lemon-truffle-cashew sauce), and even includes a section with stone-baked, freshly made vegan pizzas. Those pies come in gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free options, meaning there's something for everyone, no matter what their dietary restrictions. 187 Ninth Ave., 212-627-1144, blossomnyc.com  

Best Downtown Vegan Restaurants in NYC: FiDi 

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If you are a fan of plant-based comfort food than look no further; The Cinnamon Snail serves terrific sandwiches, burgers, and sweets all without any dairy or meat products. This Kosher, vegan cuisine started off as a food truck in 2010 before opening up a stand at City Acres Market downtown (there's another one at the Pennsy in Penn Station). Try their Beastmode Burger (above) for the ultimate flavor explosion, featuring a bourbon BBQ seitan burger, jalapeno mac 'n' cheese, smoked chili coconut “bacon,” and arugula, stuffed between a delicious pretzel bun that's grilled to perfection. 70 Pine St., 917-261-4530, cinnamonsnail.com

Best Downtown Vegan Restaurants in NYC: Greenwich Village

If you are looking to enjoy a lovely meatless brunch than look no further than Urban Kitchen. They serve up brunch daily until 4pm, and they have vegan versions of all of your favorite items: from their classic BLT featuring shiitake bacon to Belgian waffles served with coconut whipped cream, each item will taste just as delectable as it looks—even without dairy! 41 Carmine St., 646-438-9939, urbanvegankitchen.com   

Best Downtown Vegan Restaurants in NYC: Chelsea

Vegan Sushi Roll

Beyond Sushi makes original creations based off of classic sushi, except instead of raw fish they use only kosher, plant-based ingredients. Each roll is made with sustainability in mind thanks to the company’s mission to reduce their ecological footprints by using all-natural ingredients. Try their "Pickle Me" roll (four-grain rice, pickled burdock root, carrots, pickled daikon, and avocado, dipped in a carrot-ginger sauce) for a flavorful vegan experience! 75 Ninth Ave., 212-929-2889, beyondsushinyc.com   

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Samantha is a New York native; she was born and raised on Long Island. Samantha is a graduate of Fordham University, having received her BA in communications.

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