NYC Food Round-Up
This week I visited Mira, a close friend of mine I met while I was on my NOLS Semester this spring. We stayed at her home in Brooklyn and though I have been to New York several times before, there were so many new things for me and new food to eat. It is tradition for me to do a little round-up of my NYC eats (see mine from 2018 and 2019). The only downside to the food in New York in my opinion is so many options and so little time, so I made it a goal to try as many places I have never been to as possible. By that standard, here is a round-up of everywhere I went and what I thought!
This comfort food-oriented all-vegan restaurant was a hit with both me and the three non-vegan friends I brought as my dates. The vibes are a restaurant were a little pretentious in a hipster way, but that only made it feel like a more authentic Brooklyn experience. The menu had great options for all, I had cauliflower nuggets and a Brussels sprout salad, and my friends all ordered items off of the burger menu. We finished off the meal with vegan milkshakes which were the best I had had in a while. We made a little Tik Tok review that you can watch here.
Location: Upper West Side
A follower recommended this spot to me and for that, I am so grateful because it really was one of the best meals I had on the trip. Thyme & Tonic is a gluten-free, kosher, pescatarian restaurant with excellent vegan options. I was honestly overwhelmed by all of the amazing brunch dishes but am so glad I went with the Giant Latke, a plate-sized potato pancake topped with carrot lox. You can't go wrong here and I consider it a must-visit!!
Location: Upper East Side
Dig Inn takes the build your own bowl fast-casual concept that we are all familiar with at this point (think Chipotle or Sweetgreen) and has just perfected it. I was so satisfied with my tofu veggie rice bowl and particularly loved the vegan garlic aioli. Fingers crossed that we see some west coast locations soon!
When I first got to New York I was flooded with recommendations from followers, and I am honestly so surprised that this gem was not mentioned at all! I stumbled upon it while browsing Yelp and realized it was 100% gluten-free and vegan and knew that I had to go. I went with my friend Eric and we sat in the upstairs tea salon, we were the only people there and had an absolute ball. I very much appreciated all of the Pheobe Brigers they played and the exceptionally kind staff. I got a hot chocolate, a sweet crepe, and a scone that I took home for later, Eric got an Acai bowl and we shared a pot of tea. Everything about this place was wonderful and I cannot wait to go back.
Location: Williamsburg & Tribeca
Two Hands immediately drew me in with their dream aesthetic, so much so I bought matcha there even though I didn't really need one. I ended up going back a second time with my friend Izzy and got matcha once again as well as some roasted sweet potatoes and portabello mushrooms. A great place to get a quick bite or some coffee, they do have a full breakfast/lunch menu, but I did not see many vegan options.
As an absolute matcha fiend, I had been dying to go to this spot after seeing it over and over on Instagram. It was good, but not great. The drinks were overpriced and I had to pay extra to get matcha in the drink which was kind of misleading and I ended up paying nearly $9 for my drink which was not one of my proudest moments. I got the purple drink because I love anything lavender and it was good, but I would say save your money.
Location: Lower East Side
After following them on Instagram for years, I finally made it to Orchard Grocer, an all-vegan Deli that specializes in sandwiches and vegan specialty groceries. I got the Bowery Breakfast Sandwich cannot emphasize enough how this was one of the best things I had ever eaten. My friends also got sandwiches which they also absolutely loved. Almost anything could be made gluten-free and the staff was so accommodating and gave great recommendations. The selection in their market was also amazing and I saw so many very products that I had never seen before!
Erin McKenna Bakery
Location: Lower East Side
Previously known as Baby Cakes, Erin Mckenna Bakery is a vegan, gluten-free, kosher, allergen-friendly bakery. I was instantly drawn in by the baby pink aesthetics and actually entered the bakery before even knowing it was gluten-free or vegan and then realized that it was exactly fitting of my restrictions. I was so thrilled about stumbling upon it and bought 4 cupcakes: red velvet, carrot, mint chocolate, and lemon. I had a taste test with my friends and we all agreed we liked red velvet best. They have more than just cupcakes, and I definitely need to go back to try some of their breakfast foods!
This was one of those restaurants that had been recommended over and over to me over the years but I some how never made it until this trip. It is all vegetarian with a fair amount of gluten-free and vegan dishes. I got an incredible orecchiette pasta dish that had a house-made ricotta that made me have to go back and double-check that it wasn't real dairy. Thrilled that they have a location in Venice because I will be going when I move to LA (literally in a week).
Location: Prospect Heights
This is just your average little health food cafe with vegan options, smoothies, and some omnivore options. I had a lovely time dining here because it is where I met up with Justine. I enjoyed my acai bowl, but do not suggest going out of the way for this place, for it isn't anything special.
Location: Park Slope
Pasta Louise manages to be both modern and quaint at the same time which is no easy task. We went for some light bites for breakfast, I had the chickpeas and olives as well as lemonade. They do not really advertise as being vegan friendly but they have excellent gluten-free and vegan options. I took some of the fresh gf pasta to make at home and it was so good (paired with their spicy red pesto), I had actually never had fresh pasta that was both gluten-free and vegan besides gnocchi. Overall a 10/10 and recommend for both take out and sit down!
And that is all!! Until my next NYC visit...