Vegan Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    At Mira Sushi and Izakaya, Vegetarian Options Are Drawn From the Chef's Culture

    Mira Sushi and Izakaya's (46 West 22nd Street, 212-989-7889) ultra-modern interior is a reflection of its menu, an assortment of dishes that blends Chef Brian Tsao's Taiwanese and Korean background with Japanese cuisine. The food is a reflection of Chef Tsao's contemporary view on health-conscious f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Tasting the Vegan Burger at Blossom du Jour

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Blossom du Jour (449 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-712-9822) Neighborhood: Upper West Side Cuisine: Vegan Fast Food

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    At Ornella Trattoria Italiana, a Massive List of Vegetarian Options

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Ornella Trattoria Italiana (29-17 23rd Avenue, 718-777-9477) Neighborhood: Astoria Cuisine: Italian

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Champs Family Bakery Appeals to Vegans and Meat-Eaters Alike

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good, meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Champs Family Bakery (176 Ainslie Street, 718-599-2743) Neighborhood: North Williamsburg Cuisine: Vegan diner

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Bunna Cafe Celebrates Vegan Ethiopian Traditions

    That there's a dearth of Ethiopian food in New York City means that Bushwick's Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue) would likely have stood out solely for its meals built on lentil stews and injera. But the restaurant is unique even among other restaurants serving the same cuisine because it's meat-fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Stop Eating Meat?

    [Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:] Dear Andrew, My girlfriend is a vegetarian, and we've been dat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Celebrate Plant-Based Eating at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

    We're not particularly interested in the East Coast/West Coast rap-style rivalry between vegetarians and carnivores, mostly because there are few things more personal than individual food choices. We're also not a bunch of culinary evangelists over here (though we will take this opportunity to say t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Six Vegetarian Thanksgiving Options in NYC

    For most, there's little way around it: Being a vegetarian on Thanksgiving sucks. It's not that you want to eat the turkey on the table -- or not necessarily, anyway. It's more that everyone else is eating it, and loving it, and making it sound like the best thing ever. (Word to the wise: It's not.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette Opened on Monday

    Andrew Carmellini's new French restaurant, Lafayette, opened on Monday. He tweeted that the bakery opened at noon and dinner service was available at 5:30. Carmellini joined forces with his partners from Locanda Verde and the Dutch, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom, to run the bistro. Chef Damon Wise cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Whole Earth Bakery Uses Crowdfunding to Stay Afloat

    Peter Silvestri started Whole Earth Bakery with his mother back in 1978. Together they ran an all-vegan bakery, and served sweet and savory goods out of a storefront on Spring Street. "That was before SoHo became 'SoHo,'" said Silvestri. After Hurricane Sandy, the loss of goods combined with mounti ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Alicia Silverstone Is Writing Two New Cookbooks

    Actress, activist, and vegan cook Alicia Silverstone announces via her blog that she will be writing two new cookbooks: The Kind Mama will cover cooking during pregnancy and while caring for young children. The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her 2009 vegan cookbook The Kind Diet.

  • Voice Choices

    May 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Eat Green! The Candle 79 Cookbook Brings the Vegan Hotspot's Cuisine to Home Kitchens

    Ten Speed Press​Anita Lo, Andrew Carmellini, and Daniel Humm are just a few of the top New York City restaurant chefs publishing cookbooks this season. But for vegetarians and vegans living in the city, the most exciting cookbook release this season is most certainly going to be Joy Pierson's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Champs Bakery in Williamsburg Now a Vegan Diner

    Despite the tattooed, fixed-gear-bike crowd that inhabits Williamsburg, there is a curious dearth of vegan options aside from Foodswings and Bliss Café. Champs, a small bakery tucked away on residential Ainslie Street, is changing all of that by transforming itself into a full-service vegan d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Green Fig Café and Bakery's Cowboy Cookie Has Lassoed Our Affections

    Rebecca Marx​ Robert's a fan of Sunset Park's Green Fig Café and Bakery, and after visiting it yesterday, so am I.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Vegan Tour de France Cyclist Probably Thinks He's Better Than Us

    Keep pedalling, we're almost at Whole Foods!​Don't you hate it when your vegan buddies hold their dietary practices over you? And don't you despise that guy who completes the Tour de France and acts like he's the man just because he successfully finished the single most grueling test of human ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    R.I.P., Friendster, the Social Media Site of Our Relative Youth

    Turn that smile upside down!​Remember Friendster? One time we met someone on Friendster, a date, in fact, and we went to a vegan restaurant in the West Village (not that we were vegan), and we ate something that looked like meat but wasn't, and was really weirdly chewy, and then we never spoke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Battle of the Vegan Slices: Viva Herbal Pizzeria v. Slice, the Perfect Food

    Rebecca MarxSlice's Radha pizza.​ Although Manhattan doesn't really suffer from a dearth of slice joints, the options it presents for the carb-craving vegans in our midst are a bit lacking. True, making pizza vegan is as easy as leaving off the cheese, but plain marinara sauce and a scatterin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Fat Pants Friday: Cake Shop's Peanut Butter Bomb

    Rebecca Marx​ This week, we turn our thoughts to excess. And veganism. Both are expressed rather gloriously in the peanut butter bomb, the aptly-named rejoinder to both Seasonal Affects Disorder and animal products.

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Study Shows That Vegans Are at a Greater Risk for Heart Disease

    vegancookalongIs being vegan bad for your heart?​As the Globe and Mail points out, you'd think that abstaining from all foods containing animal fats would keep your heart healthy. But a new study suggests that restricting one's diets to plants could mean missing out on certain nutrients vital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Five Vegan Pizzas for Your Aching Pizza Soul

    Victoria BekiempisNot pie in the sky: Pizza Plus's offering​ If you've ever looked for solid vegan pizza, you might have felt like a famous loser of Greek myth, Tantalus. Condemned to Hades for stealing ambrosia from the gods, his absurdist punishment -- reaching for an unreachable fruit for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    BPA Research Still Inconclusive; Restaurants Faking Letter Grades

    ​Following 10 years and millions of dollars of research, scientists still don't know how safe the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, is. [NY Times] A cab crashed into The Bean coffee shop in the East Village coffee shop, hitting two bicyclists before smashing into a man inside, resulting in criti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Blossom Will Bloom Into Blossom Du Jour, a Vegan "Shrewd Fast Food" Chain

    ​Pamela Elizabeth (formerly Blackwell) is clearly a woman with expansion on her mind: the owner of the burgeoning Blossom vegan restaurant empire, she opened Cocoa V, a vegan truffle and wine bar, last December, and later that month added a third location of Blossom to her portfolio. And now s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Chatting With Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger About Reinventing the Bête Noire of Vegetarian Dining

    Veggie Burger MadnessLukas Volger displays one of his creations.​Even though it's generally accepted that vegetarian food has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years, veggie burgers by and large remain stuck in the herbivore ghetto. There's the Morningstar-Boca Burger contingen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    The Little Bird Brings More Vegan Treats to the East Village

    ​Boomtown Bakery isn't the only vegan dessert purveyor making inroads into Lower Manhattan: EV Grieve reports that the Little Bird Cafe is now selling vegan cookies, granola, and assorted baked goods on Avenue B near 11th Street. The owner, Joanna Troccoli, previously sold her wares through co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    With Loving Hut, Vegan Dining Infiltrates Midtown

    Shiny, happy veganism.​ New York's about to get its very first organic vegan food truck, so it shouldn't come as a great shock that midtown, that haven of white sauce and hot meat, is now home to a vegan lunch spot.

  • NYC Life

    October 11, 2005

    Restrictive Diets Unite

    New York's vegan-Kosher connection