• 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 30, 2014

    Really Cooking Now: Mark Bittman on Food Politics, the Importance of Cooking, and His New Book

    If you dabble even casually in the food world, you likely need no introduction to Mark Bittman, the New York Times op-ed columnist who covers both cooking and food policy -- he's one of the best-known and most prolific food writers of our time. He landed his first regular gig with the Gray Lady when ... More >>

  • 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

    August 28, 2013

    Reader: Chefs Who Don't Cater to Vegans' Needs Are Irritating

    In my interview with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo, he noted that it irritates him to accommodate vegans because he doesn't feel like they're getting the full experience of a meal. "It would be like going to Marea and asking for a cheeseburger," he explains. "It's not relevant to what the restaurant is ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 29, 2012
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    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.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Vegans Have Better Sex According to Singing Woman

    This news comes to us by way of DNAinfo, which reported that there has been a singing vegan lady trying to convert East Village meat eaters into vegetable-eating purists. "Vegans have better sex, better health, cleaner conscience," Grace Weaver, the vegan advocate, has been singing. According to t ... More >>

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    August 5, 2012
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    June 29, 2012

    Zombie Apocalypse: PETA Exploits Texas Dog-Eater To Push Vegan Agenda

    As the rest of us try to cope with the impending Zombie Apocalypse, the animal rights group PETA is using the latest case of potential zombie-ism to push its Vegan agenda.As we reported earlier this week, a Texas man was arrested near Waco on Monday after police say he ate the family dog -- after cr ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 23, 2012
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    March 29, 2012

    Starbucks' Insect Dye Causes Controversy Among Vegans

    Starbucks is learning the hard way that you just can't please everyone. A few weeks ago, a vegan news and advocacy website, This Dish Is Veg, posted an article urging readers to beware of the Strawberry Frappuccino because it contains coloring made of dried cochineal insects, rendering it not vegan- ... More >>

  • 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

    August 10, 2011

    Ellen DeGeneres Is Vegan, and Now She Has a Website to Prove It

    Going Vegan With EllenA vegan, two dogs, and a couch.​ For years, Alicia Silverstone was the sole Hollywood vegan to dedicate an entire website to her her dietary and lifestyle preferences. But no longer! Because Ellen DeGeneres has gone and launched her own vegan website.

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Blossom du Jour Is Expanding to Midtown and the UWS

    ​Vegans, take heart: although the food blogosphere has lately been lousy with news of burger joint expansions, Blossom du Jour will soon add two outposts to its animal-free empire.

  • 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

    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 10, 2011

    Yes, Foodies Are Ridiculous. But Then So Is B.R. Myers!

    B.R. Myers​In the March issue of The Atlantic, vegan, curmudgeon, North Korea expert, and animal-rights activist B.R. Myers goes after foodies in an article entitled "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." I've got to admit, we've given him a very broad target. He begins by extracting damning q ... More >>

  • 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

    December 6, 2010

    7-Eleven Courts the Vegans

    ​7-Eleven has proven itself a leader in the fight for equality, if equality means having the freedom to eat the same shit as everybody else: at some of its locations in Manhattan and Philadelphia, it is now selling vegan products.

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    November 5, 2010

    Meatless Moguls: Bill Clinton, Russell Simmons & Steve Wynn Among the Planet's 'Power Vegans'

    Bubba, sans burgers.​The steak-and-martini dinner, once a hallmark of heavyweights and big shots, is no longer on the menu for many powerful people. As Joel Stein writes in BusinessWeek, some of the world's biggest successes are going vegan, including Steve Wynn, Russell Simmons, and former fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Some More Details About Blossom Du Jour

    ​Yesterday, Pamela Elizabeth told us about her plans to open Blossom Du Jour, a vegan counter and take-away chain. Now, she has a few more details about the new venture.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Alan Richman Weighs in on the Subject of Ethical Eating

    ​Alan Richman, who was last seen readdressing his controversial post-"Douchebag Award" review of Les Halles, has resurfaced in the GQ's July issue, where he writes about the difficulties trying to dine ethically for 30 straight days. His experiences have yielded Alan Richman's 10 Commandments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    There Is Now a Vegan Double Down Sandwich

    Photo courtesy of FoodswingsFoodswings' take on the Double Down: still highly processed, but vegan!​Here's even more definitive proof that vegans can eat every bit as unhealthily as the rest of us: the chef at Williamsburg's Foodswings has created the vegan version of the Double Down.

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    April 21, 2010

    Starbucks Introducing Vegan Frappuccinos

    basheertome/FlickrNow with more vegans.​Looks like Starbucks is heeding the clarion call most recently trumpeted by the food scientists at Chipotle: it's introducing vegan frappuccinos.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Vegan Delights of NYC: Chipotle's Garden Blend Burrito

    An autopsy? No, Chipotle's Garden Blend Burrito!​Billed as a "vegan blend of plant proteins, grains and vegetables marinated in our chipotle adobo, then grilled," Chipotle's Garden Blend burrito first appeared in Washington, D.C., last fall. When news surfaced that the Garden Blend had made it ... 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.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Humorist Mo Rocca on Pale-Faced Vegans, Gay Thai Food, and Eating Eyeballs

    Mo Rocca: Gentleman farmer, duck-lover, possessor of newly acquired abs-of-steel ​ Mo Rocca is a writer and humorist, a regular correspondent on the CBS Sunday Morning show, a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and an Iron Chef America judge. He has appeared on Ugly Betty, The Tonight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Updated: Vegetarian (and Vegan) Delights of NYC: Smoked Tofu Sandwich at Birdbath Bakery

    ​Vegans and vegetarians: No longer is it necessary to resort to meat substitutes. The smoked tofu in Birdbath Bakery's smoked tofu sandwich is every bit as good as the best smoked bacon. I know, because I also eat bacon.

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    December 11, 2009

    The Early Word: Vegan Cheese and Truffles at Cocoa V

    ​ Cocoa V bills itself as the city's first vegan chocolate and wine bar. The brainchild of Pamela Blackwell, who owns three locations of Blossom, a vegan restaurant and cafe, it opened two weeks ago on a stretch of Ninth Avenue populated by upscale housewares boutiques and decidedly non-vegan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Chatting With Sarma Melngailis of Pure Food and Wine: Raw Food, Criticism From Vegan Purists, and Global Expansion

    ​At Pure Food & Wine, the Gramercy restaurant that serves gourmet renditions of organic, vegan, raw food (nothing is heated above 116 degrees), there's a glow coming from the candles being lit in preparation for dinner service on this dark winter afternoon. Dressed in jeans, black sneakers, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    A Third Location of Blossom to Open on the Upper East Side Next Week

    One of Blossom's soon-to-be three locations.​ Vegan empire builder Pamela Blackwell, who has two outposts of Blossom restaurant and the new Cocoa V vegan chocolate bar to her name, is about to add another location of Blossom to her portfolio.

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    December 10, 2009

    Cocoa V's Pamela Blackwell Talks About How to Make Vegan Truffles, the Nut Cheese Phenomenon, and Fakin' Bacon

    ​ In 2006, Pamela Blackwell opened her first restaurant, Blossom Restaurant & Cafe, in Chelsea, and won a devoted following for her organic, vegan cuisine. Two weeks ago, Blackwell opened Cocoa V down the street from Blossom (which has a sister location on the Upper West Side, and beginning ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    The Burgeoning Ditmas Park Restaurant Scene is Still No Place for a Vegan

    Cortelyou Road is still a barren place for a vegan.​Ditmas Park may be home to a growing number of restaurants, but its animal product-free options are apparently still lacking: the blog Flatbush Vegan has suspended operation because its authors, though still vegan, have moved out of Flatbush. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Long Island as Vegan Heaven; 20 Secrets Your Waiter Won't Tell You

    ​Long Island has a growing vegan scene, as is evidenced by several restaurants serving vegetarian, non-dairy options, such as vegan pizza at Three Brothers Pizzeria, "un-cheesecake" at the Moo-Cluck bakery, and mock-crab cakes made with tofu and served with dairy-free tartar sauce at Tula Kitc ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Vegetarian (and Vegan) Delights of NYC: Mousabaha at Wafa's in Forest Hills

    ​Also spelled "musabaha," mousabaha is a wonderful Lebanese dish that naturally falls into the vegan category of culinary endeavor. The mousabaha at Wafa's--a six-month-old Lebanese spot on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills--is transcendent, a piquant stew of chickpeas, tomatoes, and eggpla ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2009


    Celebrate a meat-free Thanksgiving

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    November 23, 2009

    Bluefin Tuna on Menus, Should Be Banned; Coca-Cola Targets China

    ​Some of the tuna sushi being served in New York restaurants comes from an endangered species, according to a new study. Bluefin tuna is regularly on the menu in New York restaurants. [NY Daily News] Meanwhile a Times editorial makes the case for banning the sale of bluefin in the U.S., joini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    'Top Chef': You Know That Leeks Aren't Protein, Right?

    Bravo​ Things got off to a brisk start this week, with Mike sharpening his knives at the Top Chef ranch and Jen castigating herself for her previous televised culinary blunders. In the Quickfire kitchen, Padma and One of the Top Italian Chefs in the Country Paul Bartolotta told the chefs to ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    The New Vegetarianism

    ​ A delicious bunch of purple mustard greens from the New Amsterdam Market, grown in Queens. In the past, vegetarians have extolled their dining habits with evangelistic fervor. They were often prone to wrinkle up their noses, and even make snide and pious comments, when others were scarfing ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Battle of the Dishes: Doughnut Plant Versus Babycakes Donuts

    Left: Babycakes doughnuts: Right: Doughnut Plant's versions We write this with a heavy heart and sticky fingers. We heard that vegan bakery Babycakes is now creating gluten-free, baked doughnuts in the depths of their cutesy, butter-free lair, and so we decided to run a Battle of the Dishes pitti ... More >>

  • Books

    September 8, 2009

    Tao Lin's Five-Finger Discount

    A comic novella captures the curious ennui of the Gchat age

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    July 22, 2009
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    June 3, 2009
  • NYC Life

    October 11, 2005

    Restrictive Diets Unite

    New York's vegan-Kosher connection

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    May 24, 2005
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