One thing is for sure, it's never been easier to find exciting plant-based dishes in New York. Our options go beyond veggie burgers, although NYC has plenty of those, too—we’re talking about falafel joints and tapas bars and some of the city’s best Indian restaurants (even some of the best Manhattan restaurants made the list). It's time that we erase the narrative that vegetarian and vegan food is a trend—even though it may seem that way on your Instagram feed—when many non-western cuisines have been experimenting with and perfecting satisfying meatless dishes for centuries.
But worry not: eating at these restaurants doesn't have to be dogmatic or leave you feeling hungry (we won't point you toward the menus' that claim to be veggie-friendly with only an option for a measely side salad). These are the best restaurants in NYC that won't have you asking, "Where's the meat?"
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