New York was slower to embrace the vegetarian diet than Los Angeles, and still trails crunchier West Coast cities when it comes to herbivore restaurant selections. But as the organic and locavore movements have swept the city, vegetarian and vegan restaurants have continued to flourish thanks to both the hardcore veggie lovers and curious meat lovers.
1 Pure Food and Wine
The raw food trend may be past its peak, but Pure continues to draw crowds for its vegetarian and vegan dishes prepared in a kitchen that lacks a single oven. No dish here is heated to more than 118 degrees, and even the water is assiduously purified. The staff is friendly despite the restaurant's militancy, and the backyard patio is a refreshing gem.
2 Dirt Candy
3 Candle 79
4 Bliss Café
Seek relief from Williamsburg's endless roster of BBQ and fried chicken joints at this veggie and vegan outpost just off the Bedford L train stop. The bric-a-brac furniture charms, but it's the portobello zucchini sandwich that will have you jumping out of your seat.