Where to eat when visiting NYC?

Where to eat when visiting NYC?

Are you planning to visit New York City this spring or summer?

Vegan and Gluten-Free places can be hard to find so we want to dedicated this blog post to everyone allergic and looking for alternatives.

Here are some of the best places to eat while in the big apple.

The Best Restaurants for Gluten-Free & Vegan Food in New York City


Multiple locations in NYC: Lower East Side, West Village, Hudson Yards, & Williamsburg
Vegan nachos? Yes, please! This colorful vegan spot features some of the best Mexican food in New York City! And, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon chilling out on their sunny patio. Jajaja pairs their wonderful food with refreshing Mezcal cocktails and a huge selection of Tequilas.

Aside from the most delicious nachos, their menu also features Mexican specialties like Gorditas stuffed with beans and shiitake bacon or an extensive selection of street tacos. Boring black bean tacos are replaced with Crispy Chayote “Fish” (hemp and flax seed battered squash with a chipotle almond butter sauce and topped with roasted red onion) or their Buffalo Flower (tempura cauliflower dipped in spicy buffalo sauce and topped with house-made queso).



#2 Avant Garden

30 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Looking for a spot for a sophisticated date night or to impress non-vegan friends? Come here! The ambiance of the rustic wood and exposed brick décor coupled with artistic plates of veggie creations is seriously Instagram-worthy!

The creative team of chefs prepare all the tapas-style dishes right in front of you and even hand-deliver to share exactly what they have created. The small dishes are meant to be shared and almost everything can be made gluten-free. Don’t miss their artisan toasts on soft and chewy gluten-free bread. It was SO good that I had them double-check that it was indeed gluten-free! Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

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#3 Modern Love

317 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
This hip Brooklyn spot is the place to come for house-made vegan and gluten-free comfort food. No matter what you’re craving, they’ve got it! Mac-n-cheese? Epic burgers? Nachos smothered in cashew queso? Yep, yep, and yep!

Their menu is well-marked for gluten-free dishes and their staff is more than happy to ensure you’re taken care of. It is really hard to decide what to order – you might need to come twice! Just make sure you start with an order of their crispy oyster mushroom calamari – OMG – it is amazing. The crispy mushrooms dipped in their sweet and spicy house-made sauce will have you fighting over the last bite.

#4 Delice & Sarrasin

20 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Transport yourself to France at this small family-owned café. Ever been curious about authentic French cuisine but never found a suitable vegan option? Look no further. The mother and son team behind this charming little spot specializes in crepes, cheeses, desserts, and more!

Enjoy vegan snails (oyster mushrooms) drenched in garlic butter or a hearty Coq Au Vin (braised “chicken” leg with carrots, mushrooms, shallots, and onions). They also offer a selection of vegan wines to pair with your meal. After dinner enjoy a cappuccino with a few of their deliciously chewy French Macarons. The menu is well marked for gluten-free options. They are also open for brunch!


#5 Anixi

290 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Anixi is a Mediterranean Brasserie that features vibrant flavors from Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. Chef Guy Vaknin journeys close to home with this concept, finding profound inspiration in scents, details, ingredients, and textures of the region. After the dark wintery days, Spring comes and new life begins. The fresh flavors and abundance of ingredients that arrive with the season inspired the name Anixi.


#6 UT47

358 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Vegan + GF breakfast items and coffee - must try for the mornings located in Midtown West - visit their website for more https://www.ut47manhattan.com/


#7 Coletta

365 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

New from City Roots Hospitality and Chef Guy Vaknin, Coletta is an intimate vegan and kosher dining experience that offers a fresh culinary perspective to Italian cuisine. Explore distinct flavors from Italy on our menu of brick oven pizzas, fresh pastas, unforgettable entrées, desserts, and espresso. We look forward to hosting you at Coletta.


#8 Franchia Vegan Café

12 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

Creative, vegan Asian fusion dishes presented in a serene, tea-house-inspired setting. Their gluten free menu features dishes that are prepared with organic gluten free and wheat free tamari sauce. Noodle dishes feature organic gluten free noodles made of sweet potato and buckwheat.


#9 Willow

199 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Kosher-certified vegan restaurant in Chelsea, NYC! Helmed by chef Guy Vaknin, we are a cozy vegan bistro offering an innovative twist on classic American food. We elevate traditional bistro comfort dishes with high quality plant-based ingredients and upscale presentation.
Dine with us in our warm and inviting space, or place an online order for takeout and delivery.

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#10 ABCV Kitchen

38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

This healthy vegan + GF restaurant is amazing when it comes to gf options in addition to vegan. Very healthy and light lunch and dinner is available. Lovely restaurant and setting in the heart of Manhattan, Flatiron District.

#11 Planta Queen

15 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

PLANTA offers gluten-free and vegan items include gluten-free vegan sushi and most of our “Chilled & Raw” items.


#12 Beyond Sushi

134 W 37th Street, New York NY 10018, one on the UES or 62 W 56th Street, New York NY 10019

In 2022, Beyond Sushi launched their latest and most ambitious menu, featuring brand new dishes like Chick’n Yakitori Skewers, “Tuna” Poke Bowl, Matcha Affogato, and more. Chef Guy also brings new life to our well-known vegan sushi, with exciting options in addition to our Signature Rolls. Our dishes have changed, but our mission remains to serve high-quality and accessible plant-based food that both vegans and non-vegans will enjoy.

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