It’s been weeks of cold tofu, ramen packets, and back-to-back recipes from an article titled “10 Simple Ways to Cook with Eggplant.” So whenever you’re ready for a vegan or vegetarian meal that came from somewhere other than a drawer in your fridge, use this guide. It has 36 great plant-based options all over NYC that offer delivery or takeout.
Urban Vegan Kitchen
In addition to veggie burgers stacked high with toppings like tempeh bacon and cashew-based mozzarella, Urban Vegan Kitchen also has buffalo chicken wings, skillet mac and cheese, and a lot of brunch options like chicken and waffles. Order pickup or delivery from this LES spot directly through their website, and check out their Instagram for more information on how they’re educating Black students across NYC about veganism.
We miss playing video games on the vintage console inside this pleasant Greenpoint slice place. But at least we can still enjoy their classic and not-so-classic New York slices and pies by ordering takeout online. That includes the vegan ones, which are topped with crumbled plant-based sausage, mozzarella, and parmesan on sesame seed crust.
Greedi Vegan To-Go is your best bet for non-boring vegan dishes like mushroom po’boys, meatball sliders, and strawberry key lime pie in the Crown Heights area. Check out this counter-service spot on Bergen Street the next time you’re feeling like spinach soup just won’t cut it.
If the veggie burgers and canned beans routine is getting old, try takeout from Avant Garden. From 4-9pm, you can order interesting combinations of vegetables, toast, and pasta to your door. Everything at this East Village spot is vegan and you’ll get 20% off if you call the restaurant directly to place your order.
If you can’t make it to a region of the world where the ocean water is clearer than the stuff in your Brita, have some jerk “chicken” or chickpea curry at Ital Kitchen. The entirely vegan and vegetarian menu at this Caribbean spot in Crown Heights is available for takeout or delivery right now. Call 347-405-9727 to place your order for things like curry jackfruit or turmeric stew.
All vegan New Yorkers should try a vegan chopped cheese at some point. And at Veggie Castle, a restaurant and juice bar in South Richmond Hill, you can order one that looks good enough to change the way the world sees cashew cheese. This Queens spot is open for takeout between 10am and 8pm every day except Sunday. And if you’re interested in other things like jackfruit burgers or fresh juices, you can call 718-641-8342 to order those too. Just keep in mind that they’re only taking pick-up orders right now.
More Life Cafe
More Life Cafe serves a long, all-vegan menu that ranges from fruit smoothies and shots of wheatgrass to cheesesteaks made with seitan and cookies and cream milkshakes made with hemp milk. Right now, this Jersey City spot is offering a range of vegan tacos including things like BBQ jackfruit, vegan beef, and plant-based chicken. Place an order for takeout or delivery online, and check their Instagram for the latest details.
Two-for-$20 margaritas are definitely vegan. And that alone is a valid reason to order takeout from this Mexican spot with locations in Chelsea, Nomad, and Midtown. But then you’d be missing out on all of the enchiladas, burrito bowls, and DIY taco kits on their vegetarian-friendly menu. With each of these entrees, you can choose proteins like BBQ beets and vegan picadillo.
Just in case you’re looking to stock your fridge, this vegan deli on the LES is doing weekday grocery delivery across NYC. They have things like plant-based prosciutto, crispy crabless cakes, and anything else you’d imagine finding at a vegetarian-friendly Dean & Deluca (R.I.P.). Check their website to find out when they’ll be delivering in your borough.
Not every morning is a “grain bowl morning.” So when you’re ready to change it up and get some plant-based bacon grease on your fingers, check out Cafe Moca. This Glendale spot has vegetarian and vegan breakfast dishes like BECs and BLTs with bacon that they make in-house, and they’re open 9am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday. Just 347-889-6302 to place your takeout or delivery order.
Once you accept that the tofu scramble you’ve been eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is contributing to your depression, order some dal or baingan bharta from Chote Nawab. All of the vegetable curries and kebabs here taste like they came straight from the Garden of Eden, before Adam and Eve ruined everything over a piece of fruit. Order a few online and be sure to get some extra naan too because you can never have too much naan.
This vegan mini-chain’s sushi rolls filled with things like mango or sweet potato have earned somewhat of a cult following. But even if you’re not in the mood for sushi, they have hummus mezze plates, mushroom dumplings, and seitan skewers available for takeout and delivery as well when you order from their Upper East Side location. Plus, they’re delivering all the way from Houston to 100th Street - and if you’d like to help them provide plant-based meals for healthcare professionals on the frontlines, you can donate here.
If you’re looking for Thai takeout that doesn’t involve meat or fish sauce, this Chelsea spot has plenty of options. From vegan Tom Kha and fried tofu salad to Thai crepes and vegetarian Tom yum soup, you’ll struggle not to just add them all to your order. But since they’re open from 12pm to 8:30pm every day, you could try a few things for lunch and a few more for dinner this week. And if you’d like to help them feed frontline healthcare workers, you can donate a meal here.
If you live in Bushwick, you’ve probably been to Bunna Cafe. But just so that everyone is on the same page, this Ethiopian spot is affordable, healthy, and so satisfying that you’ll probably forget everything is plant-based. When you order online, you can choose between five, seven, and nine vegetarian dishes including things like squash, kale, cabbage, and potatoes - plus tons of injera to sop it all up with.
Terms Of Endearment
For $30, you can pick up a vegan pastry care package from this Williamsburg bakery. They come with six good-looking sweets from a rotating list of things like cardamom pistachio rolls, matcha croissants filled with lemon cream, and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. You can also order individual cookies and croissants online using their website.
Several locations of this vegan fast food chain are doing delivery and takeout right now. So if you want some french toast, a meatball sub, or mac and cheese with tempeh bacon delivered to your door, head to their website or download their app to order.
Clementine Bakery does vegan cakes like Sacha Baron Cohen does political satire. Plus, they’ve got a great breakfast burrito and sandwiches with things like tempeh bacon and sage aioli on their all-day vegan menu. They’re open from 9am-5pm daily.
Maybe being alone in your apartment with a seitan philly cheesesteak is your idea of the perfect Friday night in. We support you. Make it happen by ordering takeout from Champs Diner, the go-to spot for vegan junk food in Brooklyn. You can call the restaurant from 10am-10pm, or get delivery.
This cafe in Bushwick has an entirely vegan menu of things like cinnamon rolls, everything croissants, and donut holes available for delivery and takeout. So the next time you need to be reminded of the circle of life, try one of their sweet, round pastries. And if you’re hungry for a full meal, Brooklyn Whiskers also has entrees like biscuits and gravy and a caprese salad with vegan mozzarella and focaccia bread.
This is one of the best Indian restaurants in NYC and the menu has sections devoted to both vegan and vegetarian dishes, respectively. Whether you’re in the mood for spicy potatoes cooked with cumin and green chilies or cheesy paneer in a creamy pepper sauce, you’ll find it here.
If you’re looking for more Mexican takeout or delivery in the Bushwick area, you can order Gordo’s online. They have a separate vegetarian section of their takeout menu with chile rellenos, enchiladas with roasted peppers, and a guacamole trio.
Dun Huang Grand Central
Sometimes, we all need a waterfall of noodles to stare at and then slurp up like a high efficiency vacuum. If that’s how you’re feeling today, you should know that The Grand Central Terminal location of Dun Huang is delivering hand pulled noodles in Manhattan, including vegan options such as hot oil noodles, glass noodles, and mung bean noodles. Place your delivery or pick up order online.
This Southern vegan spot in the East Village is offering 20% off your takeout order when you call it in. But if delivery is your only option, you can still order dishes like chick’n and biscuits, a pulled pork sandwich, or an apple pie sundae straight to your door.
We’ve all got more time on our hands these days. So if you’re in the mood to scroll through a huge menu until you see something you like - try Loving Hut in East Williamsburg. They have everything from tacos and risotto to curry udon soup and pad thai on their very long menu - and it’s all vegan. You can call 718-388-7567 or order online.
None of the dishes at Peacefood Cafe are necessarily healthy, but everything on the menu is delicious and vegan. So if you’re social distancing on the UWS, consider some crab cakes, focaccia cheeseburgers, and strawberry cheesecake - we recommend ordering all three to go along with a home screening of Call Me By Your Name this weekend.
Going on your daily walk in Ridgewood? Stop by Queens Brewery’s takeout window and pick-up something from their rotating menu of vegetarian breakfast options. They’ve done grilled cheese sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and Spanish tapas so far. Check out their Instagram to see what they’re serving today.
Rip's Malt Shop
The vegan double cheeseburgers, loaded potato salads, and sauerkraut-covered hot dogs from Rip’s Malt Shop are the kinds of things you’d want to eat out of a helmet at a MLB Game. But since you’ll be enjoying this plant-based junk food from home, we suggest a large mixing bowl, a long highlight reel, and a rootbeer float from Rips’ menu to wash it all down. If you live in Brooklyn or Manhattan put down the tofurky and order a few sports stadium dishes online from their Brooklyn Navy Yard location.
Even if your blender is still on back-order and most of the fruits and vegetables at your local grocery store are gone by 9am, you can still drink a smoothie or eat a colorful bowl of health from this cafe in Carroll Gardens. They also have vegan huevos rancheros, “egg” sandwiches, and jackfruit tacos available for delivery and takeout right now.
It’s no secret that this place serves the best vegan soul food in NYC. And everything from baked mac and cheese and collard greens to BBQ “crawfish” and po’boys are available for delivery and takeout right now. Call 212-222-0092 if you’re near Harlem and excited to eat something that will have you happily rubbing your belly on the couch.
Sol Sips is offering vegan Caribbean dishes like sweet potato fritters and collard green salad for pick-up and delivery within a five-mile radius of their Bushwick restaurant. And since nothing on the menu costs more than $15, we highly recommend ordering an extra vegan mac and cheese for later. You can call in or order online via website.
Want our advice? Get the dan dan noodles and steamed dumplings from this vegetarian Szechuan spot delivered before your next all-day sleep binge. And even if you don’t plan on going nocturnal anytime soon, you should still get takeout from the West Village location of Spicy Moon the next time you want dinner at home to be exciting again.
If you’re looking for an uptown spot where you can get a one-bowl meal, Teranga specializes in West African-inspired grain bowls. We’re partial to their joloff bowl with salmon and black eyed peas, but you can always just mix and match ingredients to make whatever you want. Just be sure to get the fried plantains.
Toad Style is the right place to get your basket of deep-fried cauliflower in Brooklyn. They also do things like a veggie burger, pizza fries, and a banh mi. It’s sort of like By Chloe, with a little more character. If you’re in the mood for vegan junk food, order some now using their website.
Familiars Vegan Coffee Shop
This cafe from the people behind Toad Style is a great option for a bagel with vegan prosciutto or balsamic “caviar.” They also have coffee, soups, and other sides available for delivery or takeout starting at 8am every day.