Here is a look inside how I order plant based in New York City in both vegan/vegetarian restaurants and non-exclusively vegan/vegetarian restaurants.

Here are some quick tips when ordering out and how not to be an annoying vegan : )

1.  No need to announce you’re vegan to everyone, pull your server aside and use some of my tips and go-to orders to make it easy.

2. Ask the server if they offer any vegan dishes or have a vegan menu.

3. Always confirm the dressing and/or sauce is dairy free BEFORE ordering.

4. Ask for light dressing or dressing on the side (taste before you dress your salad).

5. If all else fails, select a few vegan sides and ask the server to put all of your sides on one dinner plate as your entree.

ABC Kitchen

  • Double Kale Salad (Yes, Two!)
  • Portobello Mushroom (hands down the best Portobello Mushroom I have ever had)
  • Marinated Olives
  • Vegan Pizza (just vegetables and sauce per request)
  • Crispy Maitake mushrooms
  • Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad (no sour cream and no dairy)


  • Avocado Lettuce Cups
  • Chickpea Hummus
  • Baby Mustard Greens
  • Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric
  • Fried Wild Rice
  • Market Vegetables (I love the fermented carrots)

Avant Garden

  • Romesco Toast
  • Artichoke Toast
  • Cremini Mushroom Toast
  • Cold Avocado Salad
  • Hot Celery Root

Avra Estiatorio

  • Field Green Salad
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Sautéed Spinach
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Asparagus

Beauty and Essex (They have a vegan menu! Ask For it!)

  • Kale and Apple Salad (No Cheese or Apples)
  • Avocado Toast
  • Broccolini
  • Vegan Spaghettini (No Cheese No Egg)

Beyond Sushi

  • Mighty Mushroom Roll
  • La Fiesta Roll
  • Green Machine
  • Sweet Tree Roll


  • Asparagus Risotto
  • Tuscan Kale Salad (no apples)
  • Pine-Nut Crusted Eggplant
  • Braised Brussel Sprouts

Candle 79

  • Avocado Salad
  • Market Plate: quinoa pilaf, roasted Brussel sprouts, grilled oyster mushrooms, and sautéed greens topped with jalapeno-avocado sauce


  • Mexicali Vegan Salad with Vegan Green Goddess Dressing

Juice Press

  • Simple Green Juice
  • Almond Butter Acai Bowl (this is not following food combining, but it is a great treat)
  • Split Pea Soup
  • Pureed Cauliflower Soup
  • Chocolate Chip Gladiator Cookies
  • The Coconut Milk


  • Organic mixed greens salad (no shaved apples)
  • Spaghetti Fresh Tomato basil (gluten free penne)


  • Chopped Green Goddess Salad (ask for the red wine vinaigrette dressing)
  • The Baby Gem Salad
  • The Smashed Cucumber
  • Grilled Broccoli (no sauce)
  • Sautéed Spigarello Greens

Tao Downtown

  • Tao Temple Salad
  • Shishito Peppers
  • Edamame
  • Four Avocado Rolls (inside out with a side of Ponzu Sauce)

Two Boots Pizza

  • Vegan Specialty Pizza (with a side of Marinara Sauce)

Nix (Ask for the vegan menu!)

  • House Hummus
  • Spiced Eggplant
  • Seaweed Caesar
  • Delicate Squash and Mushroom Dumplings
  • Bamboo Rice Stir Fry
  • Brussel Sprouts

Nourish Kitchen & Table

  • Sweet Potato Noodles

O Café

  • Egg Avocado Toast (minus the egg…however, be sure to order like this to save yourself five dollars – frugal alert!)
  • Side of Multigrain Toast with Avocado
  • Side of the Pumpkin Seed Spread
  • Almond Milk Matcha Latte (obsessed!)
  • Coconut Rice Romesco


  • The Other Caesar
  • Raw pizza
  • Large Vegetable Bowl with Japanese Pumpkin, Cauliflower, and Quinoa

Pressed Juicery

  • Coconut Cinnamon Drink
  • Apple Lemon-Ginger Cayenne
  • Greens 1.5 (with some sea salt!)


  • Garlic Greens
  • Mushroom Risotto


  • Custom Salad: Kale, Arugula, and Romaine; Corn; Carrots; Purple Cabbage; Onions; Bean Sprouts; Sweet Potato with the Spicy Cashew or Vegan Pesto Dressing

The Butcher’s Daughter

  • The Spicy Kale Salad (Gluten Free)
  • Vegan Spaghetti without the Meatballs (Gluten Free)

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Comments (5)

  1. MWH Member

    Hands down the best guide!!!! Thanks for your recommendation to VANIA!!! I absolutely love her!!! Kathy Foster

  2. MWH Member

    Thank you for the tips! Eating at LegaSea tomorrow, can’t wait to try the smashed cucumber! xo

  3. MWH Member

    Have you tried Hu Kitchen?! You would LOVE!

  4. MWH Member

    Excellent list! After Pure Food & Wine went under (that was my go-to place), I began scrambling around trying to figure out other worthy options. Printing your trusted list.

  5. MWH Member

    Thank you SO SO much for this. It’s super helpful!! Question though, for all the vegan restaurants is there a reason why you only chose certain dishes (ie: Avant Garden) ? aren’t all the dishes fair game since they are vegan, or is that not the case when food combining? I love everything at avant- garden but would love to know why you only chose those specific dishes as well as at ABCV? Please let me know thank you!!

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