It’s a great time to be a vegan in New York City. From restaurants to cafés to food halls, meat-free eateries are popping up everywhere. And long gone are the days of brown rice and steamed vegetables. Today you can get vegan versions of Southern comfort food, traditional Mexican fare and even fast food burgers. Even better? They’ve got your little ones’ taste buds covered. Hello, mac ‘n’ cheese! All vegan, all family-friendly, all delicious. Click through to check out the city’s newest and greatest vegan restaurants and cafés.

Two Tablespoons

Food halls are quickly becoming one of the “it” places in NYC for artisanal and chef-driven food concepts. Urbanspace Vanderbilt and the DeKalb Market are no exception. What do both of these food and entertainment hubs have in common? Two Tablespoons - a vegan pop-up restaurant that shines among the dozens of food vendors at each location. This food court restaurant is on a mission to break the stereotype that healthy food is boring. Two Tablespoons is all about rich, hearty flavors and unique concepts, using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Parents will love the tofu and tomato stew, summer roll and ginger miso bowl with soba noodles. Kids will go bananas for the oatmeal with coconut oil and almond milk.

Good to know: both food courts can get very crowded mid-day, avoid the lunch rush and check it out in the morning or evening.

Two Tablespoons
DeKalb Market Hall
445 Albee Square W.
Downtown Brooklyn


Urbanspace Vanderbilt
East 45th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue

photo: via Two Tablespoons Facebook page 

What’s your favorite family-friendly vegan restaurant in NYC? Let us know in the comments below!

— Danielle Krupa