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.

Heartbeet Eatery

Eating well never tasted so good. New to Forest Hills, Queens is Heartbeet Eatery, a kosher and vegan restaurant that has heart. It also has a menu filled with everything from pizza to sushi. Plus, a kids’ menu of mac ‘n’ cheese and spaghetti with or without meatballs. It’s cozy and has a real neighborhood feel. In fact, the staff is so friendly and welcoming, chances are they’ll remember your name by your second visit. And you will want to return – if not for the pizzas and pastas, for the decadent and delicious Philly cheesesteak. If you don’t live in Queens, this little gem is definitely worth the trek.

Good to know: Heartbeet Eatery is only open Sunday-Thursday.

Heartbeet Eatery
100-05 Metropolitan Ave.
Forest Hills
718-374-3129
Online: heartbeeteatery.com

photo: via Heart Beet Eatery Facebook page 

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— Danielle Krupa