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.

Superiority Burger

Have a play date at Tompkins Square Park? Grab a bite at Superiority Burger on your way. Better yet? Grab it to go and eat at the park. The space is small, no strollers here, but the food is mighty. Like your favorite fast-food joint, only completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. At the helm is Brooks Headley, the former executive pastry chef at Del Posto, and his culinary expertise doesn’t go unnoticed. Some highlights of the menu are a burger so good you’ll question if it’s truly vegan, a burnt broccoli salad (no fries here), and a sloppy joe, that is, well, sloppy. But delicious. None of it disappoints. End with a little homemade ‘sorbet of the day’ for a refreshing treat after your meal is over.

Good to know: Those who remember the old Dirt Candy spot will recognize the space, if not, small is the only word to describe Superiority Burger. Plan to stand if you aren’t lucky enough to grab one of the few seats.

Superiority Burger
430 E. 9th St.
East Village
212-256-1192
Online: superiorityburger.com

photo: Sherry L. via Yelp

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— Danielle Krupa