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.

Urban Vegan Kitchen

Located in the heart of the West Village, Urban Vegan Kitchen is a welcome re-opening of the old Blossom on Carmine restaurant. Same space, completely new menu. Urban Vegan Kitchen aims to prove that vegan food is more than bland and basic dishes. Here they’ve taken the chef’s southern roots and created vegan comfort food at its finest. Fried okra, hush puppies, 'chick-un' 'n' waffles, po’ boys, and more will leave you questioning how they did it. The flavors are bold and the portions are hearty. Come for brunch with the family and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and laid-back funky vibe.

Good to know: Urban Vegan Kitchen happily takes reservations; you can make them right on their website.

Urban Vegan Kitchen
41 Carmine St.
West Village

photo: via  Urban Vegan Kitchen Facebook page 

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— Danielle Krupa