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)