10 Best Restaurants for Vegetarian Food in New York (Even if You're Not a Vegetarian!), 2013 Edition
There are plenty of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in New York. Some deal in chewy gluten strips and meat facsimiles, others turn out raw foods and seed pastes, but there are plenty of places where you don't need to be a devotee to enjoy the food.
Go for a meatless meal at these restaurants for a reminder that vegetables are wonderful, complex, and crucial, and that vegetarian cooking is truly a thing of beauty. From cheap-eats counters to sophisticated tasting menus, here are our 10 favorite places to eat like a vegetarian in New York right now:
via Maimonide of Brooklyn
Maimonide of Brooklyn
There's a lot to love about this upbeat vegan restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, named for the Jewish physician-philosopher who made a splash in the Middle Ages. We know it's hard to take stuff like kale chips and veggie burgers ($15) seriously in 2013, but the Brooklyn café makes insipid vegan staples fresh again with house-made sweet potato rolls, yucca fries, and a little hip hop. 525 Atlantic Avenue, 718-797-2555
It can be tough for vegetarian noodle-soup lovers in New York. But while most shops' broths are made sweet and silky with pork bones, Cocoron's meatless version finds depth and flavor from seaweed and dry mushrooms. The broth is a lovely accompaniment to the fresh buckwheat noodles that Yoshihito Kida and Mika Ohie prepare each day ($7.80 - $14). The shop hasn't been making yuba regularly lately (ugh, soy-milk supplier issues), so consider yourself lucky if the creamy folds are available. 37 Kenmare Street, 212-966-0800
Some of the most delightful vegetarian food in the world comes from southern India, and at this sunny outpost of the Saravana chain in Kips Bay there are fine renditions of regional dishes like crisp dosas stuffed with spicy, half-mashed potatoes, and thick, pleasingly greasy uthappams. The best dish here might also be the cheapest: hot idli and sambar ($5): Tender steamed rice cakes served with an excellent rendition of the complex, spicy stew, and a side of coconut chutney. This isn't the lean monkish fare you might be imagining -- don't be shy to ask for extra ghee. 81 Lexington Avenue, 212-679-0204