Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vegan in NYC!

So Brian and I went to New York for a couple of days recently and boy what an amazing selection of vegan dining! We live in little Rhode Island and dining out here typically involves scanning menus for potentially vegan options followed by lot of questions for the waitstaff (although we really have gotten quite good at this, and in fairness there are some delicious vegan dishes in restaurants by us as well). But New York City - that was an entirely different experience. All of the restaurants we ate in were advertised vegan restaurants. We could order anything on the menu! And for small burst of time we were no longer outliers, weirdos, freaks - everyone was eating vegan. It was incredible! And the food... the food was absolutely amazing. So in case you ever find yourself in NYC and are looking for some good vegan restaurants, here's a little outline of our dining experiences.

Our favorite place by far was Wild Ginger Pan-Asian Vegan Cafe. Brian got vegan general tso's soy protein (picture), we also had miso soup, crispy soy protein, and I had a mango seitan dish, with brown rice and a spring roll... from beginning to end this place was SO GOOD! :) We highly recommend.

If you're looking for vegan sushi (and we were!) try Franchia. There is a focus on tea here - so if you enjoy tea, all the more reason to check it out. They had 10 different types of vegan sushi, with soy and seaweed based substitutes for crab, shrimp, tuna, and chicken. We really enjoyed it. Here is a pic of a spicy chicken roll, spicy tuna roll, and crabmeat avocaado hand roll...mmmm.

And last, but certainly not least... vegan chocolate anyone?? Cocoa V. Vegan chocolate truffles, bon bons, baked goods, shakes, and more. This place was like heaven. The chocolates were beautiful too! They told us they used transfer sheets to create patterns on some, others were hand painted. It was crazy - and incredibly delicious. Pictured from left to right is a vanilla caramel truffle, agave nectar bon bon, chocolate truffle and mint bon bon.

All in all it was a very palate-pleasing trip! :)