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NYC Vegan Eats For Every Stage of Dating

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Newly dating a vegan? These are the NYC vegan eats to add to your date night.


Veganism, once thought to be a fad, is becoming the new normal for many New Yorkers and these chefs are listening. They've come up with options for those committed to the Vegan lifestyle to those who are just dabbling in the switch. These are our top NYC vegan eats for date night, organized by the stage you're at from "just friends" to "baecation."


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Stage 1: French Fry Friends

630 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, map + more locations


This is the OG Vegan Fast Food spot that serves delectable sweet potato fries and makes it effortless to ease your friends to Vegan options. Go on a group date and share some classic favorites with a Vegan twist at Beatnic (formerly By CHLOE).

Poppin' Pick: Chicky Deluxe 🍔


Stage 1: First Date Feels

140 West 4th Street, New York, NY, map


First impressions are still important, right? The ambiance here is grade A and the pleasant price point will make paying feel like a steal. Pick up some flowers and bring that Bumble date to Red Bamboo.

Poppin' Pick: Garlic and Scallion Fried Rice 🍚


Stage 2: Vegan Comfort

41 Carmine St, New York, NY, map + more locations


Boasting banging bowls, burritos, buffalo wings and more, this fun and funky spot is perfect for a few dates in. If your date is hip to the music scene and an advocate for community activism then they'll fit right in at Urban Vegan Kitchen.

Poppin' Pick: Buffalo Wings 🍗


Stage 3: Date Night Delight

95 Avenue A, New York, NY, map


You've made it from CoffeeMeetsBagel to an actual anniversary. 👏 To celebrate, level up to a MICHELIN Guided gem without breaking the bank. Embark on a 4 course dine in delight at Avant Garden.

Poppin' Pick: Avocado 🥑


Stage 4: Vacation Vibes

63 Carmine St, New York, NY, map + more locations


The starters, street tacos, and specialities here have an undoubtedly delicious Mexican flair. Tasty tequila based beverages will transport you and your boo from NYC to Cancun and have you singing, "te amo Jajaja Mexicana".

Poppin' Pick: Buffalo Flower Tacos 🌮


From the cozy ambiance to the innovative plant-based creations, each restaurant mentioned is a testament to the growing demand for sustainable and compassionate dining options. So, whether you're a cuffed up or successfully single, these exceptional vegan eateries promise an unforgettable dining experience that showcases the city's dedication to both flavor and ethical choices.


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