Don't Kill My Vegan Vibe

By Saskia Ghosh

New York City is expensive, and as a student, money can be sparse. Sustaining a vegan lifestyle in such a setting can be tricky, especially when you’re on a budget. Never fear--listed below are five tantalizing vegan spots you can eat at without breaking the bank. Judged on price, proximity, and previous reviews, these restaurants are sure to become your new go-to eateries.

Red Bamboo

140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

Conveniently located next to Washington Square Park in the West Village, Red Bamboo describes itself as cooking up “global vegan cuisine.” Red Bamboo adds to its menu annually, inspired by dishes from around the world. Take out and delivery are both available for those late night study sessions.

  • Price: $8-$12
  • Proximity: 35 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars


Buddha Bodai

5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Serving delicious Kosher, Vegan, and Buddhist meals since 2004, Buddha Bodai is located in the heart of NYC’s Chinatown. Lunch specials are just $7.50.

  • Price: $7-$15
  • Proximity: 50 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars


Little Choc Apothecary

141 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Little Choc Apothecary is located in Brooklyn and specializes in crepes and pressed juices. Gluten-free, vegan, and organic, NYC’s first vegan creperie is a perfect breakfast and brunch spot. The creperie’s chalkboard wall, drawn on by local artists, is a perfect backdrop for artsy Instagram pictures.

  • Price: $10-$12
  • Proximity: 1 hour subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars


Superiority Burger

430 E. 9th Street - New York, NY 10009

Superiority Burger, located in Lower Manhattan, is basically a plant-based Shake Shack. Serving up mouth-watering burgers, fresh salads, and a variety of gelatos and sorbets, Superiority Burger is the perfect place to go for a filling, cheap meal. While most of the items on the menu are vegan, some are vegetarian, so be sure to ask before ordering.

  • Price: $7-$10
  • Proximity: 50 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4 Stars


Cocoa V

174 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

In the wise words of Parks and Recreation’s Donna Meagle, “Treat. Yo. Self.” And what better way to do that than with chocolate? Cocoa V is ethical vegan and certified kosher, serving up truffles, bark, bars, clusters and more. Cocoa V is located in Chelsea and can be ordered online as well. Indulge in a dark cherry chocolate bar or a caramel pretzel cluster during a much-needed study break.

  • Price: $5-$10
  • Proximity: 35 minute subway ride
  • Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars


So, if you ever need a break from dining hall salads and mushy vegetables, take a subway down to one of these delicious spots for a cheap, mouth-watering meal that won’t cause you to drain your bank account.