Top 5 Little-Known Vegan Restaurants

Saskia Randle

One of the strangest feelings, as a vegan, is arriving to a vegan restaurant and looking at the extensive list of possibilities on the menu. Decisions, decisions! We’re used to arriving at a restaurant and being directed to the one option on the menu. One option, if we’re lucky.  

It’s a strange feeling — but also a good one! These 5 restaurants are worth the trip for vegans and meat-eaters alike. And just because they’re labeled “vegan” doesn’t mean they're any less indulgent. They all have one thing in common: their dishes bursting with unique combinations of flavors.

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Little Choc Apothecary

141 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Little Choc Apothecary is the perfect weekend brunch spot for an off-campus adventure. You’ll be met with a cozy atmosphere inside (even more cozy when coming from 15 degree weather), and once you’re seated you’ll find you could be quite content sitting and sipping tea for the afternoon. Lining the brick walls are jars of herbs and tea leaves, which come together to create their long list of tea flavors. Served on mismatched and floral plates, their inventive crepes contain bursts of flavor, from smoky pulled jackfruit to mint-basil pesto. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, I recommend creating your own sweet crepe, or getting an “Afternoon Tea” combination — a crepe served with vegan scones and cookies of your choice.

Cinnamon Snail

2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121

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Known for its creative sandwiches and delectable donuts, Cinnamon Snail is the most reliable vegan pit-stop near Penn Station, whether you’re looking for a hearty lunch or an afternoon snack. My personal favorite is the “Thanksgiving Sandoo” — proof that vegan thanksgiving is so good it can happen at any time of year, AND between two perfectly toasted pieces of baguette. Make sure to grab some extra napkins, because these sandwiches are brimful with ingredients! Looking for a vegan birthday surprise? They’ll custom shape your donuts to spell something for you!

Jajaja

162 E Broadway, New York, NY, 10002

Jajaja is a vegan mexican restaurant that gives off cafe vibes during the day, and bar vibes at night.  Be prepared to wait in line, because Jajaja has become a popular dinner destination, and understandably so! My personal favorite? The “fish” taco made with hemp and flax seed battered chayote squash and drizzled with chipotle almond butter. You’re going to want to start with nachos, too. And when they ask if you want guacamole, the answer is yes!

Bunna Cafe

1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

If you’ve never tried Ethiopian food, this is a good place to start! Bunna Cafe is a bit of a hike from campus, but once you’ve finished your meal, you’ll be happy you made the trip. Check out there calendar online to see when you can catch some live music to accompany your dinner. I recommend the “Feast for Two” — you get to try a little bit of each dish.


Champ’s Diner

197 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

If you feel like you’re missing out on milkshakes, pancakes, burgers, and mac n cheese, then look no further. Champ’s Diner has every indulgent item on your average diner menu…and more. You might be confused when you see “Reuben”, “Philly Cheese Steak”, and “Chicken and Waffles”, on the menu. But don’t fret — it’s vegan!


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