Best Vegetarian Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated vegetarian restaurants in New York City.

Taïm
Middle Eastern · NoLita · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.6

“Fresh and fabulous” falafel is “the really real thing” at chef Einat Admony’s “hole-in-the-wall” Israeli joints, where “glorious” eats at “gentle prices” are “a vegetarian’s dream come true” ; they’re both “fast” and “satisfying” , though the West Village original’s “vest-pocket” space means it’s “best to take away.”
Taim West Village
Falafel · West Village · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.6

“Fresh and fabulous” falafel is “the really real thing” at chef Einat Admony’s “hole-in-the-wall” Israeli joints, where “glorious” eats at “gentle prices” are “a vegetarian’s dream come true” ; they’re both “fast” and “satisfying” , though the West Village original’s “vest-pocket” space means it’s “best to take away.”
Avant Garden
Vegan · East Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

Turning “preconceived notions of vegan food on their head” , this “cozy” East Villager crafts plant-based small plates that are “exquisite for the eye and palate” , served up in “rustic” digs with a kitchen-facing bar; the check “can add up fast” , but to most the “provocative” experience is “worth the extra cash.”
Hangawi
Korean · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

A “wonderful respite” in “honky-tonk” K-town, this “transporting” Korean provides “exquisite” vegan fare that tastes even better in its “Zen-like atmosphere” ; “knowledgeable” service is also part of the “relaxing” package, but “be willing to take your shoes off” – it’s a “requirement” here.
Saravanaa Bhavan
Indian · West 70s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

“Interesting” dosas are “delicious” standouts at these “bustling” branches of a global chain, where the rest of the South Indian veggie fare is “terrific” too; the settings are “uninspiring” and “service could improve” , but you do get “excellent quality” grub at “reasonable prices.”
Candle 79
Organic · East 70s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

“Tasting is believing” at this UES “phenom” that “sets the standard” for vegan “fine dining” with “distinctive” , “quality-sourced” organic dishes and wines delivered by “enthusiastic” servers in “intimate” digs; a “pleasant departure from meaty fare” , it's “so worth” the “premium price.”
Vatan
Indian · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

An “incredible variety of flavors” from “delicate” to “spicy” emerges from the kitchen of this Murray Hill vegetarian Indian where the “authentic Gujarati” specialties come in an all-you-can-eat Thali format for $34; “caring” service and a transporting “village” setting complete the “totally unique experience.”