More and more people are coming around to the fact that meat-free does not mean tasteless—rather, vegetables in their prime can be the most flavor-intensive ingredients when cooked properly (just ask Alice Waters). A slew of veggie-loving NYC chefs—including Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy in the East Village, and Ryota Ueshima of Kajitsu—are turning out some of the most inspired dishes in the city.
If you’re a diehard carnivore that thinks a meatless meal can’t be satisfying, just try the fried to order falafel and creamy date, lime, and banana smoothie at Taïm. Or, head over to Murray Hill for complex curries hailing from Gujarat, Punjab, and Kerala. No matter if you’re a vegetarian or meat eater, one of these vegetarian restaurants is sure to hit the spot.
Here are our five favorite vegetarian restaurants in NYC.