REVIEW: Vegan and vegetarian friendly places to eat in Manhattan

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Bluestem Bistro offers vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu items. (Gabriela Faraone | Collegian Media Group)

Nearly two months into the new year, many people are staying true to New Year’s resolutions with gym memberships and diet fads, including trying to add vegetarian and vegan dishes to their diets.

With the increase in the demand for meat-free dishes, popularity is increasing at restaurants in Manhattan that offer delicious vegan and vegetarian options.

It can be hard to transition to this diet without knowing where to go for dinner with friends — here are some of the most vegetarian and vegan-friendly options in Manhattan.

Bluestem Bistro

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Falafel gyro is a vegan friendly option at Bluestem Bistro. (Gabriela Faraone | Collegian Media Group)

If you have already visited Bluestem for its warm and aromatic coffee, another great reason to stop in is to try some of the delicious vegan friendly options they offer on their menu.

One of the most popular items is the falafel gyro, with tzatziki (this is vegetarian but you can replace it with hummus if you would like the vegan version), tomatoes and romaine on garlic naan. Another great vegan option is the veggie on focaccia sandwich. If your diet allows dairy products, the veggie deep dish and tomato soup are options that never fail.

Tallgrass Tap House

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Tallgrass Tap House offers a black bean burger and sweet potato fries. (Gabriela Faraone | Collegian Media Group)

If you are looking for a place to spend a great night with friends, Tallgrass Tap House is one of your best options. You don’t need an excuse to celebrate and treat yourself with the Konza Prairie veggie burger made with a wild rice and black bean walnut patty, served with french fries or sweet potatoes fries. If you are worried about eating gluten free, ask to replace the bun with a lettuce wrap. The Tap House also has salad options and vegetarian friendly bowls.

The Chef

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The Chef has vegan and vegetarian breakfast options. (Gabriela Faraone | Collegian Media Group)

If your family comes to visit and you’re the only one with a restricted diet, plan on a visit to The Chef. Make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes early; weekends can be very busy and crowded.

While The Chef has few vegan options, they have a lot of vegetarian options. The veggie bennie is fresh sautéed vegetables served over a toasted english muffin with eggs. Additional, they have a great veggie omelet and awesome pancakes. The best vegan option is the veggie wrap.

Full House

For something slightly different than muffins and burgers, try Full House, a Chinese restaurant devoted to traditional Chinese food. The service is fast, and the environment is serene. They offer two different menus, ranging from more traditional dishes to the most eccentric ones. The options are limitless from noodles, fried rice, vegetable egg rolls and fried tofu with steamed veggies.

Pie Five Pizza

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Pie Five Pizza has vegan cheese, gluten free crust and veggies to personalize your pizza to match your diet.(Gabriela Faraone | Collegian Media Group)

Pie Five Pizza is a great option because they offer a variety of doughs and topping options. They have vegan-friendly cheese and a cauliflower crust. Pick one of these options, add your favorite sauce and veggies, and voila. Pie Five is friendly for vegans, vegetarians and those who have to eat gluten-free.

Next time you’re wanting to treat yourself without sacrificing your healthy lifestyle, keep these vegetarian and vegan restaurant finds in mind. Additionally, while some restaurants might not have specific menu items tailored to these diets, you can always ask to replace or take some ingredients out of their dishes.

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