Usha Foods, founded by Anil and Indira Mathur more than two decades ago, is renowned for its quality, flavor and exceptional customer service. Located at Suite 5.09, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2113, the restaurant has become a symbol of vegan dining in New York. Amanda Cohen has taken the ambition to make people want vegetables to a whole new level by reviving her beloved East Village restaurant on the Lower East Side with an expanded tasting menu and a space three times larger than the original. The spacious dining room features a greenery mural by graffiti artist Noah McDonough and an open kitchen in its center, with a chef's counter and a full bar along one of the walls. Buddha Bodai is another essential vegetarian and vegan destination in New York City.
For more than 45 years, it has been serving plant-based versions of Pekinese duck, turnip pie and vegetarian chicken with sesame. The Veggie Castle buffet is also worth mentioning for its seemingly endless options that have attracted both regular customers and more than 36,000 followers on Instagram. The personalization is unbeatable and the food is especially photogenic. Avant Garden is a 28-seat space decorated with petrified wood countertop and raw tree branches above an open kitchen. It offers plant-based dishes such as a quartet of toast covered with products such as crimini mushrooms with homemade spaghetti and beer, wine and cider.
Another interesting option is Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen, which bears the name of a kung-fu combat style from the cult classic Five Deadly Venoms from 1978. Here you can find plant-based riffs of classics such as a fried oyster and mushroom banh mi and a hamburger with cremini, mushrooms and lentils with homemade tomato sauce and cashew cheese. Lucky Dhaba is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city while immersing yourself in the unique Indian atmosphere. Gois is another great option for those looking for “good for the soul” vegan Indian food in New York. It was opened by someone who moved to New York as a newly-practicing vegan and wanted to offer healthier alternatives to greasy fast food. Amanda Cohen has been at the forefront of fun, experimental vegan dining here in New York for more than a decade. Finally, The historic red sauce restaurant that brims with New York charm offers a fully vegan menu with old school Italian dishes such as plant-based mozzarella.
Increasingly, New York restaurant owners are focusing their attention on vegan and vegetarian food.