Vegetarian (and Vegan) Restaurants Worth a Detour
Collected by Jennifer Flowers , AFAR Staff
The next generation of vegetarian (and vegan) restaurants are no longer niche; they’re just delicious. From Berlin to New York City, here are our favorites—along with a few traditional gems.
130 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
Vegan dining takes an upscale turn at Avant Garden, the 28-seat East Village restaurant from Ravi DiRossi, the entrepreneur behind such popular New York City cocktail bars as Death & Co. and Mayahuel. In a cozy dining room lit by Edison bulbs,...
86 Allen St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Amanda Cohen pioneered vegetarian fine dining in Manhattan with the 2008 opening of her pocket size Dirt Candy, which has become one of the city’s most sought-after reservations. In 2015, she relocated Dirt Candy to a light-filled, 60-seat space...
125 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016, USA
A Manhattan temple to Japan’s centuries-old shojin Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, Kajitsu hews to tradition in a spare, stone-floored dining room in Murray Hill. Japan-born executive chef Hiroki Odo came to New York City after more than a decade...
72 University Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Opened in 2011 in a historic brownstone, Vedge is widely considered one of the best vegan restaurants in America. Even such veganism-averse food critics as Alan Richman have sung its praises, and chef Rich Landau and his wife, Kate Jacoby, the...
8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
Vegan cafés abound in health-conscious L.A., but Crossroads Kitchen, which opened in 2013, sets itself apart by turning plant-based dining into a white tablecloth affair. The audience is much broader, too: 90 percent of Crossroads diners are...
17-18 Took’s Court, London EC4A 1LB, UK
When London chef Andrew Dargue opened his upscale vegetarian restaurant with his wife, Donna Conroy, in 2008, they set some ground rules: no gratuitous piles of lentils, no pasta bakes, no meat substitutes, and absolutely no yoga brochures in the...
16 Lancaster Quay, Mardyke, Cork, T12 FKE1, Ireland
Since he opened Café Paradiso in 1993, County Cork-born chef Denis Cotter has been on a mission to attract omnivorous diners by doing away with what he calls the “penitential” reputation of meat-free cooking. In an intimate, gray-walled dining...
Behrenstraße 55, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The main challenge when visitingBerlin’s hippest vegetarian restaurant is finding the place—it’s hidden in an unglamorous backyard behind the Westin Grand Hotel, and a nondescript door lit by a telltale bulb marks the entrance. Once inside,...
248, Karai Estate, Tardeo Rd, Opp Bhatia Hospital, Anand Nagar, Tardeo, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007, India
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
One of the top places in Kyoto for shojin ryori, Japan’s centuries-old Buddhist vegetarian tradition, Michelin-starred Ajiro is located next to the main gates of the 14th-century Myoshin-ji Zen temple complex, in the northern part of the city. A...