A list of restaurants in various places that I have fallen in love with and some short quips and suggested delicacies you might need to try out...
Harvest at the Bindery (3101 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232) - (503) 894-9172
Full disclosure: I work at Harvest. That said, it is currently my favorite restaurant in Portland and is at the forefront of interesting and mouth-tantalizingly incredible vegan cuisine. Other than the seitan at brunch, there are no faux meats or tofu... this is vegetable worship at it's most artistic extremes. Local farms supply almost the entire spread and as such it is all seasonal, organic, and everything is used "root to tip". Those sound like catchphrases and they are, but Harvest is the real deal.
Top entrees: grilled sweet potatoes with cashew miso aioli, BBQ trumpet mushroom platter, Kale panzanella salad; at brunch- Biscuit Benedict, Hen (oyster mushrooms) and grits, Spicy Dilly Bloody Mary.
Portobello Vegan Trattoria (1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97214) - (503) 754-5993Get the Arrabiata pizza and whatever seasonal gnocchi and ravioli they have. They make everything from the seitan, pasta, cashew cheeses, etc in house and it is all really great. A long-time date-night and birthday destination.
A. N. D. Cafe (5420 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215) - (503) 233-4550
Another full-disclosure: I also work here. Great and creative breakfast and lunch cafe. I recommend the Hot Nest with the vegan quesadilla added, the Reuben, the Kale Club Salad and the specials are usually amazing and worth trying.
Black Water Bar (835 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232)
So yeah, I ALSO work here. I have a lot of jobs. This place is the best hosting DIY all-ages punk and metal shows several nights a week and a full vegan menu of excellent pub grub made from scratch and locally-brewed beers from punk brew-masters Deven and Bougie. Standouts on the menu: French Dip Sandwich, Scorpion Burger, Western Burger, BBQ Sandwich, Mozzarella sticks, and for some reason, we have the best french fries ever, I do not understand why, but they are considerably better than most.
Harlow (3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214) - (971) 255-0138
Delicious and healthy vegetarian and mostly vegan cafe with juices and smoothies too. I think the breakfast menu is WAY better than the lunch or evening selections so go before 2:30pm to have breakfast there. My favorites: Outlaw Smokey Tempeh Scramble, Mercy Blues Polenta Hash, Breakfast tacos when they have them on special, cold brew Americano with coconut milk and their dark chocolate banana walnut bread. BTW they are entirely gluten-free and even though I love gluten you won't miss it with their cuisine.
Canteen (2816 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214) - (503) 922-1858
Delicious and simple vegan bowls and juices and smoothies. Get the Bangkok Avocado Curry bowl, the Portland Bowl with hazelnuts and tempeh or the Raw Walnut Crumbles Taco salad.
Food Fight! (1217 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 972140 - (503) 233-3910
Not a restaurant, but an awesome vegan grocery store run by hilarious and passionate animal rights-centered punks. I highly recommend everyone shop there. It's DIY and the people running it are awesome. It is also often cheaper and better stocked with weird hard-to-find vegan odds and ends than anywhere else. Support the locally-owned vegan businesses!
Nectar Cafe (1925 Northeast 42nd Avenue Ste. East, Portland, OR 97213) - (971) 302-6359
Hippy-dippy coffeeshop with pretty good waffles and bagel sandwiches. I really like the jalapeño cream cheese and veggie sausage avocado bagel... they use the spicy everything bagel from Black-heart Bagels and it rules.
Taqueria Los Gorditos (1212 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202) - (503) 445-6289
Stick to your ribs greasy and delicious Mexican food. I've been supporting these folks since they were just a food truck on a formerly quiet corner of SE Division and 50th Ave... Get the vegan Soycurl Fajita Burrito and add avocado for $0.50. Don't plan on moving around too much afterwards if you eat the whole thing haha. They have several locations, I just put the SE one because Apex Beer Bar next door has a huge patio and you can get your burrito and go over there to eat it and drink some beer on a sunny or rainy afternoon.
Phô Jasmine (97217, 714 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217)
My favorite phô anywhere, period. I've tried to like the cheaper ones in Seattle that are "more authentic". I have enjoyed phô chay pretty much anywhere I've had it but no one has phô as good as Phô Jasmine. Get the Phô Chay (number 140, veggie phô). Maybe if you are hungry enough also split some tofu salad rolls and the Salt and Pepper Tofu appetizer.
Thai Food Cafe (833 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217) - (503) 285-8745
Very good and affordable Thai food with an entire menu of vegan chicken, pepper "steak", tempeh and the old standby fried tofu. You can't go wrong with a soy chicken Pad Thai, the tofu Tom Kha soup or the Avocado and Vegan Ham salad rolls with sweet chili sauce.
Back To Eden Bakery (2217 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211) - (503) 477-5022
Portland's BEST vegan bakery. They also have soft serve ice cream, coconut bliss and a zillion kinds of milk shakes, sundaes and banana splits. Oh diabetes, you never looked sooo good. Also, entirely gluten free for those of you who need that.
Sweet Pea Bakery (1205 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214) - (503) 477-5916
Portland's other excellent vegan bakery. Honestly, it is good, I just prefer Back to Eden. The sandwiches are really good and every now and then I need a Charlie Brown (Dark chocolate ganache on top of a thick layer of peanut butter with a delicious crust underneath).
Enat Kitchen ( 300 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217) - (503) 285-4867
After Dalo's lost their restaurant I was pretty bummed. Not only about losing their awesome Ethiopian cuisine, but that another local black-owned business was being displaced for more stupid condos and trendy Portlandia bullshit. Anyhow, Enat Kitchen are amazing. Sorry for the rant. Get the Vegetarian Combo and some of their stuffed jalapeños. They have THE BEST injera I have found as well.
The Sweet Hereafter (3326 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214)
From the minds of the same folks who started Bye & Bye, this SE bar has an extremely enticing menu. I almost always order the Buffalo Soy-curl Sub with miso cheese, but the Eastern Bowl, Jerk Bowl, and Pretzel Knots are all great; and they always have raw vegan cheesecake as well... oh and they are open LATE (just don't be that jerk that orders food after 1:30 AM).
The Bye & Bye (1011 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211)
Bye & Bye opened shortly after I moved to Portland. It was, as far as I know, our first entirely vegan bar. Many have opened since, and I want to open on myself at some point. I will likely take some cues from their wildly successful and delicious operations. Anyhow, the place is wonderful. Try the North Williams (bourbon and spicy ginger beer), BBQ Platter, Weeping Tiger Sandwich, Meatball Sub, and they also have vegan raw cheesecake. Open LATE.
Proper Eats (8638 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203) - (503) 445-2007
Hippies love this place and so do I. Wait, am I a hippy? Don't answer that. Excellent organic and local ingredients and for a long time they've been one of the only spots to eat for vegans in St Johns.
Get the Biscuits and Gravy with greens and sweet potatoes, the Cornmeal Tempeh platter, or they also have a great reuben.
Get the Biscuits and Gravy with greens and sweet potatoes, the Cornmeal Tempeh platter, or they also have a great reuben.
Homegrown Smoker (4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217) - (503) 277-3823
This is what happens when a vegan stoner opens a food cart in Portland, and it is absolutely amazing. We are talking mac and cheese burritos (The Mac-no-Cheeto), vegan bacon cheeseburgers (Hyamburger), hush puppies with cajun remoulade, The Buff Burrito (beyond meat chicken with buffalo sauce, mac and cheese, kale) etc... this place is delicious and I live right by it so I go often. Definitely not for the health-obsessed, hail seitan.
Native Bowl (4233 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217) - (503) 330-7616
A little food cart with scrumptious bowls right next to HGS (the cart above). They have the vegan corner of this food-cart "pod", and they were there when two different vegan carts shared the space, Ruby Dragon (RIP) and a vegan sushi cart (also RIP). Anyhow, everything here is great although I ALWAYS get the Couch Bowl. They tell me I am one of the only people who orders that one every time, but I can't get enough: sautéed tofu tossed in GOCHUJANG with jasmine rice, spinach and fried bean sprouts. Allow me wax on about gochujang a moment; this smokey and spicy fermented soy "barbeque" sauce is so good and so unique tasting I have sought it out at Fubonn Asian Market and Hong Phat Grocery out on E. 82nd Ave and made interesting things with it at home, but nothing as good as the Couch Bowl (pronounced Cooch after the eponymous street in NE Portland).
Garden Bar (25 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209) - (971) 888-5263
Salads for days. This place is trendy and in the Pearl but I like it because for $9.00 you can get a truly EPIC salad; we're talking arugula/kale/spinach tossed in a Oregon White Truffle Oil vinaigrette with salted bagel chip croutons, marinated shitake mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, jicama, chopped fennel bulb, and lemon pepper tempeh. That's right, 6 ingredients in a massive and filling salad for $9.00. I love a good salad and am not afraid of the rabbit food stereotypes so bring it.
Shandong (3724 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232) - (503) 287-0331
Good old greasy Chinese food with tons of vegan options and a full bar to boot. I highly recommend the vegan soy-curl napa cabbage-stuffed pot sticker, the Gwai Wer noodles with fried tofu (their noodles are handmade long wheat noodles, sooo good) and the Sesame Tofu (but add some bok choi because it's just tofu and sauce otherwise).
Uchu Sushi (3940 N. Mississippi Avenue Portland, Oregon 97227) - (503) 281-8248
Sushi spot with a good happy hour on weeknights and decent vegan options. It's all about the veganized Iggy Popper roll: roasted jalapeño stuffed with vegan cream cheese and then rolled into rice and nori. We've made this one at home and we make better vegan sushi at home than they do but when you are feeling lazy and want to go out for sushi, this place is great.
Loving Hut (1239 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201) - (503) 248-6715
You know the Supreme Master Ching Hai! She's got a posse. Or a cult. Not sure which. Either way, she's been spreading veganism all over the world for decades. I used to go to the vegetarian house in Phoenix, Berkeley and here in Portland (RIP that last one). Golden Era in San Francisco and Golden Lotus in Oakland are also under her influence as you'll see from their pamphlets and the TVs with her emblazoned across them. Either way, tasty faux meat vegan Chinese food is fine by me. Get the vegan crab puffs and the Mongolian "beef".
Falafel House (7316 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203) - (503) 714-6287
Mikey is a rad punk fella who used to make amazing vegan sandwiches on a panini press at the first incarnation of Black Water Records DIY show-space on SE Morrison and 20th Ave called GRILLED BY DEATH (RIP). When that space was raised for more ugly condos, Black Water Records found a new warehouse and he decided to go legit restaurant style (Black Water did this as well a few years after he did) and take over the kitchen at a failing venue in NW Portland called Slabtown (another painful RIP). While that existed, he made the BEST falafel, vegan shawarma, shawarma fries (like Middle Eastern nacho fries... head exploding right??) etc etc... Well, he's back!! And the full menu we all grew to love is on offer at his food truck in St John's. Git some!
Vtopia Cheese Shop (1628 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201) - (503) 686-3839
Vegan aged sharp cheddar cheese is a thing. You can buy it to take home and eat it with everything bagel crackers in bed while watching Netflix and drinking wine... or you can get a cheese sampler platter at the shop. Your call.
Snackrilege (625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211)
Roz started making delicious seitan sandwiches on ciabatta rolls a few years ago with heavy metal puns in their name (my favorites are the Joey DeMayo and the South of Seitan). She has since grown the concept into a cozy Airstream food-cart with a fully vegan menu. Try the South By Southwest BBQ Burger.
Tao of Tea (3430 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 - (503) 736-0119
Switching gears a bit, this is a quiet little tea shop with a zillion delicious kinds of tea to order and they feature an entirely vegetarian menu of tea snacks and light bites. I love the shepherd's purse Bao (steamed rice buns with greens and garlic inside) and the Chana Tea Break (chana masala chickpeas with a samosa).
Bombay Chaat House (804 SW 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97205) - (503) 241-7944
All vegetarian and very affordable Indian lunch cart in Downtown Portland. I hardly go downtown but this is certainly a destination if I do. My favorite dish is the Aloo-Tikki Chana minus the raita (yogurt sauce)... it is perfectly seasoned garbanzo beans with onions and spices and a special fried potato tikki.
DC Vegetarian (430 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204) - (503) 317-4448
Another awesome downtown veggie lunch cart only open for lunch run by rad people. Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger= enough said. It's like being a kid again going to McDonalds if McDonalds weren't destroying the environment, slaughtering animals, exploiting workers, and widening the waistbands of working class America.
Boké Bowl (1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214) - (503) 719-5698
Damn good vegan ramen. We aren't talking that cheap stuff we've all lived off of when broke or on tour... but Caramelized Fennel dashi broth with rice "tots" and Japanese eggplant. They also have bao (buns) and their Westside location apparently has vegan Dim Sum that I am really going to have to try soon.
Mi Mero Mole (32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209) - (971) 266-8575
Trendy restaurant going for traditional Mexico City-inspired street food: stews called guisados that can be made into plates, burritos, tacos or quesadillas. They have three rotating vegan guisados and they are pretty damn delicious. Mole, poblanos, mushrooms, nopales, the occasional rarity of huitlacoche, etc etc...
Vita Cafe (3023 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211) - (503) 335-8233
Chances are if you've been to Portland before and you are veggie or vegan, you've been to Vita Cafe. While I think it has been surpassed since it's heyday as Portland's premier vegan destination, they still have some tasty stuff that I enjoy from time to time. Our go to is the Faux Turkey Benedict at breakfast with spinach and thin sliced seitan "turkey", hollandaise sauce and we substitute tempeh for the tofu. Great hangover grub.
East Glisan Pizza (8001 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213) - (971) 279-4273
They have cashew cheese made in house as well as delicious grilled eggplant and Calabrian chile peppers (and the oil from them which is perfect drizzled on the pizza as you eat it). Excellent little pizzeria and neighborhood bar on the outskirts of East Portland.
Junior's Cafe (1742 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214) - (503) 467-4971
Old-school Portland breakfast dinner with sparkled vinyl booths, Victorian wallpaper, and a great greasy spoon menu with most options veganizable. Classic dishes are the green chile migas tofu scramble, the vegan french toast breakfast and the breakfast sandwich with tofu, vegan sausage, spicy tofu sauce, braised greens and tomatoes and a side of hash browns.
El Nutri Taco (2124 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211) - (503) 473-8447
Another Mexican eatery that started as a food cart and grew into a brick and mortar restaurant. Great vegan menu in addition to the omni one. I prefer the burrito I described from Los Gorditos, but the soyrizo and potato torta at El Nutri Taco is incredible. Douse it in their avocado salsa and thank me later.
Pancho Villa Taqueria (3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103) - (415) 864-8840
I've talked about this place in blogposts already. Fast-paced hole in the wall taqueria, a dying breed in the google-infested Mission. The tofu ranchero burrito has been the object of my questing every time I have gone to the Bay Area for over a decade. Go and see for yourself why.
Taqueria Cancun (2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110) - (415) 252-9560
Another great burrito, just the classic veggie style this time. A few doors down from the great punk bar and venue the Knock Out, and surrounded by rad Latino dance clubs and drag nights.
El Buen Sabor (699 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110) - (415) 552-8816
"The Good Flavor" and they are not wrong in naming it that. Huge delicious burritos in the Mission just down the street from Pancho Villa. If you are on a burrito tasting tour, you gotta go here too.
La Penca Azul Taco Truck (720 High St, Oakland, CA 94601) - (510) 436-4771
Oakland and San Francisco might as well be different countries. My friends in Oakland don't step foot in San Francisco unless they absolutely have to (like if Motörhead are playing in the city) and so those Mission burritos are just not attainable unless you wanna pay the toll, find parking and be grossed out by how much they've killed San Francisco... Never fear. Oakland has hella cheap and delicious burrito trucks. This one is the best one. I got a vegan burrito the size of my arm. It lasted me three meals, and they had fire-roasted jalapeños and onions on the side that made every bite blissful. I've only been to the truck in Fruitvale but they have a restaurant as well.
Souley Vegan (301 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607) - (510) 922-1615
Great gut-bombtastic soul food. Crispy Spicy Fried Tofu BBQ sandwiches, mac and cheese, stewed collard greens, hush puppies, etc etc... great stuff. Right down the street from Oakland Metro and next door to the best beer bar in the Bay; Beer Revolution. Touring bands always go there because of the proximity to great beer and the Oakland Metro House.
Cha Ya Sushi (1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709) - (510) 981-1213
Incredible and creative vegan sushi. I have not been in a long time but I am always very impressed.
Timeless Coffee (4252 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611) - (510) 985-1360
Great pastries, great coffee. Empanadas, vanilla soft-serve and espresso (Affogato), a very creative all-vegan spot that is very close to the classic punk day-drinking destination in Piedmont; Mountain View Cemetery and the Chapel of the Chimes.
Burma Superstar (4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609) - (510) 652-2900
Fancy Burmese restaurant that is always busy and crowded. Still, the coconut rice and their stirfrys and vegan curries are legit.
Flaco's Tacos (3031 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703) - (510) 981-8081I have not been impressed by the rest of their menu, but the "chicken" taquitos are so damn good, you'll order more than your first round.
Golden Lotus (1301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612) - (510) 893-0383
Another Supreme Master spot, but they have delicious Vietnamese fare. I am all about their Thai Hot and Sour Soup.
Ranchos Cocina (3910 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104) - (619) 574-1288
Hands down, one of the BEST Mexican restaurants I have ever been to. They make everything from scratch and even the tortillas are just ridiculously good. Vegan carne asada burrito, "fish" tacos, etc etc etc... so good.
Pokez (947 E St, San Diego, CA 92101) - (619) 702-7160
Classic punk rock Mexican spot. Been going here since I was 16. Not as good as Ranchos, but this place still rules and the soyrizo burrito with that orange ranchero sauce is a greasy great.
Cruzer Pizza ( 4449 Prospect Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027) - (323) 666-0600
All vegan pizzeria open late in the Silverlake/Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Super tasty.
Cactus Taqueria (950 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038) - (323) 464-5865
Hole-in-the-wall Mexican food stand near Hollywood, CA. Great cheap Mexican food, very vegan-friendly and open late.
Moonlight Cafe (1919 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144) - (206) 322-3378
I end up going here EVERY time I am in Seattle. Amazing vegan Vietnamese food. Ask for the green vegan menu and then just marvel at your HUNDREDS of options to chose from. The shredded tofu salad rolls are the best salad rolls I have ever had anywhere, even better than our homemade ones.
Highline Bar (210 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102) - (206) 328-7837
Stomach-pleasing vegan pub grub and a great DIY metal and punk venue in the long gentrified Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Dylan from Bell Witch runs this spot and has put a lot of love into it and I think it very clearly shows.
In The Bowl Thai (1554 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102) - (206) 568-2343
Super delicious all vegan Thai place down the street from Highline and Black Lodge in Seattle. Everything I have had has been good but the noodles are the best. Don't get too arrogant about the spice level, they like to truly make it THAI HOT if you ask, which is way hotter than you're probably used to.
Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe (4757 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105) - (206) 522-6966
Bourgeoise organic and vegan restaurant in West Seattle that has delicious albeit spendy options.
Wayward Cafe (801 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115) - (206) 524-0204
Vegan dinner run for and by punks in the University District of Seattle. Great gut-bomby American fried goodness. I love eating there, but I hate the way I feel a few hours later.
Plum Bistro (1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) - (206) 838-5333
I have only been once, but it was quite delicious. All vegan bistro in Capitol Hill.
Georgetown Liquor Company (5501 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108) -(206) 763-6764
Vegetarian bar serving great food until 10 PM. Classic sandwiches and salads, punk DJs and nintendo games. Occasionally they have rad shows too.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Bandida's Taqueria (2781 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5, Canada) +1 604-568-8224
The highlight of my post about going to Vancouver, BC with my love to see Bolt-Thrower. The Lemmy (butternut squash chile rellenos) and their homemade habanero sauce will be in my life again any and every time I am in their proximity.
Black Lodge Bar (630 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3K4, Canada) +1 604-620-7070
David Lynch obsessed Twin Peaks-themed all vegetarian bar with great poutine and vegan pie a la mode.
The Storm Crow Tavern (1305 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5, Canada) +1 604-566-9669
Gamers! Nerds! Fantasy and Sci-Fi Ephemera Collectors! Rejoice and revel in the bar designed specifically for and by your ilk. Shelves loaded with games, walls covered in rare nerd swag, Dice-drinking game menu, and loads of yummy vegan options on their menu of Canadian pub grub. Yes, they have poutine.
Wallflower Cafe (2420 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2, Canada) +1 604-568-7554
Awesome little dinner staffed by punks and serving a plethora of vegan delights. Awesome benedict and stiff drinks.
Vegan Pizza House (2119 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 2T4, Canada) +1 604-248-5336
Cheap and delicious vegan pizza and it's open late. A weird little mini-mall spot that you should not judge by it's appearance. Check it out!
Blackbird Pizzeria (507 s 6th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147) - 215.625.6660 (http://www.blackbirdpizzeria.com/)
I know I talked this place up in my post about touring through Philadelphia, but really, this is some of the best pizza and vegan Philly Cheesesteak action you'll find. Right around the corner from a cool punk bar called Tattooed Moms where you can rinse this carb-tastic pleasantry down with some booze served to you by salty Philly punx.
Vinnie's Pizzeria (in Williamsburg at 148 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211) & (Greenpoint at 253 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222) (http://www.vinniesbrooklyn.com/)
NYC pizza with tons of vegan options. They've been open for about 50 years bringing Brooklyn classic pizza late into the night. Crazy vegan pizza toppings like BBQ "spare ribs", mac and cheese, Teriyaki "chicken", etc etc and once you are there you HAVE to try the vegan "wings" and a "ham and cheese" pinwheel!
Mamoun's Falafel (22 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003)
This place has multiple locations but the St Marks Place one is classic Manhattan, surrounded by "punk" stores, really close to the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Alphabet City etc etc and they are open until 4 AM weekdays and 5 AM weekends!!! Not the best falafel you've ever had, but for $3.50 at 4 in the morning can you really complain?!?!?
Red Bamboo (140 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012) - (212) 260-7049 (http://www.redbamboo-nyc.com/)
Incredible vegan Asian and soul food... we ate here several times on our NYC vacation several years ago and I am looking forward to going back. Very close to SOHO and Washington Square Park.
Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli (369 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013) - (212) 219-8341
Vegan curried "chicken" and lemongrass Bahn Mí near Chinatown and the Lower East Side (LES) in Manhattan, NYC. RAD!!
Babycakes NYC (248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002) - (855) 462-2292
Vegan, gluten-free and kosher bakery in the LES, NYC. Just up the street from ABC No Rio and the Cakeshop. Try their savory stuffed biscuits!! They use coconut oil instead of regular shortenings and margarines so it tastes and feels much healthier than usual baked fare.
Cakeshop NYC (152 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002) - (212) 253-0036
Not so much a vegan eating destination, but a cool little art gallery and music venue. Good coffee, vegan empanadas and vegan baked goods. In the last cheap area of Manhattan, the LES.
ABC NO RIO (156 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002) - (212) 254-3697
Legendary anarchist punk warehouse and former squat that was fought for and defended from big money developers and the city government taking it and raising it for more "modern NYC" yuppie crap. They still host hardcore punk matinees every Saturday afternoon, activist events, art exhibitions, poetry readings and food not bombs meal preparations as well as housing an extensive zine library and being "ground zero" for NYC punk since 1980. If you love DIY punk, hardcore, art, resistance culture, anarchism, etc as much as me, this place is a necessary destination.