Black Flamingo, a taqueria by day and nightclub, serves a variety of unique tacos dishes, such as Asada (grilled seitan, refried pinto beans, pineapple and avocado jicama sauce), tinga (simmered jackfruit, fried potato, pickled red cabbage, cream, radish and green sauce) and more. Pair your tacos with an order of Tostones, made with double fried green bananas, chimichurri with garlic and cilantro aioli. Bar Verde brings a passion for plant-based cuisine to a new Mexican concept with influences from other Latin countries. Guests will enjoy a variety of dishes to share, including variations of guacamoles, ceviches, French fries and sauces, a full menu of tacos and a host of exclusive main courses combined with an extensive list of organic and sustainable tequila and mezcal cocktails in a warm and informal setting, located in the heart of New York's East Village.
Driven by the ambition to make people want vegetables, Amanda Cohen revived her beloved East Village restaurant on the Lower East Side with an expanded tasting menu and a space three times larger than the original, with capacity for 18 people. Decorated with a greenery mural by graffiti artist Noah McDonough, the spacious dining room focuses on the open kitchen, which is located in its center, with a chef's counter and a full bar along one of the walls. Despite recent renovations that have renovated the space, Buddha Bodai remains one of New York's most essential vegetarian and vegan dining destinations, offering plant-based versions of Pekinese duck, turnip pie and vegetarian chicken with sesame for more than 45 years. The seemingly endless options at the Veggie Castle buffet have attracted both regular customers and more than 36,000 followers on Instagram.
The personalization is unbeatable and, luckily for visitors with hungry eyes, it's also especially photogenic, as evidenced by hundreds of labeled photos of vegan fish baked in salt, grilled chicken, wings and other alternative proteins. The name is a bit joking for parents, but Avant Garden's 28-seat space, with a petrified wood countertop and raw tree branches above an open kitchen, is full of authentic plant-based dishes. Combine a quartet of toast covered with products such as crimini mushrooms with homemade spaghetti and drink beer, wine and cider. The restaurant, which bears the name of a kung-fu combat style from the cult classic Five Deadly Venoms from 1978 and appears on posters of old martial arts movies from the 70s and 80s, serves 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.
The historic red sauce restaurant that brims with New York charm, such as plant-based mozzarella, offers a fully vegan menu with old school Italian dishes. If you're looking for Mexican food, there's no shortage of places to visit in the city, with more than 900 restaurants serving Mexican food.