It’s no secret that New York is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s not only an amazing city, it’s rich in culture, experience, and my favorite… FOOD! New York is full of amazing vegan food restaurants in each borough. My husband and I enjoy visiting the big city as much as we can, and this year was no different. Brooklyn has become our borough of choice. It’s filled with cool neighborhoods, and plenty of tasty vegan options. Oh, and food for the mister too! This post covers all of my food adventures during my recent trip last month in July.
Orchard Grocer has been on my vegan food “hit list” for quite some time now! My husband and I caught an early flight into NY just so we could eat breakfast in the city. See how dedicated I am to doing research for y’all? Orchard Grocer is a cozy little grocery shop in Brooklyn. Though it’s small, the store is filled with a variety of vegan finds of all kinds. They have a great selection of shelf-stable goods as well as refrigerated foods. They had an abundance of JUST egg and Beyond Meat products, in addition to ones I’d never seen before.
All the grocery items were cool and all, but my main objective was to EAT! In the back of the store there’s a counter where you place your order. I cant remember the name of the sandwich I ordered, but apparently it was a special so it wasn’t listed on the regular menu. I’d seen it on Instagram and was determined to get my hands on it. It was decked out with JUST egg, vegan bacon, and cheese on a lovely croissant. It was delicious, but over priced. $14 for a breakfast sandwich and no sides? Yikes!
The store seemed pretty busy with lots of to-go orders, even though I was one of the few customers in the store. I thought it was cool that everything was made to order, which means each sandwich was fresh! It took a while to get my order, but I’d imagine they had a ton of to-go orders that they were working through prior to my arrival. While waiting for my sandwich, an UberEats driver came by and picked up a bunch of orders.
Modern Love Brooklyn:
I’ve been meaning to visit Modern Love Brooklyn for probably 2 years now! During my recent trips to the big city, I could never seem to get to this part of town, but I made an effort to make sure of it this trip! I’m SO glad I did. I went for brunch, and I just assumed that a place like this would be packed. Especially past 10am! To my surprise, there were quite a few tables available, but they filled quickly after we were seated.
Modern Love Brooklyn has such a cool and relaxed vibe and I loved the artwork displayed on the outside of the building. Super helpful if you were questioning whether or not you’re in the right place! I’d recently seen a picture of their Fried Tofu and Waffles dish on their IG and it looked amazing. I couldn’t help but to order it! It consists of a meyer lemon waffle, crispy fried tofu, macerated strawberries, and rhubarb butter. I was everything I’d hoped for! Seriously perfection. I was completely satisfied with my dish.
Next time I’m in the city, I definitely plan on visiting again. It’s a little pricy ($18 for the tofu and waffles), but it was worth it. I’m sure their other offerings are just as good.
Chickpea & Olive:
Chickpea & Olive must have some weird algorithm thing going on because they’re ALWAYS on my timeline! I’m not complaining though, because their food always looks like it HITS. So of course, I had to come see for myself. It’s located inside of Whole Foods and upon entering, I walked right past it. The sign isn’t that big, but I was looking for an overhead sign which was nonexistent. Finally, we stopped and asked an employee and it turns out we were standing in front of it. If it were a snake it would have bit me!
It seemed like one of the items they’re most known for is their fried tofu sandwich, so I decided to go with one of those. On the menu they have 3 different sauces you can have your tofu dipped in: Nashville (hot), Buffalo (medium), or BBQ (mild). My first choice was Nashville because I like my food spicy! To my surprise, they were out of the Nashville sauce, so I had to go with the next best thing, good ol’ buffalo.
Since they were out of Nashville sauce, the cashier was nice enough to add in an order of cheese fries to make up for it. So kind! Overall, the sandwich was good, but I didn’t feel like it was unique enough to not have been something I could have made at home. Next time I go back, I’ll be looking for the Nashville sauce and I’ll skip the cheese fries next time. The fries weren’t crispy/thick enough to hold up when topped with the sauce. I think the sauce would have paired better with a crinkle cut fry instead of the thinly sliced ones they used.
Next Level Burger:
If there’s a Next Level Burger in town, you’ll find me there. I first visited this spot a few years ago and it’s a must whenever I’m in town. I love that they offer a fun selection of burger options to choose from and their fries are good too! In an effort to try something different, I ordered a chik’n sandwich. My husband ordered a Beyond Burger and we shared an order of loaded fries. Folks, even my omnivore husband enjoyed it.
If you’re near a Next Level Burger, be sure to stop in. In my experience, the staff is always friendly, the food is prompt, and tasty!
You Are Super Natural Pop-Up Restaurant:
When I realized I would be in town during the same dates are the Super Natural Pop- Up, I was SO hype! This pop-up was created by Chloe Coscarelli and Tom Colicchio. If Chloe’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she started By Chloe, a popular vegan restaurant chain. I caught wind of this pop-up and knew that I would have to make a special trip to the city, just to get in on it!
After being turned around a few times by Google maps (on account of all the tall buildings interfering with my service), I finally found it! Thankfully I’d been following their social media account and knew to look for their beautiful floral entrance. I walked in and was immediately greeted by the staff at the other end of the room. I placed my order and was seated along with my vanilla sprinkle cake and dragon fruit lemonade. For my entree, I decided to go with the Animal Lover Burrito- coconut-lime rice, black beans, butternut-cashew queso, maple chorizo, shiitake carnitas, tomato salsa, mango salsa, and guacamole. I’m a sucker for mac and cheese so I decided to try their version of it which was made with cashew cheeze and topped with a jalapeno pesto.
The seating was family style, so I was joined at my table by another party of vegan food lovers. I was pleasantly surprised that there weren’t more people there!
Looking for some other places to eat during your trip to NY check out my posts on previous visits here and here. Where are some of your favorite places to eat when you’re in the big city? I’m sure I’ll be making another trip soon. Let me know in the comments below!