Maoz is most famous for its expansive salad bar, but its falafel ($4.95)—a home-baked pita bread filled with crispy, handmade balls of vitamin-rich chickpeas, fresh spices, and vegetables—lends itself better to a leisurely lunchtime eat-and-amble through the nearest park. You can build off the falafel's delicious base with a splash of hummus, eggplant, baba ganoush, avocado, and more ($0.50–$1/add). Pair it with Belgian fries and sauce, side salad, sweet potato fries, or seasonal soup ($3–$4), and wash it all down with fresh-squeezed orange juice.
If you believe that all sentient beings should live and love in harmony with each other, the Chelsea outpost of Loving Hut – one of more than 120 locations worldwide – is the place to be, offering conscious eaters a guilt-free vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner. From tofu and avocado salads to sautéed udon and mushroom quesadillas, the restaurant – under the tutelage of Supreme Master Ching Hai – seeks to fulfill its mission of a healthier, more compassionate planet through dietary changes and tasty meat alternatives. Slimmed-down eaters that have gone completely veg will have no problem fitting into the surprisingly narrow dining area, which has a simple line of small white tables and stools along one wall, inscribed with inspirational vegan messages for hungry eaters.
Flavorful, internationally inspired raw food often draws celebs such as Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler to this East Village eatery, according to Time Out New York. But Quintessence has plenty to offer beyond star-spotting. Chefs lovingly construct each dish on the menu from organic fruit, vegetables, and grains never heated above 118 degrees. The staff piles raw pizzas with toppings such as spiced nuts, kalamata olives, and avocado, and craft raw pastas from yellow squash. The brunch menu incorporates sprouted-kamut bread and sweet yam crepes to recreate breakfast staples from benedicts to bagels. All desserts are nondairy and sugar-free, including the house-made ice crème and the pecan pie on a crush of soaked almonds, walnuts, and dates.
The Organic Grill, located in the East Village, proves that believing in social and environmental consciousness can also be good for your taste buds. The restaurant has a steady stream of customers, who come for fully organic dishes prepared with clean, sustainably raised ingredients. The menu covers the entire day, with super seed waffles and tofu rancheros for breakfast, green veggie sandwiches and salmon burgers for lunch and paradise casserole and vegan pierogies for dinner. Tea lovers also revel in the almost 50 organic varieties available, which can be ordered with whole, almond, soy or rice milk. The lime-green frontage, mustard walls and turquoise counter space add a sense of fun, as does the friendly staff.
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Mentioned by the New York Times, New York magazine, and Time Out New York, Teany Cafe, acclaimed musician Moby’s culinary brainchild, fashions fresh, meat-free morsels alongside an expansive selection of soothing steepables from around the world. A collection of 98 loose-leaf teas line the brightly-lit walls of the café, sporting a multitude of aromas and origins, from the delicately flavored Chinese organic silver needle to the full-bodied irish breakfast (prices vary). Herbivores can greet the soy-based sunrise with a variety of vegan muffins and scones ($3.50 each) paired with a warm beverage, such as the candied-apple teanychino ($3.50)—a fusion of apple, hibiscus, and rose hips, blended with caramel and steeped in regular, skim, or soy milk. Vegetarian chicken-salad sandwich melts ($8) lie in wait for an unsuspecting picnic basket or innocent potluck, and zucchini, wild mushrooms, and olives nestle into the vegan quiche’s flaky pastry, topped with a vegan tomato-cream sausage sauce and served alongside a verdant salad ($9). Decadent vegan delights, such as chocolate peanut-butter mousse cake ($5) and four-berry cheesecake ($5), finish off herbivorous helpings.