Widely believed to be the first vegetarian restaurant in New York City, Vegetarian Restaurant No. 1 opened its doors in 1895 on West 23rd Street. The limited opening-night menu included dishes that by today's standards would have been considered extremely simple, even boring: fruit soup, field salad with mayonnaise dressing, spaghetti with tomato sauce, and dates, figs, grapes, or rice pudding for dessert. Despite its humble beginnings, the vegetarian scene in Manhattan was born, and more than a century later, the city is ripe with exciting, exotic, guilt-free options for both vegetarians and vegans.
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