Vegan Eats in New York City
New York is pretty much becoming our second home. We try to visit at least once a year to try new vegan eats as well as enjoy our favorite vegan spots. This year (like the years before) did not disappoint. Keep reading to check out some of our favorite spots.
Double Zero was the first vegan pizza Josh and I tasted in New York many years ago. It was also the first time we had pizza made from scratch using quality ingredients. For me, it opened up a world of possibilities when it came to preparing my own vegan meals. No more fake meats or cheese but instead goodness made from scratch. I still have a ways to go to reach the awesomeness Double Zero whips up. Sadly, they no longer make modifications to accommodate Joshua’s dietary needs, so we won’t be returning anytime soon. However, they offer a great selection of pizza and non-pizzas for those who don’t need modifications (i.e. pesto instead or marinara).
I have been trying to get my hands on a vegan milkshake for quite some time. I mean a quality milkshake. Not one of those fast food joint type milkshakes made with cheap soy milk. I’m talking hand made coconut vanilla bean whipped cream with creative flavor options to choose from. That is precisely what I was able to enjoy during 20° weather while at Van Leeuwen, a chocolate chip cookie dough milkshake topped with vanilla bean coconut whipped cream. The gentleman at the counter was so patient and helpful when it came to deciding on a flavor. He understood I was only interested in vegan options and allowed me to try several samples. Kudos, best vegan milkshake I’ve had in quite some time.
Vegan pizza by the slice!?!? Ohhhhhhhhh snap! Be warned, the options at Screamers Pizza are so enticing, you will want an entire pizza. Then again the options were so plentiful so trying multiple slices was a must. We ordered about six slices of pizza and per usual, we each enjoyed different flavors. My personal favorite was the barbecue jackfruit and Josh enjoyed the pepperoni pizza slices. Grabbing a side of ranch took things to a whole new level and I enjoyed every dunk. There pizza is flavor on top of flavor. We only stopped at 6 slices because I needed to save room for dessert. Sidenote - the customer service here was fantastic!
As much food as I consume on a day-to-day basis, you would think that I have tried ramen many years ago. Josh and I actually popped our ramen cherries while in New York. We were speechless. Quite literally, at our table all you could hear was slurping and chopsticks clicking. I even did the greedy girl leg swing under the table. I enjoyed the spicy Ramen (which in my personal opinion wasn’t spicy) Josh enjoyed the smoky ramen. Now you know me, if my nose isn’t running and my mouth isn’t burning it’s not spicy. Regardless of the spice level, the broth and noodles were insanely delicious. We dined in multiple times before leaving New York. Added bonus, incredibly friendly and down-to-earth staff. We couldn’t decide on which ramen to try and the gentleman at the counter had recommendations for us instantly. We will be going back to the “hood” really soon. Ramen Hood that is…