7 Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Restaurants in Manhattan

by Carter Brown

Vegetarian or simply health conscious? Interning in the Big Apple without compensation, or for next to nothing? This city can be nutritiously challenging to navigate for the budget friendly and health-nut alike. With endless establishments to choose from, each meal can have one scratching their head not sure where to turn.

Soomsoom Vegetarian Bar
Soomsoom Vegetarian Bar. Photo by Dan Fimm on Flickr

Nice: West Village & SoHo

Catch your breath while enjoying the relaxed vibe of this restaurant offering a short-list breakfast menu, along with tasty sandwiches, salads, and vegan treats. At a price that can't be beat in the city, this all-vegetarian joint has something to please everyone's palate, vegans included!  Be sure to check out the handsome selection of teas, juices, and coffee that accompany any meal on the menu. 

Hummus Place: East Village, West Village, & the Upper West Side

With three locations in the city, Hummus Place serves exactly what the name suggests: hummus! Open from brunch to dinner this restaurant serves great stuffed grape leaves, an assortment of hummus dishes, and an abundance of desserts. Serving not only vegetarian fare, Hummus Place also caters to kosher and vegan diets. Perks: beer and wine are served, and purchases over $10 are delivered!

Maoz: Seven Neighborhoods (7!)

Chain vegetarian restaurant food? Indeed! This franchise has locations on three continents and in seven neighborhoods in Manhattan - it must be good! Maoz specializes in falafel sandwiches and signature salads. Build your own sandwich or salad with only the freshest, local ingredients. Recommended meal: for a main dish the fries, vegan rice pudding for dessert, and the mint lemonade to wash it down. Check out why this rather simple menu has gained international fame.

Soomsoom Vegetarian Bar: Upper West Side & Midtown East

This restaurant brings a new take on fast food. Proudly serving authentic Mediterranean cuisine without preservatives, artificial flavoring, or chemicals, Soomsoom provides a completely vegetarian menu. They cater, deliver, and have an open salad bar. The menu may seem to lack complexity but the favors are far from that.

Dirt Candy: Lower East Side

Dirty candy is like no other. Boasting the tagline "Anyone can cook a hamburger, leave the vegetables to the professionals," this well recognized eatery has an all vegetarian menu leaving patrons the option to request anything vegan too. Chef and owner Amanda Cohen has worked her way around the city, and now serves her very own eclectic, plant-based menu. The vegan dessert menu is always changing so be sure to ask what the day's selection is. Important to note: Dirt Candy opens at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday and is closed Monday and Sunday.

People dining in a vegan restaurant

Photo credit: Sacred Chow

Sacred Chow: Greenwich Village 

This restaurant is far from ordinary. A completely kosher and vegan food menu, Sacred Chow also offers many gluten free options. Entrees can be served as listed or tapas-style to please your party. The menu is a smorgasbord of ethnic food, and on the weekends features a special brunch menu. Check the menu often as the bread and soup change frequently. All soups featured are gluten free, soy free, and sugar free. . how’s that for heart healthy? Alcoholic beverages are served and some on the list are even kosher!

Blossom: Chelsea 

Voted best vegetarian restaurant two years in a row, let a visit to Blossom speak for itself. Though on the more expensive side of budget-friendly, this vegan restaurant is a must try. The lunch menu provides breakfast for late-risers along with a plethora of other dishes to choose from. Dinner? It’s suggested to make reservations as it’s a hotspot in town. Be sure to check out the dessert menu as well - it won’t disappoint!

Now that you're vegetarian diet is covered, it is time to find an internship in New York!