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dagrassroots Dec 8, 2012 05:37 PM

I am going to be in manhattan with my girlfriend next week. My usual itinerary is lots of snacks through out the city. I plan on going to my usual stops (Russ and Daughters, Katz's, Ippudo, etc.) but this time I have my girlfriend with me who is, unfortunately, a vegan.
I am looking for snacks and dishes that are good on the go and vegan. Im not necessarily looking for vegan restaurants, rather really good food items that happen to be vegan.
Any thoughts?

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    Anne Dec 8, 2012 05:44 PM

    Many Indian "snacks" are vegan---think pakoras, samosas, etc. I'll leave it to the locals to suggest the best places to find these.

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      orthorunner Dec 8, 2012 08:13 PM

      For vegan desserts that will please non-vegans, try Kyotofu for both their cupcakes (recommend the large over the mini size) and for their soy soft-serve in seasonal flavors. It's in Midtown on 9th Ave.

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        kathryn Dec 8, 2012 08:38 PM

        Look into the Cinnamon Snail truck and Lula's Sweet Apothecary.

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          Pan Dec 8, 2012 10:11 PM

          If mujadara is vegan (I think it is because I believe, though I don't know for sure, that they make it with oil, not butter), get some on the 2nd floor of Kalustyan's. Best to eat it there, then if you like, get more to go. Some of their other stuff is good, too, but that's the best hot thing to eat there.

          There are some very good vegetarian restaurants in that neighborhood, too, including Chennai Garden and Saravanaas, the latter of which, however, can have exceedingly slow service.

          Spice Corner sells very good medjool dates rather inexpensively.

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            small h Dec 9, 2012 05:46 AM

            Cold skin noodles at Xian Famous Foods, Buddhist Delight sandwich at Banh Mi Saigon, Vegetarian Dim Sum combo at Dim Sum Go Go. You'll have no trouble finding something great for you at any of those, also. And Totto Ramen has better vegetarian ramen than Ippudo, according to me.

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              chowmeow Dec 9, 2012 05:08 PM

              2nd the vegetarian ramen at Totto - it's amazing!

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              knucklesandwich Dec 9, 2012 04:15 PM

              Vegans don't nosh.

              1. prima Dec 9, 2012 04:58 PM

                Second Pan's suggestion of Saravanna's and Kalustyan's. I like the dosas at Saravanna's.

                1. alkonost Dec 9, 2012 07:35 PM

                  On 14th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue is a place called "Beyond Sushi" that just opened up a couple months ago that serves creative vegan and vegetarian sushi. I've been there a handful of times and really liked what they offered, even though I'm not vegan at all. They also have summer rolls, I am a fan of their "Nutty Buddy" which is a spin on sesame noodles in a roll using soba instead of rice noodles. All of their rice rolls are good, but faves of mine are the "spicy mang" the "pickle me" "crunch and much" and "mighty mushroom". If you don't want summer rolls or rice rolls they have individual vegetarian nigiri, I'm particularly font of their mango nigiri. They use black, red and multigrain rices (no white rices are used at all) and their sauces are very unique and extremely flavorful.

                  Also I'd recommend Angelica's Kitchen.

                  edit: I also wanted to add "Teany" on Rivington street, which is a little shop serving tea, vegan pastries and lunch items. But it's been MANY years since I've been there and I think Moby sold the business to someone else so I can't vouch for how it is under it's current ownership. Many years ago I had what was one of the best lemon poppy seed scones on earth, I couldn't believe it was vegan.

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