185 Bleecker St.
140 W. 4th St.
227 Sullivan St.
Sacred Chow is the ideal vegan lunch spot near campus. The food is light enough to make sure you feel full but not weighed down and heavy. The menu includes tapas, bowls and salads, but the real highlights are the paninis which are a rare find as vegan options. There are several interesting choices, including the grilled nama gori or the tempeh Reuben. Sacred Chow is also Kosher with clearly labeled gluten-free and soy-free options.
Little Atlas Cafe
6 W. 4th St.
Little Atlas Cafe is a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant with tons of to-go options. While it may initially seem cluttered and confusing, the food is perfect a delicious snack to eat in the park or a sandwich to secretly eat in class. It does have non-vegan options, but the menu is really clear about what is and isn’t vegan. There are a surprising number of vegan choices, including various vegan meats and vegan cream cheese. I always gravitate toward the vegan BLT and the vegan super breakfast. The cafe also sells shelves of vegan treats, including slices of cake, cupcakes, cookies and brownies. I highly recommend the red velvet cupcake to anyone looking to stress eat during a midterm study marathon in Bobst.
229 E. 14th St.
Beyond Sushi is a little bit further from campus, but it’s definitely worth the walk. The food is entirely plant-based, focusing on sushi that is fish-free. While that concept understandably may seem a bit strange and unappetizing, the sushi is packed with delicious flavor and complemented by hand-picked sauce. You always walk away wishing you’d ordered more because it’s just that delicious. The dumplings are also a terrific option. An excellent combination is the sunnyside sushi, a roll stuffed with sundried tomato, avocado and topped with butternut squash, paired with the fun-guy dumplings, which are made with a variety of mushrooms. If that doesn’t sound mouthwatering, there are also soups and rice paper wraps.
Oren’s Daily Roast
29 Waverly Pl.
Oren’s, located right on Washington Square Park, is truly an NYU staple. While it’s technically a coffee shop, it is also a treasure trove of delicious vegan pastries. The banana chocolate chip muffin is insidiously addictive. Located right down the street or around the corner from many NYU buildings, Oren’s is an easy pitstop right before or in between classes for a quick grab and go.
201 W. 11th St.
51 Astor Pl.
Shake Shack is clearly not a vegan restaurant. However, for anyone who has ever wanted to be able to have fast food or been stuck in the uncomfortable position of not being able to eat anything while out grabbing cheap food with friends, Shake Shack is a safe haven. It boasts a relatively new burger called The Veggie Shack that is entirely vegan, and paired with a side of fries, it makes for a filling meal. Because no matter how much mommy bloggers will try to brainwash you, vegans want fast food too.
152 Second Ave.
Plantmade is an interesting option to round out the list. It’s a bit of a walk from Washington Square Park, but this can be a benefit if you are in the right mood — sometimes you just need a bit of fresh air. The cafe serves delicious coffee, vegan pastries and other coffeeshop-esque food and drink that are completely plant-based, including bagels, bowls, toasts, soups and other snacks. It even has some Instagram-worthy options like the especially spooky charcoal bagel. And because the cafe isn’t right next to campus, Plantmade isn’t packed with students; it is a relaxing and comfortable place to get some schoolwork done while also munching on vegan treats and sipping coffee.