Month: June 2017

5 places to eat vegan in New York City

I was lucky to be in New York for 7 days a couple of weeks ago and I made it my mission to stick to eating healthy while in the big apple. What’s great about a big city is that there are more options available so it’s actually easier to stick to eating plant-based. I did some research beforehand and found some awesome places that I visited and want to share with you.


by CHLOE – 60 West 22nd Street, 185 Bleecker Street – $-$$

About to have their 7th location opened (for all their locations check their website below), by CHLOE is a great success, with a delicious and varied menu and a great hip interior decor to match it. I loved that you have the option to eat while seating on a swing, what a fun idea!. I admit the interior looks like only girls would go eat there (my boyfriend was not so much into it) but I saw all kinds of people enjoying a healthy meal there which made me very happy.

I had an great tasting smoothie bowl and cold coffee at their location at the Flat Iron. I liked it so much that I decided to take my boyfriend and see their location in West VIllage. He wanted pancakes and by CHLOE has some plant-based pancakes on the menu. But, unfortunately ( like many places in NYC, we found out later) they only make pancakes on Sundays, so a bit of a disappointment there. Nonetheless, I definitely recommend it and will go there next time I’m in the city because they have a wide variety of options on the menu and their flavour will rock your tastebuds.




Le Botaniste – 833 Lexington Avenue – $$

I think I went to this place almost every day. Their food is super fresh and plant based and 99% organic. They have one of my favourite dishes since I started eating plan-based: coconut curry. They have a few bowl style dishes you can pick from or you can make your own if you wish.

When we were ordering we noticed that the interior looks like a chemistry lab (because they believe food should be the medicine, wink) and there are empty bottles with the names of the elements in Dutch. We thought it strange so we asked about it and it turns out that the first La Botaniste was opened in Gent, Belgium where they also speak Dutch.. Kind of funny since I live like an hour away but went all the way to New York to discover them. At the moment they have one location in Lexington Avenue but they told us they are planning to open more locations in the near future!

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El Rey – 100 Stanton St – $-$$

This one is a really tiny restaurant/cafe located on the Lower East Side, we went in once during a rainy day and were not disappointed to walk into some salsa music playing. There are only a couple of tables so you probably will have to share yours. There were not many vegan options, but I really didn’t need more. I went for their Avocado “del sur” a pita bread covered with avocado drench in onion and lime. I am addicted to lime so for me this was heaven on a plate, if there were not people there I would’ve licked the plate.

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For more info you can check their website:


Inday – 1133 Broadway – $

Bowl style indian food with plant-based options. We went here for lunch and it was so busy, but you can pre-order and they will have your meal ready. I went to meet an old friend that I hadn’t seen in ages, so with all the excitement I forgot to make pictures of our food! But trust me it was good. I like the variety of foods, they offer a lot of different options you can add to your bowl. The portions are a really good size, you’ll end up filling up your belly and feeling satisfied.




DIMES – 49 Canal St – $-$$

When I was searching for this restaurant I missed it a couple of times because it is in the chinese neighbourhood and it doesn’t have a big logo or sign outside to easily distinguish it. It has a laid-back-retro vibe to it, and you won’t be disappointed if you need to go to the toilet. Funny thing but, I loved that when you go to the toilet they play you the audio of a nature documentary. I’m pretty sure is Sir David Attenborough, so you leave feeling lighter and wiser than when you walked in.

That took a weird turn so let me tell you about the menu, I was there on tuesday and they had a pretty small menu, I had a broccoli toast. Sounds pretty simple but the seasoning was spectacular, it was really tasty.  During the weekend we stopped by for coffee and noticed that their menu was suddenly bigger you can check it out below.




I gotta say that I was really excited to be able to go and try so many different restaurants that offer healthy options with affordable prices . If you have visited this places or have more suggestions on places to eat vegan in NYC leave a comment below! Will try to visit them the next time.


Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Source: combination of several recipes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Serves: 3-4 people

Categories: lunch, dinner, first course, main course

This is my favorite soup and favourite dish at the moment. Easy to make, cheap, nutritious, and delicious! Compared to other soups this one is done rather fast, because red lentils unlike other legumes don’t have to be soaked for hours but can be rinsed and used right away.

I first had this soup at a soup restaurant and since then I was hooked, I had to learn how to make it at home and it took me several tries and recipes to get the delicious taste I fell in love with. I think I finally got the right taste, I discovered the secret ingredient is tomato paste and with tomato paste the soup is called Turkish red lentil soup.


  1. 1 1/3 cup (about 8 ounces) red lentils, picked through and rinsed
  2. 7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  3. 1 large onion, diced
  4. 1 large carrot, diced
  5. 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  6. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. 1/8 teaspoon paprika powder
  9. ½ teaspoon thyme or oregano
  10. 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste



Ingredients for serving

  1. Lemon or lime wedges
  2. Chopped fresh mint  
  3. 1 avocado diced (optional)



Ingredients for side dishes

  1. Whole grain bread toasts for serving
  2. Lettuce, tomato and cucumber for a small side salad




  1. Wash the lentils, I usually put them in a sifter and rinse them 2 or 3 times and then set them aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium-high heat, in a little water or vegetable broth sauté the onion with a pinch of salt for 3 minutes. Add the carrots and sauté for another 3 minutes. Keep adding water or vegetable broth as needed.
  3. Add the tomato paste and stir it for around 1 minute. Now add the cumin, paprika, thyme, and sauté for 10 seconds to bloom the spices. Immediately add the lentils, water, broth, and salt. Bring the soup to a boil.
  4. After it has come to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover the pot halfway, and let it cook for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils have fallen apart and the carrots are completely cooked.
  5. After the soup has cooked and the lentils are tender, blend the soup either in a blender or simply use a hand blender to reach the consistency you desire. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary.
  6. Serve the soup with lemon or lime wedges, fresh mint and my own twist: ¼ of diced avocado. Chop the lettuce, tomato and cucumber and serve as a side salad.
  7. Enjoy!