On the six month anniversary of my becoming The Virgin Vegan I decided to compile a list of Vegan-friendly restaurants in my neighborhood. When I say “The Lower East Side” I mean anywhere in that area you can reach in 15 minutes or less on foot.
I will rate each Vegan hangout based on food, atmosphere and value for the price. Each place will be evaluated on the standard system of one to five Go Inside Magazine Review Lights. Five green GO lights are best while all red STOP lights are the worst. I’ll place a text tag under the Review Lights so you’ll know the colors of the lights in case you choose to print out this review on a black and white printer that doesn’t have great greyscale ability. I will update this article as new places to eat Vegan are discovered.
12th Street Betwixt First & Second Avenue
With a guarantee of over 95% of their food being organic, you can’t beat Angelica Kitchen for a sublime experience if you’re eating in or taking out. The marinated tofu sandwich is a daily staple along with their sea vegetables, mashed potatoes with brown rice gravy and the Wee Dragon Bargain. Their sweet muffins are a heavy, heavenly delight. Their salads are to die for. Every other Vegan joint in town bows down to Angelica Kitchen as they rightly should. Angelica is expensive, though. You’ll pay around $35 for a good dinner for two. The atmosphere is relaxed and homey. They blessedly deliver to most of the Lower East Side.