5 Asian Vegetarian Restaurants in ManhattanBy: Lisa Crawford
Here in New York City, though we love our food, we are also very focused on our health. And a recent trend in healthy living is vegetarianism. Though it’s been around for centuries, it seems that becoming vegetarian or vegan has been on the upswing. The great thing about Asian food is that many of the delicious meals can be made without a trace of animal product. And when it comes to making a new genre of food the best genre of food, New York does it better than the rest. Here are the top 10 Upscale Asian Vegetarian restaurants in Manhattan.
1 Franchia Vegan Cafe –Midtown East has some great Asian food options, but if you want delectable vegetarian Korean food, you must try Franchia Vegan Café. The stylish ambiance will make you feel like the trendiest trendsetter in the city. The Kimcho Pancake and the Kimchi Patties are yummy, as are the Spring rolls and the Stuffed Mushrooms. All in all, you are sure to have an enjoyable evening at Franchias!http://www.franchia.com/ 12 Park Ave, New York, NY (212) 213-1001
2 Hangawi– Midtown East’s Hangwai is modern sophistication meets classic comfort. The Korean flavors that fill up the kitchen keep guests coming back for more. Dishes like the Ginger Tofu and Steamed Veggie Dumplings are what keep Hangawi so popular with the locals. As a recent customer raved, “the Mongolian Hot Pot was phenomenal.”http://www.hangawirestaurant.com/ 12 E 32nd St, New York, NY (212) 213-0077
3 Zen Palate– In Hell’s Kitchen, you will find some of the best Chinese food in Manhattan. And guess what? It is all vegetarian! The décor is sexy and fun and just right for a date or a fun night with friends. For a great appetizer, try the Basil Peanut Moo Shu Rolls. And for the next course, the Sesame Medallions are their signature entrée and a “must have.” Delish!http://www.zenpalatenyc.com/ 663 9th Ave, New York, NY (212) 582-1669
4 Purple Ginger– While walking through the East Village, be sure to keep an eye out for the large purple sign that will lead you to the best vegetarian Thai food in the neighborhood. Once inside, you will be immediately comforted by the gorgeous wood on the walls around you. The Veggie “Chicken” Nuggets and the Sweet and Sour Vegetable Spare Ribs are so appetizing, you will be begging for more!http://www.purplegingernyc.com/ 507 E 6th St, New York, NY (212) 228-9688
5 LuAnne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan– The name should be enough to sell you, but Little Italy’s LuAnne’s will make a fan out of you with their scrumptious food! The Curry Stew, Soy Protein with Kale and the Bi Bim Bap are just some of the amazing entrée’s offered at LuAnne’s. The vegetables are crisp and fresh and the wine is tasty. And if the food isn’t enough, the cozy and charming dining room will make you feel more like a member of the family than a guest.http://www.wildgingeronline.com/ 380 Broome St., New York, NY (212) 966-1883