Celebrities like Natalie Portman and Beyoncé have given the trend of going vegan—permanently or for a few weeks—some serious star power. Though vegan dishes may not be as synonymous with Long Island as bagels and lox, the trend is catching on at local restaurants. Even if you have no plans of giving up fish or eggs for good, the appetizing options at these five restaurants make trying the trend worth it.
Jandi’s Natural Market and Organic Cafe
Located in Oceanside, the all-vegan deli at Jandi’s is exploding with delectable homemade selections. Vegetable, bean and nut based varieties. Think almond broccolini and appetizing tofu and tempeh choices. The standout item by far is the brown rice pizza. Every item is clearly labeled, and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful about their ingredients. There are even a few tables in the back to sit back and enjoy this vegan-foodie find. Go.
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Based in Bay Shore, Tula Kitchen offers upscale cuisine with a few vegan dinner and sandwich options including tofu, seitan tempeh and quinoa. The tempeh rueben with vegan Swiss on punchy rye bread alongside Asian slaw is a go-to choice. The sesame crusted tofu dinner is another winner. Comfy seat cushions and dim lighting add a romantic flare to the peaceful decor. Go.
Bob’s Natural Foods
Located in the back of a small health food shop in Long Beach, this is the place on Long Island for dairy-free smoothies and juices. Get the Raw Power smoothie, made with raw organic sunflower and hemps seeds, organic cacao nibs, blueberries, pineapple, organic Grade B maple syrup, coconut cream, pure vanilla and spring water. In addition to a generous selection of mostly vegan wraps and salads, Bob’s offers multiple hot vegan stews and soups of the day. Grab the tasty sautéed tofu to go. Go.
This Dix Hills eatery is the perfect lunch spot. Get a combination of items in a bowl (served on a bed of spinach and quinoa), a salad or a combo platter. Great choices include the chickpea masala, falafels, black beanballs, roasted veggies and avocado mash. There are smoothies and juices offered, and for dessert, vegan parfaits are on the menu and none are better than the Almond Chia—almond butter, chia seeds and banana. Go.
3 Brothers Vegan Cafe
The Montauk Highway spot in Copiague offers Italian favorites like mozzarella sticks and fettuccine Alfredo done vegan-style. The award-winning brick oven pizza is the drawing card, but the Buffalo seitan with cashew milk bleu cheese gives it a run for its money. The key to the food’s quality is that the cheeses are made in-house with cashew milk. The parent location, 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale, also offers a vegan menu. Go.