June is National Soul Food Month! Over the past ten years, I’ve seen more and more vegan soul food spots and options become available in the tri-state area, and I’m so happy to see the developments in vegan food as a whole. If you’re looking to enjoy soul food while being plant-based, here are some wonderful options in New York!
55 Saint Nicholas Ave, Harlem
Always a favorite of mine, Seasoned Vegan is a top-spot for vegan soul food in Manhattan. Their baked mac and cheese is a must! You should also try their BBQ Crawfish, Lemon Crusted Chicken Nuggets, and grab a Salted Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie for dessert.
Urban Vegan Kitchen
41 Carmine Street, West Village
Whether you’re in the mood for brunch or want to enjoy a tasty dinner with drinks, UVK is an amazing restaurant that every should visit at least once. UVK has a diverse variety of menu items, from Elotes and Korean BBQ Wings to a Tofuego sandwich and Chick-un & Waffles. They also offer delicious mocktails and cocktails on their menu.
445 East 6th St, East Village
Cadence is a recently-opened vegan soul food restaurant with a menu inspired by Executive Chef Shenarri Freeman’s Virginia roots. Enjoy dishes like Smoked Grits, Southern Fried Lasagna, and Jerk Mac + Cheese for dinner with a Cadence Cobbler for dessert. They also offer a variety of wines and offer outdoor seating, making this a great option for dinners on a summer night.
245 W 135th St, Harlem
If you’re looking for good food to-go, VeganHood is a strictly takeout/delivery comfort food spot in Harlem. They offer anything from The Tunnel burger to Saint Nick Fried Chix’n to sides like Stir Fried Kale and Buffalo Shrimp. It’s the perfect spot for a burger/sandwich when you want something tasty and filling (especially after a night of drinking).
276 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn
Sol Sips is all about plant-based nourishment through a selection of delicious meals, fresh juices, and more. Must-try dishes include their Stuffed Plantains, Rasta Pasta Bowl, Lobster Mac, and Garnaches. Be sure to pick up a refreshing Greenhaus juice with your meal!