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The United Nations, headquartered in New York City, released disturbing news about our planet recently, warning that major changes must take place by 2030 to keep the earth from heating to a degree that could spell disaster for humanity. Some needed measures include reducing non-biodegradable products, cutting carbon emissions, and yes, eating less meat.

If you live the UN’s home city, or are just visiting the Big Apple, following those recommendations has never been easier, or more delicious. Grub Street recently profiled some of the city’s top plant-based dishes, so do your body a favor and be a conservationist at the same time with these six dishes inspired by New York chefs.


There’s no reason for someone wanting a vegan meal to give up a tasty platter of nachos at JaJaJa Plantas Mexicana. They smother tortilla chips with vegan chorizo, turmeric-nut queso fundido, fermented black beans, and spicy vegetable relish. They’re topped off with fresh corn and sour cream.

Mushroom Toast

Mushrooms make a delicious stand-in for meat in a breakfast dish created at NYC’s Two Hands restaurant. Roasted portobello mushrooms in a creamy cashew sauce top sourdough bread along with peppery arugula pesto and pepitas. This healthy, filling dish is served all day.

Zucchini Fritters

A platter of zucchini fritters at Samesa in Williamsburg, NYC is a healthy Middle Eastern dish that’s naturally vegan. They’re served with garlic sauce, avocado hummus, spice red zhug, and a crisp tomato-cucumber salad. You can also order this dish as a wrap.

Nasi Goreng

Selamat Pagi in Brooklyn is also owned by Van Leeuwen who owns a vegan ice cream shop. They feature Indian-inspired vegan dishes like nasi goreng, vegetable fried rice with deep-fried krupuk crackers and tempeh.

Vegan Caesar Salad

If you hate the thought of giving up bacon, Lotito’s Deli has the answer with their version of a Ceasar salad. Chef Gerardo Gonzalez created it with meaty cashews, blue-green spirulina, nutritional yeast, and dulse seaweed which will definitely remind you of the taste of bacon.

Tofu Scramble

Nix, New Yorker John Fraser’s veggie inspired restaurant, features Indian-inspired dishes that will please both vegans and non-vegans. You can’t go wrong with their tofu scramble spiced up with vadouvan curry and made with healthy black lentils and market squash.