Conquer The City that Never Sleeps in easy vegan style with our curated guide to the best sights, destinations and nosh spots.
Arrive at 3 PM: Grab an Acai Bowl
A great way to reinvigorate yourself after a flight is with an acai bowl, a wholesome and refreshing treat from Brazil that NYers love as well. Loco Coco in the Upper East Side is a favorite for this quintessentially vegan dessert.
4 PM: Central Park
To avoid the rush hour crowds, chill out in Central Park and catch a walking tour, which you can book anytime from 9 AM – 8 PM (depending on which type of tour you choose).
7 PM: Hangawi
Head over to Hangawi to enjoy a relaxed, 100% vegan traditional Korean meal, sans shoes and all. The tranquil temple-like ambiance will put you at ease in this bustling city. Favorite dishes here include the sizzling tofu steak, crispy mushroom in sweet and sour sauce and fritters galore.
8 PM: Phantom of the Opera
Grab tickets to a classic Broadway show like Phantom of the Opera, which is celebrating 30 years.
Day 2: Sunrise
Seeing the sun rise over the Hudson River is a sight best experienced while taking the Roosevelt Island tram. Make sure you take it from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island!
8 AM: Empire State Building
No trip to NYC would be complete without a visit to the Empire State Building. The earlier you go, the less people there are!
10 AM: The Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the quintessential pit stop for culture-minded visitors. Stroll the marble halls of this storied establishment, working up an appetite for your next veggie meal!
12 PM: Lunch at Candle Cafe
Celebrities and laypeople alike love Candle Cafe for its classy, simple vegan American dishes and smoothies. Tried and true dishes include the cajun seitan sandwich, passion fruit smoothie and chocolate mousse cake. The Upper East Side location is just a few convenient blocks from the museum.
3 PM: DUMBO
Head down to Brooklyn for the day and explore the trendy shopping district around DUMBO. Have a late-noon snack at Jacques Torres chocolate, which serves vegan coconut and mango sorbet, and chocolate-covered fruits.
6 PM: High Line
Work off all those carbs you just had on the High Line, a converted railroad track with rows of verdant greenery and wooden lounge chairs. In the summer, there are mini wading areas where you can dip your tired feet into cool water.
8 PM: Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market has a great collection of trendy eateries and eclectic shops for uncommon souvenirs as well as vegan eats. Check out Num Pang for that-hit-the-spot banh mi sandwiches and Very Fresh Noodles for super-spicy hand-pulled Taiwanese style noodles.
9 PM: Drinks at Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl is a polynesian-inspired tiki bar with an all-vegan menu and quirkily inventive cocktails. Get the Shark Eye drink for a real JAWS-dropping treat 😉
Day 3: Breakfast at Orchard Grocer
New Yorkers pride themselves on the best bagels in the world. Orchard Grocer in SoHo specializes in vegan deli sandwiches and bagels. Try The Edith, a vegan version of cream cheese and lox.
10:30 AM: Whitney Museum
Wrap up your trip with a bit of artistic flare! Newly built (in 2015) and chock-full of modern art, the Whitney Museum embodies the enterprising, socially conscious soul of New York.
12 PM: East River Walk
Enjoy your last moments in New York with a walk along the East River. There are plenty of jetties and green spaces along Chelsea Piers to enjoy the coastline and the sounds of the city that never sleeps.
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