By Chloe in West Village

  
This place recently opened and it’s amazing. Seriously. I will start with even hubby enjoyed each bite and By Chloe gets five out of five vegan cupcakes.

It’s fast casual, so we ordered at a counter and then snagged a table. Had we arrived five minutes later, we would not have had a table.

   
We ordered the pesto pasta, mac & cheese, whiskey BBQ sandwich, and Greek salad. That is the best Greek salad I have ever had.

  
For dessert we tried the chocolate chip cookie and the Chlostess cupcake. Yummers!

  
By Chloe is absolutely worth a visit.

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Two Boots Pizza

  
Two Boots has multiple locations on Manhattan. It’s kind of a local staple. But it also has TWO vegan pizzas on the menu! And if you go to the restaurant to experience all the fun decor, both vegan pizzas are in the case to buy by the slice. Genius for vegans! Their house salad is also big enough for a meal.

  
Two boots gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. Always fresh, yummy, ready for delivery, and we can order vegan cheese on any of their pizzas, not just the vegan ones. Vegan score!

Cashew Avocado Dip

  
Just thought this up and it’s amazing. What you will need:

I cup raw almonds, soaked for at least 8 hours

Juice from 1 small lemon

1 medium avocado, pit and skin removed

1 TBS olive oil

1/8 tsp sea salt

Place everything in a food processor and process till desired consistency. May need to stop and scrape sides every so often. Yummers!

Dirt Candy near Chinatown

  
I have been trying to eat here for about two years. The hype has been crazy and the reservations non-existent unless willing to eat at 11pm. Finally, after getting a reservation two months in advance, I got to try Dirt Candy. It was good. Very inventive. So inventive, that I didn’t like several of the things I tried and hubby was disappointed.

The dishes are very small, but very expensive.

  
We got the hush puppies, kale, mushrooms, fennel, carrots, and the corn boil.

   
    
    
   
What was most shocking is that Dirt  Candy is no longer vegan. It is vegetarian and all but one dish can be ordered vegan.

Some things I really enjoyed. Like the kale, hush puppies, and corn cobs and shake in the boil. But the mix of textures and flavors in the other dishes took over and didn’t necessarily delight me. I am so sad about this.

I also ordered the corn cake with corn sorbet for dessert.

  
The waiter said it was the best and most popular dessert. This was yummy.

Dirt Candy gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. I will only return if friends are visiting and want to try it. It is good, but don’t expect anything to be what you think it might be.

Cold Peanut Noodles

  
This is the good stuff. And should be made ahead. What you will need:

1 box pasta, I used quinoa pasta to keep gluten-free

1 package savory tofu, cut into thin slices

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin slices

1 cup diced green onion

1 cup julienned carrots

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, the key to great tasting cilantro is to only use the leaves. Keep all stems out

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter

2 tsp liquid aminos

2 TBS sugar

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp ground ginger, I used dried

1/4 tsp hot sauce and more to taste

Cook pasta to package directions. While cooking pasta, mix wet ingredients and spices in a separate bowl. Rinse cooked pasta under cold water and mix with the tofu and vegetables in a large bowl. Pour sauce into large bowl and mix everything well. Let chill in fridge. Serve over baby spinach. Yummers!

Ayurveda Cafe in UWS Manhattan

  
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but Ayurveda Cafe is totally worth having lunch or dinner with. The best part is there is no menu. They make a meal based on the Ayurveda principles and the seasonal vegetables they have that day.

  
All the food is vegetarian, but ask for a vegan plate. The servers are incredibly nice and the food delicious.

   
 
In addition to not having to decide what to order, there is this wonderful box near the entrance that will provide you with loving words for the day.

   
 
“Do everything with so much love that you wouldn’t want to do it any other way.” Totally made my dinner. What a lovely experience.

Ayurveda Cafe gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. I will absolutely return. Not every dish is my favorite, but the experience is fabulous. Oh, and it’s all you can eat for $10 lunch or $15 dinner. Such a deal on Manhattan!