The Hudson Valley Vegetarian Restaurants You Should Know About
These local establishments are fit for vegans, vegetarians, and the health-food inclined.
Caribreeze Vegan Delight (vegan)
Caribbean food is the order of the day here, with jerk seitan, brown stewed tofu, and callaloo anchoring a menu that varies every time you stop by for flavors you won’t get elsewhere.
Signature Dish: Pepper Steak (Seitan)
True Food (veg options)
High-end but casual, True Food hits every foodie buzzword, from gluten-free to paleo to fair trade, with a superfood-heavy menu of salads and grains.
Signature Dish: Salvadorian Platter, with organic eggs, beans, organic avocado, jalapeño plantains, and organic salsa.
Skinny Buddha photo courtesy of venue
Skinny Buddha (vegan)
The SB is distinguished both by its wide-ranging vegan menu, stretching from burgers and soups to takes on deli classics, and a general focus on well-being, including custom-made meal plans and cleanses.
Signature Dish: Raw Vegan Kale Salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, nutritional yeast, and a lemon juice/olive oil dressing.
Conscious Fork photo by Hannah Maxwell Photography
Conscious Fork (vegetarian, vegan)
Patrons to the CF can enjoy one of many vegan sandwiches, healthy bowls, and fresh-pressed juices while enjoying the local art on display. A sister branch can be found in Maplewood, NJ.
Signature Dish: The Wick, with five-spice kale, sunflower seed pesto, and smoky tempeh strips.
Good Choice Kitchen photo by Meghan Spiro
Good Choice Kitchen (vegan)
At this farm-to-table restaurant and cooking school, patrons can learn how to make many of the hearty, seasonal dishes served in the café.
Signature Dish: Hearty Sesame Kale Salad with crunchy seasonal raw vegetables with miso-sesame dressing.
Nimai's Bliss Kitchen (vegetarian and vegan)
A contemporary, all-vegetarian Indian restaurant with plentiful vegan options, BK even has a daily lunch buffet for those who want to fill up on a budget.
Signature Dish: Kofta, vegetable and chickpea dumplings made with cabbage, beet, and spinach in a special tomato and cashew sauce.
Vegetalien photo by Meghan Spiro
Végétalien (vegetarian and vegan)
An upscale, vegan-leaning restaurant serves a seasonal menu of bowls and wraps as well as fresh juices and smoothies.
Signature Dish: Buddha Bowl, a grain-and-salad bowl that changes weekly.
Quinn’s (veg options)
Good ramen remains a challenge outside of Japan, but Quinn’s does it better than anyone in the Valley, with a hip setting, good beers, and live music in addition to rice balls, steamed buns, and noodles cooked to exactly the right texture.
Signature Dish: Spicy Miso Vegetarian Ramen, a well-priced no-nonsense dish with broth, carrots, scallions, and noodles.
Karma Road (vegan)
A low-key cafe and bakery down by the Wallkill River serving salads, sandwiches, and enough soup to warrant a loyalty program.
Signature Dish: Baked Tofu Sandwich with walnut pesto, lettuce, and roasted red peppers.
Lagusta's Luscious Commissary (vegetarian)
Serving coffee and seasonal dishes, this café is an offshoot of the beloved NP chocolate company, and has enough pastries, sweets, and cookies to tide you over.
Signature Dish: Mac and Cheese Casserole, with a homemade cashew béchamel cheese sauce, brown rice macaroni noodles, cracker crumbles, and nutritional yeast.
Rosendale Café (vegetarian)
The Café is one of the best values in the Hudson Valley, with an airy dining room and mountainside patio seating, incredible homemade dressing (sold by the bottle), and a delicious variety of sandwiches, wraps, and salads from breakfast to brunch to dinner.
Signature Dish: Mushroom Tofu Stroganoff, a vegan dish in a dairy-free tofu sauce.
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This uptown café serves a full breakfast and lunch menu with great coffees, pastries (try the jalapeno-cheddar scone), and salads in a hip storefront full of mismatched furniture and antiques for sale.
Signature Dish: Tempeh Spicy Reuben, on sourdough with kimchi, house-made cashew cheese, and vegan Russian dressing.
Peace Nation Café (vegetarian and vegan options)
A sustainable, locally-sourced restaurant with a special vegan menu and a Latin American theme, with options from faux-beef garnachas, tofu scrambled with plantain, and a sampler of Guatemalan specialties.
Signature Dish: Guatemalan Enchilada, a tostada-like accumulation of lettuce, vegan faux chicken, tomato sauce, and vegan parmesan cheese.
Garden Café (vegan)
Set just beside the green, this upscale restaurant offers tastefully arranged plates of locally sourced veggies, creatively-cooked tofu, and daily special bowls combining grains, proteins, and salads.
Signature Dish: Peppercorn-Crusted Tofu in a roasted garlic sauce, with sautéed greens, seasonal vegetables, and an avocado mousse polenta.
WildFlower Cafe (vegan)
Red Hook's first burger bar, this restaurant only serves faux meat, including imitation bratwurst and the “impossible burger,” which replicates not only the taste but the texture and “bleed” of a charbroiled hamburger.
Signature Dish: The Epic Burger Meal
Red Hook Curry House (veg options)
Fulfilling the truism that the best Indian food comes in the least pretentious package, this nonchalant building in the center of town offers an extensive menu of vegetarian and vegan options. Don’t miss the Tuesday and Sunday buffet nights, offering four vegetarian dishes.
Signature Dish: Shag Ponir, the fresh spinach cooked with homemade fried cheese in a creamy sauce.
Eat. Sip. Smile (veg options)
Open through lunch, this organic restaurant is heavy on veggie options and vegan alternatives in a cozy café just off the main drag. Think tofu scrambles, tempeh bacon, and roasted portabella sandwiches.
Signature Dish: Mel’s Fave, a goat cheese, sprouts, and avocado sandwich with mixed greens and homemade nutty pesto on oat bread.
Our Daily Bread photo by Simona Cohen
Our Daily Bread (vegetarian and GF)
This gluten-free bakery, cafe, and deli uses alternative grains for breads and pastries, and has a light café serving tea, toast, and tarts.
Berben & Wolff’s (vegan)
Is there a rarer treat than a vegan deli? B&W’s makes most of their faux meats in-house, resulting in a degree of flavor and care you just can’t find in the health food store. All the deli favorites — Reubens, Phillies, egg sandwiches — with none of the animal products.
Signature Dish: Cubano Panini, made with smoked faux ham, Swiss cheese, mayo, pickles, and Dijon mustard.
Healthy on Lark (vegetarian)
This brightly colored underground treat from chef and certified health coach Sharon Lastique uses organic local ingredients in its diner staples and juices, with old favorites and seasonal specials making every visit unique.
Signature Dish: Vegan BLT, with homemade marinated tempeh on bread of choice with lettuce and tomato.
Athens and Catskill
Crossroads photo by Veronica Chewens Photography
Crossroads Brewing Company (veg options)
One of the region’s signature breweries boasts an Athens brewpub with a full selection of Crossroads beer as well as local vegetarian options. Cheeseboards, salads, and a Good Belly Bowl with roasted eggplant, carrots, spinach, and brown rice, are just a few of the sizable, and delicious, menu offerings.
Signature Dish: The Greene Burger, a house-made veggie patty with pico de gallo, black beans, and brewed barley that goes well with a helping of house fries.