20 Creatively Delicious Upstate NY Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants
While an increasing number of Hudson Valley restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan options on their menus, it can be a treat to visit restaurants that specialize in the most creative and delicious plant-based dishes and treats, especially if they are prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Here are a few cafes, restaurants and to-go establishments that specialize in mouth-watering veggie-based cuisine.
Garden Cafe | 6 Old Forge Road, Woodstock | 845-679-3600
Bright, cheery cafe with seasonal outdoor garden dining offers delicious, GMO fare. Some menu favorites are Veggie Lasagna, Artichoke and Castelvetrano Olive Bruschetta, Polenta Bites, and Dried Cranberry Scones. The restaurant is open Thursday through Monday.
The Green Palate | Woodstock | 347-218-3692
The Green Palate’s organic, vegan and Non-GMO products are available in a variety of stores and restaurants. During the warmer months, you can find The Green Palate’s food truck in Woodstock or at many different food truck events across the Hudson Valley. Known for open-flame grilling, enjoy heart-healthy ingredients, like extra virgin olive oil, garlic, onions, fresh parsley and basil, lemon, roasted sweet peppers, broccoli rabe and protein-rich whole grains. Try the grilled pizzas, meatball heroes, salads, sandwiches, sliders, and carrot franks. For more information, contact [email protected]
R&R Taproom | 104 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock | 845-684-5928
Not only can you enjoy a selection of 10 draft beers and 50+ bottles curated by owner & certified beer sommelier Megan Reynolds, but they’re also mostly vegetarian-friendly small plates are delish! And don’t forget creekside dining is in season!
Rosendale Cafe | 434 Main Street, Rosendale | 845-658-9048
Rosendale Cafe offers delicious wholesome vegetarian cooking—including some vegan dishes—in an intimate restaurant environment. The restaurant serves weekly entrees, assorted salads, exciting homemade desserts, organic coffees, six tap micro brews + wine.
Moonburger | 5 Powells Lane, Kingston | 845-663-2933
Moonburger is a classic drive-through burger shop, but all the burgers are made with plant-based Impossible meat. The dairy-free burgers are served with a dairy-free bun and dairy-free cheese (for cheeseburgers) — and a dairy-free special sauce. You can also dine in at Moonburger.
Outdated: An Antique Cafe | 314 Wall Street, Kingston | 845-331-0030
The fun cafe—that is also an antiques store—serves a variety of vegetarian breakfast and lunch dishes. Try the Garlicky Egg Scramble, which is eggs, scrambled with kale, goat cheese, and garlic or the Carrot Cake Pancakes with cinnamon, cashew and toasted walnuts. The Curried Pumpkin Soup is delicious, as is the Kimchi Grilled Cheese made with sourdough.
Sweet Maresa’s | 291 Wall Street, Kingston | 845-663-2000
Sweet Maresa’s is a bakeshop focused on crafting the highest-quality, ethically-sourced handmade desserts with integrity-driven, vegan, and fair trade ingredients. Their items are always made from scratch, down to the butter and the numerous jams found in the baked goods. They are proudly 100% palm oil free. The bakery specializes in vegan macarons and celebration cakes.
Aba’s Falafel | 54 Garden Street, Rhinebeck | 845-876-2324
Aba’s offers lots of hummus, eggplant and falafel dishes, so there are multiple options for vegetarians and vegans. Top off the dishes with their signature cilantro garlic hot sauce, the very hot Harissa red sauce, a tangy Ama mango curry sauce, pickles or hot peppers.
Kitchen and Coffee | 420 Main Street, Beacon | 845-765-0778
Kitchen and Coffee is a 100% gluten-free, vegetarian cafe and bakery. They source local and organic ingredients, local micro-roast fair-trade coffees and fair-trade teas. The menu includes such tasty fare as coconut granola, banh mi bowls and sweet potato and black bean cakes.
Végétalien | 504 Main Street, Beacon | 845-765-1943
Végétalien is a locally-sourced 100% plant-based cafe and juice bar. The menu changes based on seasonal ingredients that are sourced from Hudson Valley farms. The restaurant describes its goal as nourishing body, mind and spirit.
Peaceful Provisions | 383 Main Street, Beacon | 845-440-6385
Peaceful Provisions is a family, minority and women-owned artisan doughnut shop specializing in compassionately crafted vegan doughnuts. Everything is made from scratch so they do not use pre-made mixes, icings or fillings. Peaceful Provisions carefully selects ingredients for their mindfully crafted treats. They don’t accept phone orders, so for orders, contact [email protected]
The Vegan Stuff | 504 Main Street | Beacon | 646-981-7334
The Vegan Stuff offers 40 flavors of amazing vegan ice cream, house-made with raw cashews and gluten free oat milk. Flavors include mint chip and rocky road, plus some flavors with alcohol—such as bourbon burnt caramel and Boozy Nutella. They also sell vegan and gluten-free brownies, cookies, chocolate cheesecake, apricot almond bars, and raspberry hazelnut bars.
Krishna Kitchen | 5 Church Street, New Paltz | 845-255-7685
Krishna Kitchen serves vegetarian and vegan Indian cuisine. One favorite is the Tofu Masala Dosa, which is marinated tofu tossed in tomato and cashew sauce enveloped in freshly made probiotic rice and lentil crepe. Served with a side of chutney. Or try the Shyama Bowl with crushed samosa, basmati rice, cilantro and mint sauce, plus seasonal vegetables. Another favorite is the Kofta bowl with six veggie dumplings in tomato and cashew sauce, basmati rice and string beans.
Lagusta’s Luscious Commissary | 25 North Front Street, New Paltz | 845-633-8615
Lagusta’s Luscious makes heartbreakingly delicious confections by hand from truly artisanal ingredients. Everything made by the locavore chocolatiers is truly ethical, small-batch, and vegan. They offer a variety of bonbons, including hazelnut and cinnamon bonbons, plus peppermint patties and fudge.
Green Bar | 117 Main Street, New Paltz | 845-419-2020
The Green Bar offers quinoa bowls, smoothies, shakes, smoothie bowls and brunch toasts. Consider the Caesar Quinoa Bowl made with quinoa, romain, shredded carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, parmesan and pumpkin seeds. Or imbibe a day’s worth of nutritious produce with a Daily Greens Smoothie, which contains kale, spinach, banana and pineapple juice.
Karma Road | 11 Main Street, New Paltz | 845-255-1099
Karma Road serves fresh organic vegetarian food for the soul, featuring soups, salads, curries, stews, smoothies, juices and delectable desserts. The restaurant works with several local farms, using as many in-season foods as possible. Try the Marinated Baked Tofu with walnut-basil pesto and red peppers or the Hybrid Burrito made with roasted potato, scrambled tofu, bean, grain of the day and vegan cheese.
Healthy Gourmet To Go | 12 Market Street, Saugerties | 914-388-2162
The cruelty-free plant-based menu changes with the season and may such dishes as a Greek Salad and Falafel Plate made with sweet potato-sprouted mung bean falafel, walnut-crusted baked tofu tenders, coconut curry cabbage soup, a Goddess Yam bowl made with coconut turmeric quinoa and a “pizza casserole” made with cashew “ricotta cheese.” To-go orders only.
Baba Louie’s Sourdough Pizza | 517 Warren Street, Hudson | 518-751-2155
This popular pizza shop offers tasty healthy vegan soups made fresh every day.
Lil’ Deb’s Oasis | 747 Columbia Street, Hudson | 518-828-4307
The Pan-Latin restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian and some vegan dishes, such as Rice and Beans with Garlicky Greens, Marinated Olives and Sweet Plantains. For dessert there is a Miso Chocolate Flan or a Plantano Loco sweet cream ice cream chili crisp. They also serve craft beer.
Poured Candle Bar | 711 Warren Street, Hudson | 518-303-3878
Although Poured Candle Bar is a candle shop offering the option of pour-your-own vegan candles, they also feature a beer and wine bar with a vegan menu of sweet and savory small bites. Try the cashew cheese, avocado and jam sandwich or the lemon dill hummus. For a sweet treat try the chocolate-on-maple bar.
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