November 2, 2016
Hi guys! Last week I went and stayed in NYC for the weekend. Even though NYC can seem really big and confusing, if you do a little research you will find that there are plenty of things to do within walking distance of wherever you are.
I stayed in a hotel in Times Square which was a really fun area to stay in. If you’re looking for a nice, decently priced hotel in the middle of the city, definitely check out the TRYP By Wyndham Times Square South. It didn’t cost an arm and a leg, was super spacious and pretty, and was in an easy area to navigate.
I was really excited to be in the city because I knew that it meant more food options. Being vegan in the suburbs can be a little hard due to the lack of food choices, but I really can’t complain because there’s always at least one menu item that can be changed. Being America’s Melting Pot (NYC), I knew there would be tons of delicious restaurant options due to the diverse crowd of people. I thought writing this might help a couple people out when trying to find suitable food options in the city for anyone has that has dietary restrictions.
The vegan restaurants I stumbled upon & loved were:
The Cinnamon Snail
Location: at The Pennsy, 33rd Street & 7th avenue, New York, NY 10005
This was where I had my first meal of the day. We got donuts & a sandwich and they were both SOOOO good. Honestly you would have never been able to tell the donuts were vegan / healthy. They were so light and fluffy yet dense and delicious. Small slices of heaven.
Location: inside of the Chelsea Market, Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
This sushi concept really impressed me. I really love sushi, but normally i’m limited to a few rolls. While most of the time sushi restaurants have veggie rolls, there aren’t that many options (avocado, cucumber, sweet potato, etc). At beyond sushi, all of the rolls were 100% plant based and were totally DELICIOUS. I got the Spicy Mang which had black rice, avocado, mango, cucumbers, and spicy veggies. I loved it. So much flavor in only veggies & rice. Healthy but satisfying food makes my heart sing.
Location: there are multiple NY locations but we went to this one, 60 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
First things first: I’ve been hearing about how good By CHLOE was for an entire year now so my expectations were really high. Friends from Philly & NY have been saying that it’s the best vegan food they’ve ever had so i’ve been dying to try it. Even though I go into NY pretty regularly, i’ve just never been near one of the locations.
Luckily, this time my hotel was only a 20 minute walk from BY CHLOE so I knew it was worth it. I tried the Guac Burger, Mac n Cheese, Meatball Sandwich, Oh So Fancy Fries, Cinnamon Bun, and Coffee Cake (others were eating these too I swear hahah). My expectations were completely satisfied, By CHLOE was the BEST vegan food i’ve ever had. I loved it more than anything. I would recommend it to anyone, vegan or not. All of the food tasted so legit that I can promise no one would know it wasn’t made with a ton of meat and dairy.
Other fun things to do:
So basically that’s it! While i’m sure there are a million other fun things to do, those were just the few I got around to during the weekend. If you guys have any other entertaining things to do or delicious restaurants you know of in NYC or Philly, please feel free to let me know! I’m always more than open to suggestions.