Slideshow: Where to Eat with Vegetarians and Meat Lovers in NYC: An Omnivorous Guide to 60 Restaurants

Williamsburg Pizza (Williamsburg)
Williamsburg Pizza (Williamsburg)
Another cause for classic New York-style pizza celebration, old school and uncompromising all the way. Read more here »

Williamsburg Pizza: 265 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (map); 718-855-8729; williamsburgpizza.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Taïm (West Village & Nolita)
Taïm (West Village & Nolita)
Home to the best falafel sandwich in the city with awesome salads and fries to boot. The menu at this small stop is exclusively vegetarian but not conspiciously so. As destination-worthy as fried chickpeas get. Read more here »

Taïm: Multiple locations in the West Village and Nolita; taimfalafel.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Kajitsu (Murray Hill)
Kajitsu (Murray Hill)
Kajitsu celebrates vegetables rather than making them mimic meat. The vegan menu is an exceptional example of shojin ryori cuisine done right. Read more here »

Kajitsu: 125 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 (map); 212-228-4873; kajitsunyc.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Ramen Yebisu (Williamsburg)
Ramen Yebisu (Williamsburg)
Tasty bowls of ramen in a clean modern space— a boon for Williamsburg's previously ramen-less scene, and a bargain to boot. Veggie broth is available, and worth it. Read more here »

Ramen Yebisu: 126 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (map); 718-782-1444; ramenyebisu.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Zizi Limona (Williamsburg)
Zizi Limona (Williamsburg)
Some of the smartest, most interesting Middle Eastern cooking in New York these days. Zizi's new Israeli cuisine is veg-friendly from caramelized pumpkin dips to smart salads to an excellent shakshuka. It's hard to go wrong ordering here, and with meat dishes as small plates, it's easy to build a meal for everyone. Read more here »

Zizi Limona: 129 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (map); 347-763-1463; zizilimona.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Chuko (Prospect Heights)
Chuko (Prospect Heights)
Rare is the craveworthy ramen shop in Prospect Heights. Even rarer that it offers a vegetarian broth just as good as the meaty ones. Read more here »

Chuko: 552 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (map); 718 576-6701; barchuko.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Bab al Yemen (Bay Ridge)
Bab al Yemen (Bay Ridge)
An out of the way restaurant in Bay Ridge makes some of our favorite Middle Eastern food in the city. The hummus is excellent with or without the lamb on top, and everyone can love the delicately charred white bean fasolia. Read more here »

Bab al Yemen: 413 Bay Ridge Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 (map); 718-943-6961; babalyemenrestaurant.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Otto (West Village)
Otto (West Village)
You could build a meal out of the vegetable appetizers here, and when that's not enough: pasta, in meaty and meatless variations. The bar is the best seat in the house here. Read more here »

Otto: One Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map); 212-995-9559; ottopizzeria.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Empellón (West Village)
Empellón (West Village)
There's no question that the tacos here are awesome. But their vegetarian options are also quite enticing, like this seasonal salad: Baby carrots with radish, cress, and Mole Poblano. A more vegetarian-friendly place than you'd expect, with servers happy to guide you along the way. Read more here »

Empellón: 230 West 4th Street, New York NY 10014 (map); 212-367-0999; empellon.com/taqueria

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Saravana Bhavan (Murray Hill & Upper West Side)
Saravana Bhavan (Murray Hill & Upper West Side)
Just remember one word when you go: dosas. We're particularly fond of the Chili Paneer Dosa and the Rava Dosa. It's all vegetarian here, but that's easy to forget when you're eating a crisp, savory pancake the size of a dinner plate. Read more here »

Saravana Bhavan: Multiple locations in Murray Hill & Upper West Side; saravanabhavan.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Ganesh Temple Canteen (Flushing)
Ganesh Temple Canteen (Flushing)
The Hindu Temple Society of North America's Ganesh Temple keeps getting love for its canteen, which serves up a whole array of South Indian vegetarian dishes. Dosas are the stars here, arguably the best in the city, but rices and fried snacks are also winners. Definitely worth a trip to Flushing. Read more here »

Ganesh Temple Canteen: 14307 Holly Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355 (map); 718-460-8484; nyganeshtemple.org

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Thelewala (West Village)
Thelewala (West Village)
Cheap and delicious street-style Indian food that stands apart from the competition, with takes on eggs and chaat not seen much elsewhere. Nizami rolls are the joint's version of kati rolls, and the crisp okra is just as good as the spicy chicken. Read more here »

Thelewala: 112 MacDougal St., New York NY 10112 (map); 212-614-9100; thelewalanyc.com

[Photograph: Donny Tsang]

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop (Lower East Side)
Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop (Lower East Side)
When you name a sandwich "The Veggiest of Them All," a vegetable lover's expectations are sure to go up, as well as a meat lover's guard. But Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop manages to make a quite tasty sandwich out of largely raw ingredients. Their other sandwiches, like the Spicy Rizzak and Halloumi Cheese are delicious, too. Read more here »

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop: 129 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 (map); 212-228-4919; tinysgiantnyc.tumblr.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A&A Bake & Doubles Shop (Bed-Stuy)
A&A Bake & Doubles Shop (Bed-Stuy)
Spicy, messy, and covertly veg-friendly; doubles are one of Brooklyn's finest cheap eats, the fried paratha sandwiches coming in at under two bucks a pop. Read more here »

A&A Bake & Doubles Shop: 481 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn NY 11216 (map); 718-230-0753

[Photograph: Jamie Feldmar]

Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop (Bed-Stuy)
Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop (Bed-Stuy)
And around the corner from A&A but with more seating, Ali's has doubles for those not so big on spicy foods. Read more here »

Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop: 1267 Fulton St‎reet, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (map); 718-783-0316

[Photograph: Jamie Feldmar]

Co. (Chelsea)
Co. (Chelsea)
One of the few places we trust to really pile the veggies on our pizza. The Popeye with spinach and gruyere is a must-order, and the veal meatballs are an excellent shared appetizer. Read more here »

Co.: 230 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 (map); 212-243-1105; co-pane.com

[Photograph: Erin Mosbaugh]

Zabb Elee (East Village and Jackson Heights)
Zabb Elee (East Village and Jackson Heights)
Zabb Elee has easily the best Isan Thai food in Manhattan (and some of the best Thai overall in the city), and though the menu offers a half dozen meaty larb variations, it has no shortage of veg-friendly eats as well. Read more here »

Zabb Elee: Locations in the East Village and Jackson Heights; zabbelee.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Awash (East Village, Morningside Heights & Cobble Hill)
Awash (East Village, Morningside Heights & Cobble Hill)
Ethiopian cuisine does equally good service to meat and vegetables, and Awash is great at both. Though the beef tartare is the best thing we've tried, the lentil and beet dishes don't disappoint.

Awash: Locations in East Village, Morningside Heights & Cobble Hill; awashnyc.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Dirt Candy (East Village)
Dirt Candy (East Village)
A wildly creative, anything-but-virtuous vegetarian restaurant where vegetables get the celebration they deserve. This is one exclusively vegetarian restaurant to change the mind of a die-hard carnivore. Read more here »

Dirt Candy: 430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009 (map); 212-228-7732; dirtcandynyc.com

[Photograph: Laura Togut]

ilili (Flatiron)
ilili (Flatiron)
Mezze-heavy Middle Eastern cooking is great at bringing vegetarians and carnivores together, and ilili does so more fashionably than most. Labne and eggplant small plates are well worth an order, as is the mekanek lamb sausages above, super tender and assertively spiced.

ilili: 236 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 (map); 212-683-2929; ililinyc.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Mission Chinese Food (Lower East Side)
Mission Chinese Food (Lower East Side)
You wouldn't think it, but yes, at any given time a good chunk of the spicy fare at Mission Chinese Food is veg-friendly. Be sure to ask your server for help; they're happy to give guidance. Just be prepared for a wait at this still white-hot restaurant. Read more here »

Mission Chinese Food: 154 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 (map); 646-602-1300; missionchinesefood.com/ny

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Yunnan Kitchen (Lower East Side)
Yunnan Kitchen (Lower East Side)
Perhaps it's an influence of Yunnan, China's Southeast Asian neighbors, but the food at Yunnan Kitchen is lighter and fresher than most Chinese cooking in New York, and vegetables take center stage in a number of dishes. Keep an eye out for trumpet mushrooms especially. Read more here »

Yunnan Kitchen: 79 Clinton Street, New York, 10002 (map); 212-253-2527; yunnankitchen.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Sip Sak (Midtown East)
Sip Sak (Midtown East)
Sip Sak has what might be the best Turkish food in Manhattan, and it's a boon to the food desert that is Midtown East. Entrées are all meaty, but generously portioned mezze are more than enough to make a meal. Definitely order the adana kebabs and anything with eggplant, such as the lamb with eggplant purée, above. Read more here »

Sip Sak: 928 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (map); 212-583-1900; orhanyegen.com/sipsak

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Cocoron (Lower East Side & Nolita)
Cocoron (Lower East Side & Nolita)
Excellent buckwheat noodles, delicate and nuanced broths, and fresh custard-like tofu. Vegetarian and meaty broths are on hand; both are excellent. Read more here »

Cocoron: Multiple locations in Lower East Side & Nolita; cocoron-soba.com

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Franchia (Midtown East)
Franchia (Midtown East)
Accomplish two major feats at once: finding tasty vegan food and a serene dining spot in the bustling craziness of Midtown. Enter Franchia with dishes like this Vegetarian Bibimbap with mountain greens. Read more here »

Franchia: 12 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (map); 212-213-1001; franchia.com

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

Anjappar (Murray Hill)
Anjappar (Murray Hill)
Chettinad cooking has two overarching characteristics: much of it is fried, and much of it is heavily spiced. If you're down with that, then Anjappar is the place for you. For example, take this Gobi 65: fried cauliflower florets dusted with garam masala, great for the table to share. On the meaty side, crabs in curry sauce excel. Read more here »

Anjappar: 116 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (map); 212-265-3663; anjapparusa.com

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

Tanoreen (Bay Ridge)
Tanoreen (Bay Ridge)
Creative and delicious Middle Eastern in Bay Ridge, with meat and vegetables given equal attention. Fried cauliflower with tahini and an "eggplant napoleon" are big hits. Read more here »

Tanoreen: 7523 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 (map); 718-748-5600; tanoreen.com

[Photograph: Aya Tanaka]

La Vara (Cobble Hill)
La Vara (Cobble Hill)
A comfortable neighborhood spot with reasonable prices, killer fried chickpeas, and plenty of knockout dishes. Whether you're there for wine and snacks or something more substantial (order the specials!), La Vara fits the bill. Read more here »

La Vara: 268 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map); 718-422-0065; lavarany.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Chinatown Food Crawl
A Chinatown Food Crawl
There's so much variety at affordable prices in Chinatown that you're going to be stuffed and happy whether you prefer veggies or meat. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Punjabi Grocery & Deli (East Village)
Punjabi Grocery & Deli (East Village)
Huge plates of crazy-cheap pakora, curries, and samosas are the bill of fare at this slender quick bites stop on Houston. It's all vegetarian but not conspicuously, with lots of starch for good measure. Read more here »

Punjabi Grocery & Deli: 114 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10009 (map);

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Bianca (East Village)
Bianca (East Village)
In a city chock full of big-name restaurants, Bianca quietly turns out surprisingly affordable yet satisfying Italian fare with veg-friendly dishes aplenty. The vegetarian pastas are great, but be sure to save room for dessert. Read more here »

Bianca: 5 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012 (map); 212-260-4666; biancanyc.com

[Photograph: Laura Togut]

Table Verte (East Village)
Table Verte (East Village)
A fully vegetarian effort at a decidedly un-vegetarian concept: the French bistro. There are even vegan and gluten-free options, all helpfully marked on the menu with a V or a GF. Case in point: this Choux Fleur Roti, a roasted cauliflower with quinoa, roasted sweet potato, and sautéed greens, sitting pretty on circle of a fig-caper sauce. Read more here »

Table Verte: 127 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10009 (map); 212-539-0231; tablevertenyc.com

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Gazala Place (Hell's Kitchen & Upper West Side)
Gazala Place (Hell's Kitchen & Upper West Side)
Entrées here are heavy on meats, like this Moshakal platter, a combo of lamb, chicken, and kafta served with rice and salad. But the small plates like hummus, burekas, and salads are mostly vegetarian, and you can build a mixed mezze plate out of most of them. Read more here »

Gazala Place: Multiple locations in Hell's Kitchen and the Upper West Side, New York, NY; gazalasplace.com

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

Buttermilk Channel (Carroll Gardens)
Buttermilk Channel (Carroll Gardens)
Southern-inspired and always interesting, Buttermilk Channel is worth checking out, especially for an all-vegetarian section of the menu. The grilled flatbread and vegetable sides with cheddar waffles are standouts. Read more here »

Buttermilk Channel: 524 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map); 718-852-8490; buttermilkchannelnyc.com

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Mimi's Hummus (Ditmas Park)
Mimi's Hummus (Ditmas Park)
This cozy Ditmas Park spot serves what might be our favorite hummus in New York, light and rich and custard-smooth. You can get it topped with meat, vegetables, or mushrooms, all of which are excellent. Read more here »

Mimi's Hummus: 1209 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218 (map); 718-284-4444; mimishummus.com

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Paulie Gee's (Greenpoint)
Paulie Gee's (Greenpoint)
Paulie Gee's has inspired, Neapoltian-esque pies and a while vegan menu that does the notion of vegan pizza justice. Read more here »

Paulie Gee's: 60 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (map); 347-987-3747; pauliegee.com

[Photograph: Erin Mosbaugh]

Franny's (Park Slope)
Franny's (Park Slope)
A Brooklyn favorite that's home to some of our favorites pies in the city. Veg-friendly appetizers worth ordering make this a great place for more than just pizza.Read more here »

Franny's: 348 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map); 718-230-0221; frannysbrooklyn.com

[Photograph: Erin Mosbaugh]

Il Bambino (Astoria)
Il Bambino (Astoria)
Italian sandwiches and small plates that the locals swear by, with an affordable but delicious beer and wine list. During warmer weather, there's beautiful garden seating. You might have to fend off your carnivorous friends once you let them taste your crostini with buttery Taleggio cheese, a chunky purée of sun-dried tomatoes, and grassy chive oil. Read more here »

Il Bambino: 34-08 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106 (map); 718-626-0087; ilbambinonyc.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Upi Jaya (Elmhurst)
Upi Jaya (Elmhurst)
Indonesian food can trip up vegetarians with hidden fish sauce and shrimp paste, but Upi Jaya can happily accommodate them. Instead of shrimp crackers, for instance, you get onion crackers on this lontong sayur, a spicy, sweet, and creamy vegetable and rice cake curry, topped with a deep-fried hard-boiled egg and hot chilies. Read more here »

Upi Jaya: 76-04 Woodside Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373 (map); 718-458-1807

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Telepan (Upper West Side)
Telepan (Upper West Side)
Telepan has been known to offer a vegetarian menu come spring, but even during the rest of the year, there are some creative options for non-meat-eaters like Smoked Brussels Sprouts and Egg Pasta. Read more here »

Telepan: 72 West 69th Street, New York, NY 10023 (map); 212-580-4300; telepan-ny.com

Stuffed Zuchini Blossoms from Telepan's 2010 vegetarian menu [Photograph: Reese Muntean]

Dovetail (Upper West Side)
Dovetail (Upper West Side)
Every Monday night, Dovetail features a special vegetarian and vegetable-focused four-course prix fixe. The best dishes are the simplest and well worth the cost and commitment of the four courses; stick to them for best results. Read more here »

Dovetail: 103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024 (map); 212-362-3800; dovetailnyc.com

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

L'Artusi (West Village)
L'Artusi (West Village)
A great, cozy Italian restaurant with excellent veg-friendly small dishes, like these charred string and wax beans tossed with lemon and chiles. Read more here »

L'Artusi: 228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); 212-255-5757; lartusi.com

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

King of Falafel & Shawarma (Midtown East & Astoria)
King of Falafel & Shawarma (Midtown East & Astoria)
The exceptionally crisp falafel is just as good as the shawarma and chicken at this destination-worthy cart. Get your food over rice for best results. Read more here »

King Of Falafel & Shawarma: Multiple locations in Midtown East & Astoria; 718-838-8029; thekingfalafel.com

[Photograph: Erin Zimmer]

Murray's Cheese Bar (West Village)
Murray's Cheese Bar (West Village)
If ever there was a common ground for vegetarians and meat-eaters, cheese would be it. And you'd be hard-pressed to do better than Murray's. At their restaurant, you can nibble on cheesy snacks or chomp on a plump burger with oozing cheese on top. Read more here »

Murray's Cheese Bar: 264 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014 (map); 646-476-8882; murrayscheesebar.com

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Biryani Cart (Midtown West)
Biryani Cart (Midtown West)
Of course, there's the biryani, the chicken-and-rice dish that gives the cart its name—a pile of tender spiced basmati with slivers of juicy chicken, a whole egg korma, and a mango pickle. But there's also the aloo kobi kati rolls with cauliflower and potatoes, our favorite kati rolls in New York. Read more here »

Biryani Cart: SW Corner of 46th Street and Sixth Avenue, New York NY 10036 (map); 917-628-3269; biryanicart.com

[Photograph: Carey Jones]