I’m no stranger to navigating people’s confusion with my diet. No thank you, I don’t eat meat. Haha yeah, white meat still counts as meat. Ah, I generally avoid eating fish too since it’s an animal. Well no that doesn’t make me vegan. I was raised a vegetarian, and between happy hours, dinner parties, and nights out with friends, I find myself answering questions about my diet on an almost-daily basis. If you’ve ever dabbled with vegetarianism -- or, God bless, veganism -- you know exactly what I’m talking about.
There’s no way to fully avoid those awkward moments when turning down an hors d’oeuvre leads to a group discussion about your picky lifestyle, but thankfully in New York City, there are numerous places where vegans and vegetarians can order freely off a menu without fear of judgment; places where substitutions aren’t necessary and options abound; places catered to you, and not your meat-eating friends. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or somewhere in between, these are the meat-free restaurants you need to try. Because we deserve gluttony, too.