NY, New York City – John’s of 12th Street: Traditional and Vegan-Friendly Italian


John’s of 12th Street is a historic spot that’s been serving traditional “gravy and red-sauce Italian food” since 1908. But they do have some fresh twists, like a full vegan menu!

John's of 12 Street in New York has an extensive vegan menu (plus gluten-free pasta available)

And we aren’t just talking pasta marinara here. John’s of 12th Street has a big selection of vegan appetizers that include stuffed mushrooms, caesar salad, and garlic bread. Their main dishes go so far as margherita pizza and seitan or eggplant parmigiana with Follow Your Heart cheese alternative and Raviolis with house-made dairy-free alfredo. They even have vegan desserts like cannoli, ice cream, and almond coconut panna cotta.

According to their website:

All of our vegan dishes are plant-based and contain no animal ingredients whatsoever. We use dedicated cooking utensils for preparing vegan dishes. Please specify VEGAN when ordering with your server.

John’s of 12th Street also offers gluten-free pasta for any of their pasta dishes. And it’s possible that they might be able to make some other dishes dairy free, too. Just ask! They also have a nice wine list, exclusively with Italian wines, plus a modest selection of beer and a full bar.

John's of 12 Street in New York has an extensive vegan menu (plus gluten-free pasta available)

Reader Raves

Sarah G. left this comment on our Facebook page about John’s of 12th Street:

We went there recently really recommend lovely food and excellent service. Doesn’t look like much from the outside but is a massive old building.

And Rebecca S. said:

Love love love that place. We go every time we visit New York.

Where to Find John’s of 12th Street

Location: 302 East 12th Street, New York City, NY

Phone: (212) 475-9531

Website : www.johnsof12thstreet.com

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

1 Comment

  1. I went there a few years ago, it was OK. I was a bit put off that they also serve (real) veal, but then they serve meat.

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