Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in New York that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).
Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure.
Local New York Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats
We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.
⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)
- Blossom Ice Cream – This sweet shop makes Thai ice cream rolls, and they have a whole menu of soy-based, vegan, hand-rolled ice cream. It even includes an “Irish Cream” flavor. We’ve been told you can enjoy it in a cup or waffle cone, but verify in store. They also serve a range of hot and cold tea and coffee beverages, and have fun, flavorful Light Bulb Ice Drinks with dairy-free options.
- Bunna Cafe ⭐️ – This vegan Ethiopian restaurant serves a range of traditional dishes that are usually served as combos with Injera bread. They also offer gluten-free Injera, making the entire menu open to gluten-free patrons. They are open for lunch and dinner, and even offer a unique brunch experience.
- Clementine Bakery ⭐️ – Although they keep it quiet, this friendly bakery is completely vegan, and they sell their pastries to other shops and restaurants locally. Their freshly baked goods include sweets and savories, with pies, cheesecakes, danishes, and more. They also serve a full menu of sandwiches, salads, and wraps, and pour locally-roasted coffee. They do take custom orders and bake cakes for special occasions.
- Dr. Cow ⭐️ – This tiny little shop crafts their own tree nut cheeses. That’s right, a dairy-free and vegan “cheese” shop! They also make a range of dairy-free milk beverages, yogurt, pastries (cheesecakes of course!), and other specialties.
- Dun-Well Doughnuts ⭐️ – You’ll have a hard time choosing a flavor at this all-vegan doughnut shop. They have a rotating list of 200 varieties, with nearly every favor imaginable – including Butterfinger, French Toast, Green Tea & Ginger, Peach Cobbler, and more. To accompany the dizzying doughnut menu, they offer an array of dairy-free coffee beverages, ice cream, and even vegan egg creams.
- Eden Wok ⭐️ – This is a Glatt Kosher American-Asian eatery and sushi bar – which means milk and meat cannot be mixed. Consequently, they are a dairy-free establishment, right down to the non-dairy cream cheese in some of their sushi rolls! They serve a big array of Chinese dishes, Asian salad bowls, poke bowls, and teriyaki bowls. Their sushi can be made with white rice, brown rice, black rice, or quinoa.
- HanGawi Restaurant ⭐️ – Take your shoes off at the door, relax, and enjoy the upscale menu of creative vegan Korean dishes. They serve lunch, dinner, and dessert, which includes dairy-free cheesecake and ice creams. A gluten-free menu is available.
- Hummus Kitchen ⭐️ – They serve dishes like kebabs, falafel, and shawarma, but hummus is at the center of their menu. This kosher restaurant is dairy-free, and has many vegan and gluten-free options clearly labeled on the menu.
- Ice Cream House – This kosher shop serves both dairy and dairy-free ice cream in hard-packed scoops and soft serve swirls. But keep in mind that they have a dress code – even in summer there are no tank tops or open toe shoes allowed. They have a few shops around the city.
- Izzy Rose ⭐️ – Also known as Izzy Provisions, this vegan gathering spot is a cafe + flower shop by day, cocktail bar by night. They have a rotating menu of casual all-vegan cuisine, featuring fresh, local ingredients.
- Little Choc Apothecary ⭐️ – Crepes without dairy, eggs, and gluten? They don’t even use gums or binders at this little creperie. Their menu includes a savory selection and build-your-own sweet crepes. They also make acai bowls and some small plates. But their beverage menu is also a highlight. It includes smoothies, juices, coffee drinks, natural wines, beer, and one of the biggest tea menus we’ve seen.
- Modern Love ⭐️ – Oddly, this is their second location, the first one is in Omaha. Modern Love Brooklyn is a vegan partnership between cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz and the founders of MooShoes. Their purely vegan menu focuses on plant-based comfort food. Sample dishes include cheeseburgers, build your own mac and shews, and buckets of wings.
- Seitan Rising ⭐️ – This little vegan cafe houses a baker (Pisces Rising) and a vegan deli meat maker (Seitan’s Helper). They take custom cake and pastry orders and serve a variety of wraps and sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
- VSPOT Restaurant ⭐️ – If you’re looking for Latin food with a vegan spin, this is your spot. It’s a casual plant-based restaurant serving a range of Caribbean and South American-inspired cuisine.
Hastings on Hudson
- By the Way Bakery ⭐️ – Muffins, scones, tea cakes, cupcakes … it’s all gluten-free and dairy-free at this old-fashioned bakery. They have a daily array of sweets, and also take custom orders for cakes. They bake for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions.
New York City
- Blossom Restaurant ⭐️ – They now have two Manhattan locations, one in Chelsea and one on the Upper West Side. Both serve modern vegan cuisine for lunch and dinner with an eclectic range of casual dishes. They also offer dessert, cocktails, and a full vegan wine list.
- By the Way Bakery ⭐️ – This is an old-fashioned bakery where everything is made by hand, from scratch, in small batches. And, by the way, all of their baked goods are gluten-free and dairy-free. They’re also certified kosher. They serve a daily array of pastries, and specialize in custom order cakes for weddings and other occasions. They have two locations in NYC.
- Candle Cafe ⭐️ – Since 1994, Candle Cafe has been serving an all-vegan menu with a healthy, plant-based focus. They serve an array of salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and other entrees, and have a selection of juices, smoothies, and cocktails to refresh. They have two locations, one on the east side and one on the west side. Their Candle 79 restaurant was permanently closed.
- Chloe’s NYC ⭐️ – Chloe’s soft serve fruit is dairy-free, vegan, certified gluten-free, certified kosher pareve, and made with just fruit, water, and cane sugar. They swirl several classic flavors and some seasonal varieties, which you can order in a cup, pretzel, or waffle cone (not gluten free), or as a sundae with toppings. They also offer pops, chocolate-dipped pops, dairy-free smoothies, bowls, and vegan waffles!
- Riverdel Vegan Cheese ⭐️ – They closed their Brooklyn shop, but this “vegan cheese monger” can still be found in the Essex Street Market in Manhattan. They sell a wide variety of dairy-free cheeses, including some house-made selections, along with dairy-free yogurts and nut milks. They also serve a range of lunch sandwiches, made with local vegan charcuterie, and a big selection of condiments.
- The Cinnamon Snail ⭐️ – Located in Pennsy Food Hall, this vegan kosher take-out restaurant surprises with a unique selection of hearty sandwiches, flavorful burgers, creative sides, cinnamon rolls, decadent donuts, and other pastries. The donuts come in some crazy flavors like Raspberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Donuts, or Vanilla Bourbon Creme Brulee. They also have a food truck.
- VSPOT Express ⭐️ – This is a fast casual outpost of their Brooklyn restaurant. The menu is completely vegan, and includes a range of empanadas, papas fritas, and other Latin-inspired dishes.
Most Popular Chains in New York for Dairy-Free Diners
There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.
This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations
We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.
Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!
This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.