New York: The Empire of International Dairy-Free & Vegan Cuisine

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Last Updated April 2021! I think Brooklyn must be the unofficial capitol of vegan restaurants in the U.S. Long before plant-based was a buzz word, vegan pizzerias and cafes were popping up in the hip Park Slope neighborhood of this NYC borough. And in recent years, trendy Manhattan has had it’s own special diet surge. Consequently, there are a lot of dairy-free options in New York state. We’re keeping track of them for you in this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and shops. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

New York Dairy-Free Dining Guide - Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Food and Drinks, with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPictured: Ess-a-Bagel in NYC

Dairy-Free New York: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

New York is a literal melting pot of cuisines. Dairy-free diners will find many options in kosher delis, Mediterranean eateries, coffeehouses, gelaterias, and bagel shops. But our guide also includes restaurants with a range of baked goods, global fare, and health-focused food. 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.)

Chappaqua

  • Ibiza Kitchen ⭐️ – Dairy-free and gluten-free are labeled right on the menu at this Spanish restaurant. And most of their tapas and platos are in fact dairy-free!

Deer Park

  • PizzaRev – This build-your-own pizza joint has four dairy-free pizza crusts (two of which are gluten-free, and three of which are vegan), Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative, and most of their sauces and toppings are dairy-free (skip the alfredo, pesto, and meatballs). They also offer Beyond Meat sausage for vegan guests.

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.

Irvington

  • Red Barn Bakery – This local organic bakery makes all types of vegan and gluten-free baked goods, including muffins, cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies, breakfast cookies, and pies on order. They also make non-dairy omelets and daily soups.

Long Island (outside of NYC; East of Brooklyn & Queens)

  • Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company – Obviously they have a big selection of bagels, but they also offer non-dairy tofu schmears. They also make bagel sandwiches and salads, and have dairy-free milk beverage for vegan coffee and tea drinks.
  • Baked by Melissa – This bakery has locations dotted around the city, plus one in Garden City on Long Island, all selling their indulgent, two-bite cupcakes. They offer several vegan flavors, which include Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Vanilla Chip, Triple Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough, and Superfood. They also ship nationwide.
  • Organic Krush ⭐️ – They have five locations dotted along the hamlets of Long Island. Almost everything on their menu is dairy-free or can be made without dairy, and they have dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan  labels right on their menu. Service includes breakfast all day, custom bone broth soups, and build your own wrap, salad, bowl, or tacos, with flavors ranging Tex Mex to Thai. They also serve acai bowls, snacks, and a kids menu. For dessert, they have treats like Mamma’s Breakfast Cookies (a recipe they shared with us!).
  • The Little Beet – This is a local New York chain with one location in Garden City on Long Island. They have a fast casual build-your-own bowl style for lunch and dinner. The menu is gluten-free, and they clearly label for vegan, vegetarian, and top allergens. Most of their menu items and components are dairy free, including all of their grains, proteins, and sauces, at last check.
  • Tulo Milk – If you’re looking for artisan dairy-free delivery in the Hamptons, then I recommend trying this local shop. They make milk alternatives, like tigernut, almond, and cashew, “pagels” (paleo bagels), plant-based butter, cashew cheeses, and more.
  • Van Leeuwen ⭐️ – This popular NYC ice cream shop chain has one location at the far tip of Long Island in Montauk. They scoop a selection of the brand’s beloved dairy-free flavors (made with cashew and coconut milk or oat milk). They can also make you a vegan ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies, blend a dairy-free milkshake, or make you a sundae with vegan whipped cream, hot fudge, and various other toppings.

NYC – Brooklyn

  • 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.
  • Ice Cream House – This kosher shop serves both dairy and dairy-free ice cream in hard-packed scoops and soft serve swirls. They also offer sorbet, smoothies, pareve (dairy-free) shakes, coffee drinks, and can make vegan ice cream cakes. 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.
  • Loving Hut ⭐️ – This is a vegan chain with an eclectic, global fast food menu and desserts.
  • Luanne’s Wild Ginger ⭐️ – They have a few locations around the city, each serving a completely vegan menu of Asian cuisine. The cuisine spans many countries, but has a healthy, macrobiotic focus.
  • 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.
  • Next Level Burger ⭐️ – This fledgling chain touts itself as America’s first fully vegan burger joint. It’s a counter-serve spot with an array of plant-based burgers, “chicken” sandwiches, fries, and tots. They also blend dairy-free shakes and have house-made soft serve. This location is inside Whole Foods.
  • Paulie Gee’s – This small-time pizza chain has a full vegan menu with a range of cheese alternatives. Consequently, most of their menu can be made dairy-free.
  • Pressed Juicery ⭐️ – The menu at this juice shop is dairy-free, and includes a range of smoothies, bowls, and healthy soft serve with toppings.
  • Screamer’s Pizzeria ⭐️ – New York’s first all-vegan pizza restaurant has two locations, one in the Greenpoint neighborhood and one in Crown Heights. Whether you want a whole pie or just a quick wedge, they have you covered with 13 signature pizzas, a weekly special, and the ability to customize your own. Their menu includes classic and unique varieties, along with garlic knots, calzones, baked ziti, and Italian subs like “meatball” and eggplant parmesan.
  • 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.
  • Springbone Kitchen ⭐️ – This casual eatery focuses on nourishing meals made with organic fruits, vegetables, and grass-fed free range meats, Their whole menu is gluten-free, heavily paleo, and mostly dairy-free. The few items with dairy are clearly labeled. They serve lunch, dinner, and late breakfast all day, but the real feature is their expansive broth menu. It includes a variety of bone broths and vegan broths.  All are available as drinking broths or can be beefed up with your choice of add ins for a comforting soup.
  • The Butcher’s Daughter ⭐️ – This plant-heavy restaurant and juice bar bills itself as a “vegetable slaughterhouse.” Their menus are completely vegetarian, filled with vegan and gluten-free options, and clearly labeled for dairy, nuts, and soy. Their food includes a nice little array of small plates and large plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But it’s the beverages that take center stage. They serve a big selection of  cold-pressed juices, elixir shots, dairy-free wellness lattes, dairy-free smoothies, cocktails, mocktails, craft brews, and more.
  • Van Leeuwen ⭐️ – This popular local ice cream chain has a whole line of dairy-free and vegan ice creams. In fact, they sell their cashew-coconut milk pints and oat milk pints in stores across the U.S. And on any given day, they have a selection of dairy-free flavors in their scoop shops. They can also make you a vegan ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies, blend a dairy-free milkshake, or make you a sundae with vegan whipped cream, hot fudge, and various other toppings.
  • 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.

NYC – Manhattan

  • American Girl Cafe – These cafes are located inside American Girl stores, and host lunches and parties by reservation. See our Dairy-Free Tips for American Girl Cafe.
  • Anita Gelato – Though they only have four shops, they’re scattered around the world – one each in Puerto Rico, Israel, Australia, and New York. Anita has a whole vegan line up of fruity sorbets and creamy soy-based ice creams to choose from.
  • Baked by Melissa – This bakery has locations dotted around the city, all selling their indulgent, two-bite cupcakes. They offer several vegan flavors, which include Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Vanilla Chip, Triple Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough, and Superfood. They also ship nationwide.
  • 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.
  • Boba Guys – This artisan bubble tea and coffee shop chain has ample dairy-free and vegan options, and three locations in NYC. See our Boba Guys Dairy-Free Guide for more details.
  • Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company – Obviously they have a big selection of bagels, but they also offer non-dairy tofu schmears. They also make bagel sandwiches and salads, and have dairy-free milk beverage for vegan coffee and tea drinks.
  • by Chloe ⭐️ – These plant-based, counter-serve restaurants are dotted all over Manhattan. They serve a healthy vegan array of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and smoothies, with pancakes on the weekend. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and dessert, which includes house-made ice cream (also sold by the pint), cookies, cupcakes, and other pastries.
  • 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.
  • Casse Cou ⭐️ – This vegan chocolate shop is a collaboration between Matthew Kenney Cuisine and Sebastian Brecht. Everything they create is dairy-free, and made with high quality ingredients. This is a high end boutique with prices to match.
  • 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!
  • Converso Kosher Mexican ⭐️ – This dairy-free Mexican kitchen is run by Hummus Kitchen (at their 2nd avenue location), and offers pick-up and delivery only. They don’t have a physical dining restaurant. Their menu includes innovative tacos, burritos, and enchiladas with cashew crema. The options include chicken, fish, beef, bean, and vegan chorizo, and they do have gluten-free menu items available.
  • Delice & Sarrasin ⭐️ – Crepes, croissants, creme brulee? It’s all on-limits at this 100% vegan French restaurant. They also serve a full dinner of classics (with a plant-based spin), from Boeuf Bourguignon to Coq au Vin.
  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery ⭐️ – It’s hard to resist the flagship location of this sweet dairy-free bakery. It’s completely vegan and gluten-free, and they don’t use any soy. Their daily menu includes a pretty selection of cupcakes, muffins, donuts, cookies, crumb cakes, and more. They also swirl dairy-free soft serve. And yes, they take custom cake orders!
  • Ess-a-Bagel – They call it “tofu spread,” but for all intents and purposes, this bagelry churns out several dairy-free cream cheese flavors. They include plain, herb, lox, and more. At last count, they had eight flavors to accompany one of their many vegan bagels. In fact, all of their bagel varieties are dairy-, egg-, and nut-free!
  • Galioto’s Delicatessen ⭐️ – This all-vegan deli and grocery serves an Italian menu of sandwiches, pastas, salads, and a big array of sides.
  • Hummus Kitchen ⭐️ – This kosher restaurant is completely dairy-free, and has many vegan and gluten-free options clearly labeled on the menu. They serve dishes like kebabs, falafel, and shawarma, but hummus is at the center of their menu. They have a couple locations in the city.
  • John’s of 12th Street – This is a historic spot that’s been serving traditional “gravy and red-sauce Italian food” since 1908. But they also have a full vegan menu with stuffed mushrooms, caesar salad, garlic bread, pizza, parmigiana, alfredo, raviolis, and honestly, I could go on. They also serve several vegan desserts, including tiramisu and cannoli. For “just dairy-free” customers who would like meat or seafood, some of their traditional menu items can be made dairy-free.
  • Katz’s Delicatessen – This small Lower East Side deli has been run by the Katz family for over 100 years. It’s a bustling shop with big portions that has become a part of New York’s culture and history. Although it isn’t strictly kosher, this deli has been recommended by several of our readers for an abundance of simple, dairy-free options. They slow cure their own deli meats (no lactic acid starter cultures or other dairy ingredients additives), and pile them on sandwiches sans cheese. Their large menu also includes salads, hot dogs, omelets, and soups. Many of their items are already dairy-free or can easily be made so.
  • Luanne’s Wild Ginger ⭐️ – They have a few locations in Brooklyn and one in NYC, each serving a completely vegan menu of Asian cuisine. The cuisine spans many countries, but has a healthy, macrobiotic focus.
  • Orchard Grocer ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan deli and small grocer that serves sandwiches, dairy-free milkshakes, and local baked goods. Their groceries include specialty items.
  • Peacefood Cafe ⭐️ – You can find this vegan bakery and cafe uptown or downtown – they have two locations. Their lunch and dinner menu includes an array of raw and cooked dishes, they also blend juices and smoothies, and they have a wonderful array of pastries. Their sweets include cookies, cookie sandwiches, pies, cakes, quick breads, cheesecakes, and more. They also have gluten-free options.
  • Pressed Juicery ⭐️ – The menu at this juice shop is dairy-free, and includes a range of smoothies, bowls, and healthy soft serve with toppings. They have several locations around Manhattan.
  • Pura Vita Super ⭐️ – Every scoop at this all-natural gelato shop is dairy-free and plant-based. Their creamy flavors are made with oat or coconut milk, and ther sorbets are made with up to 70% fruit, “picked at peak ripeness.” They also serve coffee drinks.
  • Quantum Leap – This vegetarian restaurant has two locations – one in Greenwich Village and one on the Upper East Side. They serve an array of American, Asian, and Mexican inspired dishes, with many vegan options. They also serve brunch with vegan pancakes (gluten-free option) and special treats like vegan shakes.
  • Reserve Cut ⭐️ – This high-end steakhouse is kosher Glatt, which means milk and meat cannot be mixed. Consequently, their whole menu is dairy-free. And it’s a big one. They focus on French-Asian cuisine, but offer a range of sushi, seafood dishes, and of course, steaks. They also offer a decadent dairy-free dessert menu.
  • Risotteria Melotti NYC – According to the staff at this authentic Italian eatery, “We can make all our dishes dairy free, for the risottos we use dairy only to do the “mantecatura” at the end.” Yes, that means an array of dairy-free risottos, and even a couple vegan options. This is also a great find for gluten-free diners.
  • 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.
  • Roast Kitchen ⭐️ – You can build-your-own dairy-free bowl at this local fast casual lunch chain. They have a handful of locations dotted around the city, each with dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free items generously labeled on the menu. The bowls are plant-heavy, and are layered with grains, vegetables, your choice of protein, and one of their sauces (many dairy-free options available). They serve meat and fish, but also have a flavorful vegan menu of suggested bowls.
  • Saramsam ⭐️ – If you enjoy Filipino food, then this eatery is one to visit. It’s completely vegan and dairy-free, and serves authentic-style dishes that are heavy on plants.
  • Springbone Kitchen ⭐️ – This casual eatery focuses on nourishing meals made with organic fruits, vegetables, and grass-fed free range meats, Their whole menu is gluten-free, heavily paleo, and mostly dairy-free. The few items with dairy are clearly labeled. They serve lunch, dinner, and late breakfast all day, but the real feature is their expansive broth menu. It includes a variety of bone broths and vegan broths.  All are available as drinking broths or can be beefed up with your choice of add ins for a comforting soup.
  • Sweetcatch Poke ⭐️ – They have a smattering of locations around the sitting to please dairy-free and gluten-free fish fans (though they also offer chicken and tofu). Their menu includes clear dietary labels, and at last check, everything was dairy free!
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Founded by media mogul and rancher Ted Turner, this American chain serves a meat-heavy menu with lots of dairy-free options. See our Dairy-Free Guide for Ted’s Montana Grill for more details.
  • The Butcher’s Daughter ⭐️ – The menus at this “vegetable slaughterhouse” are all-vegetarian, filled with vegan and gluten-free options, and clearly labeled for dairy, nuts, and soy. Their food includes a nice selection of small plates and large plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And they also have dairy-free desserts. For sipping, they serve serve cold-pressed juices, dairy-free wellness lattes, dairy-free smoothies, cocktails, mocktails, craft brews, and more. They have two locations in NYC and one in Brooklyn.
  • The Commons Chelsea – This popular coffee shop offers almond milk and oat milk for their beverages. But they are most known (by the dairy-free community) for their vegan hot cocoa, which is made with organic, single origin, fair trade cocoa from Portland’s Holy Kakow. They have a petite food menu with just a couple of dairy-free options.
  • The Little Beet ⭐️ – This counter-serve restaurant serves bowls for lunch and dinner. Their menu has a build-your-own option and is entirely gluten-free. But they also clearly label for vegan, vegetarian, and top allergens, and most of their menu items and components are dairy free. They have several locations around the city, and one on Long Island.
  • The Organic Grill ⭐️ – This healthy Manhattan cafe serves vegan burgers, sandwiches, bowls, and breakfast all day. Their menu is heavy on vegetables, and includes some surprises, like house made spirulina “blue cheese.” Gluten-free and items containing soy are clearly labeled. They also serve a selection of raw dairy-free cakes and cheesecakes.
  • Tompkins Square Bagels – They hand roll, kettle boil, and oven bake their bagels right on the premises of their two locations daily. The dairy-free selection is unsurpassed, and the staff quite helpful, as the owner is vegan. To top the bagels, they have several nut butters, fruit butters, and tofu cream cheese spread in an assortment of flavors! They also serve many breakfast, lunch, and specialty sandwiches that are either dairy-free or can be ordered without dairy. For dessert, they bake up a whole selection of vegan cookies!
  • Van Leeuwen ⭐️ – If you’re in NYC, then you probably aren’t far from one of these ice cream shops. They have locations around the city, and each one scoops a selection of their dairy-free flavors (made with cashew and coconut milk or oat milk). They can also make you a vegan ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies, blend a dairy-free milkshake, or make you a sundae with vegan whipped cream, hot fudge, and various other toppings.
  • Veggie Grill ⭐️ – This vegan fast-casual restaurant chain serves burgers, sandwiches, bowls, salads, and plant-based variations on popular dishes. Their selection ranges from fresh and healthy to comfort food. They also have a menu of desserts.
  • 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.

NYC – Queens

  • Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company – Obviously they have a big selection of bagels, but they also offer non-dairy tofu schmears. They also make bagel sandwiches and salads, and have dairy-free milk beverage for vegan coffee and tea drinks.
  • Gossip Coffee ⭐️ – This gathering spot serves all types of drinks, and has breakfast and lunch menus that are labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. They have a handful of items that are dairy-free as is.
  • No5 – They have a HUGE vegan menu (it rivals the impressive size of their non-vegan menu) and can make many additional dairy-free items. Their selection includes tartines, pastas, salads, ravioli, burgers, dessert, and more.
  • Sai Organics – This is a local little natural food store that carries all types of organic and specialty items (like dairy-free ice cream!), and also serves sandwiches, soups, juices, and baked goods with dairy-free and vegan options.
  • Sensible Edibles Bakery ⭐️ – This is a vegan and gluten-free bakery that’s well known for cookies, bundt cakes, sweet loaves, bars, cakes, and more. You might spot their goodies at some other places in the area.
  • Tea and Milk – These creamy tea experts offer all types of milk teas, tea lattes, bubble teas, and more. They offer Oatly Oat Milk, Califia Almond Milk, and Pacific Soy Milk (for an extra charge on some drinks) and even have vegan house horchata. Banh mi sandwiches are also available.

NYC – Staten Island

  • Bario’s – This local pizzeria offers a full vegan menu on the side, with pizzas, appetizers (mozzarella sticks!), pastas, wraps, and more. They offer Violife vegan cheese, and can make most of their pizzas dairy-free with a cheese swap.
  • Bloom Cafe – Most of their cafe menu is vegan, including favorites like veggie scrambles, yogurt parfaits, and stuffed French toast. On the coffee-house side, most drinks (including specialty lattes) can be made dairy-free with oat, soy, or rice milk, but there is a surcharge.
  • Love Earth ⭐️ – This is an organic plant-based cafe and allergy-friendly bakery. Their menus are carefully labeled for top allergens, and at last check, all of their bakery items were top allergen free. They also serve burgers, pastas, sandwiches, smoothies made with oat or coconut milk, and more.

NYC – The Bronx

  • Freckles Juice Bar – Healthy eats, juices, smoothies, and acai bowls are on order at this local shop. Most of their smoothies are made with fresh fruits, superfoods, and almond milk or coconut water, and most of their food can be made dairy-free on request. Vegan items are clearly labeled.
  • Kai Fan⭐️ – Yes, Asian restaurants tend to have lots of dairy-free options, but few are completely dairy-free. This restaurant is kosher, so meat and milk cannot be mixed. They offer a huge Chinese food menu and a full sushi menu, complete with Philadelphia rolls with Tofutti cream cheese.
  • La Masa – This Columbian restaurant has all the classics, including empanadas, arepas, patacones, and hamburguesas. They offer vegan menu items in each food category, naturally dairy-free dishes, and some dishes can be made dairy-free with vegan cheese.

Plainview

  • ZuckerBakers Bake Shop ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, sesame-free, kosher pareve bakery. They whip up challah breads, rye bread, onion rolls, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, and more daily. They are also well known for their chocolate meltaway cakes and custom birthday cakes, which are all hand drawn.

Port Jefferson

  • Tiger Lily Cafe – This alternative eatery is a funky place for food, art, and music. They have vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus with several vegan and dairy-free options. They also have a full juice bar with fresh-squeezed juices, dairy-free soy smoothies and soy protein shakes. And you can get a coffee drink or frappe made with rice milk or soy milk.

Rochester

  • Get Caked Bakery ⭐️ – This little bakery showcases cupcakes, but they offer an array of sweet treats, with many options for special diets. They have pastries that are naturally vegan, bake vegan and vegan/gluten-free cookies, and can make any of their cupcakes and cookie sammies dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, and/or gluten-free.
  • The Red Fern ⭐️ – Almost anyone can find something at this casual vegan eatery. They have a big menu of snacks, salads, sandwiches, and plates. For sips they offer juices, smoothies, coffee drinks, kombucha, and more. They also have a full bakery on site and dairy-free ice cream for dessert a la mode. And to make special diet lives easier, they offer menus for gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, oil-free, garlic-free, and onion-free! Their bakery accepts special orders, including cakes, pastry trays, and gluten-free breads.

Syracuse

  • Strong Hearts ⭐️ –  This casual little vegan cafe serves a relatively big and hearty menu and a HUGE selection of dairy-free milkshakes. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a good variety of comfort cuisine, like scrambles, burgers, and even “fried chicken.”
  • The Ice Cream Stand – This simple ice cream shop offers several creamy vegan scoops in classic flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, mint chip, and cookies & cream. You can order them in a cup or a regular cone, which is vegan, with or without vegan toppings (like the sprinkles or crunch coating). They can also make a vegan ice cream cookie sandwich, float, milkshake (with oat milk), or flurry with your flavor of choice. They do sometimes offer vegan soft serve, too, depending on foot traffic to the store.

New York Dairy-Free Dining Guide - Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Food and Drinks, with Vegan and Gluten-Free Options Pictured: Katz’s Delicatessen in NYC

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout New York

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

  • Blaze Pizza
  • Chipotle
  • Stewart’s Shops (Upstate New York) – They started as ice cream shops, but now sell bakery and grocery items. They have two (at last count) vegan and non-dairy ice cream pints that they make: Mint Cookie Crumble and Chocolate Peanut Butter cup.
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill

New York Dairy-Free Dining Guide - Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Food and Drinks, with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPictured: Blossom Restaurant in NYC

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in New York

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in New York. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • Elmhurst 1925 – This used to be a dairy company, but now they make pure, simple dairy-free milks and creamers in Elma, NY. They are available nationwide, but you’ll probably see them more in stores and cafes in New York.

New York Dairy-Free Dining Guide - Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free Food and Drinks, with Vegan and Gluten-Free OptionsPictured: Sensible Edibles Bakery in Queens

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.

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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.

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