Visiting My Mom & Sister in NYC: Part 2 – Review of 4 Veggie Restaurants

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My mom and sister wanted to visit me for my birthday.  My mom was flying from India and my sister was visiting from Australia, so what better place to meet (for them!) than in NYC!

I always enjoy visiting New York City, and had a few work meetings, so I was thrilled that I could combine work and family time.  I was able to take in a Broadway show, try new foods, and see historic landmarks, like the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

Food Is a BIG Part of New York City Culture

Some travelers prefer to stay away from touristy destinations like Manhattan, but I had a blast.  Perhaps because it was my first time being a tourist in NYC!  New York City is filled with an energy unique to anywhere else I’ve been.

That said, I now want to discover Queens and eat in every ethnic restaurant there! 🙂

Trip to New York City Index

Part 1 – Airbnb & Rockefeller Center

Part 2 – Review of 4 Veggie Restaurants

Part 3 – Prospect Park & Brooklyn Bridge

One reason I enjoy traveling is the opportunity to try new foods.  It gives me a chance to expand my palate, and exercise the 2X dining category of my Chase Sapphire Preferred!

A big part of travel is saturating myself in the local culture.  If I return home without tasting new food, I don’t feel satisfied with the trip.

New York City is an enormous melting pot, where every culture seems to be represented!  I was able to try lots of foods, including Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Israeli.  I’ll tell you about my 4 favorites.

Buddha Bodai

I’ve recently decided to eat vegetarian food, so my family and I were on the lookout for accommodating restaurants.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

I Like to Check TripAdvisor for Restaurant Reviews. Buddha Bodai Received High Marks for Their Vegetarian Beef

Because we were doing the obligatory Chinatown trip, I searched online for a vegetarian Chinese restaurant and found Buddha Bodai.  Walking down Mott Street in Chinatown, we stopped at Buddha Bodai, a Chinese vegetarian restaurant.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

The Restaurant Served Mock Meat Dishes

We ordered some tea, turnip cake, and various dim sum dishes, including delicious veggie dumplings and meat substitutes!  The prices were very reasonable, with dim sum costing ~$3 to ~$5.

My mom and sister didn’t care for the food, but I did!  It certainly was a “safe” place because everything on the menu was vegetarian.

Hangawi

On my birthday, my mom and sister asked me where I wanted to go.  On East 32nd Street between Madison and 5th Avenue lies Hangawi.  Hangawi is a Korean vegetarian restaurant that puts a lot of emphasis on tasty food.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

Great Ambiance at Hangawi

At Hangawi, you take your shoes off at the door, and you sit on pillows on a raised floor.

It brought me back to my revitalizing Vipassana meditation experience.  I had spent days and days sitting on cushions on the floor, so this was easy!  Well I was hungry, so I kept twitching until the food was served.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

Combination of Different Pancakes and Sauces (Including Pumpkin!)

We ordered 5 different dishes, and shared everything.  Entrees here cost ~$20 to ~$30, so we splurged a little!

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

My Eggplant Came With Chili Sauce

My family is almost as enthusiastic as I am about spicy food.  We mostly ordered items with the “warning: spicy” asterisk.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

Bean Curd and Kimchi to the Left, Kimchi Stone Bowl at the Top

I quite enjoyed the food at Hangawi and was glad to find that I didn’t have to give up Korean food because of my vegetarian diet.

Kati Roll

On East 53rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, I took my mom & sister Kati Roll, an Indian fast food restaurant.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

My Unda Aloo Roll on a Paratha Flatbread. I Was Impressed With Its Authenticity

I expected a lot of nitpicking and judgmental facial contortions from my Indian family.  But it actually turned out to be really tasty!

Because the Indian food at Kati Roll passed the Indian mom test, it deserves a mention!

I love Kathi rolls, and the average cost was $5 to $7 for a roll, which is very reasonable by Manhattan standards.

Maoz

My last recommendation is Maoz, which has several locations around Manhattan.  It’s an Israeli-inspired restaurant.

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

Fast Food-esque Setting, Similar to Kati Roll

I really like chickpeas, and they’re a great source of protein in my vegetarian diet.  So I loaded up on falafel and hummus!

Visiting My Mom Sister In NYC Part 2 Review Of 4 Veggie Restaurants

Whole Wheat Pita Pocket, Falafel, Hummus, Babaganoush, and a Mix of Israeli Salad and Quinoa Kale Spinach Salad!

Next time, I’m looking forward to visiting Queens and unearthing more of New York City’s unassuming gems!

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5 responses to “Visiting My Mom & Sister in NYC: Part 2 – Review of 4 Veggie Restaurants

  1. Emily, the Happy Cow app is a must for traveling vegans/ vegetarians. It lists restaurants that are strictly vegan to vegetarian-friendly, and safely got a vegan couple I know across the Midwest to California.

  2. Next time your in New York, I’ve got a few excellent ones for you — Candle 79, Blossom, The Cinnamon Snail, By Chloe

  3. Nice review. If you’re ever in the Seattle area, check out Moonlight Cafe . Its not fancy but they have a great menu of mock-meat stuff