Gastronomy & Food Service

New York City Will Celebrate Veganuary with First-Ever Vegan Dining Month

The ever-popular Veganuary campaign is coming to New York as the city welcomes its inaugural Vegan Dining Month in 2023. Taking place throughout the month of January, the initiative was created by food and travel website Vegans, Baby

“The plant-based wave is not just a trend, it’s the future”

Intended to help encourage people to go vegan in January and beyond, more than twenty local restaurants will participate with new vegan dishes or prix fixe menus to showcase plant-based cuisine. 

“I am so excited to launch Vegan Dining Month in NYC after running it for six years in Las Vegas,” Diana Edelman, Vegans, Baby’s founder told Forbes. “The city has such a dynamic vegan dining scene and I am thrilled to create an event here that encourages people to dine out during the month and give restaurants – both vegan and vegan-friendly – a try for a good cause.”

Laduree Vegan Omelet
©Laduree Paris

Restaurant partners and featured dishes include:

  • Avant GardenPaella with calasparra rice, Merguez royal trumpet, almonds, red pepper cream
  • Laduree Paris, SoHo – Vegan omelet with vegan ham, tomato concasse, mushrooms, vegan cheese
  • Lady Bird – KFB (Korean fried broccoli) with tempura fried broccoli, gochujang tamari sauce, sesame, scallion
  • Public Records – Oyster mushroom enchilada tacos with Heirloom corn tortilla, almond cotija, red onion, cilantro creama, seared lime
  • Raiz – $20 Burrito Combo with choice of any burrito, side and a dessert packaged in a custom box

Other participating eateries include PLNT Burger, Cadence, Soda Club, and Zooba Eats. 

Showcasing diversity

NYC’s Vegan Dining Month is sponsored by several plant-based companies, including Abbot’s Butcher, MyForest Foods, VFC and Vegan Wines. A portion of proceeds will go to Support + Feed, a nonprofit founded by Maggie Baird that fights food insecurity and climate change. 

According to Edelman, “Hundreds of thousands of people take the Veganuary challenge every year and this event helps them see they can dine out around the city and find amazing vegan food, and hopefully encourage them to stick with being vegan after the month. It also introduces new spots to vegans who dine out and showcases the diversity around the city.”

Avant Garden Gourmet Meal/ Dinner
©Avant Garden

“I signed up because it was a no-brainer,” says Raiz owner Nick Johnson. “It’s what the people want. The plant-based wave is not just a trend, it’s the future and we are proud to be a part of it.”

A full list of participating restaurants and menus can be found on the Vegans, Baby website.

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