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A Vegetarian Foodie Guide to Chinatown, New York City

a plate of food on a table

Vegetarian dishes don’t have to be boring! Lately, there have been more and more exciting vegetarian options in Chinatown. So with that in mind, here is our vegetarian foodie guide to Chinatown, New York City with our picks for the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants!

Bodhi Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant – 77 Mulberry St

Bodhi Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant Dumplings

P.C.: yelp, Joanne C.

Bodhi Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant is best known for their vegetarian and vegan takes on classic Chinese dishes. They have a beautiful dining room and have tasty dishes like their Buddha delight noodles, eggplant in garlic sauce and a yummy turnip cake. If you are looking for something a little different, they have sushi too!

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant – 5 Mott St

Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant Spinach Corn Soup

P.C.: yelp, Kay C.

Another good pick for a Chinese vegetarian restaurant is Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant. In fact since their names are so similar and since they are located fairly close to each other, it is often confused with Bodhi Kosher. But with $7.50 lunch specials which include a soup or a spring roll, this is our pick for the best vegetarian cheap eats spot in the neighborhood.

Vegetarian Dim Sum House – 24 Pell St

Vegetarian Dim Sum House Fried Dumplings

P.C.: yelp, Eric A.

If you are looking for a dim sum restaurant that is vegetarian friendly, Vegetarian Dim Sum House is your best bet! They have dim sum staples like rice rolls, turnip cakes and a bunch of different delicious dumplings. Some of ours favorites include their vegetarian shrimp dumplings, spinach dumplings and fried dumplings. They also have mock meats and in fact, their mock chicken is one of our favorite dishes here.

Dimes – 49 Canal St

Dimes Earth Taco

P.C.: yelp, Michael T.

Dimes is a popular breakfast and brunch spot renown for its eclectic but healthy dishes. Vegetarians and vegans have a bunch to choose from with dishes like their berry acai bowls and Earth tacos (sweet potato, red cabbage and maitake). Dimes is very popular and there is also Dimes Deli (143 Division St) which has some grab and go options.

LuAnne’s Wild Ginger – 380 Broome St

Wild Ginger Lunch

P.C.: yelp, Heather S.

Just on the outskirts of Chinatown there is also LuAnne’s Wild Ginger, an Asian fusion vegan restaurant. Dishes like yam and pumpkin tempura, Malaysian curry stew and black pepper seitan makes this a great lunch option.

May-Wah Vegetarian Market – 213 Hester St

May-Wah Vegetarian Market

P.C.: yelp, Alyssa F.

Finally if you are looking to make a tasty vegetarian dinner of your own at home, May-Wah Vegetarian Market is an invaluable resource. They have a huge supply of easy to prepare vegan foods and imitation meats that very tasty!