At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for New York's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Vegetarian food in New York, we head to Vatan - a reader favorite - or we count on Elio's's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Vegetarian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant East Village area.

Upper East Side

Italian-American cuisine served up in a select, prestigious atmosphere. A celebrity favorite, Elio's draws folks who come here to see and be seen. When you're not counting heads and networking, you can dive into the pasta and veal parmigiana....  Read More

Financial District
Harbour Lights

This South Street Seaport bar sees its fair share of tourists each day. Nevertheless, it has managed to maintain a certain air of mystique for several years. Of course, this is due in part to its unparalleled view of New York Harbor. The Harbor...  Read More

Upper East Side
Hale and Hearty Soup

Remember how warm and good you felt when Mom made homemade soup on a cold winter day? Come back home to Hale & Hearty where you will find rich soups made with fresh ingredients, such as chowders, chicken vegetable with noodles and others....  Read More

Once you have passed the entrance and entered the dining room, you'll be amazed that such a friendly and professional staff, delicious Thai food and low prices could all be found under one roof. They serve delicious authentic Thai dishes but...  Read More

Royal Siam Restaurant

This no frills Thai spot with the bright blue banner serves great Thai food. Here, inexpensive prices do not mean that the food is average. Diner-style with little atmosphere, the restaurant features delicious beef satay and nutty pad Thai....  Read More

Lower East Side
The Elephant

The Village is synonymous with quaint, Parisian-style cafés that are great places to sip coffee and engage in an intimate chat, right? Well, with the leopard and disco ball, the tropically themed Elephant, located between First and Second...  Read More

Haveli Banjara

An elegant alternative to the East Village's more generic Indian restaurants, Haveli is tucked away between Fifth and Sixth Streets. A steady crowd of hip locals and those in the know head to this dimly lit eatery every day to enjoy the Northern...  Read More

Thailand Café

Tucked away between Fifth and Sixth Streets, this East Village Thai restaurant is popular with locals for three simple reasons: great food, friendly service and reasonable prices. A word of advice: when the menu indicates that something is hot,...  Read More

Though not much to look at on the outside, this Vietnamese restaurant remains popular thanks to its excellent dishes and reasonable prices. Among the regulars, favorites include staples like banh mi cary ga (curried chicken), the steamed fish...  Read More


Regarded as one of the best deals for the money in eclectic Murray Hill, Pongal offers one of the most unique menus around – a kosher Indian menu. Oy! That's right. The combination (thali) plates are a first-timer's best bet, and "seasoned"...  Read More