November is National Vegan Month: Top 5 Vegan Restaurants on Long Island

Photo courtesy of Ariana Café.

Photo courtesy of Ariana Café.

There are lots of vegan options on Long Island. Here are 5 top vegan restaurants that will have you coming back for more.

  1. 3 Brothers Vegan Café on Montauk Highway in Copiague is co-owned by 23-year-old Jay Astafa along with his parents and brothers of 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale. This trendy new eatery, which opened in summer 2015, is the only all vegan restaurant on Long Island. Their menu is exclusively plant-based, so there is no milk, eggs, cheese or meat in any of their dishes. Dishes include pizza made with cashew milk “mozzarella,” oyster mushroom “calamari,” and their signature dish, Buffalo cauliflower, similar to Buffalo chicken but made with cauliflower instead. You’ll want to make reservations at this hot spot because it fills up quickly.
  2. Ariana Restaurant on Main Street, Huntington. Ariana has offered exotic Afghan fare and vegan-friendly entrees for more than 20 years. “Newsday” rated them “Best Restaurant in Huntington,” and they appeared on Food Network’s Restaurant Steakout. They have many vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from. Dishes include a delightful vegan “steak” of grilled portabella mushrooms topped with black bean sauce and curry gardens, an assortment of fresh seasonable vegetables, steamed and sautéed in a light curry sauce, served in a roasted acorn squash and basmati rice. For dessert, be sure to try the vegan key lime pie.
  3. Madras Woodlands on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park. Madras Woodlands was established in the 1970s, and boasts it is “the first authentic vegetarian Indian restaurant near the United Nations in Manhattan.” They specialize in “a distinct Udupi-style of vegetarian culinary art,” where they use a wide variety of exotic ingredients. Vegan dishes include fried lentil “donuts,” masala dosai. a lentil crepe filled with potatoes, onions, peas and cashew nuts, or vegetable kurma-vegetables cooked in a creamy coconut gravy.
  4. Tula Kitchen on East Main Street, Bayshore. This elegant, candlelit restaurant offers live music and an extensive menu made with healthy, organic ingredients. In 2015, Long Islander’s voted Tula Kitchen “Best Vegetarian Restaurant on Long Island.” Owner/chef Jacqueline Sharlup named her kitchen “Tula” which in Sanskrit means “balance,” just what Sharlup was looking for in food and atmosphere. Popular items include Dragon Love, grilled tofu, quinoa, edamame and roasted veggies in an Asian sauce; tofu veggie crab cakes with smashed sweet potatoes, roasted carrots, and dairy free tartar sauce, or the Tula burrito filled with grilled veggies, cannellini beans, seared organic seitan, asparagus and roasted red peppers, served with a Thai peanut sauce and coconut basmati rice.
  5. The Purple Elephant Market Café on Fort Salonga Road, west, in Northport. Since 2012, this cozy café overlooking Northport Harbor has served up a vast array of clean, simple and delicious Central American cuisine with influences from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras as well as Mexico. Well-known, Long Island chef David Intonato, who previously was the executive chef at Jamesport Manor Inn and The Mill Pond House in Centerport, prides himself on making every effort to procure non-GMO foods and source organics whenever possible. The Purple Elephant offers vegan and non-vegan menus, which also feature many gluten-free options. Entrees include Chris G’s eggplant extraordinaire, crispy eggplant, roasted tomato, daiya mozzarella, and raw zucchini noodles with pesto, or try the Mac Attack with gluten free pasta and vegan sausage in a creamy vegan cheese sauce, with toasted breadcrumbs, Siracha and jalapenos. Be sure to order a side of yucca fries. Reservations are recommended.

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