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Where to Eat Vegan for Thanksgiving 2009 in New York City

Patrick with Tofurkys

SuperVegan’s Patrick Kwan is a Tofurky fan.

Thanksgiving is a devastating time of year for vegans, when we cry into our bland veggie soup while meat eaters feast around us, knowing deep down in our souls that we’re missing out on one of life’s great pleasures…

Oh, wait, no. That’s just the lie that meat eaters tell themselves to justify their refusal to take responsibility for their own destructive choices.

In fact, with its wide array of freshly harvested delights, Thanksgiving is a cornucopia for vegans. Even the New York Times is getting in on the act, blogging about Going Vegetarian for Thanksgiving and posting recipes (I’m making the Fiery Sweet Potatoes).

As usual, many of New York City’s best vegan restaurants have risen to the occasion. Here’s SuperVegan’s round-up of where to eat vegan in NYC for Thanksgiving; make your restaurant reservations asap!

Angelica Kitchen is offering a five course prix fixe menu for $50; BYOB to save money. Thanksgiving is the only night Angelica takes reservations, so folks won’t have to queue up in the cold like usual. The dinner will also be available for take out from the juice bar. Say hi to SuperVegan’s own Olivia Lane, who will be hostessing in the afternoon.

Blossom and Blossom Uptown (the former Cafe Blossom) are offering the same three-course menu for $68, with reservations available between 3-9pm.

Candle 79‘s four course prix fixe is $70, while sister restaurant Candle Cafe gives you four courses for $52, plus a la carte options.

Caravan of Dreams will have Thanksgiving options in addition to their regular menu.

Counter‘s got seatings from 12pm-9pm for their $50 four course prix fixe, plus an optional $25 wine pairing.

Curly’s will be serving a four or five (“depending on how you count them”) course prix fixe menu for $26.95.

Hang out with Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Peter Max, and Ally Sheedy at Farm Sanctuary‘s Celebration FOR the Turkeys this Sunday at Tavern on the Green. You can even get the latest word on author Jonathan Safran Foer’s not-quite-veganism from the man himself. The event is currently sold out, but you can call to get on the waiting list.

NYC’s all-vegetarian grocery store, Integral Yoga Natural Foods, has many prepared vegan Thanksgiving foods. It’s currently offering a 10% discount on holiday desserts, pies, cakes and brownies (most are vegan; they’ve got a list with ingredients on their website).

Organic Grill will have a special Thanksgiving menu in addition to their regular menu.

Chef Ouiya has both prix fixe and a la carte options for delivery or pick up. Check out the menu here and make sure to get your order in by Saturday the 21st.

Perelandra Natural Food Center has a selection of prepared vegan Thanksgiving foods.

Pure Food and Wine will once again be serving the most expensive vegan Thanksgiving meal in NYC. Their four course prix fixe is $72; select items from their regular menu will also be available.

Red Bamboo will be serving their regular menu and a $21.95 Thanksgiving prix fixe menu. Red Bamboo Brooklyn will offer a three course prix fixe after 4pm at an as-yet-undecided price. (Jeez, people, Thanksgiving is less than a week away!)

‘sNice and ‘sNice Brooklyn are both closed Thanksgiving day, but we recommend you stop by in the days before or after to try their awesome Thanksgiving Leftovers sandwich.

WholeFoods has their same old Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner for one. At $19.99, it includes curried apple pumpkin soup, a stuffed holiday roast, green beans with almonds, and mushroom gravy. Dessert is now sold separately, packaged with bread.

You already missed the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary‘s 2009 Thanksliving, but you can sign up for their mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out next year.

If you love to cook, want to save money, or just want to skip the formality of dining out, host a potluck! Here’s a “Gentle Thanksgiving” recipe guide, complete with menu suggested by Alicia Silverstone. Hit your local farmers’ market for ingredients, or check out one of NYC’s vegan-friendly grocery stores.

If we’re missing anything good, please let us know!


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    I’ve had excellent Thanksgiving meals at Candle Cafe (twice), Candle 79, and Angelica Kitchen. Last year was Angelica, and it was so amazing! This year we’re cooking for the first time, but there is definitely something to be said for having a multicourse meal prepared for you and served to you, and not having to do any dishes! And no worries about not having leftovers – all four years I had more food than I could finish that became amazing leftover sandwiches the next day. :D

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    We’re having a home-cooked pre-thanksgiving meal in Williamsburg today. It is mostly vegan, completely vegetarian, and okay for the gluten-free…

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    While we’re figuring out what to do on Thanksgiving–does anyone know whose post this vegan Thanksgiving murder mystery party invitation is? Kinda looks like an invitation to be chopped up into little pieces and eaten for dinner.

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    don evans

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    I love the picture haha. Hmmm Never thought about this as a meal. I think I might try this one.

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    Lovely. Thanks for the list. I’ll be in NYC for thanksgiving and needed something like this.

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    I wish we had as many selections of vegetarian places to eat here in Corpus Christi, Texas (where Texas dips 200 miles south of the north-most Mexico border). But at least we have one place to eat and that is the Tango Tea Room. It was reviewed in the current (December) issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Thanksgiving Dinner Special is:

    Meatless “Turkey” with Gravy
    Mashed Sweet Potatoes
    Vegan Waldorf Salad
    Cranberry Relish
    Green Beans roasted with fresh garlic
    Email us at to reserve a plate (reservations not required).
    Also available:
    Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
    Soup of the Day: Pumpkin Soup

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    the fabulous chef matteo of four course vegan is hosting a thanksgiving dinner that sounds out of this world!

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    No particular offense, it’s just that we hate your blog.

    It’s just what we do.