NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
255 West 43rd Street
New York NY 10036
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Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
- Visa ·
$10 minimum credit card charge.
Mon-Fri 7am-8:30pm; Sun 9:30am-6:30pm; closed Sat.
Between 7th and 8th Avenues.
A,C,E trains to 42nd Street Port Authority. N,Q,R,W,1,2,3,7,Shuttle to Times Square.
Green Symphony delivers.
$10 minimum order.
This deli-style eatery offers many vegan sandwiches and baked goods, as well as soy yogurt, soy cheddar, tofu cream cheese, and soy milk.
Review by beanmail on January 13, 2010:
- I was really disappointed by this place. Their lunch buffet did look fresh and they had a lot of options, but I expected more vegan stuff to grab and go. The day that I visited, none of the baked goods were vegan. Also, the man working was disinterested and seemed confused by my request for vegan cream cheese. I left with nothing.
Review by Sam C on January 9, 2010:
- BEST lunch buffet in Midtown and one of few (only??) Midtown spots that makes fresh juice. Juicer is LOUD so don't plan on a quiet meal if you choose to eat in. Seating is limited.
Review by mischief.ah on December 12, 2009:
- I recently took a trip to New York and researched vegan restaurants. Green Symphony was nearby and had good reviews.
There is a lot to see in there. Although it is a bit cramped there is many vegan/ vegetarian products. Even one of the people travelling with me, who is not vegetarian or vegan, throughly enjoyed the food.
The hot bar and cold bar have lots of food, as well as a refrigerated case of sandwiches. Not all the things on the menu were in there, but they were willing to make it for you if needed. There was also just granola bars and such, which was nice to find as they are not available where I live. Questions are readily answered and not minded at all.
The atmosphere is a bit crowded and packed, but it was overall a great experience!
Review by blusuburbansky on June 1, 2009:
- This was the closest place to grab a bagel during my stay in the city, and even then I had to walk about 14 blocks....but it was worth it! I strolled right by 3 times & finally called to make sure they still existed, since it's a tiny holy in the wall and was almost completely blocked by construction. Once inside, I felt like I was in vegan heaven. I ordered a sprouted grain bagel (the only kind they have) with tofu cream cheese, which tasted like Tofutti brand. While waiting for my bagel I perused the cramped space and discovered lots of vegan convenience foods - jerky, cookies, bars - as well as a menu packed with fresh made smoothies/juices & baked goods and a fridge full of sandwiches & wraps, soy yogurts, etc. They had a few tables set up so I could sit & enjoy my bagel, which was the softest, best tasting sprouted-grain ANYTHING I've ever experienced. Service was good, they didn't seem to mind my questions. Grab a take-out menu on the way in, since I don't think they have one on display inside.
Review by NotBuyingIt! on January 25, 2009:
- I would definately say this place is a vegan's hero if you work in Times Sqaure. Yummy food and lots to choose from. Not too bad for Times Square prices either. Nice food bar, sandwiches, homemade baked goods, juice bar and other things I can't remember right now. Times Square is just not pretty enough to want sit in a deli so take the food back to the office;)
Review by AmyArgh on August 1, 2008:
- This place is a freaking GOLD MINE. I work in Times Square and this is always my place to go when I want take-out. Unlike BankBank, I think ordering from the menu is disappointing, but find the hot/cold bar has the most delicious salads I've ever had.
Several of the "main" dishes are vegan friendly, there is a yummy indian stew and delicious samosa almost daily. Occasionally a vegan enchilada. The salads though are where it's at. The lentil salad and roasted corn salad are to die for. Everything has a label including the ingredients, so there's no guessing either.
A few vegan sandwiches, and about 5 vegan soups daily (3-bean chili and corn chowder are delish) and tons of WholeSoy yogurt, ABC cookies, snack bars, fancy drinks and smoothies to choose from as well.
Review by BankBank on July 29, 2008:
- Yay! I requested this place be added. If you work in midtown, you know how few vegan lunch options there are. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I have eaten lunch at this place every day for at least the past 3 months, no joke.
If you just walk in, I'm not even sure you can immediately see a menu, so I suggest either asking for one or looking on menupages. I always order the Seoul Bowl with soba noodles instead of rice. It's tofu dumplings, soba noodles, steamed veggies, and a delicious sesame ginger tamari sauce. There are a couple other vegan dishes to try on the menu. The buffet is pretty varied, but most of the "main" dishes have either meat or dairy, and the "sides" are, in my experience, kinda lacking in flavor, except for basic stuff like couscous. Salad bar looks good.
They have a lot of health foody stuff, lots of shakes which I've never tried but I'm sure are good, and plenty of fresh-baked pastries, many of which are labeled as vegan. The any time bar is quite good!