NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
John's of 12th Street
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)
- Cash Only
Mon - Thurs:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
(bet. 2nd and 1st Aves)
1st Ave-14th St (L)
Astor Place (6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)
John's of 12th Street delivers.
Launched a separate vegan menu ranging from vegan caesar salad, bruschetta, pizza, ravioli, eggplant parm, seitan scallopini, and serves Lula's Sweet Apothecary ice cream-they even have vegan panna cotta and cannoli! Gluten-free pasta is also available.
Review by Minion of Seitan on November 28, 2010:
- If you want old-school Italian, vegan-style, John's is your ticket to heaven. They have an entire menu of vegan appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We had the eggplant parmesan which was stretchy, gooey, loaded with Daiya, and delicious (and huge); the ravioli, which were just OK but it was fun to be eating them since that's not something that's ever vegan at normal Italian places; the caesar salad, which was scrumptious, and a great cannoli. Highly recommended to give it a try - great service, wonderful atmosphere (very real, no hipsters, just families, dates, and even single people enjoying their dinner).
Review by kerstycakes on November 24, 2010:
- We were super excited to try John's, but sadly pretty disappointed with our vegan pizzas which were literally served to us with the most meager sprinkle of daiya imaginable (I could count the number of daiya shreds on two hands...)
Although our request to have more daiya added to the pies was politely received, the pizzas returned with just another sprinkle :( So we ate the 90% sauce, 0.01% daiya pizzas with much disappointment.... The owner said something about Daiya costing him 5x the amount as "regular" cheese so it seems that's the issue here.
Perhaps their other entrees are better, but I'm sticking with Saluggis or Viva for vegan pizza. They certainly do not skimp with the daiya.
Overall I applaud the effort and friendliness, but come on don't be so cheap with the Daiya!!!
PS. on a better note, the cannoli was very tasty.
Review by beanmail on November 9, 2010:
- I generally prefer vegan restaurants over "regular" and vegetarian, but John's has knocked it out of the park. Their execution serves as an excellent example to other traditional restaurants on how it can be done.
The menu offerings are seemingly endless and every dish I had was thoughtful and well-prepared.
The dining room is cozy, old-school Italian, with the service to match.
Owner is super-friendly and couldn't be more welcoming to all: especially vegans.
Review by vegangirl on November 8, 2010:
- as an italian girl, sometimes i just want a comforting pile of tomatoes, garlic, basil, and starch, but vegan selections in this city tend to skew a bit farther east, or a bit overly fancy, and italian places tend to offer nothing more than garlic-and-oil pasta. this is the place i've been dreaming of! basic new york-style italian food, in a venue as old-school italian-american as it gets, except with an entire separate vegan menu. with, the server told me, separate cookware for all vegan items.
the meal was delicious. the house red that we ordered was very palatable (and cheap!). for appetizer i ordered a tomato-avocado bruschetta, which was to die for, and to follow, a delicious seitan cutlet with roasted peppers and artichokes in a mushroom marsala sauce. they even brought me vegan "parmesan" to sprinkle over my meal, making my happiness complete.
they don't seem to have quite worked all the kinks out - their garlic bread was a little over-garlicky, probably because they're used to preparing it with butter rather than oil, and the red sauce on the side of pasta i recieved proclaimed that they have yet to master preparing meatless marinara. but i'm confident that they'll work out those issues soon enough; everything else was so good.
service was fantastic - all the servers were quick and friendly. we actually had a little incident with the next table over, the occupants of which were phenomenally drunk; for our trouble, our little group was comped the bottle of wine we'd already consumed, and given a second, also free. in all, it was a great experience, and i'd imagine that as they settle into cooking vegan food it will get even better. so go support classic italian vegan food in new york! oh, and if you need to entice meatsters to visit this place with you, i can also report that my nonvegan dining companions also praised the food extensively.