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I Eat Plants: My Favorite Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in the Lower Hudson Valley
Posted By jlfields On October 18, 2012 @ 9:30 am In I Eat Plants | 7 Comments
Here it is folks! After 12 years of dining out in Westchester, the past ten as a vegetarian and the last two as a vegan, I offer you
My Favorite Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in the Lower Hudson Valley!
Andy’s Pure Food  in Rye, Larchmont, and Scarsdale. When I talk to new vegans about what to eat, I always refer to the Five Fabulous Vegan Food Groups: vegetables; fruits; grains; beans and legumes; and nuts and seeds. You can get all of these, cooked or raw, at Andy’s. While this isn’t exactly a restaurant, you can order at the counter and have a seat for a quick and casual meal or stock up your refrigerator for the week by purchasing salads and entrees in bulk.
Cafe of Love  in Mount Kisco. Yes, Cafe of Love made it on my list, despite the unfortunate veggie burger incident . Vegan options abound at Cafe of Love and you simply have to ask the right questions. I returned to the restaurant just last week and enjoyed the roasted cauliflower bisque and this kale and crunchy vegetable salad – all confirmed vegan by my server!
Cafe Mozart  in Mamaroneck. I consider Cafe Mozart an extension of my home office.
Harry’s Burritos  in Larchmont and Nyack. This is the only Tex Mex (okay, they call themselves Cal Mex) restaurant in the area that offers soy options such as “ground beef” (it’s texturized vegetable protein), tofu, and soy-based sour cream and cheese. I frequent the Larchmont location and my special requests have never been refused – I have enjoyed vegan versions of enchiladas, burritos, tacos, chili, tostadas and taco salads.
Haven Restaurant  in Pleasantville. I have dined at Haven more times than I can count (and had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Daniel Petrilli  for this column). Why? Because there is always a vegan option, like these bean “meat” balls and soba noodles, in each section of the menu and the chef’s philosophy is that making vegan food is fun and he’s delighted to do it.
Jolo’s Kitchen  in New Rochelle. Jolo’s goes beyond “friendly” because every single thing on the menu is vegan! You can get beans, grains, and greens as well as a variety of interesting “meats” including soy, wheat-gluten (setitan), and mushrooms. It’s my go-to take-out joint .
Sweet Grass Grill  in Tarrytown. I love a restaurant that embraces Meatless Monday. I love the restaurant even more when the chef will always offer a vegan dish at your request if there isn’t a plant-based option, like this tofu wrap, on the menu.
Turquoise  in Larchmont. Ethnic restaurants such as Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern are often vegan-friendly. Turkish food, served up beautifully at Turquoise, is no exception. The red lentil soup is vegan and there are several hot and cold vegan appetizers, as well as vegetarian entrees on the menu .
Zitoune  in Mamaroneck. This Moroccan restaurant offers two vegan tagines, lentil and this vegetable tagine. I love them both.
Go forth and eat plants!
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URLs in this post:
 Andy’s Pure Food: http://www.andyspurefood.com/
 Cafe of Love: http://www.cafeofloveny.com/
 unfortunate veggie burger incident: http://food.lohudblogs.com/2012/08/23/i-eat-plants-i-am-not-a-perfect-vegan/
 Image: http://food.lohudblogs.com/files/cafe-of-love-kale-salad.jpg
 Cafe Mozart: http://www.cafemozartny.com/
 Haven Restaurant: http://www.havenpleasantville.com/
 interviewing Chef Daniel Petrilli: http://food.lohudblogs.com/2012/05/03/i-eat-plants-an-interview-with-chef-daniel-petrilli-of-haven-pleasantville/
 Image: http://food.lohudblogs.com/files/Hudson-Valley-Restaurant-Week-2012-Haven-White-Bean-Balls-and-Soba-Noodles1.jpg
 Jolo’s Kitchen: http://joloskitchen.blogspot.com/
 take-out joint: http://joloskitchen.blogspot.com/p/take-out-menu.html
 Sweet Grass Grill: http://www.sweetgrassgrill.com/
 Image: http://food.lohudblogs.com/files/Hudson-Valley-Restaurant-Week-2012-Sweet-Grass-Grill-Tofu-Roll1.jpg
 Turquoise: http://turqmed.com/
 the menu: http://turqmed.com/menu.html
 Water Moon: http://watermoonrye.com/
 Zitoune: http://www.zitounerestaurant.com/home.html
 Image: http://food.lohudblogs.com/files/zitoune-berber-couscous1.jpg
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