20 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
274 Lark St, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Juice bar, Take-out, Catering
Vegetarian cafe focused on farm to table food. Owner is a certified health coach and a long time vegetarian. Offers chickpea and black bean burgers, rice and bean bowls with veggie of the day, soba noodle specials, fresh juices, smoothies and organic tea. Seating for up to 20. Gluten free bread available.
31 Central Ave, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Pakistani-Indian-Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant established since 1999. While menu is primarily meat-based, the owner is accommodating to vegan requests. All vegetable dishes that do not list dairy ingredients are vegan suitable as are several salads, sides, and sauces. Has bean and vegetable based dishes. The lunch buffet always has vegan rice, sauces, salads, hummus, and 2 vegan hot dishes. Try the hummus.
258 Lark St, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Mexican, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Reported offering a vegan Italian sausage with pepper and onions, tofu fries, and faux nuggets in a burrito or a la carte.
105 Wolf Rd, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Fast food, Take-out, Mexican, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Fast food chain where you could customize your order (tacos, burritos, bowls) and request no cheese/dairy. Some of its locations offer a soyfrito filling that's made from soy protein. Be sure to ask for plant based protein.
42 Howard St, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Pizza, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Festive beer garden & gastropub where drinks come with free pizza and patrons mount a mechanical bull. Has multiple vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free items available, and the menu is clearly labeled, distinguishing between vegan and vegetarian. The free pizza that comes with your drinks can be made without cheese upon request.
120 Washington Ave Ext Ste 1 (at Crossgates Mall), Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Quick service franchise offering sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and fresh juices. Has unchick'n and soymilk for substitution. In the mall.
182 Washington Ave, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. American breakfast and lunch spot in a sandstone mansion with garden setting. Vegan options include veggie burger, seitan sandwich, and tofu scramble.
469 Delaware Ave, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Delivery, Take-out, Bakery, Peruvian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Vegans could order the quinoa stuffed pepper without cheese, rice and black beans, white rice, chickpeas and spinach, refried bean empanada, and yucca fries.
206 Washington Ave, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Catering, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. One of the Mamoun's family restaurants in NY and Ct, this one is low key and has been serving Mediterranean food since the 1980s. Many many veg choices, including the hummus, falafel, salads with pickled carrots and olives, babaganoush, etc., all made in-house from fresh ingredients.
300 Delaware Ave, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Gastro pub has plenty of vegan options; see online summer vegan menu. Located near Spectrum Theatres. Has another location in Saugerties, NY.
217 Wolf Rd, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. This coffeehouse keeps on hand almond and soy milk for drinks and offers a food menu that includes a section with "veggie delights." Vegans could get the veggie hummer wrap or Anna's peppered penguin wrap or ask to omit cheese on other dishes. Has vegan cookies.
238 Washington Ave (at downtown), Albany, New York
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Pizza, International, Mediterranean, Israeli, Non-veg
Serves fish, vegan options available. Pescetarian menu with vegetarian and vegan as well. Features a wood fire pizza oven, a full bar, and barista bar. Housed in the building with NuWave Cafe.
79 N Pearl St, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Vegan choices are marked and include a veggie reuben with option to veganize using vegan cheese, a french dip, buffalo wings, 2 or so salads. There are also appetizers like hummus and olives; sides like coconut rice, fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus. Kitchen is open to requests to modify food.
307 Central Ave, Albany, New York
Cuisine: Beer/Wine, Take-out, Vietnamese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Basic atmosphere Vietnamese eatery where you could get dishes with mockmeats, tofu, and veggies. Prices are moderate for lunch and more expensive for dinner, but the portions are large.
Health Food Stores, Vegan Shops, Vegan Bakery and Catering, Vegetarian B&Bs, Organizations
100 Watervliet Ave, Albany, New York
Open to the public. Selling organic produce, vitamins, and bulk items including herbs, vegan baked goods, and deli foods. As reported to HappyCow, The Honest Weight Food Co-op started out as a buying club in 1976 and was vegetarian but has since changed to a large company and is no longer all vegetarian. Previously located on Central Ave.
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