Seasoned Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
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55 St. Nicholas Ave (at Harlem, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10026

Vegan eatery providing a menu of changing themed specials. The meats are made from blends of soy, bean curd, tarot root, mushroom, yam, and vegetables. Late night menu served 10pm-2am. Re-opened at this location in 2014. Open Tue-Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:00pm-2:00am, Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Caribbean, Catering, Southern American

41 Reviews

First Review by DJL2011

"what U put in your mouth will become you; be wise..." - Edit

Literally, these words are written on the wall.

Pros: All vegan cheffed up,tapas; scrumptious. Drinks ar

Cons: The online menu is way inaccurate. Treat yourself!

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V day date - Edit

Spent our V day here together. The staff were highly attentive and kind. The space was nicely decorated and comfortable. The food was absolutely awesome! So fresh and filling while also not heavy.

Pros: great date spot, they know how to cook!

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worth the trek from jamaica, queens! - Edit

i’ve heard nothing but great things about this place & now i know it’s no lie—everything about this place is divine. it has a great vibe & the staff is real good—i’d even go as far to say they were caring! the food was tremendous & real filling too. i had the crawfish which amazed me with every bite: how can burdock root taste like seafood? idk, but they made it happen! their fries are off the hook & i definitely recommend the milkshake! i want to try everything on the menu now, & it’s definitely worth the hour & a half to get there!!! that’s how good it is! def go!!!!

Pros: water is alkaline!, amazing staff, incredible food

Cons: none

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Best place ever - Edit

Great place for anyone to eat at whether you are vegan or not. Great atmosphere and staff. They are always sweet and perky. The son is amazing and makes sure you are having a great time by walking around greeting people.

Pros: chicken nuggets, Mac and cheese.

Cons: small

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AMAZING PLACE - Edit

Awesome people, Awesome food ✨ I️ love this place.

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Wow - Edit

Very impressive place. A varied menu and the burdock “crawfish” I had was lovely. Friendly staff, too.

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Amazing!! - Edit

So, so delicious. Had the pizza quesadilla (gooey and delicious), chicken nuggets (actually tasted like chicken nuggets), and riblets with mac and cheese. All so incredibly delicious. I couldn't believe the texture of the nuggets-so like the real thing. Mac and cheese was also really, really good. Finished the meal with a red velvet cupcake that was to die for. Friendly, attentive staff. I'll be back very, very soon.

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Did not live up to the hype - Edit

We really, really wanted to love this place. And were excited to find vegan food in Harlem. Took us 3 hours to get there from south Jersey, so were eagerly awaiting a good meal. The place was packed, and there was no standing room (while you're waiting for a table or take out), without being in everyone's way. The staff was so nice and patient. They actually made the place enjoyable for us, because the food definitely didn't. The food was not good at all, and we had 3 people's apps, meals, drinks, and desserts to judge from, so enough to say whether one thing maybe just wasn't good. It was all of it, unfortunately. I love that they're trying, but I hope they learn how to better prepare and season vegan food. It shouldn't all be mushy and taste the same. That's a common problem I see with vegan places. I love that it's a mom and son place, which is another reason we wanted to support it. But we can't pay over $100 for food we don't want to eat just because the staff is pleasant.

Pros: Friendly staff, Nice atmosphere and energy

Cons: The food, Very crowded, Slow service

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Excellent restaurant & experience - Edit

Visiting Seasoned Vegan is a must for all those visiting NYC, or those who live close by. The food is excellent, with so many delicous options. The vibe and customer service was great, we can not wait until our next visit!

Pros: Delicous & flavorful, Vast menu options, Great customer service

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Amazing First Visit - Edit

I just moved to Harlem and was looking for a nice Vegan place to eat at. Nice atmosphere, I had the soy Nuggets and Ginger Beer Shake amazing you must go.

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Vegan High Note in Harlem - Edit

This is the BEST vegan restaurant uptown. It has a great vibe, friendly staff and lovely ambiance. There are a variety of "veganized" soul food options on the menu, including BBQ crawfish, riblets and po' boys. They also have a good selection of raw apps and entrees too. I highly recommend the "B Knows Chicken Salad" as an app, Lemon Crusted "Fish Steak" as an entree and Pineapple Blitz smoothie. Definitely stay for dessert - the ice cream cupcake sandwiches are the best vegan invention ever!



Updated from previous review on 2017-07-21

Pros: Vegan Soul Food, Ambiance, Ice Cream Cupcake Sandwich

Cons: Limited Specials

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Excellent! - Edit

I had the chicken parmigiana and the salted pecan chocolate chip cookie, and both were amazing. Staff was polite and friendly. They had a lot of very cool vegan fish dishes I will try next time I go. Very satisfied!

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Great desserts! - Edit

We swung by here after dinner to check out their desserts. My daughter had the baked cheesecake with strawberry sauce which was excellent. I had a chocolate cupcake with buttercream icing which was also excellent. The restaurant was packed, the staff were so nice (although busy) and the ambiance is excellent. Wish we had eaten dinner there...

Pros: great ambiance, friendly staff, great desserts

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Pancakes are awesome! - Edit

I had pancakes with "chickn" and it was so delicious. Loved the seasoning. The pancakes were the perfect type of comfort food.

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Incredible - Edit

I finally made it to Seasoned Vegan and I'm so glad I did! The restaurant is about an hour 15 minutes from my apartment by train, but it was well worth the trip! The food is simply delicious! My husband tried the crawfish and sat there the entire time asking how in the world they made it taste exactly like fish! I tried a rib plate with collard greens and sweet potatoes (omg!) those sweet potatoes I still dream about. The ribs were also extremely realistic and well seasoned. I will definitely make the trip back up to Harlem very, very soon!

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Wonderful - Edit

Pleased to have such a lovely spot in the neighborhood. The service is friendly and warm. The restaurant is charming and bright. I love the mac n cheese, shrimp po boy, and Bo knows chicken salad.

Pros: Dishes you won't find elsewhere, Extremely delicious , Good value

Cons: None

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delicious - Edit

really cozy restaurant with some nice food. the waiters where as nice as the food. busy place with some great food.

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Harlem's Seasoned Vegan is Plant-Based Food for the Soul - Edit

Seasoned Vegan uses the term ‘soul food’ loosely as they aren’t referring to typical cuisine specific to the Southern region of the United States, but rather any food prepared by a chef who uses flavorful ingredients and infuses love and care into the process (trust us, you can taste that love!) Seasoned Vegan's menu offers a variety of foods from cooked and raw appetizers, fresh juice smoothies, salads, burgers, wraps, cooked and raw entrees including a special of the month, along with hot and cold beverages and dessert.

We ordered the tuna melt and BBQ riblets. The latter came with collard greens, and sweet potato soufflé, although we substituted mac-n-cheese for the soufflé, for it was a day for comfort food, it was a day for creamy vegan cheese!

We were happily surprised to also receive a mixed greens salad to start everything off, so we deer-noshed on the crispest field greens tossed in a sweet, fresh vinaigrette.

The BBQ riblets were sweet and filling (think General Tso’s), and the sides were amazing! The classic collard greens with umami tomatoes were spot-on, and that absolute “OMG cheesy” mac-n-cheese was no joke; rich, tangy and filling, the ideal accompaniment for a cold day. However, it was the tuna-melt that stole the show. Seasoned Vegan's tuna melt was a perfect blend of toothsome chopped protein, rich melted cheese and creamy vegan mayo, seasoned to perfection and served inside a toasted tortilla wrap.

Seasoned Vegan is an absolute gem. If you are in search of soulful plant-based food prepared with love, give Seasoned Vegan a visit, and then return again and again!


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Pros: Black Owned Business, Plant-Based (No Meat, No Dairy), Located in historic, gorgeous Harlem

Cons: One server for full dining room., BBQ sauce was a little too sweet

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A gem in Harlem - Edit

We went there recently on a Friday night and it was quite full, but they still had room for two people. The atmosphere is nice, if a tad too loud to be comfortable (though I've noticed that in a lot of NYC restaurants). We each had an entree, the pepper steak and the BBQ riblets (weekly special). Both came with a salad and two sides of our choice: we got collard greens (special), mac and cheese, broccoli, and sweet potato soufflé (special). The salad was nothing special but anyway nice, we had forgotten that we'd get one when they brought it :-) The mac and cheese might have been the best that I've had in NYC, I truly enjoyed it. The sweet potatoes were also extremely tasty and nicely spiced. The "meat" had a good texture. The BBQ riblets were tasty thanks to being slathered in BBQ sauce. The pepper steak I found quite bland - it was not particularly pepper-y and lacked flavor overall.
I appreciated the portion size - I typically find myself unable to finish almost all meals served at restaurants, and I am generally not that bad of an eater.
We shared a marshmallow/chocolate/chocolate ganache (something like that) cupcake for dessert that was quite nice, but nothing I'd go back there for.
The price was perfectly alright - $15-18 for an entree with two sides and a salad that will leave you satisfied.

It's great to see a place like this in the neighborhood. The clientele was also a nice change from other vegan restaurants in lower Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-17

Pros: affordable, delicious, great service and a nice place in upper Manhattan

Cons: noisy, some foods may be bland

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meh - Edit

I visited Seasoned Vegan in Harlem in December 2015 after a race in Central Park. We ordered the pizza quesadilla with fried chicken, the Harlem chopped cheeseburger wrap, and the po' boy wrap with fried "crawfish" that was actually made out of burdock. While the restaurant itself was cute, I have to say the entire experience was mediocre at best. We waited an inordinate amount of time to just place our order. The restaurant was not even that crowded.

The pizza quesadilla was a little sweeter than I was expecting. The fried chicken was very good. I was a little disappointed to see that the quesadilla was made out of the same wrap used for both our sandwiches, and more disappointed to see that the sandwiches seemed to be almost identical except for the substitute meat product used. To be fair, the fried crawfish was very good. I've had the vegan po' boy at V-Life on Seventh Ave in Midtown and the Seasoned Vegan's po' boy is much better. It actually tastes like a fried crawfish and it's not dry like the V-Life version.

That being said, I'm not sure that I would return to Seasoned Vegan.

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Great local option, highly recommended! - Edit

Vegan choices in my neighborhood are very limited so it's great to finally have a place to rely on. The quality and flavor of the food great and always consistent. My favorite items on the menu are the crawfish entree, crawfish po boy and SV burger. The food is a bit pricey if you have a big appetite. I'd love a heftier portion and would even be willing to pay a little more for a more satisfying experience. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars

Pros: Consistent flavor , Reliable , Friendly service

Cons: Costly , Small portions , Wait time could use improvement

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Good but expensive - Edit

Yeah, the place is nice and the food's decent but quite pricey. It was a good brunch, but I'd not return probably.

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My New Favorite - Edit

I absolutely love Seasoned Vegan because it stays true to its name. All the dishes I tried were so flavorful and well seasoned. It has the kind of menu that makes you think there may actually be meat in some of the things you're eating, so it's an excellent place to drag your omni friends to and show them what vegans eat. The staff is incredibly friendly. Ms. B (the owner) is almost always in the back and she is one of the nicest restaurant owners I've ever met. This is a must try!

Pros: Delicious food, Amazing staff

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Fantastic vegan restaurant - Edit

I am truly amazed by this restaurant, they serve really tasty food inspired by classic american dishes, made vegan. Really friendly staff and quick service. I would definitely go again. Also, delicious raw cheesecake for desert

Pros: Impressively tasty, Nice staff, Quick service

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Yum - Edit

In the UK we had become used to the same handful of vegan options, so the interesting menu at Seasoned Vegan was enough to get us to trek over there straight off the plane. We were glad we did; excellent food, excellent value, excellent staff. Make sure you try this place if you haven't already. We both had the 'chicken' parmesan wrap which was absolutely delicious and we hope to try more of the menu before we leave!

Pros: Delicious, Affordable, Good service

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Guilt-Free Recidivisim! - Edit

Oh sweet blissful cheeseburger verisimilitude. When impure nostalgic cravings take control get thee to Harlem where texture and flavor conspire to devilishly sate the cruelest culinary impulse guilt-free! Even if your "minimal standard of decency" includes the use of animal products you owe yourself the 'cheddar cheeseburger' from the seasoned vegan. My 5 year old omnivorous son swears that he'd choose the chicken nuggets here over anything included in a happy meal (if they came with a toy). gratifying umami and saucy soul sublimate carnivorous urgency through the crawfish po'boy. Bring friends and share your entrées. I thought that I had perfected baked vegan mac&cheese. Tonight, I humbly - and with toasty comfort - concede defeat. Takes an hour for delivery to park and 117- but it is well worth the wait (and the food comes hot). Its a little above our budget for twice-a-week delivery, so we'll move some numbers around to accommodate.

Pros: exceedingly delicious

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One of my favorite places in NY - Edit

When I lived in New York, I was glad to see that there was a vegan place in Harlem, where I lived at the time.

I was quite excited to go there and certainly wasn't let down: I've had different proteins there - tried the "crawfish", "chicken" nuggets, bbq ribs... All really tasty. I had mac'n'cheese and the veggie medley as side dishes the first time... and after that didn't bother trying any of the other side dishes because I would be happy eating nothing but mac'n'cheese and the veggies for the rest of my life. LOVED it. I took a couple of my friends (not all vegans) there and they loved it, too!

The only thing I wouldn't recommend are the cupcakes. Maybe I'm spoiled because I make some really mean cupcakes from scratch myself, but I just don't see how the cupcakes were worth their money. They were not bad, but very simple and very overpriced.

Service was always good and attentive. We met the chef once and she is a delight!

Pros: Great Food, Good Service, Awesome Floor

Cons: Cupcakes

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