NuVegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 87 reviews )
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2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20001

Vegan restaurant in the Howard University/Park View area. Offers vegan soft serve, raw food, soul food like mac n cheese and biscuits, fried chicken and different mock meats. Brunch service on Sunday. In Jul 2013 it launched also a food truck which serves food around town - check its webpage for updates. A brief history: est. in the mid-2000s as Everlasting Life which became Woodlands Vegan Bistro then NuVegan in 2015. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Take-out, Caribbean, Catering, Soul food, Southern American

87 Reviews

First Review by Mimi710

New favorite vegan restaurant in DC. - Edit

So good it’s dangerous! Hands down the best Mac and cheese I’ve had as a vegan. It was so flavorful and creamy a perfect companion to the collard greens which melted in my mouth. I brought a coworker who couldn’t believe the fried chicken was vegan. Definitely on my list to eat at every time I’m in DC. I highly recommend! Also don’t skip the cheesecake it’s equally amazing!

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-10

Pros: So delicious you’ll wish your city had one.

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Love Love Love - Edit

I absolutely love this restaurant. They have the best Vegan food ever. They have something for everyone. Five stars.

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My favorite Vegan Restaurant in DC - Edit

Great selection

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Home Damn Run! - Edit

The food was fantastic. Boyfriend had drummies and they were delicious, he also had collard greens and they were the best I’ve ever eaten! I had chicken sandwich and it was delicious but wasn’t expecting it to come with BBQ sauce so be aware of that. Mac and cheese was average. I thought it was pretty dry, definitely not creamy... You can’t go wrong here!

Pros: amazing food

Cons: very weird order process.

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Quickly Becoming A Great Love - Edit

I’ve been to NuVegan twice in the last week and both times have been incredible! The main selections are varied and amazing, the dessert doesn’t disappoint and the juices and smoothies are amazing. The prices are fair and there’s even couches for lounging and eating. Definitely going back again!

Pros: short wait, great food , great lounge area

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Brunch - good, but slow - Edit

We went here for brunch. It was VERY good food. But, when my spouse ordered - they didn't tell him that what he ordered wasn't ready and would be a while. When I was halfway done my meal, he went up to check on his and the guy was kinda rude. His food didn't come out until after I was done eating and they never checked on us, apologized, or gave him an ETA (even when he asked twice because it was almost an hour and we had somewhere to be)

HOWEVER -- I would give them another chance because the food was REALLY good. I just hope this was a bad day for them.

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Exquisite Vegan Soul Food - Edit

This place is the absolute best vegan soul food I have ever tasted. They have everything from Vegan chicken, Mac and Cheese, collards, kale, deserts, and more! NuVegan sets the bar in my opinion for vegan soul food places.

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Awesome food and vibe! - Edit

Nuvegan serves up a fresh, new take on soul food: a plant-based one. The food is phenomenal, and the variety of options could make any vegan’s heart flutter. Treat yourself to a burger, a slice of sweet potato cheesecake, or a fresh smoothie. I haven’t met a dish that I didn’t like.

Pros: Vegan as heck, Delicious, Cool vibe

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Slow and Not Super Healthy - Edit

Vegan? Yes. Healthy? No.

This is classic soul food with a vegan twist. Aside from being plant-based, health isn’t a priority. Even the veggie wrap was slathered in mayonnaise and hummus wasn’t an option. It took nearly 20 minutes for the food to be brought out despite the restaurant having plenty of open tables.

On the plus side, the staff was super friendly and the environment was very welcoming. Their vegan shakes are delicious and can be made with a variety of milks (soy, almond, hemp, etc) and without sugar if requested. This was the highlight of my visit.

Bottom line: if you’re just looking for some good old fashion vegan home cooking, this is your place. If you’re not interested in fat, calories and sodium then skip it.

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Good food but too slow - Edit

Our family of four visited NuVegan in College Park and arrived a few minutes after 11 am on a Saturday. The staff was very friendly and took our order right away. After waiting for 35 minutes for the food, we went back up to the counter and were told they were working on it and to please be patient. We asked if any of it was ready and they were soon able to hand us all of it. I can't help but wonder how much longer it would have taken if we weren't standing there telling them we had to go.
The two crab cakes and chick'n sandwich we got were ok but mostly tasted like fried batter. The greek salad was very fresh tasting. The cheese steak sandwich was rated as "ok" but chunks of meat rather than the typical shredded form that cheese steaks usually are. (We've had WizKid in Philly and this nothing special in comparison.)
I hope that NuVegan can speed up their cooking times or at least warn customers that grilled items are going to be slow. We would have ordered from the already made choices if we had known the wait time as we had tickets for an event at the Clarice and barely made it.

Pros: Lots of variety on the menu, Lots of seating, Friendly staff

Cons: Slow service, Mediocre food

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simply awesome - Edit

I haven’t had one item from this place that I didn’t love
I am addicted to the tacos. And OH EM Gee the cheesecake
So happy that I work in the area.
Although I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting many vegan restaurants I challenge any other to dethrone them.

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you can’t tell the difference - Edit

As a new vegan, I often look for foods that remind me of “the dark side,” you know, back when I ate meat and dairy. The food was so delicious and my non-vegan friend loved it. The staff was so nice and helpful. They allowed me to try 6 different samples before I ordered. It is definitely worth the trip. By the way, it is cafeteria style dining.

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Comfort food - Edit

Should be on your list if you are in town. I had a very nice lunch there for a very reasonable price. So many options to choose from, it was heartbreaking to make a choice. I would definitely come back for another meal maybe to try the brunch!

Pros: lots of vegan options, tasty and filling, fair prices

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Love This Place - Edit

The BBQ tofu, Mac and cheese and corn bread was so good! I wanted to try dessert but I was not able to finish my food. The portion size was great. The staff was friendly and I love the set up in the place. Even my 6 year old was impressed with her drummies and fries. One of my new favorites.

Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Great Environment

Cons: None

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yum!! - Edit

I’m from out of town and needed a good vegan treat. The chicken sammich and Mac n cheez hit the spot. This is such a great spot! You know you’re in the right place when it’s filled with locals!

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beyond amazing!!! - Edit

OH MY GOODNESS! My mom’s and my exact words after every bite of food! I had the crab cakes and my mom had the fish. We both had the collards and Mac & cheese as sides. This food is beyond amazing. I love in San Diego and literally want to fly back for this! So good. Oh and the coconut walnut cookie was so good too. Everything was a amazing including the service. I definitely have to come back for brunch.

Pros: FOOD - Everything , service , price

Cons: that I can’t finish it all :)

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Post-Race treat! - Edit

Great food and a great staff! The location is "ok", but not bad (I almost missed it). The vegan chik'n sandwich hit the spot! After running the Navy/Air-Force Half-Marathon, I needed something good! I had never been to DC since becoming a vegan, so I wasn't sure what was available. This place was on point

Pros: Great food abd the can alter just about anything p

Cons: Cheap to moderate $$$

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Delicious - Edit

The flavor of the food is excellent! The portions are very generous. This will be my go to place whenever we visit family in Maryland. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone craving perfectly seasoned soul food vegan style and believe me when I say you don't have to be vegan to ENJOY this food.

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Vegan/eco - Edit

Our food was good but the kitchen looked dirty. When I asked for a plate since I was eating in they pointed toward the plastic to go containers. I again asked for a plate since I was told they offer it if asked and was given a greasy dirty plate. When I showed the cook it he said just take the plastic box. Every eats from plastic toss away containers since plates are dirty or on the down low.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-04

Pros: vegan, tasy

Cons: Dirty, rude

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Delicious and generous - Edit

Cafeteria style - load a tray, then pay. So many options! Ask the server for a sample of anything if you can't decide. Has desserts and breakfast items as well. Huge portions!

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brunch - Edit

It is a must to go for brunch. I had pancakes, scrabble tofu and patties. Yum! Pancakes are $8. It is a bit too steep and it is why I gave this 4 stars. Otherwise, it is so delicious!

Pros: pancakes/ brunch, friendly

Cons: too expensive for pancakes , sticky tables, plastic wares

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really good soul food - Edit

Currently visiting D.C. and been to other vegan restaurants already. Came to this place 2x already because its food is just really tasty compared to the other ones that we have been to in downtown area.
Note that you got to go order your food in the back and then pay at the cashier (front).
One thing though... they use a lot of plastics for the packaging. All orders are treated as to-go, no plate options. The plastics aren't biodegradable or compostable either. May be recyclable.

Pros: good food, lots of choices (cooked and raw), soft-serve sometimes

Cons: plastic to-go containers, waiting for orders can be long depending on crowd

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overpowering flavors - Edit

The noodles were a bit too salty and the tofu had way too much barbecue sauce but my friends loved their dishes (Mac and cheese, burgers, fries etc).

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Fantastic! - Edit

Today was my first time at Nuvegan and I loved it. They had what seemed like a vegan food paradise—probably 20-30 great side dishes like potato salad, mac and cheese, kale, gingered greens, etc. and 4 main courses of different vegan meat alternatives—barbecued, fired, gingered, etc.

I got the barbecued roast main with potato salad and gingered collards, and went for a second serving to take home which was mac and cheese and "meat" and broccoli. Everything was excellent.

Two other great things—the portions are massive and the price is cheap for that size!

I also got a fresh juice they made right there from a combination of three ingredients I chose. I got cucumber, lemon, and ginger. They made it very well—it was watery, which I wanted because I was very thirsty, but it was also flavorful.

The staff was so friendly and they chatted with us a little and were very helpful when we asked about this dish or that one.

I didn't get a dessert but they had plenty—different varieties of cheese cakes, pumpkin cake, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, pies, and more...

They also have big couches where one can sit quite comfortably and regular tables for those who prefer a more traditional experience.

Wow! I wish I could go there every day. I envy people who live nearby.







Updated from previous review on 2017-06-21

Pros: super tasty, large portions (you can have plenty of leftovers), relatively cheap

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Best Vegan Food I've Ever Eaten - Edit

Guys, y'all better try the mac'n'cheese! It's not the best VEGAN m&c, it's the best all around mac'n'cheese, anywhere. We also had the fried steak and the fried chicken sandwich, which were also amazing. All around 5 stars!

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So much to choose from! - Edit

We had a tough time choosing from all the delicious looking food in the case but the friendly guy at the counter made it easier by offering us samples. In the end we got a ginger tofu, mac n cheese, potato salad, curry tofu, fried chick'un tenders, and ginger collard green salad. Everything was so, so good! That fried chick'un was insanely good. The potato and collard salads were fresh and tasty. It was all incredible and I wish we lived closer. The only thing that wasn't up to par was the desserts. We had a red velvet and vanilla cake and it was just ok. Next time I'd skip desserts and order extra sides. But I'm not even taking off a star for the desserts because we were so happy with our meals. There's plenty of seating, the portions are big and the prices were fair. Highly recommended!

Pros: you can try samples before you order, lots to choose from, crispy, juicy fried chick'un

Cons: lackluster cakes

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Good food; frustrating experience - Edit

Pretty neat place with large selection of hot sides, cold sides, and a menu of made-to-order things.

The food we ordered was good, especially the sandwiches.

The frustrating aspect was waiting more than 45 minutes for three sandwiches and a quesadilla!

No warning that there might be a wait. Staff was pretty aloof and only the third person I asked actually went to the back to see what was going. I was then told that the quesadilla takes up a lot of space on the grill and that's why it's taking so long. No apology, just, you ordered that thing and this is what happens. Thanks for the warning! And the quesadilla was not particularly large, tbh. And did they bump our order back because of that? Many people came and went as we were waiting. Is any of this normal for ordering a quesadilla? I hope not!

We ordered the food to go because our kids were extremely restless from a day of driving and it was just a very terrible experience. We would not have stopped if we'd know it would take basically an hour in total just to get our food.

I *really* wish I could give this place a glowing review. I think the concept of the restaurant and the menu are amazing. We went out of our way to stop in and try it out while visiting DC. Unfortunately there was no redeeming aspect to our experience other than the food being good. If it really takes that long to get a few menu items, that's a problem. If this was just a fluke the total customer neglect is still a problem.

Pros: Good food, especially the sandwiches, Great menu/variety

Cons: Inexplicably long wait and customer neglect

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