by Zoe Morisow
Being a vegan in New York City is a bit of paradox—on the one hand, it’s easy because there are so many great options everywhere you go, on the other hand, it takes some serious willpower not to break the bank buying vegan goodies. That being said, it’s helpful to know where you can get a healthy vegan meal for less. I’ve only been living in New York City for a couple of months, but I’ve discovered some great deals that I want all you vegans to know about!
LifeThyme Natural Foods (410 6th Avenue between 8th&9th St.) – This is undoubtedly one of my favorite places to eat in all of New York City. You might not expect it from its lackluster exterior, but inside this place has a phenomenal salad bar and hot bar which, after 9:00 PM every night, is 50% off!! Their salad bar has a huge variety of innovative raw food dishes, and though their hot bar is not entirely vegan, there are still lots of great choices. Some of my favorites are the roasted sweet potatoes, balsamic eggplant salad, and tempeh casserole, but I have yet to try anything that I didn’t love.
Integral Yoga Natural Foods (229 W 13th Street between 7th&8th Ave.) – Everything here is organic and they have an impressive bulk food section. Different produce items are on sale each week, but the real deal here is their hot bar. If you go in the late afternoon, you can buy the hot bar offerings from lunch for 50% off! The only downside is that the food is already boxed up so you can’t always choose exactly what you want, but all of their food options are delicious and high quality, so this shouldn't present a huge concern for anyone. The hot bar is located in the back right hand corner of the store, right beside the juice bar. Some of the best things I’ve tried are the brussel sprouts, sautéed kale (super garlicky!), and kabocha squash—I can rarely find prepared kabocha and they do it perfectly!
Another great resource for vegan deals are websites like Groupon, Amazon Local, and Living Social. I’ve found great deals for restaurants including Sacred Chow and GustOrganics, both of which I highly recommend. These deals are still active, here are the links: GustOrganics Coupon - Sacred Chow Groupon
It’s definitely worth checking websites like these every once in a while, you never know what you’ll find.