When it comes to eating out, vegans deserve more than just a sad salad. Luckily, on the farm-rich North Fork, there are a number of inventive restaurant menu options that cater to those who don’t eat meat or dairy. These are some of our favorites. Omnivores will leave satisfied, too!
Hampton Coffee Company
Made with a plant-based egg, Beyond Meat breakfast sausage, and Field Roast vegan cheese served on freshly made ciabatta, Hampton Coffee’s vegan egg sandwich hits all the right notes. The egg isn’t spongy, the cheese melts well and the sausage could almost be mistaken for the real thing.
Hampton Coffee Company is located at 272 Main Road in Aquebogue.
Dressed up with hummus, avocado, cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes and arugula, the vegan sandwich at Goodfood packs a punch. Because hummus is a good form of protein, you won’t be hungry after eating this sammie. Instead, it leaves you feeling refreshed and refueled.
Goodfood. is located at 535 Pike Street in Mattituck.
The Olive Branch
So much of The Olive Branch’s menu is vegan. Many of the cold and warm appetizers are naturally made without animal products. A staff favorite is the olive dip, but the eggplant Istanbul is a close second. For the entrée, the vegan dinner is a must — seasonal vegetables lightly sauteed with herbs in a red wine tomato sauce and served over Jasmine rice.
The Olive Branch is located at 120 Front Street in Greenport.
The spicy mashed vegetables are definitely a hidden gem on the Turkuaz Grill menu. Minced tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice and spices come together perfectly as a dip-like spread that tastes oh-so-delicious on the warm pita bread. Pair that with the grape leaves stuffed with rice, onion, currant, pine nuts and spices and the first course is covered. Finish off with the falafel and the whole dinner is vegan!
Turkuaz Grill is located at 40 McDermott Avenue in Riverhead.
Yes, even ice cream lovers can find vegan options on the North Fork. Try the mango passion, made with an almond milk base, mangos and passion fruit. Or go a more chocolaty route with the coffee almond fudge or funky monkey (peanut butter, banana and fudge.)
Magic Fountain is located at 9825 Main Road in Mattituck.
This restaurant, located in the Hotel Indigo East End, has a few vegan items featured on their menu. The avocado mash with Serrano chili, salsa roja, herb salad and crispy tortilla makes a perfect first course. For your entree, follow it up withthe savory vegetable flatbread with caramelized onions, roasted garlic, broccoli rabe and tomato.
Bistro 72 is located at 1830 W Main Street in Riverhead.
Green Earth Natural Foods
This natural foods store has a full cafe menu with daily lunch specials featuring vegan options. Some standouts include the Carribean burrito served with black beans, brown rice, garlic, thyme, avocado and tomato, and the hummus and black bean wrap. They also have a selection of veggie burgers made from quinoa or mushroom.
Green Earth Natural Foods is located at 50 E Main Street in Riverhead.
Although this Japanese restaurant is most well-known for its fish, Stirling Sake has a few vegan features. The vegan noodles (you can choose shirataki, udon or soba) come with seasonal vegetables and shiitake in a konbu dashi broth. They also have vegetable rolls and a crispy, fried agedashi tofu dish that comes with ginger and scallion in a dashi broth.
Stirling Sake is located at 477 Main Street in Greenport.
This health food store in Greenport has all sorts of organic groceries and local products. Their deli cases are full of fresh salads, wraps, smoothies and juices, with plenty of vegan friendly options to choose from.
The Market is located 44 Front Street in Greenport.
The Giving Room
Located in Southold, this yoga studio and juice bar is 100 percent vegan. From their fresh smoothies and selection of nut milks, to their juices and chia puddings, there’s something for every plant-based eater.
The Giving Room is located at 56215 Main Road in Southold.
Ali Katz Kitchen
It may only be open on the weekends, but it’s still worth a stop. From vegan chili to soups and salads, Ali Katz Kitchen has plenty for the vegan eater. They also have takeout meals for the weeknights meant to be reheated at home.
Ali Katz Kitchen is located at 55 County Rad 48 in Mattituck.