New York Vegan Pizza Dessert Guide

28 Aug 2018

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Vegans aren’t always about the beans and the greens. For those of us who love the occasional (or daily) indulgence, this guide will bring you to the best vegan pizza and dessert spots across the city!

The $1 slice of pizza is a staple of a New Yorker’s diet. Unfortunately, most pizza joints load it up with cheese and meat – not so vegan-friendly. Good vegan dessert is even harder to come by! While New York City is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, there are few places that stand out to satisfy your sweet tooth if you're looking for a vegan dessert. Good news though, the wave of veganism in NYC has reached the world of pizza and more and more shops now offer some of the best vegan ice creams, cakes and pastries.

Follow me as I review the best options from the Upper East Side to Williamsburg!

Candle Cafe (Upper East Side)

Candle Cafe

Candle Cafe is a vegan restaurant located in the Upper East Side. It's the sister restaurant of the higher-end Candle 79, which is just a few blocks uptown. Like any other restaurant, they have a dessert menu. The regulars on the menu include a Brownie Sundae, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie, Carrot Cake, Key Lime Parfait, and a daily sorbet or ice cream.

coconut cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream

Coconut cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream

The daily specials menu also includes desserts, such as the coconut cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream flavor and berry crumb pie made from strawberries and apples. The desserts are just as good as any other Upper East Side cafe except this one’s completely vegan!

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Candle Cafe, 1307 3rd Ave, NYC, NY 10021, USA

Cinnamon Snail (Midtown, FiDi)

CInnamon Snail

This vegan vendor is located in Pennsy NYC, a food hall above Penn Station. It’s a great spot for commuters who want a vegan bite on the road. Cinnamon Snail serves a selection of vegan meals and they even have a special display for their pastries! This Raspberry Blackout Donut has a nice chocolate crumble with a drizzle of raspberry icing. The flavors of the tart raspberry and sweet chocolate balance nicely. The Coconut Thai Basil Glazed has a fluffy donut base with toasted coconut and glaze on top. The Pistachio Cake is moist with the perfect texture of crumbliness.

Cinnamon snail desserts

From left: Pistachio Cake; Raspberry Donut; Coconut Thai Basil Glazed

Come here for a quick treat if you’re ever in the Penn Station area!

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Cinnamon Snail, 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, NYC, NY 10121, USA

Chloe’s Fruit (Union Square)

Chloe's Fruit

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Chloe’s Fruit, 25 East 17th Street, NYC, NY 10003, USA

John’s on 12th Street (East Village)

John's on 12th Street

John’s on 12th Street is considered one of the best traditional Italian restaurants in the East Village. Open since 1908, it’s almost an attraction in itself. Did I mention they also have a full vegan section on the menu? Vegan garlic bread, pasta, dessert, and most importantly, pizza!

John's Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza

My go-to is the vegan Margherita pizza with tomato sauce, basil, garlic, and vegan cheese. Of course, the vegan alternatives are more Italian-style than New York-style. I would say John’s is a great Italian place for everyone, vegan or not.

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John’s on 12th Street, 302 East 12th Street, NYC, NY 10003, USA

Double Zero (East Village)

Double Zero

Double Zero is on the higher end of vegan pizza restaurants. It is one of the five restaurants in NYC by famous plant-based chef, Matthew Kenney. They make their own tree-nut cheeses for the gourmet pizza, instead of using Diaya or Teese cheeses like many other vegan pizza spots in the city. The restaurant is only open for dinner, plus brunch on weekends. The indoor communal seating and outdoor tables give it a casual ambiance. Double Zero is definitely not about convenience, but rather the appreciation of plant-based food, specifically pizza.

Double Zero pizza

From top to bottom: Creamy Artichoke; Spicy Marinara Arrabiata pizza

The Spicy Marinara Arrabiata pizza has shiitake bacon, cauliflower, macadamia ricotta, and basil. On the other had, the Creamy Artichoke is topped with garlic cashew cheese, spinach, and tomato basil crudo. Their pizzas are delicious with a unique mixture of flavors on a chewy crust!

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Double Zero, 65 2nd Ave, NYC, NY 10003, USA

Confectionary NYC (East Village)

Confectionery NYC

Confectionery NYC is a small shop in the East Village known for its vegan macarons. It’s a rarity to find an eggless macaron, but this store has managed to perfect its recipe. With a melt-in-your-mouth texture and unique flavors, the macarons would make a great gift for any vegan with a sweet tooth.


Flavors from left: Pistachio Cardamom; Oreo; Rose; Chai

The intricately painted shells really make them a work of art. Here we have Oreo, Rose, Pistachio Cardamom, and Chai. Although some of these flavors don’t seem like typical dessert flavors, the added sugar makes them a great sweet treat!

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Confectionery NYC,440 East 9th St, NYC, NY, USA

Screamer’s Pizzeria (Greenpoint)

Screamer's Pizzeria

Crossing the bridge down to Brooklyn, Screamer’s is the first all-vegan pizzeria in the city. The bright walls are covered in vegan and animal rights-focused stickers with the menu sprawled out on the mirrored section of the wall. This trendy spot serves both the classic and creative pizzas. Come for their plain cheese pizza as well as their specialties!

Buffalo pizza

Buffalo pizza

Pictured here is their Buffalo Pizza. The Buffalo pizza is topped with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, Buffalo style cauliflower, almond ricotta, a drizzle of ranch, and chives. Another one that I got is the Pepperoni pizza, topped with tomato sauce, Upton’s seitan pepperoni, and vegan cheese. Both have a nice crunchy crust and tasted amazing!

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Screamer’s Pizzeria, 620 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

Vinnie’s Pizzeria (Williamsburg and Greenpoint)

Vinnie's Pizzeria

Vinnie’s Pizzeria has the NYC classic pizzeria feel to it. This cash-only pizza joint is decked out with Italian-American-inspired posters and retro art. The pizzeria has a few booths for people to sit down and eat a quick slice. In the pizza display case, they have a section for the vegan pizza of the day. Their pizza is not just the basic vegan cheese pizza either – they have unique toppings and different daily specials.

Vegan VcRib

Parma Initiative & Vegan VcRib

The Parma Initiative that I got has baked, breaded eggplant, marinara sauce, vegan mozzarella and cheddar cheese. The special of the day was Vegan VcRib: veggie spare rib, chopped tomato, red onion, Daiya cheese, and sweet-chili dressing. They’re both delicious and can satisfy any pizza craving. By the way, Vinnie’s also has vegan appetizers like garlic knots and vegan chicken drumsticks.

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Vinnie's Pizzeria, 148 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill, East Village, LES, Seaport, West Village, Nolita, UWS, UES)

Van Leeuwen

If you don’t live in the neighbourhoods listed above, you can still find amazing chains that have opened in locations all over NYC. This artisan ice cream shop is known for its unique Brooklyn-made luxe ice cream flavors. Each location serves a good variety of vegan flavors. Although dairy-free, the ice cream is still creamy and rich, great for a summer day snack. They are made from coconut cream, cashew milk, and cocoa butter. Some flavors, like Planet Earth and Mint Chip, have a distinct coconut flavor due to the ingredients used.

Van Leeuwen ice cream

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Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, 152 West 10th St, NYC, NY 10014, USA

Two Boots (UWS, UES, FiDi, Midtown East, East Village, West Village, Hell’s Kitchen, Williamsburg, and Park Slope)

Two Boots

Two Boots is known for their Italian style thin crust, which adds a nice crunch to the pizza. They have vegan options at every location in New York City. Now you can find great vegan pizza no matter which part of the city you’re at. The nine locations differ in what vegan pizzas they serve, but they’re all good. The one I went to features indie art and film decor, and has booth seating facing a big TV screen. The artsy vibe is complete with mosaics and sculptures by local artists.

V for Vegan

V for Vegan

The V for Vegan Pizza that I had is a large slice of pizza with artichokes, red onions, shiitake mushrooms, sweet red pepper pesto, basil pesto, and Daiya cheese.

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Two Boots, 42 Ave A & East 3rd St, NYC, NY 10009, USA

Next time you visit New York City, don’t waste time fretting over what to eat. Just choose from the recommendations here and other top rated dishes on abillionveg!

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@rationpi profile image
rationpi4 YEARS AGO
Wow you make finding vegan food in NYC look so easy!
@lou profile image
Wow I never thought macarons could be veganized! Would love to try if I ever get to go to NYC :3
@bigfatnyancat profile image
bigfatnyancat4 YEARS AGO
@vikas profile image
vikas4 YEARS AGO
Seriously I need to be back in NYC right now. Awesome to see John's has a vegan menu, I don't think I've been there since high school!
@kaylabear profile image
kaylabear4 YEARS AGO
Can’t wait to move to NYC soon and eat all this!!! :)
jonnyspeed1 YEAR AGO
It is worth checking out Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint -- one of the OG places with vegan cheese and alt meats. Vinnie's is a good call for slices in a hurry or a big pie for supper.