Are you looking for a vegan restaurant in the East Village that focuses on vegetable-forward dishes? If so, head to Avant Garden.
There are an abundance of vegan restaurants in the East Village of New York City, including Avant Garden. And,Overthrow Hospitality is largely responsible for it. Their portfolio includes the buzzed about Cadence, Soda Club, Etérea, Lady Bird and Avant Garden. But, it doesn’t stop there. The vegan restaurant group is set to open a few more concepts coming up, including an all raw restaurant.
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Michelin Guide calls Avant Garden a “tight but artsy little jewel box of a restaurant” serving “well-polished vegan food” and they’re spot on.
The menu focuses on three different areas — cold, toasts and hot cuisine. Set up to share, the dishes here are all stunning and special.
5 dishes to try at Avant Garden
1. Baby Gem
Normally, we don’t throw salads on our must-try lists, but this salad is different. It’s their take on a Caesar and you’ve never had one quite like this. The salad features charred gem lettuce with roasted tomato, avocado and garlic nori croutons you’ll want more of. It’s finished off with a sprinkle of vegan cheese.
One of the best dishes on the menu, this isn’t any typical avocado. Served a top crispy rice, the avocado is smothered in a carrot ginger dressing and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The mingling of the carrot ginger dressing, miso-glazed crispy rice and creamy avocado make this one of our favorites. It comes with blistered shishito on the side.
Next, the artichoke toast. It’s as gorgeous as it is delicious. This dish starts with a creamy spread of artichoke and spinach puree and then is topped with pickled jicama, greens in a black truffle vinaigrette and crispy homemade chips.
4. Cremini Mushroom
Another toast, this one doesn’t look as gorgeous as the artichoke, but its flavor will leave you speechless. The toast combines cremini mushrooms and sliced grapes with small dollops of onion marmalade and a walnut puree. Sheer perfection.
5. Scorched Cauliflower
Finally, for a hot dish, they the scorched cauliflower. It features tender, scorched cauliflower on top of a bed of cauliflower puree with toasted garlic and fried capers.
Bonus: Lava Cake
Plan ahead for this beauty — it takes 45 minutes to bake. Decadent, rich and filled with gooey chocolate, this is the perfect ending to a meal. It comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to bring it all home.
130 E. 7th St., New York, 10009; 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.