Vegan options at John’s of 12th Street
Are you looking for vegan Italian food in the East Village? John’s of 12th Street is a vegan-friendly restaurant in New York City serving vegan Italian food.
Serving Italian food since 1908, the history here is as rich as their eats. They serve Old World Italian dishes, focusing on red sauces, set inside a dining room that’s retained a lot of its original charm. And, they’ve been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, as well as Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives.
So, what’s vegan at John’s of 12th Street? The answer: a lot.
What’s vegan at John’s of 12th Street
John’s of 12th Street has an entire vegan menu, so you’ve got a variety to choose from.
Start your meal with a soup — both the minestrone and pasta fagiole are vegan.
If you’re down for sharing, John’s offers a few vegan appetizers including stuffed mushrooms, a vegan Casear salad and garlic bread.
When it comes to pasta, John’s doesn’t skimp. They serve pasta topped with marinara sauce, as well as mushroom sauce, alfredo, and garlic and olive oil. You can also get ravioli with fire toasted tomatoes, spinach and tofu, as well as broccoli rabe.
Bonus: they have gluten-free and wheat pasta.
Main courses at John’s include eggplant and seitan parmigiana, as well as seitan scallopini with a marsala wine and mushroom sauce. In addition, they serve seitan alla rosa with artichokes and fire roasted peppers in marsala sauce, and vegan ragu over homemade pappardelle. Finally, there’s a grilled portobello with polenta and greens.
As for sides, there are a few. The most popular are the meatballs topped with vibrant marinara sauce.
If you’re dining Sunday through Thursday, John’s has pizza as well as the main courses to devour.
When it comes to desserts, there are plenty of vegan options. They serve a gluten-free cannoli (traditional or chocolate), tiramisu, almond coconut panna cotta, homemade vegan ice cream and sorbetto.
302 E. 12th St., New York, 10003, 212-475-9531; 4 – 11 p.m.