Vegan on Long Island and want to support some Black-owned businesses? You’re in luck! There are actually quite a few vegan-friendly spots you can order from if you’re feeling hungry and don’t feel like cooking at home. Here are a few across Nassau and Suffolk County if you want some good grub!
Real Veggie Cafe – Island Park, NY
Real Veggie Cafe is a relatively new vegan spot on Long Island, having opened in 2019, but they are quickly becoming a favorite for vegans. This restaurant aims to be a “ plant-based Caribbean style eatery symposium,” and one look at their menu is proof of that. At Real Veggie Cafe, you can order tropical smoothies and plant-based seafood dishes, among others, that will make you think you’re actually in Jamaica.
Toma-tis – Elmont, NY
At Toma-tis, you can expect vegan cuisine with a Caribbean flare. Vegan oxtails (made with braised mushrooms), fried “chicken” (another mushroom-based dish), mac and cheese, stuffed pumpkin…the list goes on and on. Toma-tis is essentially a comfort food dream come true for vegans. Even better? Whenever possible, Toma-tis has food that is not only delicious and nutritious but non-GMO, sustainable, local, and organic, meaning the restaurant frequently supports local farmers. Currently, you can place your order for takeout or delivery via DoorDash, Uber Eats, or by calling the restaurant directly.
The Coalhouse Grill – Baldwin, NY
Though not entirely vegan, Nassau County’s The Coalhouse Grill features several vegan options, including butterfly shrimp. How amazing does that sound? At the Coalhouse Grill, expect an amazing blend of American favorites and Jamaican staples. This is the perfect place for you if you’re the only vegan in your household – you and your non-vegan family can enjoy a wonderfully delicious meal together.
TyDoc Juicez – Suffolk County, NY
Once you’ve filled yourself up on vegan mac and cheese, wings, and more comfort foods, you might find yourself in need of a healthier option. If you’re a fan of juices, Suffolk County has you covered. Based in Suffolk County, TyDoc Juicez’s online store allows you to purchase organic, plant-based energy drinks and detox juices. You can choose to order an individual shot to try them out or opt for the seven-day supply. Either option will be delivered right to your door.
Chara’s Kitchen & Catering – Bellport, NY
Suffolk County is also home to Chara’s Kitchen & Catering, a pop-up restaurant and catering company. This business was founded by two sisters as a tribute to their mother and her recipes. Claiming to be “always fresh and made with love,” Chara’s also boasts some vegan and vegetarian options, including hibachi vegetables over coconut grits and coconut rice. At Chara’s, you can expect their specialty – soul food – and so much more.
Is your favorite Black-owned vegan-friendly spot not listed here? Share it in the comments!
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