There’s seemingly a pizzeria on every corner in New York City, but most menus are not accommodating for vegans.
Have no fear – there are still plenty of tremendous options for those who crave pizza, but can’t eat dairy. Here’s where you can get the best vegan pizza in NYC:
Vinnie’s Pizzeria (Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Vinnie’s Pizzeria owner Sean Berthiaume has gone viral several times over with his inventive creations, such as the mini pizza-topped pizza slice and the pizza box pizza, a pepperoni pie served in an entirely edible box made out of pizza.
Those ingenious inventions may get all of the love on Instagram, but Vinnie’s offers so much more than that, including one of New York City’s best vegan pizza menus. At Vinnie’s, you’ll find 13 different vegan pizzas, made with 100% vegan ingredients and Teese cheese.
That includes standards like the Queen Margherita pizza, wild creations like the black bean taco pizza, and the adorably named “Veggie Jackson” pizza, which features sauteed spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and black olives.
Cafe Viva (Upper West Side, Manhattan)
Perhaps you’re a vegan craving the traditional thin-crust New York-style pizza. Or, maybe you want something with a thicker crust. Or, maybe you’re really on a health kick and you want a vegan pizza with a spelt crust.
No matter what you’re feeling, Cafe Viva has you covered. That also includes gluten-free and vegan options, making this the go-to place for dieters of all types in NYC.
Village Square Pizza (Alphabet City, Manhattan)
The East Village takes its squares seriously, but Village Square Pizza was undaunted as it burst onto the scene in 2019. The square slices as good as any other in New York City, and we’ll put their vegan slices are top notch too.
The “Vegan Square” pizza is adorned with roasted peppers, onions, mushrooms, and extra virgin olive oil and supported by an addictive golden garlic crust. Meanwhile, tomato lovers can get their fix with the bruschetta pizza, which also boasts a wonderfully garlicky base.
Two Boots (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Long before vegan pizza became cool in New York City, Two Boots was serving up vegetable-powered pies to the masses.
Here, you’ll find a myriad of vegan pizza options, including the “Super Vegan Pizza” – a heroic combination of broccoli, artichokes, onions, shiitake mushrooms, basil pesto, red pepper pesto, non-dairy mozzarella, and vegan ricotta.
With a packed vegan pizza menu, vegans have been flying to this NYC stalwart since 1987.
Paulie Gee’s (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
Paulie Gee’s is a New York City fave for vegans and non-vegans alike. The menu is nearly as thick as a New Jersey diner and it’s hard to go wrong with any of these inventive twists on pizzeria classics.
There’s a full vegan pizza menu here, which utilizes fresh vegetables, non-dairy cheese, and nutritional yeast to make some of NYC’s greatest vegan pies. The Jackie Green, topped with “meatballs” made from green jackfruit, is a tremendous place to start.
— Zach Links is an L.A.-based sports journalist who is equally concerned with the outcome of the game and what he’ll be eating at halftime. In addition to serving as a staff writer for The Sauce, he’s also the lead writer and editor of ProFootballRumors.com. You can follow him on Twitter @ZachLinks and on Instagram @FatZachLinks.