We’re all continuously looking for healthier and cleaner options when it comes to food, along with choices that align with sustainable and cruelty-free eating. Following this type of diet at home is a lot easier to control — the tricky part is actually finding vegan and vegetarian restaurants around town. Luckily, on those nights when you simply don’t feel like pulling out your kitchenware to cook (and later, clean), you can try one of these places in the Valley and know that your stomach, and the planet, will thank you later.
Not only is this restaurant vegetarian, but it’s kosher too! Open every day in the center of Hudson’s historic shopping and arts district, Park Falafel & Pizza serves meat-free Middle Eastern dishes in the surrounding of a unique ambiance. If you’re in the mood for a tasty meal, try the Israeli Bean soup or the Park Signature Falafel made with falafel balls, hummus, cucumber salad, and tahini, served in a house-baked pita. Don’t forget the pizza! Grab a giant classic slice with fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, or switch it up with a slice of white pizza. Only the freshest vegetables, grains, and cheeses are used — meaning no frozen ingredients and no microwaves. And on nights when take-out is the only solution, Park Falafel & Pizza will deliver.
Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
11 North 7th Street, Hudson
Located in uptown Kingston’s historic Stockade District, this vegetarian café is the ideal place for breakfast and lunch. Outdated makes the effort to use only local and organic foods in its dishes, and coffee is also organic and fair trade. If the from-scratch baked goods are aren’t enough to get you in the door, we’d recommend you start your day with a vegan breakfast sandwich, made with nutritional yeast-dusted organic tofu, maple-smoked tempeh, sauteed greens, and locally made vegan cheese and mayo on sourdough bread. If waffles are more your breakfast style, try the WTF waffle, made with lime and coconut milk-soaked challah bread, griddled on a waffle iron and served with local maple syrup. Love antiques? The café doubles as a vintage store, meaning you can shop while you eat. Everything from the chair you sit on to the art on the eclectic walls is for sale. Pro tip: Visit on the first Thursday of each month, and pay what you can for anything on the the menu.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
314 Wall Street, Kingston
Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack, Karma Road is the place to go in New Paltz. This organic café is known for its fresh, organic, and delicious foods made with in-season produce from local farms. Owners Jenn and Seth offer an exciting rotating menu using various ingredients from the plant kingdom. Try a Kalecado salad, made with avocado-tenderized kale, cashews, raisins, and carrots, or head over to the deli and be as creative as you’d like with a hearty, make-your-own meal. Here, it pays to be a regular. Be sure to grab a Soup Club Card, and reap the reward of a free soup with the purchase of 10 pints or bowls.
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
11 Main Street, New Paltz
Love cats and healthy food? You can find both at Morgan’s Cat Café! This unique concept combines a café with a safe place for visitors to meet and adopt once-feral cats. The café offers gourmet veggie burgers, wraps, salads, desserts, and more, all while getting your “cat fix.” Who knows? Maybe you’ll even find a furry forever friend while grabbing a killer guacamole burger.
Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
â€‹35 West Market Street Suite 1, Red Hook
Restore, renew, revive is the mantra behind the offerings at Isabel’s Kitchen. The gourmet, plant-based meals, juices, and tonics will open up a whole new world of health and wellness to anyone looking to better their diet and lifestyle. Food is made daily in the Pine Plains kitchen, partnering with local, organic farms for fresh and seasonal produce. You can grab a quick pick-me-up like the Island Smoothie with dragon fruit, banana, and coconut water, or grab a hearty lentil burger with cashew tartar, romaine, and radicchio salad. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, nutritious options are always available.
Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7795 South Main Street, Pine Plains
Offering delicious animal-free meals and fresh, organic juices, Garden Café prepares its food with the highest quality, GMO-free oils and ingredients. All the food is made carefully and conscientiously to provide nourishing and balanced meals. Whether it’s a starter like the tofu satay with peanut sauce, scallions, and orange ginger slaw, or an entree like the macro meal with brown rice, sauteed greens, arame seaweed, tahini and a choice of tempeh, tofu, or black beans, you’ll find something tasty and healthy. There’s even a kids menu that promises to make your little one’s tummy happy too.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30, Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
6 Old Forge Road, Woodstock
This is the place to go if you’re looking to try something new. Caribreeze serves all natural, Caribbean vegan food using only healthy oils to prepare every meal. Dishes are priced by the size of the meal, meaning the reasonable prices make eating healthy a breeze. With its wide variety of dishes, like barbecue tofu, whole wheat dumplings, or macaroni and cashew cheese, you’ll get a taste of classic comfort dishes while eating clean. Even on days when you don’t feeling like eating out, you can place a take-out order and dine in the comfort of your own home.
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
42 North Main Street, Spring Valley
If affordable and highly nourishing sounds like your kind of place, then you’ll love consciousforkâ„ . The restaurant’s mission is to create dishes from a plant-based diet to yield benefits for the environment and human health. Every delicacy is made from scratch in an open kitchen using high-quality ingredients from local farms, and even its own backyard. Try the vegan nachos with daiya cheddar, black beans, pico de gallo, red onion, jalapeno, and hot sauce piled high on organic tortilla chips. Don’t forget to add a little guacamole for some extra flavor. If you’d rather keep it simple, the grilled cheese special is ever changing with a rotating list of varieties.
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
14 Railroad Avenue, Warwick
Open since 2014, Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen offers a comfortable atmosphere for healthy Indian eating. Come for the homestyle Ayurvedic-inspired Indian lunch with a variety of vegetables, rice, alternative grains, beans, and soups. Grab a rice bowl with your pick of grain and chutney, or try the papdi chaat — a crispy pastry with spiced potatoes, topped with fresh veggies, sweet and sour sauces, and chickpea noodles. The interior has been renovated by local artisans as a tribute to the growing farm-to-table movement.
Tuesday-Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday-Monday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
94 South Robinson Avenue, Newburgh
Inspired by the cafes in Tel Aviv, this cozy coffee shop serves delicious organic coffee and fresh cuisine with a mix of traditional Israeli recipes and creative American flavors. Try a healthy breakfast of organic yogurt and granola, two scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast, and fresh fruit. If you are feeling a little adventurous with your taste buds, go for the challah French toast, topped with fresh seasonal berries and maple or date honey. There is even a kid’s section for the kiddie crowd to fill their tummies. And don’t let the coffee shop tag fool you. The Art Cafe also offers a variety of wines, beers, and Prosecco cocktails to help wash down your meal.
Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
65 South Broadway, Nyack