New York Finishes Big on PETA’s Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Cities List

New York Finishes Big on PETA’s Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Cities List

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2013

Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382  

New York – New York City has long been known as the world’s melting pot, and its diverse community keeps adding more and more vegan ingredients to the mix. Whether it’s grabbing a quick vegan slice at 3 Brothers Pizza Café or sitting down to an elegant dinner at Candle 79, vegans have it made in the Big Apple. So it should come as no surprise that New York has claimed the number four spot on PETA’s Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities list, kicked off by Paul McCartney, who presented the mayor of Austin, Texas, with the Most Vegan-Friendly City Award in person.

“In the five boroughs and beyond, New York offers spectacular vegan food for all occasions—from the everyday nosh to the special evening out,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “New Yorkers and visitors alike can find a smorgasbord of vegan eateries that specialize in feeding both a hunger for delicious, healthy food and a desire to save animals’ lives.”

A New York staple, the pies at Long Island’s 3 Brothers Pizza Café are so delicious that they took top prize in PETA’s Best Vegan Pizza survey. For Asian cuisine, try Manhattan’s Beyond Sushi, which features the Nutty Buddy, a wrap with buckwheat noodles, jalapeño peanut butter, and baked tofu, among other creative specialties. For unabashed dessert lovers, the agave-sweetened cupcakes, muffins, and crumb cakes at Babycakes NYC can’t be beat.

For a romantic dinner, make a beeline for Blossom, which features a luscious seitan scaloppini and a cauliflower risotto with shiitake mushrooms, polenta croquettes, baby spinach emulsion, and lemon confit. And no trip to New York is complete without a visit to Candle 79—the epitome of fine vegan dining. The pumpkin seed–crusted tempeh with vegetable paella, grilled trumpet royale mushrooms, and saffron-roasted tomato sauce is only one of a menu full of reasons why.

Rounding out PETA’s Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities list are Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Chicago; Seattle; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Boulder, Colo.; and Richmond, Va.

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