What Are Plant-Based Chefs Cooking Up in New York?

May 16, 2024

New York City, a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, is also at the forefront of the plant-based food movement. Gone are the days of limited vegetarian options – today's plant-based chefs are creating innovative and mouthwatering dishes that attract non-vegans.

Keep reading if you're curious about what exciting things are happening in NYC's plant-based scene! We'll explore three popular plant-based dishes and the restaurants serving them, then explore how Gradito can elevate your plant-based dining experience with a private chef.

Top 3 Plant-Based Dishes in NYC

Curious what all the fuss is about? Here are three popular plant-based dishes that New York chefs are whipping up:

1. Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

Jackfruit, a tropical fruit with a meaty texture, is popular for plant-based pulled "pork." Seasoned and cooked perfectly, jackfruit carnitas tacos offer a delicious explosion of flavors and textures. You can find an amazing version at Jajaja Mexicana in the Lower East Side. They offer a wide range of vegan menus, and their tacos come with all the classic toppings like salsa, guacamole, and vegan sour cream, making them a satisfying and flavorful meal.

2. Kimchi Jjigae (Spicy Kimchi Stew)

This Korean favorite gets a plant-based makeover with tofu instead of meat. Spicy and comforting, kimchi jjigae is perfect for chilly days or those craving bold flavor. Head to HanGawi for Korean vegan meals. Their kimchi jjigae is packed with tofu and vegetables and features a rich, flavorful broth that will leave you wanting more.

3. Creamy Cashew Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a beloved comfort food, and plant-based chefs have found ingenious ways to recreate it without dairy. Cashews, blended smooth, create a creamy sauce that rivals traditional cheese sauce in both taste and texture. Beatnic, a vegan restaurant chain with several locations across NYC, offers a delicious version of creamy cashew mac and cheese. They also have plenty of other plant-based takes on classic comfort foods.

While these vegan meals offer a taste of what NYC plant-based chefs are creating, a whole world of culinary exploration awaits. Gradito can help you take your plant-based dining experience to the next level.

Want to enjoy a delicious and creative plant-based feast in the comfort of your own home? Look no further than Gradito's private chef services. Our experienced plant-based chefs in Miami can create a customized menu to suit your preferences and dietary needs. Whether you're hosting a special occasion or want a gourmet plant-based meal, Gradito can accommodate you.

Looking for a Plant-Based Personal Chef in NYC?

Gradito connects you with talented private chefs specializing in plant-based cuisine in New York. Unlike traditional restaurant dining, a private chef experience is all about you.  Your chef will work with you to design a menu that reflects your tastes and dietary restrictions, ensuring a truly personalized dining experience. 

Chef Roberto

Chef Roberto was a student at Santa Monica College when he got a job as a runner at a Michelin-starred restaurant there. Although he did not enjoy working in the front of the house, he was interested in what was happening in the kitchen, and that curiosity led to his career as a chef, which led him to Manresa (3*) and Provenience (2*)

The Mexico City native, who moved to Los Angeles at 16, relocated to New York in 2021 and was asked to be executive chef at Omakaseed, a plant-based sushi bar housed inside NoMad’s vegan bistro Plant Bar.

Guests were served a 15-course meal featuring spaghetti squash nigiri, pulled oyster mushroom salad, and potato veloute. “Everything’s very thought out and there’s a lot of details that go into each dish, even if it’s such a little piece of nigiri, there’s a lot of steps,” he explains.

Ready to Experience Plant-Based Dining Like Never Before?

Visit Gradito today to learn more about our private chef services in NYC and connect with a talented plant-based chef who will create a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Sean Kommer
Founder of Gradito
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