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Go Gourmet Green With Cruelty-Free Cuisine: 19 Cleveland’s Vegan Delicacies

New York is a great place to be a vegan – it’s home to some of the best vegan restaurants in the world. However, most vegans are familiar with the conundrum of wanting to go out to eat with family and friends and encountering the hard-line meat lovers who assume all vegan restaurants are terrible. You can fight and force them to step out of their comfort zone, but who needs that kind of effort and drama at this time of year (or, well, ever)?

A better solution is finding a restaurant with something for everyone to enjoy. It might sound as achievable as finding the Holy Grail, but nothing is impossible in this town. Enter 19 Cleveland, the home of great Mediterranean food in NYC and the perfect place for everyone to get together around the table for some delicious eats. Nobody will be left unsatisfied – and that includes the vegetarians and vegans in the mix.

Falafel Bowl

Lunches for Plant-Powered Palates

Finding Mediterranean restaurants with vegan options can be difficult. There are often many ingredients, not all of which make it onto the page, and often, they aren’t familiar to the casual reader.

If you don’t know your labaneh from your burrata, understanding what to order can be overwhelming, especially if your server doesn’t seem to know what’s going on either. At 19 Cleveland, we make a point of including all the ingredients in every dish on our menu, making it easy to choose what to eat even if you don’t have any dietary restrictions. Plus, all our servers are well-versed in explaining the less common ingredients if needed.

When it comes to a vegan restaurant lunch, you’re generally looking for something light but substantial enough to power you through the afternoon. A salad fits that bill perfectly for vegetarians, specifically our Fatoush Salad. This salad evolved from the need to use up leftover pita, and it’s the perfect combination of fresh, sweet, and spicy. Our version of this classic dish includes chopped tomato, cucumber, onion, fennel, fetta, sumac, and za’atar drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette. If you wish to keep the dish vegan, let your server know, and we’ll prepare it without the cheese.

Where a meat protein might have been a go-to, falafel steps in to save the day. Both delicious in its own right and a filling part of any main course, falafel is made from ground chickpeas. It’s at its best when paired with hummus and tahini, which feature on our mouth-watering Falafel Sandwich alongside red cabbage, tomato, onion, fried eggplant, and a spicy touch of harissa.

Mushroom and Ricotta Filo Cigars with Champagne

End the Night With a Variety of Vegan Delights

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