Visiting and Eating Veggie in NYC

13 Oct

I recently returned from a week-long trip to NYC.  I love NYC… the energy, the vibe, the people, the food.  I used to live in NYC about 15 yrs ago…  how time flies.  I still consider NYC the Capital of the World and, as such, it has the best of everything and the worst of everything.  I returned home to San Juan because there was a point in my life when I was focusing on that worst side… now I choose to concentrate on the best side of NYC.  And I love it…

I love the corner markets full of produce and seasonal flowers…  I love to see all the produce out there for people to buy and cook that same night.   


I love to use efficient public transportation and to shop through the streets of a city… without having to go inside a mall.  My dad taught me how to move in NYC using the subway and buses at an early age.  At the time, I did not know how handy that has become when I turned into an adult.  I am the go-to-person to direct people when they’re traveling in NYC – I even gave a class to a friend of mine this time around on how the streets and avenues are organized…  she lives in NJ and I live a 3:30hr flight away.

I love its cultural side and almost always try to visit a museum or see a musical.  My favorite museum is the MoMA.  I tried to get tickets to see In the Heights, but my schedule did not allow it.  In previous trips, I was able to see Wicked with its original cast twice, the first time on the second row dead in center stage, Avenue Q, The Producers, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Hairspray, Cats, among others.


It’s sometimes hard to believe, but when I lived in NYC I did not appreciate its diversity in food.  Now, even though I am vegetarian, I have a better palate and better appreciation of its restaurants and markets available in the city.  Something I definitely love about NYC is how open and accepting they are of vegetarians.  Not only are there many vegetarian and vegan restaurants to choose from in almost any neighborhood in Manhattan, what I love is the availability of vegetarian options in many non-vegetarian restaurants.  Here is an example of a restaurant in 14th street with 7 vegetarian sandwich options – exactly like in PR, huh?


I met with a friend from my days of living in Chicago, he suggested we had lunch at Josie’s, located on 3rd Ave and 36th street.  To my surprise, the menu included about 7-8 options for me to choose from – from soups, to sushi rolls, burgers made with soy or portobellos.  Something that caught my eye was the Juice Bar, where you can create your own freshly squeezed juice made from up to 4 of these options – apple, bell pepper, cabbage, carrot, celery, cucumber, ginger, spinach, tomato or arugula.  I ordered their Butternut Squash soup with organic basil/pumpkin seed pesto, labeled as vegetarian and dairy free and a delicious and refreshing Mango Lemonade.


In the next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you my visits to various NYC markets, my visits to several vegetarian restaurants and some other adventures in this trip.  What’s your favorite place or thing about NYC??  I would love to hear what u think…

2 Responses to “Visiting and Eating Veggie in NYC”

  1. fallenangel65 October 15, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    There is so much I miss about NY. Savarin coffee. Falafel stands with good hot sauce and tahini dressing.

    Feta cheese made fresh at the different deli stores that ranges from soft and creamy like a sharp cream cheese to crumbly and tart.

    I miss the people, the movement, the sounds, the smells – all those cooking and spice smells mixed with concrete, black top, diesel fuel smells – it is so wonderful when you come up from the subway and get a hit it all. :::deep sigh:::

    I miss walking around with a Yoohoo, a straw sticking out of it because that is how you get it from the vendors, people watching.

    I miss choices. Here there are maybe one or two vegetarian options on a menu and usually one of them is a frozen Boca burger. I miss all the different herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that you can get at the different markets.

    I could continue to ramble because NY is the first place I ever fell in love with – but I will stop here and wait to read more of your adventures as you post them. 😉

  2. Carolina Carezis October 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    Madelyn!! next time visiting the big apple, call me so we can meet!!! would love to see you… : )

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