What I Ate Wednesday: Vegan NYC Edition

Hi there! I’m back from my trip to NYC and slooowly getting back to my usual routine (hello, laundry!).

I thought it would be fun to show you a day’s worth of healthy, vegan food I had while in the city. By far, the hardest part from a food perspective was deciding where to go amongst all of the amazing options.

To save money and to start the day off right, I made Chocolate Travel Overnight Oats for both Alan and me in our hotel room:

Overnight Oats in my hotel room

It was fun to watch the hustle and bustle on the street below:

Overnight Oats in my hotel room looking onto street

Mornings in the hotel also included a brief e-mail check and a Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice hot tea:

Tea while checking e-mails

On this particular day, we visited the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side which had been recommended by a friend. It was fascinating! We actually went two days in a row because there was so much to learn:

Outside the Tenement Museum in NYC

After our tour ended, we went to SoHo for a lunch at ‘Snice Cafe. The cafe is not all vegan, but has tons of choices. I had the Thai Salad with edamame and roasted peanuts with the carrot ginger dressing. I had them add tempeh for an extra charge:

Thai Peanut Salad at S'nice in SoHo

Dessert was an Energy Cookie with no refined sugars that totally hit the spot:Energy Cookie at S'nice in SoHo

After lunch, I met my dear friend Jasmin of Our Hen House for tea (unpictured). We had a great time sitting outside, catching up, and plotting to rule the world discussing future projects:Jasmin and Carrie in NYC

After seeing Jasmin, Alan and I decided to go further south into the Wall Street area. This was our first glimpse of the World Trade Center Freedom Tower:

Freedom Tower in NYCHere it is up close:
Freedom Tower in NYC up close

We visited the 9/11 Memorial:

9/11 Memorial in NYC

Although we’ve been to New York since September 11th, 2001, it was our first time going to the site. Alan used to work for a company that was headquartered in one of the two buildings that came down and lost colleagues on that horrible, horrible day. We decided that this visit was the right time to go to the memorial and pay our respects.

Despite being saddened by our visit, we both thought the memorial was beautiful and significant. There are two fountains on the footprints of the former buildings and the water flows into the dark square that to me represented the devastation of the event:

9/11 Memorial in NYC

Dinner that night was a visit to Souen, a vegan-friendly macrobiotic cafe with three locations around the city:

Souen in NYC

I ordered the steamed veggies and greens with sesame vinaigrette and yuba (tofu skins) on the side:

Steamed veggies and tofu dish at Souen in NYC

Tofu skin sounds gross, but it’s really delicious:

Tofu dish at Souen in NYC

Alan had a stir-fry dish:

Dinner at Souen in NYC

After dinner, we decided to walk around the city as it was a beautiful, warm night. It was neat to see both tourists and locals walking around, hanging out in the parks, and just taking in the ambiance.

Here is the NYC Public Library:

NYC Public Library at night

Rockefeller Plaza with the ice skating rink already installed for winter:

Rockefeller Plaza at night

And, of course, the magnificent Empire State Building lit up in patriotic colors:

Empire State Building at night

I so enjoyed this trip to New York, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Even though I often avoid travel because it’s such a pain, I realized how important it is to get out, see the world, and get a fresh perspective. However, I am ecstatic to be home, happy to be re-connecting with you here, and excited to share more of my adventures in the days to come. I missed you!

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    • says

      I have no idea but they’re delicious!!! 🙂 No, really, I think they’re made by taking off the layers of tofu when they’re cooking or frying? I had them a long time ago on a trip to China and this was my first time eating them since then.

  1. says

    What an amazing trip! The tenement museum is my favorite museum… And Jasmin!!!! So awesome!!!

    If you ever go to NYC in warm weather I’d highly recommend renting a row boat in Central Park (by the boat house restaurant). The boat rentals are surprisingly inexpensive and its so peaceful to be on the pond.

  2. says

    How neat! You got some great shots of the city. My extent of New York is (sadly) what I’ve seen on Sex and the City. The library looks amazing, and it’s so odd for me to see people ice skating right now….I’m in Arizona where its still averaging in the 80s, bah!

    • says

      Hi Lauren! I was totally trying to pretend I was all glamorous like a S&TC lady while I was there. There is a tour devoted to sites featured on the show, I think I might have to do that next time. 🙂 Do you watch The Girls?

  3. Patty says

    We missed you, too, Carrie! Welcome home. Your trip looks really cool. I’m glad you, and Alan, got to go on vacation there together. I’ll bet the kitties missed you guys (and you missed them). 🙂

    • says

      Hi Patty! Thanks for the note, a vacation was really overdue and it was a lovely change of routine and a nice way to have some dedicated time with my man. We had so much fun. But, yes, I missed my fur-babies terribly and am really happy to be home. 🙂

  4. says

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I had goose bumps all through reading about your excursions. The steamed greens and veggies must have excited you. I know I would be ecstatic to see such a thing on a menu.

    • says

      I’m glad you liked my re-cap, Jan-Marie! The Souen restaurant was recommended to me by a fellow nutritarian and I think we are there 7 times! I didn’t always get the steamed veggies, but it was really nice to have a healthy option. They even had a gluten-free cornbread that didn’t taste like it had any sugar in it that I had several times for dessert. 🙂

  5. says

    Carrie! Thank you so much. I am going to NYC in 3 days!! woohoo , my first trip. You gave me two good tips. The tenement museum and Snice are now on my ‘things to do list’. Thanks again!! xxx

    • says

      This was my first time visiting as a vegan, too, and it was incredible. Every neighborhood has food options, I only wish I could have eaten more! 🙂

    • says

      Hi Robyn! Wow, going to NYC on New Year’s is pretty adventurous with the cold and crowds. I agree, NYC is amazing and I can’t wait to go back, too. 🙂

  6. Michelle Lugo says

    Carrie I LOVEEEE your WIAWs and I am a huge fan of your app <3 . You have such great recipes, which has helped my transition my carnivore to vegan such a breeze.

  7. says

    I kept it together at the memorial until I saw 2 names with white roses inserts into their spot. Then I knew someone who loved them had placed those flowers and I was a mess. I think they did a wonderful job putting it together and look forward to the museum opening (but I will be ready with tissues next time).

  8. says

    WOW! Look at all of those super tasty looking eats =)
    It sounds like you guys had such a great time in New York!
    I love love love that pink shirt on you – it looks fabulous!

  9. says

    Hi Carrie,
    I am so glad to see that you enjoyed your visit to my hometown, NYC.
    Next time you come, try to have a meal at Angelica’s Kitchen on 2nd Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan. It is my absolute favorite place to eat healthy vegan food and the atmosphere is so friendly and cozy. I also love Souen so I am happy that you ate there since it is my second favorite vegan restaurant. Fortunately, NYC has so many vegan and raw food options. We’re always eating!

    • says

      Thanks Deborah! With all the walking I did, I had quite the healthy appetite. 🙂 I have heard great things about Angelica’s Kitchen, I was sorry to have not made it there…next time for sure!


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