The privilege of being vegan in NYC


Vegan Hop

“New York City. Center of the universe.”

New York skyline taken from Queens

New York skyline. Photo credit goes to Dan

New York City has been the center of my universe my entire life. I was born here, I was raised here, it is the place I am always happy to come home to. It is not, however, the place I went vegan. I went vegan in college, upstate in Rochester, New York. Rochester is also where Dan and I met. But immediately after college Dan and I moved down to the City so I could be back where I belong. With my people. People who understand my need to walk as fast as possible at all times. New Yorkers are a special breed and I feel lucky to be able to call myself a native. But New York isn’t just full of people who have places to be, it is full of vegan food.

Dan and I have been spoiled. His entire vegan life, and mine since college ended, has been spent in a place with (according to, my favorite site for all things vegan in NYC) 64 vegan restaurants and 120 vegetarian restaurants. We don’t eat out much, as it is expensive and not conducive to saving money to travel the world, but when we do it is almost exclusively at vegan or vegetarian restaurants.

Now, when I am outside of the City and I am in a place that doesn’t have easy access to vegan food I get grumpy. Iceberg lettuce and french fries? AGAIN?!? But Dan and I will have to learn. We will have to learn because “vegan” is not common everywhere. Including many of the places we are heading off to. 6 months on the road internationally will certainly teach us where “veganism” is a thing that exists and where it isn’t. I’m sure there will be gems along the way, and we will certainly search out vegan restaurants, but we will not be eating exclusively at vegan restaurants. We will be explaining to people all over the world what we do and do not eat. To mangle a quote from Finding Nemo: “Animals are friends, not food”. Though there may not be vegan restaurants in every city all over the world, I know there are vegans everywhere. If they can do it, we can too.

Time to learn the words for “meat”, “dairy”, and “eggs” in 50 languages!

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16 Responses to The privilege of being vegan in NYC

  1. Kristin Hilbert says:

    Hi Molly,

    Nice to see that you are writing a blog! I cannot wait to go to NYC again and then to discover vegan NYC since I wasn’t vegan when I was there for the first time…

    What a coincidence that this morning, I was thinking about a vegan restaurant not far away from my place where we can go. It’s called Sfizy, you can find it here:

    And to start with learning specific words in other languages, here are the German terms:
    meat – Fleisch
    dairy – Milchprodukte
    eggs – Eier

    Have a great journey, see you in Berlin!


    • MollyG says:

      Kristin, you also have to spell the words out phonetically so we know how to pronounce them! Dan and I are not great with other languages… Also Sfizy looks amazing! We can’t wait to check it out with you when we are in Berlin. See you in October. Thanks for following the blog!

      • Kristin Hilbert says:

        OK I try to write it down phonetically:

        Fleisch – flysh (“fly” like in flying like a bird)
        Milchprodukte – milshprodookte(“dook” like book)
        Eier – Ayer (like Ayer’s Rock without the rock)

        Have a great time in London!


  2. Lili Trenkova says:

    Happy, tasty travels, Molly and Dan! I look forward to reading about your experiences!

    • MollyG says:

      Thanks Lili! Your comment is well timed. Dan just finished the last of the wedding cake last night! (We had all the leftover cake in the freezer.)

  3. Abby Bean says:

    Hi Molly, I’m so excited for your trip (with only a few more London posts to share). Check out this vegan explanation card for specific countries:, as well as this multilingual one:

    Safe and happy travels!

  4. Alissa Tully says:

    I can’t wait to hear about all of the adventures!!

  5. Steve Truax says:

    Hi Molly and Dan. We are so hoppy for you.

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  7. Auntie Suzi says:

    So excited to read about your travels. It’s almost like being there. You guys will have the experience of a lifetime. Love and hugs.

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