New York named as the best city to be vegan in the US


One in ten (10%) Americans now consider themselves vegan or vegetarian, with the plant-based industry worth over $7 billion in the US in 2022.  

Whether motivated by health, environmental, or ethical reasons, the number of vegans in the US is rapidly increasing, reaching new heights in 2022. 

ONS data reports: 

  • The milk substitute market in the US is valued at over $3 billion in 2022 
  • The meat substitute market is valued at over $1 billion 

With a growing number of the population switching to a vegan diet, more restaurants are now offering vegan options on their menus. However, which city in the US has the most vegan options available? 

Well, the team at Meal Delivery Experts has revealed which cities in the US have the most vegan food options. The team used data from TripAdvisor to count how many restaurants or food venues in the top 20 most populous cities in the US offer at least one vegan option. 

Here are the top 10 cities that came out on top: 

Coming in at number one is New York City, New York with 1464 restaurants or food venues in the Big Apple offering vegan options. From donut shops to pizza, sushi, and fine dining, New York offers thousands of vegan options for food lovers to enjoy. 

In the second place, with 705 restaurants or food venues offering vegan options is Los Angeles, California. You can find everything cuisine under the sun in The City of Angels, including vegan Korean, Ethiopian, and Thai food.  

In third place is Chicago, Illinois with 489 restaurants or food venues offering vegan options. The city is best known for its deep-dish pizza, and many restaurants now offer a vegan alternative for those visiting the windy city.  

San Francisco and San Diego, California, round up the top five.  

Please see the full table below: 


City   State  Restaurants with Vegan Options 
New York  New York  1464 
Los Angeles  California  705 
Chicago  Illinois  489 
San Francisco  California  467 
San Diego  California  385 
Houston  Texas  312 
Seattle  Washington  309 
Austin  Texas  286 
Denver  Colorado  261 
Philadelphia  Pennsylvania  258 
Phoenix  Arizona  234 
Dallas  Texas  209 
San Antonio  Texas  202 
Charlotte  North Carolina  176 
Jacksonville  Florida  140 
Indianapolis  Indiana  140 
Columbus  Ohio  137 
San Jose  California  80 
Oklahoma City  Oklahoma  80 
Fort Worth  Texas  68 


In last place, the city with the fewest number of restaurants or food venues offering at least one vegan option is Fort Worth, Texas, with only 68 having vegan options. While the city may not have as many vegan restaurants as New York or Los Angeles, there are still plenty of vegan cuisines to sample, including Neapolitan pizza and Mexican.  

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and San Jose, California are both tied to 80 restaurants or food venues each.


If you’re looking to reduce your meat consumption or try a vegan diet, the team at Meal Delivery Experts has offered some expert advice on how to make the switch. 

  1. Research vegan recipes

Many people feel overwhelmed at the thought of switching to a plant-based diet because they are unsure of what meals to cook. However, there is plenty of help and inspiration out there which can make meal planning a lot easier. Try subscribing to some vegan social media accounts on Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube. There are millions of people sharing their recipes which can make eating vegan food fun, exciting, and healthy! 

  1. Get the right nutrients

Switching to a vegan diet can make you feel tired and sluggish if you’re not getting all the right nutrients that your body needs. Eating a variety of foods that include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and protein is important to staying healthy.  


  1. Try vegan restaurants

If you’re getting tired of cooking at home, research the top vegan restaurants in your area. You can find vegan alternatives in food from all around the world, including Mexican, Korean, Italian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Indian, Greek, and more!  


  1. Be adventurous

If you’re thinking about going vegan, it’ll be much easier if you go into it with an open mind. Vegan food offers a whole range of new dishes to explore, and you might find yourself eating foods you’ve never tried before. Don’t be scared to try new things, you never know what you might enjoy.  


  1. Go easy on yourself

Everybody makes mistakes, and the same goes for switching to a vegan diet. If you accidentally eat something that isn’t vegan, that’s ok. Make sure to be kind to yourself and learn from your mistakes.  








Methodology: The 20 cities with the largest populations in the US were chosen. Tripadvisor was then used to calculate how many restaurants in each city offer at least one vegan option. These were then organized from highest to lowest.  

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