Veggie-centric Restaurants Flock to Union Square

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Union Square is getting even greener, with vegan chain Blossom Du Jour opening up at 15 East 13th Street.  The restaurant is known for their inventive dishes such as the Philly Cheese Steak made with marinated seitan, peppers, onions, v-cheese, and chipotle aioli, and gluten-free goodies like the Beet Burger, with a house made beet patty, lettuce, horseradish, v-mayo, tomato, and gluten-free pullman bread.

VBurger is also set to open soon at 815 Broadway, which boasts a number of vegan burger options with patties made from ingredients such as portobello mushrooms, cauliflower, black beans, and chickpeas. As with any good burger joint, they will also be serving up tasty vegan shakes.

For those looking to test out vegetarian dishes at home, Gramercy Tavern’s Executive Chef Michael Anthony, launches sales tomorrow for his new cookbook entitled, “V is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks – from Artichokes to Zucchini.” Chef Anthony, a Harvest in the Square favorite, shares with us his secrets for perfectly roasting beets, alongside deliciously satisfying recipes for salads, sauces, stews, bowls, and more.

Other soon-to-be-open veggie restaurants include cult-favorite Sweetgreen, which is set to open up at 8 East 18th Street later this year.  In addition, critically acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is expected to open ABC Home Grown at 38 East 19th Street as a vegetarian spinoff to ABC Kitchen.  There is no word yet on the expected opening date, but the veggie-centric restaurant has been listed as one of the “Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings” by Eater, Timeout, and Zagat, to name a few.