When it comes to vegan food, New Yorkers are spoiled for choice. After all, plant-based eating is seriously trending at the moment, so of course the coolest city in the world has plenty of dining options in the veggie-forward department. But there’s likely one type of cuisine that those going meat-free have had to give up on, even in as big of a foodie town as this—barbecue. Because BBQ is, after all, a carnivore’s delight…or is it?
Located near Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street, Pure Grit BBQ is shaking up the barbecue game with its 100 percent vegan and gluten-free menu offering all that smoky, melt-in-your-mouth flavor, minus the meat. Even better? With a brick-and-mortar location in Flatiron plus a variety of catering options, we recently sampled the eatery’s offerings and let’s just say that even the most serious meat lovers in our group were impressed.
The fast food-meets-healthy restaurant offers up familiar BBQ staples like coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans and mac and cheese, plus a selection of mains. While we didn’t try everythingon the menu (we hear the waffles are fantastic), the items we did sample were pretty darn tasty.