NYC’s 5 Must Try Vegetarian Pasta Dishes

In a city that lays claim to not one but TWO Little Italy’s, weeding through Italian restaurants for the city’s most noteworthy veggie-friendly pasta is no easy feat.  However, over my 8+ years in NYC, these are the dishes that continuously have me going back for more.

1. Goat Cheese Ravioli, $22*

Nestled in the basement of The Plaza Hotel, The Todd English Food Hall is home to probably my FAVORITE dish in all of NYC.  The ravioli is paired with baby beets and a basil pesto sauce, packing an incredible flavor.


2. Corn Gnudi, $19*

Newcomer on the block, Quality Italian Steakhouse, boasts a dish that is rare in the world of pasta…(well, at least pasta that tastes good!)…vegan friendly corn gnudi.  A soft dumpling of sorts, topped with pistachio, basil and black pepper, it’s certainly the best dish I’ve ever ordered at a steakhouse.


3. Zucchini and Heirloom Tomato Lasagna, $24

Gramercy Park’s raw, organic restaurant has another one for the vegans: Pure Food and Wine’s zucchini pasta is so good, it will have your meat eating counterparts throwing out compliments left and right, proclaiming, “I never thought rabbit food could taste this good!” (Or at least that’s what my dining companions were saying!)  Nestled in a basil pistachio pesto with sun-dried tomato marinara, and stuffed with a macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta, it’s truly a pasta worth experiencing.


4. Granny Smith Apple Ravioli, $22

One of my favorite restaurants in the Meat Packing District offers not only a stunning indoor garden dining experience, but a pasta dish infused with fruit that is simply to die for.  Revel’s apple ravioli is set in a beef ragout, but they’re very accommodating with making it sans meat.  I first tried this dish back in 2009, and have been ordering it every time we go here ever since.


5. Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli, $14

My best foodie memory of living up in Inwood comes from trips to The Garden Cafe, where I would order pumpkin ravioli in a garlic cream sauce be it fall, winter, spring or summer…a dish so titillating to the tastebuds, it knows no seasonal boundaries.  Seriously so tasty, that since moving downtown I’ve actually made the trek on the A train to the very last stop (207th Street!), to reunite with this beloved dish.  (Please note: the below photo is not the dish from the Garden Cafe, but looks similar!)



I’d love to know…what is your very favorite veggie pasta dish?  Share below!


*Smaller (and cheaper!) appetizer sized portions are available upon request.



By: Jessica Tiare Bowen


 This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travlers Sandbox.  






  • Everything looks stunning and I would eat everything there. I think the veggie lasagna is very creative. I love heirloom tomatoes! My favorite vegetarian dish for pasta? Hmm choosing just one is impossible.I cook a fair amt of Italian.. and I like that veggies make the dish lighter and with more texture

  • Marisol says:

    Hi Jess, such mouth-watering choices. I’ve been to places # 1, 3, 4 but haven’t tried the dishes you featured. Will make a note of them for next time. My favorite vegetarian peston dish is the real Lingurian pesto. So deliciouso.

  • Everything looks so yummy. I’ve had Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli at other restaurants and always like the combination of flavors. The Goat Cheese Ravioli is one I’m interested in trying, especially with its baby beets.

  • Wow! These all look absolutely delicious! I want to try the Granny Smith Apple ravioli – what an interesting idea.

  • budget jan says:

    I love the look of the Corn Gnudi above. Gorgonzola and Pear Ravioli at the Woki Organic Market in Barcelona is the best vege pasta dish I have tasted. Mouth Watering!

  • Marcia says:

    Great list, Jessica! I’m not vegetarian but these look so delicious, I’m tempted to try them all!
    Now, where should I start?

  • noel morata says:

    so glad I was able to savor all those dishes without gaining an ounce, although a real taste would be sooooo goooood!

  • We stayed just down the road from Quality Italian Steakhouse on our last trip but missed the opportunity we had to eat there! Had I seen your picture of the corn gnudi , it might have been a different story! it looks absolutely delicious! Next time!

  • Muza-chan says:

    These look extremely tasty…

  • Well, all of these dishes look fabulous, but I’m going for the goat cheese ravioli. Pasta, veggies and cheese are always a good combination.

  • Agness says:

    One serving of Granny Smith Apple Ravioli for me, please! 😀 That must be heaven!

  • Freya says:

    I’m not a big fan of vegetarian dishes but these look all delicious. You for sure made me hungry now.

    • Used York City says:

      These particular ones will satisfy the taste buds of even the most diehard carnivore, promise!:-)

  • Scarlett says:

    Yes yes yes! Thi makes me want to jump on a plane right now!! xx

  • I love those gnudi. Pasta is a great partner to veggie food so it’s hard to pick something. I’ve taken to making lunch with a little fresh pasta cooked up and some goats cheese and rocket stirred through, topped off with a few walnuts. Very delicious and simple

    • Used York City says:

      That sounds delicious, Fiona! Goat cheese is a staple in my fridge, and I love the idea of finishing with walnuts!

  • Agness says:

    I must admit the prices are so high, but the food looks so appealing. I would dig into Goat Cheese Ravioli for sure! Real yum! Haven’t had cheese for months.

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, cheese is SO hard to come by in Asia, right?! I’m certain that’s one of the reason everyone is so thin!;-)

  • You should issue a disclaimer not to read on an empty stomach! Since I eat very little meat, I’m always on the lookout for tasty vegetarian dishes. Try as I do to combine EVOO, (good) balsamic, finely chopped rosemary, salt and pepper, my roasted vegetables never taste as good as the restaurants.

    Wow. The pumpkin ravioli is talking to me and it’s not yet 9 am. And I agree w Kevin — time to learn to make my own!

    • Used York City says:

      Mmm, that does sound like an excellent combination, Linda! Finely chopped herbs can go a long way in creating a great dish!

  • Mike says:

    I’m addicted to opening up restaurant links, then the attached menu link, in any food post. And this just about sent me over the edge, Jess! When I was married she was a vegetarian and made pasta all…of…the…time. It was amazing! If I had to pick one personal favorite or go-to it would be stuffed tortellini. I can absolutely gorge myself on bowls of it! What I’m fascinated by here is that Corn Gnudi. I’m going to immediately see if I can find some recipes for that after I click Submit! :)

    • Used York City says:

      Yes the gnudi is seriously incredible! Let me know if you find any noteworthy recipes, I would LOVE to recreate this at home!

  • My love for veg friendly food and culinary exploration has been rekindled. These dishes are so artistic that it’s tough to put a price/value on them. Although you do get what you pay for. :-)

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Mike! Haha, if I was a better cook I would love to recreate these at home for a fraction of the cost…maybe in 2014 I’ll give it a whirl;-)

  • Kevin says:

    Nice that you featured some vegetarian fare. Tempted to learn how to make my own ravioli at those prices.

  • Maria says:

    Zucchini and Heirloom Tomato Lasagna sounds like heaven!

    • Used York City says:

      It’s delicious and also very light! You don’t have that sleepy pasta feeling after you eat it;-)

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