The Butcher's Daughter
The Butcher's Daughter, a vegetarian and dairy-free restaurant coined "the vegetable slaughterhouse," gives plant-based fare a trendy upgrade. Located between Nolita and Little Italy, this café produces highly creative vegetarian dishes, while maintaining simplicity and appeal to all food lovers.
People are frequently dissuaded when it comes to vegetarian restaurants because they are often hindered by bland foods and lack of variety. This is certainly not the case here. In my opinion, variety is actually one of The Butcher's Daughters greatest attributes, which can be seen in both its cuisine and its diverse clientele.
The restaurant is best known for their brunch, but I would still recommend both lunch and dinner. As for food, the most popular items are the smashed avocado toast/benedict (pictured below), spicy kale caesar salad (pictured below), monterey eggs, and tacos verdes. The juices are also fantastic. In fact, Heather Tierney, owner of the successful Apothéke cocktail bar in Chinatown, founded The Butcher's Daughter partially based on the absence of quality and interesting juice bars in the city. So, yes, the juices really are great.
The interior design is in perfect synchronization with the name. At its core, the restaurant resembles an industrial butcher's shop: meat hooks hanging from the ceiling, cold concrete floor, etc. The decor, however, creates an apparent dichotomy. The addition of lush greenery, color, and soft wood adds a feminine touch (hence the 'daughter') that creates a beautifully balanced and visually interesting design.
I would say the only real downside to this restaurant is that it lacks square footage. The seating is tight and there is often a line to get in, but that's New York for you.
If you're looking for a quick, casual, and healthy place to eat in lower Manhattan, then I would highly recommend The Butcher's Daughter.
ADDRESS: 19 Kenmare St. New York, New York 10012 (There is now a second location in Venice, California and a third location opening soon in the West Village in NYC.)