All of the following restaurants offer vegan & vegetarian items regularly on their menu. Please note that in the “off season” (Jan – April) hours may be reduced.
(lunch and dinner every day except Tuesday)
Tinker street right off the center green with the benches & flagpole
A must-visit for the hungry-but-healthy. A 100% vegan menu of offbeat, creative and seasonal dishes and reasonable prices ($12 – $20 entrees). Many gluten-free options. The desserts will knock your Birkenstocks off. Great outdoor dining in warm weather. Card-carrying WFAS members receive a 10% discount! Say hello to the chef, Pam Brown, who is a big supporter of ours and and a fascinating person. This is as clean as food gets, but since everything is lovingly made to order in a small kitchen you should anticipate occasional delays if the restaurant is busy. Tip: Order an appetizer if you’re starving!
New World Home Cooking
(dinner & weekend brunch only)
1411 Rt. 212, 3.5 miles east of downtown Woodstock
Nationally acclaimed café and caterers featuring Chef Ric Orlando’s famous fusion cooking. Not at all a veg restaurant, but with a very respectable selection of vegetarian and vegan items with strong and interesting flavors. Request a vegan-only menu (or gluten-free), but also explore the main menu, which is extensive and the staff is usually good about checking which dishes can be veganized (although when very busy there seem to be more mixups, so do be emphatic with your waiter). Their locally made seitan dish is a staple and very filling! We’ve been told they use cooking areas, friers, etc., that are vegetarian-only. Lively ambiance. Reservations recommended.
Yum Yum Noodle Bar
(Open for dinner every night)
4 Rock City Road, downtown Woodstock; also a location in nearby Kingston
Design your own noodle dish at this vegan-friendly joint. They have other non-noodle entrees too. Probably Woodstock’s most affordable restaurant, with dishes starting around $7 or $8. There is another branch about 20 minutes away in Kingston, NY.
51 Tinker St, downtown Woodstock
Woodstock’s oldest restaurant in the heart of town. Most of the veg-friendly food is tasty middle eastern fare, and the tofu scramble is a big hit at brunch. Dinner entrees are around $20).
(Breakfast and lunch only)
17 Tinker St., downtown Woodstock
A great hangout spot, you will see laptops aplenty. With an emphasis on locally-produced food, and a few vegan options, the kitchen is open to “veganizing” other dishes where possible.
(closed Wednesdays; smart to call ahead)
Tivoli, NY 12583
Located across the Hudson River in Tivoli (about 45 minutes from the sanctuary) this fantastic veg restaurant is a must-visit destination for sanctuary friends wanting to roam a bit further. Delicious delights like their Scallion Pancakes and Tempeh Fries, Wraps and zesty asian-inspired dishes. Card-carrying WFAS members receive a 10% discount!
There are 2 adjacent restaurants located overlooking a lovely stream, amazing on a summer night. The Little Bear offers the standard Chinese menu with typical vegetarian options, plus dishes with a variety of “mock” meats. Right next door, the incredibly popular Bear Cafe (the “Cheers” of Woodstock) has one or two vegan offerings, more vegetarian, and a number of side dishes which can be made vegan (i.e. request olive oil instead of butter). The staff is good about checking with the kitchen. It is a very pleasant place to have a drink. Be warned that they only have one deep-frier, so your french fries may have shared space with other, non-vegetable based items.
The Red Onion
1654 Glasco Turnpike
3 miles east of downtown Woodstock
Nice place for cocktails about a 5 minute drive east of downtown. The internationally-themed menu has slim vegetarian options and, when last checked, no vegan entrees.
Catskill Mountain Pizza
51 Mill Hill Road, downtown Woodstock
Will prepare vegan pies using Follow Your Heart vegan cheese. Good stuff, spelt crust options. Not normally available by the slice but there are small pies that can be for one hungry person.
Wok and Roll
50 Mill Hill Road, downtown Woodstock
This Chinese and Japanese place has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. We prefer the Japanese menu but the Chinese menu has plenty of “mock” meats if you’re in the mood.
Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant
4 Deming Street, Downtown Woodstock
Indian cuisine with an extensive vegetarian menu and a dairy-free section.
217 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498
Produce and fruit place with a focus on local and organic foods. The adjoining cafe offers smoothies and hearty breakfast and lunch with vegan options.
Main Street, Phoenicia, NY
Best known for its brick-oven pizza with really good cornmeal crust, it has an extensive American menu with lots of Mexican fare. It is a large place with outdoor seating and so can usually accommodate a group. Vegetarians will be able to navigate with no problems, vegans will have a much harder time. We’ve brought our own Daiya cheese for the pizza and asked them to use that (you need to warn them to use about 1/2 the amount of Daiya than they would use of dairy cheese).
Two Boots Pizza
Closed Tuesdays in some seasons
4604 Route 9G, Tivoli, NY (near Bard College)
About a 40 minute drive east from the sanctuary, but worth the trip! This well-known pizza chain has a number of excellent vegan and vegetarian offerings.
(Seasonal; Thurs – Sun only)
212 & Mt. Tremper
This is a bistro-style menu with some vegetarian options, nothing much for vegans but the chef encourages people to call ahead for special requests. Lovely outdoor eating area.