Avant Garden is a vegan restaurant that doesn’t try to hide its vegan-ness. You aren’t going to find any fake meats here. No veggie burger, no tofu, no seitan. They just serve a small menu of vegetable toasts and small plates, and they pay serious attention to presentation. (The dishes look good.) This place isn’t cheap, but you could probably have a dinner here once a month without missing a payment on your student loans. The East Village space is a little small, but that makes it good for a low-key date night. Bring a vegan you’re trying to impress.