Which City Is The Most Vegan-Friendly In America?

Veganism is holding strong in America, with two percent of the population living completely animal product-free lives. But where do all of these green Americans live? PETA has just announced that New York has been voted the most vegan-friendly city in America, and this morning representatives from the animal rights organization gifted the City Council with a replica of the New York City skyline carved entirely from vegetables.

So why has New York, the land of deli meats and strip steak, been lauded as the most vegan-friendly city in America?

"New York boasts more than 140 vegetarian restaurants, countless veggie-friendly establishments, and the first vegetarian public school," says City Council member Corey Johnson, who was given the award by vegan actor Alan Cumming. "The trend in green cuisine is healthful, draws food tourists, and employs thousands."

Last year, the award went to Austin, followed by Portland and Los Angeles.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi