Chef David Lee’s plant-based Asian concept restaurant, PLANTA Queen, opens in New York


PLANTA Queen brings delicious plant-based meals to the heart of New York. The restaurant opened in May 2021 and offers an all-vegan, Asian-inspired menu.

PLANTA Restaurants opened its first restaurant in 2016 with a mission to expand the accessibility and acceptability of plant-based meals. Founder and CEO Steven Salm and Co-Founder and Executive Chef David Lee have opened more than nine PLANTA restaurants in Toronto, Maryland, Florida and, most recently, New York City. They have five new restaurants opening soon in the US

David Lee and Steven Salm founders of PLANTA
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PLANTA reinvents and reinvents plant-based food and shows its customers that plants can change the world! PLANTA’s mission is to extend the power of plant-based life by creating culinary experiences so the right customers are inspired to let go and feel nurtured.

Ahead of NYC’s opening, proud New York native Steven Salm said, “We are thrilled to finally share PLANTA with the greatest city in the world. We believe the power of plants can change the world, and that power starts with our plates. For our health, for the health of our communities and for the well-being of our planet, plants are essential. Every PLANTA experience is a step towards a greener future. Our commitment to environmental sustainability is woven into every aspect of our business, from our sourcing and restaurant design to our packaging and partnerships, we seek to give back to the world more than we take.

Led by Chef Lee, the PLANTA Queen menu offers impressive and unique dishes, including sushi (chilled and raw), dumplings, small plates, wok and noodles. Their signature dishes include the Ahi Watermelon Nigiri, Rainbow Roll, Pad Thai Slaw, Crispy Wontons Bang Bang Broccoli, General D’s Chouliflower, Spicy Seoul Noodles, and Pineapple Fried Rice – and all made with absolutely zero animal products!

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The drink menu features cocktails with quirky names, including Herb Your Enthusiasm to Mez-Cal Me Maybe. They also offer cold pressed juices, sake, beer, wine, and hard cider. You’ll always want to save room for dessert when dining at PLANTA. PLANTA’s dessert menu deserves all the hype and includes vegan chocolate cake and homemade mochi.

Dessert plate PLANTA Queen
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“I attended a tasting with a group of well-known New York chefs. It was a full house and we walked right into a vibrant community of plant lovers eating, mingling and having a wonderful time around healthy plant-based food. It was great to see how Planta Queen brought people from all over, even on a cold winter Monday night!” said Preeta Sinha, founder of One Green Planet.

The location offers 140 seats in a two-level space designed by award-winning studio ICRAVE. There’s a long bar, an open kitchen, front lounge seating, the main dining room, and an underground “dumpling speakeasy” that doubles as a private dining room. The design features Candice Kaye wall coverings, Asian-themed ironwork, woven pendant lights, and ebony-stained wood. The main dining room floor uses a simple, modern design with custom plaster artwork by artist Sanaa.

PLANTA Queen NYC Restaurant Design
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PLANTA wants visitors to experience the true power of plants and strive to create a one-of-a-kind plant experience. They are a paperless and low waste environment. Their varied, delicious and colorful menu always reflects seasonality and the availability of local produce to reduce the impact of long-haul transport. They want to change the perception of what it means to eat plant-based. PLANTA always seeks to surprise and satisfy.

“PLANTA is for the planet,” said David Lee. “At PLANTA, we create culinary experiences the way they should be – non-guilty pleasure – and PLANTA Queen is no different. Bold, vibrant, full of flavor and spice. Come visit us and see for yourself .”

They are unique in that they focus on health, long-term impact, and positive plant-based living for communities and the planet.

PLANTA Queen is located at 15 W. 27th Street, New York City, at NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) and is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. with reservations and outdoor seating available through RESY.

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