01/30/2014 01:07 pm ET Updated Apr 01, 2014

Restaurants for Vegans

Opening a vegan restaurant is for chefs who either have a conscience or like a challenge -- often both. Cooking without meat, dairy or other animal products (even honey, in some cases) requires an entirely new kind of culinary creativity, which has brought a new breed of fearless yet elegant meatless eateries to the fore.

Whether you're a longtime vegan or just experimenting, here are 10 restaurants, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, to try.

--Nell McShane Wulfhart

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Restaurants for Vegans