I have eaten at Angelica's. It is great place! I
don't claim to be a chowhound, but I do recommend this
restaurant. The atmosphere is what makes it great,
although the food certainly is good, and cheap for NYC
standards. The decor is beatnik, lots of fun, and
funky. Get the Dragon Bowl, full of beans and
veggies! My non-vegan friend had it and loved it. He
wants to go back and bring other non-vegans! Good
re: al pastor
Hey, Al: don't knock it till you've tried it. The
Dragon Bowl is great, but the one standout thing they
serve is cornbread with miso-tahini spread. Their
cornbread is very heavy in texture, and has rice in it
as well as corn. I lowe it; it's the best.
And be sure to order kukicha tea with your meal; it's a
mild muscle relaxant and you'll feel real mellow by the
time you leave.
re: al pastor
Al, your post was fairly obnoxious. Why do people harbor such hostility towards people that don't eat meat? Vestigial guilt? Admit that there's something squeamish about eating any dead thing that was once living, even if it tastes good and is considered normative in this culture, and get over the fact that not everyone shares your dietary bravado.
Another good choice is Bright Restaurant/Bright Food
Shop, on 8th Avenue at the northeast corner of 21st (or
maybe 22nd). It looks like a diner; it serves an
eclectic mixture of Asian, Mexican, and other cuisines.
They serve meat dishes, but they also have a good
selection of veg. dishes. Last night, for example,
I had a mushroom enchilada with pasilla sauce, served
with rice & beans garnished with cilantro pesto.
They have pretty good beer, too.
I like Kate's Joint very much. It's on Avenue B
between 3 and 4. The area used to be tres nasty,
but is now a pretty impressive spawning ground
for new restaurants.
Anyway, try the grilled vegetable hero. Or the
hummous with roasted garlic. Specials are hit and
miss but always charming. I like it a lot.
Larry Truett writes: "What is the best Vegetarian in
lower Manhattan? Any opinions on Caravan of Dreams (6th
between A and 1st Ave) or Angelica Kitchen (12th
between 1st and 2nd)? Thanks!!!"
Well, I finally got over to Kate's Joint (Ave. B
between 4th and 5th) and everything I've had there is
superb. I'd even call it amazing: they really have a
way with tofu - I mean *really*. The un-chicken cutlet
is particularly great, with a crispy-crunchy coating
and pan gravy, and the garlic fries are not to be
missed. Oh, and yeah - the hummus. Say no more, say no
re: Frank Language
re: Frank Language
We finally got down to Kate's Joint.
We really enjoyed it!
The un-chicken, mashed potatoes and pan gravy were
The Grilled Vegetables on flat bread was a mouthful.
We made sure that we BOTH had some garlic fries, which
is listed in the correct order of content.
Thanks for the tip!!!
My vote has got to go to Vatan, 3rd Avenue in the 20s.
It is a vegetarian Indian restaurant. They only serve
a prix fixe menu, but it's a great deal: all you can
eat of about 24 different dishes in three courses, and
_everything_ is good. Not only good, but interesting.
Make sure you're hungry and make a reservation.
re: Josh Mittleman
Josh, I'll argue with you a little: Vatan is more
fun than delicious, in my opinion.
It's great, you take off shoes and sit in little
thatched huts and eat off of metal thali plates.
Exotic little vegetarian bites. But while it's a
great time, nothing food-wise kills (trust me: if
you went there more than twice, you'd grow WAY
sick of it...and it's the preparation, not the
cuisine), and the price is just too darned high.
If you want gujurati veg stuff, there are far
better places for it.
...but everyone should go to Vatan once, for a