help for vegans
Hm. Vegan is pretty tricky. Unless explicitly stating otherwise, people will generally manage to sneak in animal products everywhere. The more you look, the less you find.
Fancy: Hangawi, vegetarian Korean. (33rd east of 5th. Odd & overpriced, but good.)
I seem to recall one of the luxe places offering a seasonal all-veggie plate, but I forget which.
Less fancy, but okay:
Bendix diner (One in Chelsea and one on 1st. Thai-inspired diner stuff. Not all vegan, but several options)
Kate's Joint (on B. Noticed the Corner was open -- anyone been there?)
VP3 (in Chinatown. Better than people say it is. Some veggie-meat isn't vegan, though.)
Zen East (Asian-y. Park Slope and EV)
Black-Eyed Suzie's (Homey. 9th St ?? EV)
Zen Palate (Many locations)
Burritoville (Y'know. Soy cheese available)
Cafe Viva (EV and UWS. Kick-butt vegan/veggie pizza)
Emerald Planet (wraps)
Thanks very much...It's a tough road! Perhaps the "luxe" restaurant you mentioned was Cafe Boulud? They do have several "bounty of the garden"-type things. I'm assuming they're extremely tasty, but cheese could be a problem. I'd love to hear opinions from anyone who has tried the veggie dishes there. Also, has anyone tried/heard anything about Borchue on W.21st? Thanks again!
re: Barb. H.
I like Hangawi quite a bit and don't think it's overpriced for the quality and the serenity of the space. I particularly like the multi-course chef's meal, which will fill you incredibly more than you think it could.
There's a good vegan place on the Upper West Side called Ozu (566 Amsterdam, 87th/88th). Steven Shaw reviews it on his restaurant site. The food is Japanese-influenced. There's no dairy used whatsoever. Everything's tasty, but I especially recommend the Ozu roll.