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highish-end vegetarian-friendly restaurant

my friend is seeking a nice romantic place to take her veg. hubby to for their anniversary. she is not a veg. and is looking for somewhere that has both options but more than just a bowl of pasta for him.
i sugggested aureole as they do a great veg. tasting menu but that was a little too upscale and too upper east side-ish.
any suggestions i can pass on?
thanks much!

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  1. Josies or josephina on upperwest?

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    1. re: csw

      the food and ambience at Josie's is nothing special. I'd try the Candle Cafe restaurant on the UES. Not the actual cafe, but the restaurant. Very tasty.

      1. re: ssamantha

        Yes I do know there can be better options, but if you re-read the originators' post, she did specify vegetarian FRIENDLY because she herself is not a vegetarian, her husband is. I dont think she was looking for a vegan place.

    2. perhaps lupa? the vegetable starters and sides i've had have been amazingly well-prepared, and the pastas are superb - all far from the sad afterthought veg options are at other restaurants.

      1. I suggest Hangawi or Craft
        Lovely atmosphere, and a wonderful menu.
        I also suggest your friend studies the menu ahead of time,
        it is the type of place where your meal can range from
        exceptional to average, depending on what you order.
        I haven't been there recently, so I hesitate to make menu
        suggstions. enjoy!
        http://www.hangawirestaurant.com/

        Craft is veg-friendly. If you get a reservation, you can
        call and discuss veg options available. yummy.

        1. how about pure food and wine on irving place? not totally veg, uses great fresh ingredients and is pretty as well.

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          1. re: ida

            You are not correct about Pure Food & Wine. The fact is they are strictly vegan.

            My suggestion would be Devi. The superb Indian cuisine is perfect for both carnivores and vegetarians. In addition to the a la carte menu, they offer two tasting menus, one of which is vegetarian. Service is friendly and efficient. The space on two levels has unusual, elegant decor. Sitting in one of the two small curtained alcoves at the rear of the main level adds a feeling of romance.

            http://www.devinyc.com

            1. re: RGR

              Devi is perfect if they want Indian. Upscale, romantic, and good for meat/veggie eaters alike.

          2. oops, forgot to mention that they did craft last year...
            also pure food is in fact strictly vegan and only raw foods.

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            1. re: cheflauren

              Truthe is, alot of high end restaurants cater to both carnivores and herbivores