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Anyone have a favorite casual vegetarian restaurant?

I'm a new vegetarian and I'm looking for yummy places to dine after work and on weekends. I'm not talking about fancy restaurants that require reservations, just the type where you can drop in. Any part of town will do. Also, I am definitely not into raw food. Thanks in advance for your input!

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  1. Candle Cafe on Third Ave & about 74th....it's been there for ages & it's just what you describe...

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    1. re: fauchon

      I had the Aztec salad today and it was AMAZING!!! Just what I was looking for. Thanks for the rec!

    2. Chennai Garden on 27th and Lex -- my personal favorite of the Curry Hill places. It's all-vegetarian Indian food, delicious and cheap.

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        1. re: Yaqo Homo

          I've never been to Pongal, but I'm so glad politicfool replied about Chennai Garden bc it's definitely my fave casual indian place in all of the 5 boroughs. I'm pretty picky and I've had a LOT of Indian food in my lifetime, and it surprises me that my favorite is both vegetarian AND kosher!

          But truly their dosas are perfectly spiced and crispy; their street food appetizers are light and not greasy but still 'right on' with the spices and ingredients (altho I wish they would put green mango on their bhel puri and related dishes); their curries are always fresh; the service is always good.

          The only bad thing I've ever experienced there is that the mango lassi was clearly made with fake mango pulp, so it was all sugary and nasty. But they have decent wines to counter, and otherwise, I have always had a great experience here and highly recommend it.

      1. I listed all the veg places I could think of on this thread recently: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        My favorite is Kate's Joint. The place is scruffy and grungy, the food is straightforward-- faux-meat sandwiches and the like. Not great but comforting and tasty.

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        1. re: rose water

          I don't know how I missed that! Thanks for pointing it out.

        2. Chennai Garden on 27th and Lex -- my personal favorite of the Curry Hill places. They serve all-vegetarian Southern Indian food, and it's casual and inexpensive.

          1. Thanks for the fast replies, everyone! Keep 'em coming! By the way, if you have any favorite dishes that would be great to know, too. N