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Apr 9, 2007 09:03 AM

Vegetarian takes Manhattan

Hi there! I and my fiance will be travelling to NYC in June. Can anyone recommend any inexpensive vegetarian, but not ethiopian places to eat? Also, has anyone heard anything about the Murray Hill Inn? Just curious. We are also looking for a yummy inexpensive pizza joint...Thanks so much everybody! :)

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  1. You should specify your level of vegetarianism. Does the whole place have to be vegan? Do you eat eggs, cheese, fish? Is chicken stock okay?

    Unless the answers to the above are Yes, No, and No, I think that you'll be better off picking good, inexpensive restaurants and ordering their vegetarian dishes instead of looking for all-veg places, which tend not to be as good.

    Answering my own question: it looks like you do eat cheese since you ask about pizza places (unless you mean soy cheese, etc., because you can forget about that being yummy).

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    1. re: jakew8

      Some visiting friends really enjoyed their meal this weekend at Candle Cafe on Third Avenue and 74th St - it's Vegan. Their sister restaurant - Candle 79 - is also wonderful, but pricier with smaller portions.

    2. My daughter is a vegetarian, and when we visited Manhatten her favorite place to eat was Red Bamboo She loved it so much we ate there twice, and once at it's sister restaurant right next door (I'm sorry, I can't recall the name of the other restaurant). They both do amazing things with soy fake meats, if you like that sort of thing.

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      1. re: AmyH

        Oh yes i remember taking my mom for her bday, I enjoyed it but mom couldnt get over the fact that all the itmes names after meat tho they were made from soyabean. But i enjoyed it.

      2. search for vegetarian places first but i think you'll enjoy kate's joint for old school east village vege fast food. its pretty cheap. for a more upscale version (and price), the casual candles cafe in the upper east side is actually kind of good. they have a fine dining version called candles 79 nearby that i surprisingly enjoyed.

        if you eat cheese, id go to 'ino in the west village. their cheese plate is cheap and delicious. i love 'ino...very cramped but delicious. get the truffled egg toast and some paninis without meat.

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        1. re: sam1

          Thanks so much for all the replies!! The food does NOT have to be vegan...also, my fiance is not a big fan of chinese...(I knwo I am narrowing my options). So, no one has heard of that hotel at all?

          1. re: FOTOgrlNic

            Hey, FOTOgrlNic, Chowhound moderators frown on discussions of anything not food-related. Though I've passed by the Murray Hill Hotel many times, I can't tell you anything about the place itself other than it's a boutique hotel, meaning it's small. (They have a website: )

            So, if you are staying there, to keep this post food-centric, there are some very good restaurants nearby that would meet your needs.

            Penelope, right down the street from the hotel, on the corner of Lex & 30th, is a small, charming, very popular spot. The food's very tasty, and the menu includes vegetarian-friendly options.


            The hotel is right on the cusp of the area known as "Curry Hill" because of its many Indian restaurants. Someone has already mentioned Saravanaas, on the northeast corner of Lex & 26th.


            Another good choice for vegetarian Indian is Pongal, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th Sts.


            Italian restaurants can often work well for vegetarians. Campanile, on 29th St., b/t Park Av. S. & Madision, serves solidly prepared, delicious traditional Italian food. Good service and attractive comfortable surroundings.


            In nearby Madison Square Park, you will find the Shake Shack, on the corner of Madison & 23rd. The menu includes the vegetarian-friendly 'shroom burger. I've never tried it, but Hounds who have say it's excellent. First-rate fries and seriously delicious soft ice cream. Plenty of tables where you can enjoy al fresco dining in this lovely park setting.


            Hope you have a terrific visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

        2. For pizza, I recommend Arturo's on Houston St - old-school atmosphere, live music, and delicious pizza.

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          1. re: Katherine H

            Seconded, but stay away from the non-pizza food.

          2. Curly's Vegetarian Lunch on 14th between 1st and 2nd Aves is fantastic. Lots of sandwiches, salads, big entrees, fake meats, soy cheese, delicious desserts -- the works. (It's not just a lunch place.)

            Others: Red Bamboo, Vegetarian Paradise 2, Candle Cafe, Pure Food & Wine, Caravan of Dreams, Two Boots for pizza, Counter, Gobo, Madras, and Sacred Chow.

            Good luck choosing! Have fun!