Vegetarian restaurants or Veggie Friendly places?
I have a friend visiting from NY and I need some recommendations for Vegetarian restaurants or Veggie friendly places. We will be in the Harvard Sq., Copley, North End, Chinatown, Fanuiel Hall, and all the other touristy areas in Boston, so please let me know if you know of any good places in these areas. It can be any type of cuisine.. but most be good..also, affordable please. Thanks!!
I'm a vegetarian, too, and can tell you that Italian and Asian restaurants are a vegetarian's best friends. So you'll do fine anywhere in the North End or Chinatown. The Garden at the Cellar outside Harvard Sq. has some nice veggie dishes, and a bit farther afield in East Cambridge, you'd do okay at the B-Side and really well at The Helmand. I don't know what affordable means to you, though, so I've only mentioned some medium-priced spots. Others might know of some inexpensive ones.
Shanghainese cuisine is a hotbed for mock meats made from a variety of gluten and tofu products. In Chinatown, I'd try New Shanghai for something more refined or Wing's Kitchen for something more homey.
In Harvard there's Veggie Planet, home to veggie (and vegan) pizzas and salads. Very cheap, a little cramped, but great. I like to get takeout and sit in the square to eat.
Chinatown is pretty veggie friendly too. Buddha's Delight is all vegan except for their bubble teas. I don't love it there, but it's good for what it is. You could also try a number of other restaurants (including Taiwan Cafe) that are quite veggie friendly.
In the North End, everyplace will have a pasta dish that is veggie friendly. Again, not knowing what affordable means makes it harder to pin down a specific restaurant.
Sultan's Kitchen (Turkish near Faneuil Hall)
Tamarind Bay (Indian in Harvard Sq)
Pizzeria Regina (pizza in the North End)
Peach Farm (Cantonese in Chinatown, great veggies)
Easily T-accessible places
Rangzen (Tibetan in Central Sq)
Brown Sugar Cafe I or II or the Similans (three locations of roughly the same vegetarian-friendly Thai restaurant)
Helmand (Afghan in Kendall Sq)
If you are going to be in the Harvard Sq area then go to OM (across from Grendels and Upstairs at the Square). They are great and offer both vegetarian and vegan Tibetian inspired offerings in a great setting. It is quit nice and lively at night so it is a great and fun option for someone who is in from out of town and wants more than a typical (but I am sure wonderful although often times bland) vegetarian experience. This is true dining, not just tabouleh and hummus. Give it a shot and you will be pleased!!! The chef was named one of the best in the USA by Esquire magazine, just to give you an idea of what is going on there.
Not in your area but the vegetarian food at Life Alive Urban Oasis and Cafe in Lowell in the arts district is fabulous. It was written about recently in Boston Globe. Everything is super fresh,much of it local. You won't be disappointed. Afterwards, you can go to Caffe Paradiso on the corner, for dessert!
I have had excellent vegetarian fare at two very different restaurants in the last 10 days. We ordered vegetarian food for about 20 people from Namaskar in Davis Square in Somerville. (we had eggplant and potatoes, lentils, and saag paneer along with pakora and veg. samosas). All the dishes were excellent, and while the dishes and preparation differ, the overall quality rivals Tamarind Bay.
On Wednesday, I ate at Craigie Street and had the vegetarian tasting menu. In particular, the crispy polenta main course was incredible. Not inexpensive, but highly recommended.
If you have time for a detour, I would recommend Little Q in Quincy, on the red line. Excellent Mongolian hot pot broths.
There are two hot pot restaurants in Chinatown that provide very satisfying vegetarian fare.
I think they are Shabu /Shabu and Shabu Zen, but either place should be tasty and good value.