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Help a vegetarian find his seitan (gluten "meat")

I am new in NY and living in Midtown east, but I am able to venture a bit. I am looking for the following:

1) Cheap places for asian vegetarian that have lots of fake meat and good prices (I love seitan and gluten mfaux meat).

2) Places that offer american food with faux meat replacements


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  1. You can get both of those at Vegetarian Paradise 2 in the West Village. Try the Soul Chicken for American-style.

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    1. re: piccola

      I haven't been to VPII but the restaurant next to it, Red Bamboo, has the soul chicken that has been hailed as #1 fried chicken by all my non-veg friends -- they also do have some asian-inspired dishes (mango chicken is pretty tasty and does come with lots of mango) and the sprint rolls are really good (crispy/nongreasy)

      Red Bamboo
      140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: olia

        They're owned by the same person, and the menus are similar. Ditto Dragonfly on Seventh Ave South.

    2. If you are interested in making your own, we've moved a recipe for seitan that was posted to this thread to the Home Cooking board at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41881...

      1. I haven't been in years but used to like a seitan dish at Caravan of Dreams, 7th St. a bit east of 1st Av. (can't get the new "places" wiki to work).

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        1. re: Pan

          I'm a big meat eater, and I love Caravan of Dreams! Try the Santa Maria Stir Fry - not supercheap, but insanely filling, and incredibly delicious. Great sangria too.

        2. Home on 8th for Asian and Uptown Juice Bar on 125th Street for American and Caribbean favorites. New sister restaurant to UJB is Cafe Veg on 135th Street and 7th Avenue and for raw foods there is Raw Soul on 145th near St. Nicholas and Edgecombe.

          1. The veggie chicken at Birdies (First Ave., betwn 9th & 10th) in the East Village is excellent.

            149 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

            1. lan on 6th street. yummy vegetarian vietnamese.

              klong on st marks will do any dish with fake duck.

              1. Candle Cafe is great. They are on 3rd right around 75th. Vegan rest. A little pricey, but really good food. Am not a veggie and I eat there all the time.

                1. Really great seitan dishes at Gobo -- 2 locations:
                  Gobo Restaurant

                  401 Avenue of the Americas (Greenwich Avenue), West Village, (212) 255-3902;
                  1426 Third Avenue (81st Street), Upper East Side, (212) 288-4686.


                  1. For seitan: Candle Cafe -- esp. the cajun seitan sandwich (or Candle 79 -- pricey, for special meals).

                    For faux meat meals, my favorite is The Greens on Montague St. in Brooklyn.

                    1. Budda Bodai and Vegetarian Dim Sum House in Chinadown

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                      1. re: kobetobiko

                        I haven't hit everyplace yet, but I've been around alot of the veggie block by now...and here are my personal picks:

                        For really upscale: Blossom

                        For lower priced, but lots of good fake meat dishes (and a great banana split): Vegetarians Paradise II

                        For raw: Raw Soul in Harlem, or Pure Food and Wine Takeout (cheaper than the full fledged restaurant, though still somewhat hefty.)

                        What I didn't care for:
                        Gobo, Angelica's Kitchen and Candle (bland)
                        Caravan of Dreams (too expensive, and mostly bland - though the nachos were great)
                        Sacred Chow (okay, I have to admit...their scrambled tofu is good - and the brownies are EXCELLENT.)

                        That should help *a little* . :)

                        1. re: gaijingirl

                          Too bad about Angelica's Kitchen. I always found it to be one of the most flavorful veggie spots. The food is always fresh and well-prepared.

                      2. I haven't been in years, but I always enjoyed Zenith.


                        1. I like Curly's Lunch on East 14th Street (my favorite is the vegetarian cobb salad) and the Vegetarian Dim Sum House.

                          Kate's Joint in the East Village and Williamsburg might be a good option too - and also Foodswings in Williamsburg if you are ever out in Brooklyn.

                          1. I love Zen Palate. They make their gluten fresh every day. Try the sesame medallions.

                            1. My favorite is Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop (on Rivington, I think, but check). And they offer most of their sandwiches with real meat or fake meat so you and your carnivorous friends can happily dine together. Otherwise, Gobo is damn fine too.

                              1. well if you want to take a trip to brooklyn excellent place in brooklyn heights- The Greens- nice $5.95 lunch special best faux meats I've tasted in a while

                                1. If your looking for cheap, for a buck or two you can get seitan with mixed veggies or by itself in a can off some chinese grocery store like kam man on canal between mott and mulberry.Bring it back to your place and eat over rice. May May bakery on pell street sells a variety of chinese mock meat. I'm not vegetarian but I find them tasty.

                                  As some other poster has suggested. Vegetarian dim sum house on pell is pretty good.