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Vegetarian friendly place in NY?

monse Sep 28, 2007 02:41 PM

We are gonna be in NY next week and it´s my boyfriend´s mom birthday, and we want to take her out for dinner, she´s vegetarian. Is there any good food - good place for us to take her? I went to Pure and I wasn't thrill about it, any suggestions?

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    kayonyc RE: monse Sep 28, 2007 02:45 PM

    Low end - I like Souen in the west vill. Lots of Macrobiotic/veggie options and quite good too. There will be other types of fish and non veg options for the non vegan.

    High end- Gramercy Tavern does a nice enough vegetarian tasting meal.

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      Olive123 RE: monse Sep 28, 2007 08:55 PM

      Candle 79 on the Upper East Side is all vegetarian (http://www.candlecafe.com/menu.html). Crispo is med/italian with lots of veggie options (http://crisporestaurant.com/). Tamarind indian (http://www.tamarinde22.com/) is great. Many asian and italian restaurants, in general, will be accommodating. The south indian places in curry hill (Lexington upper 20s) are vegetarian.

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        MMRuth RE: Olive123 Sep 29, 2007 09:13 AM

        Candle 79 is lovely and "higher end" - enjoyed a lunch there as a non-veggie! Portions on the small side.

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        cimui RE: monse Sep 28, 2007 09:54 PM

        Gobo in the W. Village is pretty decent. A lot of Italian places aren't vegetarian, but have vegetarian pasta options. (My SO's dad is vegetarian and all he ever wants to eat when we go out is pasta.) If BF's mom isn't vegan, Spiga on the UWS makes a great butternut squash ravioli with brown butter. Po in the W. Village also often has good vegetarian pasta options, tho I haven't been there in a while and don't know what's seasonal, now. Last I went, it was orecchiette with broccoli rabe and garlic with olive oil. If you think she'll like South Indian food, Pongol has nice enough decor that it could conceivably be a good place to take someone for their birthday.

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          RGR RE: monse Sep 29, 2007 06:27 AM

          If you want to go upscale, I highly recommend Cafe Boulud. One of the four a la carte menus they offer, Le Potager, is vegetarian. Superb cuisine, polished service, and attractive, contemporary decor. Definitely a fine place for a celebratory dinner.


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            idia RE: RGR Sep 29, 2007 06:45 AM

            I believe that Daniel has an entire menu devoted to vegetarians.

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              RGR RE: idia Sep 29, 2007 10:20 AM

              You're right, idia. I had forgotten about Daniel's vegetarian menu. However, there is one difference. Daniel's is a prix-fixe -- 3 courses @ $98 or 6 courses @ $165 -- while Cafe Boulud's is a la carte.


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                idia RE: RGR Sep 29, 2007 10:28 AM

                I do believe that in the lounge Daniel also serves their a la carte Vegetarian menu and frankly, to me, sitting in a space where I am not practically on top of the other table (like at Boulud) is a plus.
                However, if monse is watching the purse, Boulud is definitely less pricey than Daniel.

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                  RGR RE: idia Sep 29, 2007 10:55 AM


                  I agree that, at Cafe Boulud, tables are fairly closely-spaced though I've not found it to be uncomfortably so. As for the lounge at Daniel, since we've never eaten there, I can't compare the table spacing or be knowledgeable about which menus are served.

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                    idia RE: RGR Sep 29, 2007 01:06 PM

                    I have never been there either but there is a website that shows in detail exactly what the rooms all look like. The spacing in the lounge areas of Daniel are very acceptable without feeling closed in.
                    As for the menus, they are also spelled out in detail, including a vegetarian one online.

                    Click on "view photo gallery"

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            akowit RE: monse Sep 29, 2007 11:53 AM

            With vegetarians, I really like Tamarind, a somewhat high-end Indian restaurant. The vegetarian dishes are all fantastic (as are the meat dishes).

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              sara123 RE: akowit Sep 29, 2007 12:28 PM

              There's a vegetarian restaurant called Counter on the Lower East Side that is great.... and if you go, definitely try the chickpea fries.

            2. scarlet starlet RE: monse Sep 29, 2007 01:58 PM

              I love Hangawi. It's Korean and the entire menu is vegetarian. Definitely a great place for a bday dinner.

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                MMRuth RE: scarlet starlet Sep 29, 2007 02:40 PM

                Agreed - have also had a couple of fun meals there with visting vegetarians/vegans.

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                  cimui RE: MMRuth Sep 29, 2007 08:15 PM

                  This is going on my list of places to try, I think. It sounds good.

                  Can you tell me a little more about the food? Is it simple fare? Spicy? Does it come in large or small portions? Do you think the 24 rating on Zagat is justified? (I'm not the OP, but it occurs to me that I have a special occasion meal coming up for a friend of mine who is vegetarian.)

                  Thanks for the tip, both of you!

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                    MMRuth RE: cimui Sep 30, 2007 04:40 AM

                    When I've gone, we've always shared the dishes as I recall. I'm not sure I'd call it simple - it has great interesting flavors etc. I remember some spice, but not too spicey. Would I go there as a non vegetarian - probably not, but I've enjoyed the meals there. The room is lovely - you feel as if you are entering a different world as you take your shoes off and are seated. I'll see if they have the menu on line to jog my memory about the dishes. I don't go to vegetarian restaurants expecting to me disappointed but, and I know this is biased of me, I am generally surprised when I really enjoy the food. (This is a bit odd, as we do have occasional vegetarian meals at home - not deliberately, but soup, salad some cheese and fruit are!)

                    I'm still thinking about the 24 rating ......

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                      cimui RE: MMRuth Oct 1, 2007 01:48 PM

                      Thanks so much for the feedback, MMRuth. You are superhelpful as always.

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                        MMRuth RE: cimui Oct 1, 2007 02:00 PM

                        Thanks! I did check out the menu on their website, but it was not particularly helpful. I would just say, based on my experiences, that a vegetarian would be thrilled to be taken there, and you'll enjoy the food as well.

                        Edit - I do remember enjoying a scallion pancake type dish there - which afterwards we realized was unlikely to be vegan, as one of our guests was.

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                vegansusan RE: monse Oct 1, 2007 12:03 PM

                I love Candle 79- very knowledgeable servers and the owners are truly wonderful people that give a lot back to the community. I went to Hangawi for my birthday dinner one year and loved it- GET THE SPICY MUSHROOM dish!!!! Counter is yummy for brunch (not 100% vegan). Brick Lane Curry has a few vegan options that are great. I go to Gobo with my non-veggie boyfriend and he orders more than I do!!!! I'm also a fan of red Bamboo if you're stumbling around the West Village and looking for a lunch place. Along the lunchline is Wild Ginger on Broome- great lunch special.
                Eat Well !!!!!

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