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Zen Palate Union Square - Cafe vs Upstairs?

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Hello friends,
Anyone been to Zen Palate Union Square lately? I want to take an out of town guest, however reviews here and on menupages are not stellar. Then I saw that the upstairs cafe gets better reviews, even though I like the menu at the cafe better. Can anyone give me some up-to-date feedback? Just to note, I have been to almost all the vegetarian restaurants in the city so please do not try to push me to try another - I already have!!! Zen Palate has alluded me, and I always like to try out a new place.

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  1. I haven't been to Zen Palate in over a year but when I used to go, I always sat upstairs. I thought the setting was nicer, quieter and had better menu options. The food is good but not great and memorable. It's nice for a casual, inexpensive vegetarian meal but that's about it.

    1. this place is so overrated! everything, and i mean everything, tastes like a mixture of cabbage and white pepper. it's not really asian, it's not really anything... there are so many better options out there... try Souen- i think it's on 13th just west of University place...