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jjha Feb 5, 2008 03:23 PM

I really love vegetarian tasting menus. I'm not a vegetarian, I'm just slightly finicky about certain seafood and meats and enjoy seeing what interesting things chefs can do with vegetables. I've been to Aureole and Per Se and am looking for other suggestions in New York. Thanks!

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    Lucia RE: jjha Feb 6, 2008 08:52 AM

    Cafe Boulud has one. I've never been to the restaurant.

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      jjha RE: Lucia Feb 11, 2008 07:29 AM

      I'm going next week!
      Thanks.

    2. bigjeff RE: jjha Feb 7, 2008 09:50 PM

      hangawi offers korean vegetarian fare and you can order a la carte or have a choice of tasting menus; tried to go last friday night for the first time but no tables; smelled heavenly and the restaurant was very inviting; will head there again, this time making a reservation.

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        jjha RE: bigjeff Feb 11, 2008 07:29 AM

        I've been meaning to hit Hangawi, I'll definitley have to move it up on the list.
        Thanks.

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          bigjeff RE: jjha May 3, 2008 10:12 AM

          ugh went there.

          the place was really bad, not much better than franchia, which I wrote about (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/486798) which is their sister restaurant. the food was very low-quality ingredients, overly sweet, very rough preparations for a place that is supposed to be a "temple" of vegetarian cuisine. we had assorted mushrooms on a sizzling platter and it was basically about a pound of white mushrooms, in a sticky sweet sauce. the emperor's roll was fun, DIY mini-crepes, but the platters were pre-assembled and still cold from the fridge, the crepes were soggy. the mongolian hot pot (marked *spicy) was not. I would not recommend the place.

      2. The Engineer RE: jjha Feb 13, 2008 10:42 AM

        Grammercy Tavern offers a nice one! I'm not a vgetarian either, but I loved it alot. :)

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          perstephanie RE: jjha Feb 23, 2008 09:53 PM

          I went to Blue Hill last night. They did a vegetarian tasting menu for me and a pescatarian tasting menu for my boyfriend. The entree, a cauliflower "steak" over cracked wheat, was delicious. And the vegetables are so fresh, since they get them from the Blue Hills Stone Barn farm in Westchester.

          1. JungMann RE: jjha Feb 26, 2008 12:31 PM

            Devi has a vegetarian tasting menu that appealed even to this Atkins-friendly omnivore.

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              zorgclyde RE: jjha Feb 26, 2008 08:33 PM

              Tabla also has one, though I never ate there.

              By the way, how was your experience regarding Aureole's veg menu? I heard a lot about Per Se already, would like to hear more about the other one.

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                movedforthefood RE: zorgclyde Feb 29, 2008 02:31 PM

                I've had the veggie version (and the pescetarian version) of the tasting menus at Tabla's Bread Bar-- both incarnations were fantastic. I have also had adapted veggie tasting menus at Eleven Madison Park and Babbo (both restaurants were very accomodating) and they were also excellent... especially with wine pairings!

                Tabla is my favorite for going regularly, Babbo and Eleven Madison Park were great culinary experiences but difficult to pull off on a regular basis!

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                  jjha RE: zorgclyde Mar 25, 2008 11:08 AM

                  I haven't been to Aureole since they changed chefs, but the few times I had the veg. tasting menu it was excellent. One visit in particular was quite outstanding. The menu compliments the regular tasting menu nicely, without it being just the sides.

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                  UniRules RE: jjha Mar 6, 2008 12:36 PM

                  There's Vatan, which is Indian - 3rd & 29th.

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                    NotAnonymous RE: jjha Mar 27, 2008 10:25 AM

                    You might also like this: http://www.4coursevegan.com/menu.php

                    It is in Brooklyn. I haven't gone but it calling to my vegan girlfriend.

                    1. misnatalie RE: jjha Apr 15, 2008 02:30 PM

                      Pure Food and Wine. A raw food restaurant. I am a meat lover and was really impressed with this tasting menu.

                      1. exalt RE: jjha May 3, 2008 12:27 PM

                        My foodie friends swear by the veg tasting menu at 'inoteca, which is a lot cheaper than Aureole, Tabla, or Per Se, but it's a good little restaurant and the menu is satisfying and delicious. Since they focus on a lot of cured meats, I'm surprised that their veg tasting menu there is so good. Note that if you go in a group of something like 5 or more, you have to have a tasting menu.

                        Last time I was there so was Tom Collicchio, who seemed to be really enjoying his meal, if that also adds to my rec. :)

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