where to take veggie friend
Where can I take my out-of-town very veggie friend next weekend for dinner? Budget is not really an issue; I'd like something where she has more than one veggie option and I can eat something that doesn't involve tempeh and soy shaped like meat, if you know what I mean. She does not eat fish.
Since you say budget is not an issue, the best and most high-end place that can satisfy both omnivores and vegetarians will be Per Se. While it may seem impossible to get a reservation at this point, they do have cancellations and so give it a try to call and see if anything is available.
On the similar level, Daniel offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian tasting menus. Cafe Boulud, another restaurant owned by Daniel Boulud, also has plenty of vegetarian options, but the crowd there tends to be older.
A more budget-friendly option is Blue Hill. With spring vegetables popping in the marketing, I can't wait to try Blue Hill's vegetarian menu myself!
If she likes ethnic food, Devi has great Indian food for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
I can guarantee you that none of these places will have tempeh or soy involved.
Of course there is Pure, a vegetarian restaurant with every dish suitable for your friends.
Candle 79 in the UES if you are interested in sampling all-vegan fair. We went two years ago for Valentine's Day and had a wonderful meal. As a meat eater myself, I found their options to be quite tasty. Candle Cafe could be a less pricey option.
As a lifelong vegetarian, I know that it is NOT necessary to eat at a strictly vegetarian restaurant to get good food and also have more than one vegetarian option (believe me, I know, and I also refuse to eat at places that have fewer than 2 vegetarian options).
Most Indian, Thai, Italian, and Mexican places will have plenty of vegetarian options and there are so many good ones in Manhattan. It really depends on what neighborhood you want to go to and what kind of food you want.
Dim Sum Go Go on East Broadway in Chinatown. In addition to the wonderful dim sum which is available all hours the walnut and chive dish is outstanding.
Take your veggie friend to Gobo. Despite the fact that it's all vegan, it is AMAZING. I would never give up eating meat, but it's one of my fave restaurants. Whenever we go there with veggie friends from out of town they are in HEAVEN!
My two three favorite vegetarian-friendly restaurants are:
Aquavit (Swedish; I am no longer vegetarian, but I'm consistently blown away by the veggie tasting menu, there)
Hangawi (Korean; just recently tried it for the first time and found it very good)
Chennai Garden (south Indian dosa)
They're listed from most to least expensive ($100+ to $15).