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binford Jun 20, 2008 01:13 PM

I recently started seeing this girl who is a vegetarian, although she does eat raw tuna (sushi and tartare) and eggs. I'm trying to see if anyone has any suggestions for nice places to go to dinner that are not strictly vegetarian, yet have a good selection of dishes that fit that diet (not just a token butternut squash ravioli). I'm looking more for something American/French/Italian because obviously its pretty easy to stick to that diet at Asian or Indian places. Ideally it would have 2 or 3 options for main course that fit that diet. Thanks.

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    downtownbrown Jun 20, 2008 05:02 PM

    I'm glad you posted this. My husband and I are visiting NYC next week from Portland, OR and looking at menus online, I am hard pressed to find a decent restaurant that has multiple vegetarian options on the menu. We have reservations at Babbo, but that's the extent of our eating plans. I'll keep my eye out if I find anything! Suggestions greatly appreciated.

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      RGR Jun 20, 2008 05:54 PM

      If you are willing to go upscale....

      Cafe Boulud is an excellent option for vegetarians. This is 4-star ched Daniel Boulud's second-tier restaurant, but the cuisine is first-rate. (Note: The current executive chef, Gavin Kaysen, just won the James Beard Award for Best Rising Chef.) One of the 4 menus, Le Potager, is focused on vegetarian dishes. Service is polished, and the space has attractive decor.

      http://www.danielnyc.com/cafeboulud

      The formal dining room at Gramercy Tavern is another place that works well for vegetarians. There are vegetable dishes on the menu which may not be strictly vegetarian, but the kitchen is willing to make them vegetarian-friendly. It is best to inform them in advance about your dietary needs.

      http://www.gramercytavern.com

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        larryfr Jun 20, 2008 07:25 PM

        try Aquavit (scandinavian) on 55th street : they have a veg menu (less than 100$)
        Per se has a veg menu (275$).
        Both of them offer non veg menu.
        Check some of the Batali restaurant (Babbo for the pasta menu, Otto for the pizza, gelato).
        You can go to some greek spots such as Milos or middle eastern such as Nanoosh or ililli.

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          Lucia Jun 21, 2008 06:33 AM

          Italian places might also work, especially w/pasta options. My sister is vegetarian, and I've had luck w/her at Crispo, Apizz, and Cacio e Pepe.
          Westville
          Small plates places like Gottino, 'ino, 'inoteca, Casa Mono, Tia Pol, Boqueria, Caracas Arepa Bar, etc.
          My sister loves cheese. If yours likes cheese, Picholine or Artisanal
          For high end, besides the others already recommended, try Bouley. I suggested it to my sister for Valentine's Day this year. They don't have a vegetarian prix fixe, but they made one for her and she was really impressed by the creativity of the dishes.

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          1. re: Lucia
            a_and_w Jun 21, 2008 10:47 AM

            The best dish I've tried at Apizz is actually vegetarian -- the butternut squash ravioli. I think they roast the squash in the wood oven, where it caramelizes beautifully.

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