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Jul 21, 2008 01:53 PM

vegan and or vegetarian in the city

My daughter and I are coming this week and she's vegan. Any suggestions for places to eat?
When we visit we usually go Indian...

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  1. Candle 79 on 79th and 3rd is a nice place. Nice, classic atmosphere. They call it 'upscale vegan' but that just means there's no patchouli and it looks like a normal restaurant.

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    1. re: diablofoodie

      I know lots of people like Candle 79 but I frankly just don't get it. My husband and I went with a friend and shared a number of dishes. All were pretty and also pretty tasteless. My entree was some sort of tofu and it tasted like tofu right out of the package (or water). And it is expensive for what it is. I love good vegetarian but the popularity of this place baffles me. I haven't been, but I have heard good things about Red Bamboo.

      1. re: City Kid

        i would check out candle cafe. it is the sister restaurant to candle 79 (never been to 79) I've been to cafe and really enjoyed it.

      2. re: diablofoodie

        Gobo on 3rd Ave. and 81st street is good

        1. re: diablofoodie

          I second Candle 79- I still daydream about their seitan piccata. Also second Pure Food and Wine- get the tasting menu.

        2. Indian is a great choice. I love Saravannas for south Indian food on 26th and Lex.

          Also, I recently ate at Gobo, which gets consistently positive reviews on this board, and thought it was decent, especially for vegan cuisine.

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          1. re: Jorel

            I haven't been to Saravannas, but I sent my vegetarian sister there based on recs on the board. Not only did she love it, but her meat-eating boyfriend did too.

          2. I love Caravan of Dreams, and I'm a carnivore. Go for the pesto pasta appetizer, then go for the Santa Maria stirfry.

            1. I love Red Bamboo on W 4th Street (between 6th ave and MacDougal) and it's sister Vegetarian Paradise 2 (next door). Red Bamboo is fried & soul food yummyness. VP2 is more Asian themed.

              1. If you're still interested in Indian, you might try Saravanas. I haven't been, but my sister the vegetarian loved it, and her boyfriend (not a vegetarian) said he'd happily skip the meat to go back.