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...
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.
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.
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.
Saravanaas is terrific. I also had a pleasant experience at Franchia.
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Hangawi is a wonderful vegetarian restaurant, and I believe there are lots of options for vegans. It's Korean.
i'm going this week to Pure Food and Wine for the first time, so I can't give you a review but you might want to look it up as a possibility for atmosphere as well as the (pricey) menu.
I've also enjoyed Hangawi a lot, but I want to say that I eat a primarily vegetarian diet, and I'm not sure I feel all that qualified to recommend vegan food to a vegan. I think vegans and vegetarians are the best judges of those cuisines, not meat eaters, who often think that if a vegetarian dish appeals to them, it surely will appeal to a vegetarian. It may be just the opposite! It's funny, but I think if someone posted asking for recommendations to an Argentine restaurant, the testimonials of vegetarians would be given lesser, not added weight by carnivores.
Cybermom, I think there are vegan and vegetarian reviewers on the web. Your daughter might want to check those out and menus for these restaurants as well and see what appeals.
Excellent point - probably beyond the scope of this board for me to go into it further, but I will say that we go with vegetarian/vegan friends from out of town to Hangawi, and they have loved it as well. They also enjoyed Candle Cafe and Candle 79 (I went to the latter and liked my meal there as well).
All of these suggestions are great (yet I agree about Red Bamboo being a grease bomb), and I'd like to add the following (all of which can be found via google):
Blossom (similar to Candle 79)
Kate's Joint (downtown dive with a fun/cheap menu)
Sacred Chow (great for brunch)
Curly's (another good brunch choice, but it's TINY so get there when they first open)
Vegetarian Dim Sum House (great vegetarian dim sum in Chinatown)
Angelica Kitchen (a bit healthy, but the corn bread & hummus are sick)
Blockheads (Mex with good veg/tofu options)
Dojo's (the cheapest soy burger dinner deal in town)
sNice (sandwiches, cupcakes, fun)
Zen Burger (veg fast food in midtown)
And if you feel like venturing out...
V-Spot (greasy but not horrible)
Pizza Plus (vegan pizza in Park Slope)
Taco Chulo (Mex with good veg/tofu options)
Foodswings (another grease bomb, but it's all about the buffalo wings)
Veggie Castle II (vegan soul food worth the schlep)
Happy Buddha (veg Chinese in Flushing)
Oneness Fountain Heart (good veg in the middle of nowhere)
In addition to supervegan.com, there's also happycow.com and veganfriendly.com.
Hi cypermome1207, you're probably here already so I am a bit late. I work in Midtown and I'm vegan so I will gladly recommend the following places that are really good (and have non-vegan and non-vegetarian options):
Bali Nusa Indah (Indonesian) between 45th and 46th St and 9th Avenue
Ellyssa (small table so do takeout, Middle Eastern) 49th and 9th Avenue
Chili Thai 49th and 9th Avenue
Zenith (has Asahi, a sushi place attached but there are separate kitchens): Asian vegetarian on 48th and 8th Avenue
Saigon 48 (Vietnamese) on 48th between Broadway and 8th. Caution--be very specific as they use chicken broth in their sauces. Otherwise, fast service, cute atmosphere and big portions.
Zen Palate (vegan) between 45th and 9th Avenue
Hope you both enjoy your visit.