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Looking for interesting, fun restaurant with lots of veggie options

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My husband and I want to go out to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. We are vegetarians, but don't necessarily want a totally veggie restaurant (non veg. restaurants are more interesting) just one with plenty of options. We've already been to a bunch of the fancier veggie restaurants in the City. I am a chef and love eating out. Any suggestions? We would spend around $60-$80 per person, including drinks.
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  1. Maybe a little more casual than what you're looking for, but my husband and I celebrated our 24th anniversary last night and had a lovely dinner at Malatesta. I'm vegetarian, he's not, but we got all veggie dishes and enjoyed it all.

    1. Cookies4, congrats on your 5th anniversary!

      Have you heard of Spiga on the UWS? It has a good selection of vegetarian (non-vegan) antipasti and primi courses. The space is perhaps more casual than what you're looking for, but the dim lighting and warm wood interior actually make for a fairly romantic setting. The menu falls squarely within your price range.

      Aquavit in midtown has a 90$ vegetarian tasting menu that looks (and smells) quite good.

      Pasha, another more casual, but potentially romantic space on the UWS, has a wide variety of well-made vegetarian small plates if you don't mind eating tapas style. Also falls within your price range, easily.

      And finally, Blue Ribbon Bakery in the W. Village has a good selection of cheeses, crostini, vegetarian appetizers, as well as two or more vegetarian entrees (and great bread, of course). You should be able to stay under $80 / person, there.

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      1. re: cimui

        Ah, I should mention that Aquavit is Scandinavian (mostly Swedish); Pasha is Turkish, and Blue Ribbon Bakery is French / pan-European / American. Spiga is Italian.

        Chowhound links:

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        Aquavit
        65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

        Blue Ribbon Bakery
        33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

        Spiga
        200 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024

        Pasha
        70 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023

      2. If you don't want to do Italian, my pick would be Devi -- they have a lot of very good vegetarian options and the atmosphere is romantic enough for an anniversary. It should fit your price range.

        1. Chola on E 58th (3rd/2nd) is delicious Indian, including South Indian which is unusual. If that menu does not appeal, there are about 6 other restaurants on the same block!

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          1. re: BratleFoodie

            I went to Chola once recently, and while I didn't post a full report, I thought it wasn't nearly as good as Dawat, down the block.