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Looking for interesting, fun restaurant with lots of veggie options

cookies4 Aug 14, 2008 01:25 PM

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.

  1. BratleFoodie Aug 19, 2008 02:29 PM

    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
      MMRuth Aug 19, 2008 02:31 PM

      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.

    2. j
      JMJD Aug 17, 2008 06:01 PM

      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. c
        cimui Aug 17, 2008 05:05 PM

        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
          cimui Aug 17, 2008 08:27 PM

          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:

          65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

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

          200 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024

          70 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023

        2. r
          round2 Aug 17, 2008 10:20 AM

          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.

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