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Dirt Candy - new veg restaurant in EV

Has anyone heard anything about the new vegetarian restaurant, Dirt Candy, that's supposed to be opening on E 9th? I read that it's chef Amanda Cohen's venture, supposedly of the now-closed Heirloom, which didn't seem to receive all that great of reviews. And I was really hoping something fabulous and affordable was going in there. Anyone know anything?

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  1. Do you know where on East 9th? I'd love to check it out...

    1. Mentioned in the Times preview. Listed as opening later then this month.

      From the Times:
      "A front-runner for the worst name in the world award, this little East Village spot is a rare green opening. Amanda Cohen, the chef and the owner, who worked at Angelica Kitchen and Pure Food and Wine, is devoted to vegetable dishes like carrot dumplings with Parmesan curls, and portobello mousse with truffled pear and fennel compote, and regards them as “candy from the earth,” hence the name of the 18-seat communal-table nook: 430 East Ninth Street. October."

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      1. re: blibscott

        Well, I do like the idea of a communal table. Might be nice on a crisp October night.

      2. Chow gave this place a great review, and the menu sounds scrumptious!! However, it doesn't have prices posted...can anyone comment on the prices?? thanks!

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        1. My wife and I will be in NYC this week and dirt Candy is on our list of must-eats!
          We've been waiting for something like this for a while . . .

          1. I was so very disappointed with this place. There was no honor placed upon these veggies, rather, expected bland existences were presented in humble place settings.

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            1. re: myfeetarecold

              I was disappointed too. Precious presentations with zero oomph is what my date and I thought. Bland is the right word. But obviously some people don't mind that - the restaurant is full most of the time. Of course.. it IS teeny tiny..

              1. My girlfriend really wanted to try this place since she is a vegetarian. I am not a picky eater and I didn't really like any of our food. She left a lot of food on her plate. I can see why people who are into eating healthy would like it, but for people who just want to eat good food it is a disappointment.

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                1. re: crabby_cakes

                  crabby_cakes, just curious what did you order?

                2. I've been there twice, and really liked it. I'd go again. I liked the tofu with green ragout the most—the sauce was delicious, the vegetables perfectly cooked—but I also greatly enjoyed the greek salad, the pappardelle, the hush puppies, and the ricotta fritters. the portobello mousse wasn't my personal favorite, but it is striking, creative, and well done.

                  i thought the food overall was exciting, bold, and fun. plus they pour *very* generous half-glasses of wine, so you can try several, and the service is very friendly.