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Best Vegetarian Restaurants in NYC !!?

Hi so i just turned vegetarian a couple weeks ago
which places in NY do you think are the best! any suggestions ..

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  1. It depends a) where you are located (if that matters at all) b) what you can afford and c) what type of cuisine you like / dislike or if you're a picky eater. Your question is way too vague. "Best" is relative.

    Hint: next to the word MANHATTAN click on "Search this board" and you can search all Manhattan posts in the last year. Type in "vegetarian" or "best vegetarian [name of food]" or "vegetarian [name of cuisine]" ... etc.

    Fellow CHer's blog: http://vegny.blogspot.com/

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    1. re: kathryn

      oops i agreee...location doesnt matter much , nor does price.
      im looking for variety of places
      i have been to candle 79 and blossom cafe. both are great
      i wanted to see where other people have been and get there feedback

    2. GOBO on 3rd Ave and 82nd (or possibly 81st) street is pretty good.

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      1. there are also plenty of restaurants that are veg-friendly without being vegetarian. in fact, most places will accommodate. but i know what it's like when you want more than one "token" vegetarian option. have you been to josie's? its not vegetarian, but it's very veg-friendly...


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        1. Candle 79 at 79th and 3rd or Candle Cafe at 75th and 3rd for a more casual atmosphere.

          Candle Cafe
          1307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

          Candle 79
          154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

          1. Gobo is good. I also like Beyoglu for their vegetarian platter. Its so good and has alot of variety..hummus, Smoked eggplant, different salads and their pita bread is yummy! (The restaurant is not vegetarian itself)

            1. Curly's
              Benny's Burritos
              Sacred Chow
              TamilNadu Bhavan
              Vegetarian Dim Sum House
              Atlas Cafe
              Lan Cafe

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              1. re: PlomeekSoup

                second hangawi! the dishes there are so delicious and satisfying that you don't even feel like its a vegetarian place! it's a korean restaurant, fyi.

              2. Unless you have a reason to exclude raw food, Pure Food and Wine is the most ambitious, most upscale, and I'd say easily the best vegetarian in the city - it's all raw and vegan, in fact. It's also a little pricier than other suggestions here.

                Other than that, Blossom or Counter, or for more somewhat more casual, Gobo. Note, I've never been to Candle 79.

                1. You should check out all the South Indian restaurants in Curry Hill. My favorites are Saravannas and Tiffin Wallah.

                  1. For Chinese, Bodhai on Mott Street (Kosher) and Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell.

                    1. I happened upon this blog on another Chowhound posting and found it to be incredibly reliable (at least according to my tastebuds). Do yourself a favor and avoid the all-vegetarian places like Candle and Pure Food and WIne. You'll do better at a "regular" restaurant with good veggie offerings. Here's the blog:


                      That said, I strongly second Saravanaas. Best Indian in town imho.

                      1. Souen which has 2 locations on 13th streeet and 6th avenue is not completely vegetarian (they serve a few fish dishes) but it is great. Hangawi and Franchia are great korean choices. For Chinese food, I disagree with the earlier posting. I much prefer Buddha Bodai at 5 mott Street to Vegetarian Dim Sum house. I was recently quite disappointed at Josies - I order a vegetarian breakfast burrito. After eating it, the server told me, "by the way, the beans are made in chicken stock." They used to be so vegetarian friendly but not anymore. Also great is Hummus Place which is cheap and has many locations.

                        1. I always like Vegetarian Dim Sum House, a good tip is to try the specials on the little plastic signs on some of the tables. They're not on the main menus but the pea shoot green dumplings and the watercress dumplings from that menu are my faves. Also, I love the vegetarian duck appetizer, but that has been hit or miss with other people I've brought there.

                          1. I've created a public google map of Vegetarian Friendly restaurants in Manhattan and surrounding. It is a work in progress, but feel free to take a look. It might give people some unusual ideas. Hope this helps, thanks.


                            1. Kajitsu, again. But expensive! Or just order the veg menus at 11 Madison, Per Se, etc.

                              Per Se
                              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                              414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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                              1. re: scotty27

                                Several top restaurants have taken to offering veg menus recently which make them a great way for the vegetarian/vegan diner to have ambience & great service along with innovative dishes. Monday nights Dovetail has a vegetarian menu & seems especially parent dining with adult children friendly. Kajitsu is wonderful, but be aware that it has an almost spartan atmosphere that may be off putting to certain dining companions (my mom kept remarking on the fact that there's no music & little in the way of decor). Also, the Adour Alain Ducasse vegetarian tasting menu seems well worth saving up the funds to try!

                                Adour Alain Ducasse
                                2 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

                                414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

                              2. One of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan is the vegetarian Caravan of Dreams, located in the East Village. I always start with the avo-coco soup -- it is so amazing that me & my friends joke that we could bathe in it... seriously! I love the different salads & always order either grilled tofu or seitan to top it off with. I also love the Green Garden platter. They have nice organic wines & beer on the menu... delicious smoothies, too! I love the cozy/ homey atmosphere and they often have wonderful live music during dinner-- never too loud.

                                Caravan of Dreams
                                405 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009