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Vegetarian Lunch in Midtown?

Dioneo Nov 3, 2008 01:43 PM

I'm meeting some Indian colleagues in NYC for a day, and am looking for a good Vegetarian/Veggie-friendly spot to take them for lunch in midtown. As they are coming from India, I'd like to steer clear of Indian food.

Any good ideas?

Thank you!

  1. r
    RGR Nov 3, 2008 01:54 PM

    Italian restaurants are generally vegetarian-friendly. Two good options: Trattoria Trecolori for moderately-priced or Insieme for more upscale.


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    1. re: RGR
      Dioneo Nov 3, 2008 02:24 PM

      Thanks! What do you think of Roberto Passon?


      I have heard some good things about it...

      1. re: Dioneo
        RGR Nov 3, 2008 02:42 PM

        We've had dinner at Roberto Passon once. I thought the food was very good.

        1. re: RGR
          MMRuth Nov 4, 2008 03:17 PM

          So do I, based on my one meal.

    2. holland_oats Nov 3, 2008 06:57 PM

      azuri for middle eastern, queen of sheba for ethiopian

      Azuri Cafe
      465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

      Queen of Sheba
      650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: holland_oats
        Dioneo Nov 4, 2008 03:15 PM

        Interesting choices... thank you! I'm going to add this to my map and see which ones end up best positioned to make it an easy trip :)

      2. c
        cimui Nov 3, 2008 07:43 PM

        Without exception, my Indian relatives love Italian food. Roberto Passon has some good vegetarian options; Insieme is an excellent restaurant, but I remember it being less vegetarian friendly.

        If your colleagues are more of the adventurous sort and don't mind identifiable vegetables, they might enjoy the vegetarian tasting menu at Aquavit.

        Most Asian and Middle Eastern foods aren't popular with my relatives -- but they may be exceptionally picky.

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        1. re: cimui
          Dioneo Nov 4, 2008 03:16 PM

          I've heard a bunch of people say good things about Roberto Passon - so that will be my dinner choice.

          Aquavit sounds like another one to look into. Thanks for the advice on Middle Eastern and Asian foods... most of my Indian friends have been incredibly adventurous, but then again most of them have been raised here in the US.

          Thank you for the help!

        2. PlomeekSoup Nov 3, 2008 08:51 PM

          There are some tasty veggie items to be had at Pampano, as well as the all-veggie Zen Palate.


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          1. re: PlomeekSoup
            Dioneo Nov 4, 2008 03:17 PM

            Oh... Pampano has a fun menu... this is going to be a tough decision :)

            Thanks for the suggestions!

            1. re: PlomeekSoup
              RGR Nov 4, 2008 03:26 PM

              I must strongly disagree about Zen Palate. The one time we ate there, the food was vile!

              1. re: RGR
                Dioneo Nov 4, 2008 03:28 PM

                Thanks for the feedback. Any memory of what made it terrible? Or just everything?

                1. re: Dioneo
                  RGR Nov 4, 2008 03:53 PM

                  It was a long time ago but, yes, everything. There was not one dish we ordered where the combination of ingredients and flavors was not just plain awful.

                  I should have mentioned that I do agree about Pampano. The food is delicious. It is a fish/seafood focused restaurant, so my one concern would be whether there is enough choice on the menu to satisfy the vegetarian.

                  1. re: RGR
                    Dioneo Nov 4, 2008 04:09 PM

                    Good to hear. All this talk of food is making me want to plan another trip to NYC just for myself some time soon.

                    Thanks again!

                    1. re: Dioneo
                      ballulah Nov 4, 2008 09:19 PM

                      I second the non-recommendation for Zen Palate. My friends and I had dinner there one night and it was dreadful. One friend kept saying over and over (between bouts of gagging) that her "mock chicken" had the texture of chicken gristle. Ugh.

                2. re: RGR
                  BW212 Nov 4, 2008 03:47 PM

                  Once again I'm with RGR.

                  I'm not a fan of Zen Palate. And I'm a huge fan of Gobo which is also vegan, so it's all about the flavors.

                  1. re: BW212
                    Dioneo Nov 4, 2008 04:10 PM

                    OK, that's another vote against Zen. Gobo sounds interesting...

                    Thank you!

                    1. re: Dioneo
                      PlomeekSoup Nov 5, 2008 09:15 AM

                      Zen Palate is definitely a love it or hate it destination, especially among vegetarians. While my favorite dish (Curry Supreme) isn't earth shattering, I don't agree that it's a vile dining choice.

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