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21st birthday lunch with a vegetarian

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We want to take our daughter out for lunch on her 21th birthday. She's a vegetarian and we want it to be special.

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    1. I agree with Candle 79; great food, nice ambiance. Somplace with delicious food but less nice atmosphere- angelica's kitchen on East 12 street. The menu has a little more appeal to non-vegetarians who may be dining with you. I personally prefer Candle 79, though.


      1. Pure Food & Wine or Dirt Candy

        1. Franchia (veg Korean teahouse on 34th and Park) is really nice if you DON"T do the prix fix.
          They have an entree with kabocha squash which is great. Organic wines and teas. A GREAT vegan cheesecake. Plus it's a really beautiful restaurant. Chic.

          1. The ambiance and options at Dévi are fantastic without requiring omnivores to be painted into a corner for a meal.

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            1. re: JungMann

              I think that is a great suggestion, though I've not been since it reopened. I liked the food at Candle 79, but, well, as an omnivore, would prefer somewhere else.

            2. As a vegetarian who cooks and eats mostly vegan food, Candle 79 is my go-to restaurant for special occasions. I would recommend skipping the specials, which are hit or miss, and ordering from the standard menu. The service is impeccable, and if they know in advance that you are there for a special occasion, they usually go out of their way to accommodate in a number of ways.

              The appeal for Dirt Candy is that it is a new, hip, downtown restaurant and seems to widely appeal to both vegetarians (NOT vegans) and omnivores. Haven't been there myself, but the reviews have been solid so far.

              So between those two, the pros and cons seem to be focus on cuisine, locale and menu/atmosphere:

              creative vegan vs. creative vegetarian
              upper east side semi-stuffy vs. hip east village
              larger, well-established menu/space vs. a newer, smaller upstart menu/space


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              1. re: PlomeekSoup

                as an omnivore who's spent significant time with veg. significant others, i'd give a thumbs up to candle 79. at a higher price point, cafe boulud has a lovely and ever changing vegetarian menu in its regular rotation.