vegetarian/raw/vegan - midtown to Canal st.
A friend's sister making her first trip into NYC this weekend, and is looking for a nice-ish (maybe $15-20 entrees?) restaurant to dine at with her friends. They're especially interested in vegetarian, vegan, and raw food places - and they'll probably be in the midtown area, or maybe venture down to Canal St. (I don't know what part of midtown, or by what route they plan to traverse between the neighborhoods)
Any suggestions at all you could make? I'm quite the carnivore myself.
If they're willing to travel north of midtown, Candle Cafe is a great vegan restaurant, and somewhat more affordable/casual than they're upscale Candle 79 location.
There's also Blossom, Angelica Kitchen, Kyotofu, Pukk, Dirt Candy...
vegetarian chinese even? vegetarian dim sum house? to be honest, I didn't like my last meal there and can't think of any actual good vegetarian chinese places but there are tons that have opened (buddha bodai any good) and, I bet they are actually pretty good.
there is also broadway east for fancy veg food in chinatown.
and, I haven't tried souen's ramen place on east 6th but I like souen's stuff in general and there are many of the same items on the ramen menu. hearing sorta ok reviews on it but definitely is unique.
For rawvegan, there's Pure Food & Wine, as mentioned earlier, and Quintessence in the East Village. I've enjoyed Quintessence years ago.