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Aug 15, 2009 10:03 AM

Vegetarian restaurants near Columbia Medical School

A friend is working at Columbia Medical School, and although we are familiar with restaurants near Morningside/Columbia, we're not as familiar with the Med School area. Any great restaurants for non-meat eaters near Columbia Medical School??

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  1. Wow, I'll answer this myself to get it back up top! Any great ideas for places to eat sans meat way up there?? Ethnic is good. Meat can be on the menu, of course, but avoidable! Thanks!

    1. No help here, but last week when I asked one of the nurses at the med center if there was a Jamba Juice in the area, the response was that there were no healthy places in the area surrounding the hospital. The restaurant hospital, Windows on the Hudson, on the 9th floor, is quite nice with a view of the river and bridge, white linen and nice china and a number of vegetarian options. Enough to cobble together a meal. I am also veg and enjoyed the food.

      1. where is the medical center?

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        1. depends how far you're willing to travel - you'll probably be better off at the places you know near Morningside as there really isn't much up by the medical school. in fact, there never seem to be healthy dining options near major medical centers. it's a phenomenon that i've always found quite puzzling.

          - Next Door on 187th (Japanese/sushi with plenty of vegetarian options)
          - Raw Soul on 145th:
          - Uptown Juice Bar on 125th
          - Strictly Roots on 123rd (Caribbean vegetarian
          )- Tamarind Gourmet on Bway a few blocks south of 125th (Mediterranean-ish, with vegetarian options)

          Tamarind Gourmet and Health Food
          3161 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

          Raw Soul
          348 W 145th St, New York, NY 10039

          Uptown Veg
          14 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035

          Strictly Roots
          2058 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            A few nice possibilities. I'll pass 'em on! Thanks. In return, I want to bring your attention to the delicious roasted chick peas at Westside. Whenever I'm there, I buy some! Very yummy.

            1. re: april164

              love roasted chickpeas! i usually make them at home, but i'll occasionally buy some at Fairway or a local gourmet market. thanks for the rec - i'm really never all the way up in that neighborhood, but maybe one of these days i'll grab a bag from the Chelsea location.