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Is there such a thing as a vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown? Or at least one that's "vegetarian friendly" -- by which I guess I mean a variety of vegetarian options, and not having to walk past a window full of food that still looks like animals? (Please don't give me grief, I'm not the vegetarian in the family -- just trying to find someplace where my daughter wouldn't be horrified before even setting foot in the place.) Or should we just avoid Chinatown altogether if we're that sensitive?

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  1. Vegetarian Dim Sum House at 24 Pell Street or Budda Bodai Vegetarian Restaurant at 5 Mott Street.

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    Vegetarian Dim Sum House
    24 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

    1. I've been very pleased with my delivery orders from Buddha Bodai, but I have no idea what it's like to eat there.

      http://www.chinatownvegetarian.com/

      Another option is Vegetarian Dim Sum House. I've never eaten there and so can't vouch for it.

      http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

      Although your daughter will find something to eat at most Chinatown restaurants (just be aware that pork is often a stealth ingredient in some of the vegetable dishes), she might have to walk past hanging roast duck, or live seafood in tanks, or both. If that will upset her, stick with the strictly vegetarian spots.

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      1. re: small h

        I eat meat, I've been to Vegetarian Dim Sum House, and it was only OK.

        small h does make good points about stealth ingredients. There's also cross contamination issues. And also sometimes tiny dried shrimp or tiny bits of ground pork are used as a topping on dishes.

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        Vegetarian Dim Sum House
        24 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: kathryn

          That's a good point. I did find a few through Google that are totally vegetarian -- I guess those (including Buddha Bodai) would be the safest. (Dim Sum has never especially appealed to me.)
          Does anyone have any direct experience of "World of Vegetarian," "House of Vegetarian," "Vegetarian's Paradise of Mott St." (I'm not entirely sure this one still exists) or "Wild Ginger Vegetarian Kitchen" (more like Little Italy than Chinatown)?

          Thanks, everybody! We'll probably be in the neighborhood visiting the giant Buddha, so it would be good to have a place in mind to eat.

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          Buddha Bodai
          5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: khoffdenver

            Vegetarian Dim Sum House is not just dim sum http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
            I've been a number of times over the years, and am not in love.
            As a vegetarian, I also am concerned about cross-contamination and hidden meat products. I do think that a vegan restaurant is the only way to avoid those problems.
            There are a number of vegan restaurants which offer Asian as well as non-Asian cuisine. A google search should provide you with the info you need, but get back to me if you need further info.

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            Vegetarian Dim Sum House
            24 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

          2. re: kathryn

            These are not issues at either Vegetarian Dim Sum House or Budda Bodai - totally vegan both they are. VDSH also offers up Buddhist literature.

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            Vegetarian Dim Sum House
            24 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

        2. I haven't eaten there, but I walked by the other day - House of Vegetarian on Mott between Canal and Bayard.

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          House of Vegetarian
          68 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: fooodie

            House of Vegetarian and Vegetarian Dim Sum House are both totally vegan and owned by the same folks. Similar menus, with the exception being that VDSH has dim sum all day every day.

            Wild Ginger left me underwhelmed with their small portions and lackluster flavoring; I'd choose HoV over them.

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            Vegetarian Dim Sum House
            24 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

            House of Vegetarian
            68 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

            Wild Ginger
            380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013