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May 19, 2010 09:19 AM

Help! Need to please a Vegan and a "Steak & Potatoes" guy?!?

Have a work dinner next week (Tuesday) and one of my colleagues is a strict vegan - another is a "meat & potatoes" kind of guy. Price is not an issue (but being able to get a seat at short notice is). Any suggestions (ideally below ~24th street)? Thanks.

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      1. re: RGR

        Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products.

        Sounds like a tough time choosing a place to eat. They must be good cooks. I bet some kosher places could work.

        1. re: princeofpork

          Kosher restaurants are either meat or dairy. I'd be surprised if the meat ones would work for the vegan, and the "meat and potatoes" guy would not be too happy with the dairy ones.

      2. re: princeofpork

        It actually has NO MATTER how the OP defines Vegan! The Vegan Eater defines it, and there is the tricky part.

        In this case it is civil to speak to both to say,, we are having a "WORK dinner" please give me ideas of what places work for your personal food requirements, so we can choose a place where we all can enjoy this time together? Thanks!

      3. Any good steakhouse should be able to accomodate you. Your vegan friend can ask for vegetables sauteed in oil (no butter), a baked potato without butter or sour cream, a salad with dressing that doesn't have dairy in it, etc.

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        1. re: gutsofsteel

          And if one goes to a total VEGAN place, the steak guy can bring in a White Castle?

          This kind of suggestion, a STEAK house that can give side stuff to a vegan is NASTY.

          Suppose the vegan is the person who decides the deal...that steak now sorta becomes your last work expense dinner!

          White Castle
          351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

          1. re: Quine

            Why is it nasty? Some of the best vegetable and potato side dishes in town are found at the good steakhouses, along with very good steak. Everyone involved could be happy...

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                because maybe they want a vegan entree, and not just a meal of side dishes....

          2. Spring Street Natural has steak and roast chicken as well as vegan food.


            No reservations for parties fewer than six, but I've never had trouble getting a table there.

            1. Thanks for the suggestion of Spring Natural. I've eaten there a few times, but guess I was looking for something a bit more exciting (for me) that would also have decent vegan options. (I think Mr. Meat & Potatoes could probably find a decent steak/chicken/pasta on most menus.)

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              1. re: HungryHomer

                You might want to consider Gramercy Tavern. On their vegetarian tasting menu, they have some items that I think would work for a vegan. I'm sure they'd be willing to serve any of them in full-size portions (presuming everyone would not be doing a tasting menu). It would be a good idea to check and make sure that the dishes are definitely vegan-friendly or could be tweaked to make them so. But, of course, getting a reservation for next Tuesday at a convenient time for you is another matter entirely.


                Gramercy Tavern
                42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: HungryHomer

                  It's not the most thrilling place on the planet, I know. But it's the only thing I could come with where neither party would feel like an outcast or a pain in the ass. Josie's, maybe? It's outside your preferred area, which is why I didn't suggest it earlier.


                  I would not go to a steakhouse. The vegan options will be very limited, so you'd be clearly indicating that you think that your vegan colleague's preferences are secondary to those of your meat & potatoes colleague.

                2. my favorite steak joint is striphouse. they have an awesome truffled cream spinach. they also have other various sides that i think are fantastic, especially the cream corn pancetta. quality meats also does fantastic sides.

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                  1. re: daffyduck

                    Anything with cream would be out because strict vegans do not eat dairy. And last I heard, pancetta comes from an animal....

                    1. re: RGR

                      right, but i meant they have great sides in general. i think quality meat, for example has portabello fries. u should check with the steakhouses though in case they cook their sides with beef fat.
                      sorry i cant say striphouse without mentioning that corn! it is just really freaking good.