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Jun 12, 2010 08:24 PM

Good 'Vegetarian Friendly' recommendations please....


I am looking for some 'vegetarian friendly' places (Lets say 35-40 % of the dishes were vegetarian but they have to be very good) at a place that would also serve as a great NYC experience for an outsider. A nice sit down place would be great, preferably below the 40th street. Does not matter if it serves alcohol or not. Something up to $50 pp is cool. I actually was looking for a Mexican place but could not find one that was both great and vegetarian friendly. Open to other cuisines as well. Looking at being seated around 6-7 PM on Sunday. Thanks a lot everyone!!

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  1. Sunday's tricky - a lot of places are closed.
    - for a dedicated vegetarian restaurant: Gobo
    - if you're open to a raw-food restaurant: Pure Food & Wine

    Pure Food and Wine
    54 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    Gobo - Greenwich Village
    401 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Thank you! I really am open to everything but would prefer if the place served both vegetarian and meat based dishes. Aren't their any well know places that serve both ( and do it well) ? I checked a few like Scarpetta and Babbo but they had like 2 vegetarian dishes which is not what I want since this is my guest's first visit to NYC and I'd prefer him having a few options. Vegetarian is fine, no need for Vegan food. Thanks!

      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      1. re: indiefoodie

        i misunderstood - i took your request to mean that were willing to settle for 30-40% i assumed a completely vegetarian restaurant would be better!

        ok, shifting gears. how about Greek? or a tapas small/plates spot? random thoughts:
        - Stanton Social
        - Sojourn
        - Bar Stuzzichini
        - Alta
        - Boqueria
        - Barbounia
        - Snack Taverna
        - Periyali
        - Kellari Taverna

        Bar Stuzzichini
        928 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

        Stanton Social
        99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

        35 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

        Snack Taverna
        63 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

        250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

        Kellari Taverna
        19 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Sorry that I wasn't clear. Thanks for your recommendations. Any recommendations between Boqueria and Alta strictly from a vegetarian perspective?

          53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: indiefoodie

            well, all the places i listed have at least several solid vegetarian options...but of those two, i'd say Alta. you can look at their menu to judge for yourself:

    2. What kind of vegetarian food? Lacto-ovo? Vegan?
      I'm going to assume lacto-ovo for now, because that's what my husband is, and also vegan would be a whole different story.
      35-40% good veg dishes, the first thing that comes to mind is Indian. But that may not exactly be a "NYC experience."
      How about Bar Artisanal? Maybe more like 20% vegetarian, but the atmosphere is definitely NYC and the food is good.
      Bacaro is also good with a really cozy feel, with enough veg choices. But they don't take reservations (unless you're booking a private room/nook for a party), so you might want to get there earlier than later.
      Some Japanese izakaya type restaurants have a surprising variety of veg options also (for some you may need to tell them to hold the katsuobushi - bonito flakes).
      But, to be honest, if you're really strict about the 35-40% "very good" vegetarian dishes requirement, then I personally think the only way to go is Indian food...

      136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

      Bar Artisanal
      268 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: FoodieJaponica

        My guest just arrived from India :-) so its anything but that! Thanks for your recommendations, I'll take a look at those. Oh! and the "vegetarian" part - Guess its anything but meat (incl. seafood).

      2. Has anyone tried the veggie stuff at Macondo? They seem to have 5-6 dishes...

        157 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

        1. When I want vegetables, I head over to Fiorello's near Lincoln Center. They have a terrific vegetable antipasto bar that is really good. A vegetarian will love the veg offerings like asparagus, grilled fennel, grilled stuffed peppers. You can sit at the counter or at a comfy table and then just pick what you want. The rest of the diners can order anything they want from meat, fish, pasta and pizza. Go after the Lincoln Center shows or in the afternoon when it's not so crowded.

          Right next door is Josie's which has a good assortment of veg dishes yet I prefer Fiorello's.

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          1. re: Beau711

            Has anyone tried the Monday vegetable or vegetarian-focused three-course menu at Dovetail? Although it doesn't look like they offer it on Sundays, the fact that they offer it at all might suggest that they've developed strong vegetarian dishes.

          2. Shouldn't most of the new pizza places work? Motorino, Keste, Co.? Certainly their fresh mozzarella pies should be more than fine!

            349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003