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Vegetarian Restraunts on the Upper West Side?

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Abby12 Jun 17, 2010 06:15 PM

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of any good vegetarian restaurants on the Upper West Side. I am hearing all about vegetarian restaurants on the East Side and in the Village but I rarely hear about any others. Also if anyone knows of any rennet-free pizza restaurants on the Upper West side (other than Patsy's which I just ate for dinner tonight) it would be great to hear about. Thanks!

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    mom22tots RE: Abby12 Jun 17, 2010 06:22 PM

    Does it need to be strictly vegetarian? The original Josie's is on the UWS and while they have chicken and seafood on the menu, they offer many great vegetarian options. Fun atmosphere and great cocktails, too!

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      Abby12 RE: mom22tots Jun 17, 2010 06:27 PM

      I would like strictly vegetarian but it is not necessary. I have been to Josie's. I love their spicy black bean dumplings!

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        RichardW RE: mom22tots Jun 19, 2010 01:07 PM

        I had a lunch at Peacefood. Left hungry and unhappy.

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        fm1963 RE: Abby12 Jun 17, 2010 06:26 PM

        Try Peacefood Cafe and Blossom - both pretty good vegan joints.

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        Peacefood Cafe
        460 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        1. LNG212 RE: Abby12 Jun 17, 2010 06:34 PM

          In addition to Peacefood and Blossom, there's also:
          --Ayurveda (vegetarian Indian) - only selections are what's posted daily out front; pretty good.
          --Mana (vegetarian) - I haven't been so can't comment on the food.
          --Hummus Place (though it's only, well, hummus and varients!) - love the hummus with the fava beans.

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            Abby12 RE: LNG212 Jun 18, 2010 12:42 PM

            Thanks, I just went to Mana, their Pumpkin Ravioli was great! I loved the beet sauce. The dessert was weird though. It was a Japanese almond mouse with some sort of bean in it. The bean part was a little too grainy. I think next time I will go for the good old chocolate cake.

          2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Abby12 Jun 17, 2010 06:39 PM

            for completely vegetarian, try Ozu, Maoz, or Mana Organic. for vegetarian-friendly, Middle Eastern spots like Nanoosh and Hummus Place are always a good bet.

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            Mana
            646 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

            Nanoosh
            2012 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

            Maoz
            2047 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

            Ozu
            566 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

            Hummus Place
            2608 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 17, 2010 06:40 PM

              oh, and Cafe Viva *may* have rennet-free cheese for their pizza - call them & ask.

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              Cafe Viva
              2578 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                LNG212 RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 17, 2010 06:44 PM

                oooh, yes. I forgot about Maoz. They are my favorite falafel.

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                  j. marie RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 17, 2010 07:10 PM

                  Mana is not 100% vegetarian as they have a few fish dishes on the menu. However, if you ignore the fish dishes everything else is vegan. I've been going there for years and always find the food fresh and delicious. Highly recommend going on weekends for delicious pancakes.

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                    FoodieJaponica RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 17, 2010 08:26 PM

                    Maoz is our favorite falafel place too! Awesome toppings bar.
                    I would suggest any Indian place for vegetarians. My personal favorite is the vegetarian thali (combo) at Mughlai. I love how you can try a little bit of many different dishes.
                    I was very disappointed at Blossom... Food was underwhelming, and just so so overpriced.

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                    Mughlai
                    320 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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                    Abby12 RE: Abby12 Jun 17, 2010 07:18 PM

                    Thanks so much! I am probably going to try all of these at one point or another. They sound great! I am still looking for new suggestions though.

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