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The Vegan Bachelor

I'm trying to set up a bachelor party dinner for July 11th somewhere in Manhattan. The catch is that the bachelor is vegan and nobody else in the crowd is. We want to go somewhere that everybody can get something that suits their palate though (I know I'm not eating vegan).

Ideally, the place would be nice but not over the top, maybe $25 entrees (give or take). There will probably be about 8 of us.

I was thinking Indian would be a good place to start, does anybody have any suggestions for that or something else?

Thanks.

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  1. How about Landmarc in Tribeca - quite a few vegan options (like the gilled portobello "steak") in addition to the regular guy-friendly menu. It might be above your price point, though, since some of the entrees are above $30.

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    Landmarc
    179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    1. How about Tabla? The menu is a combination of Indian and Indian-influenced New American. I would strongly suggest that you call and discuss the vegan issue to make sure there are dishes that will work for the groom-to-be. Definitely ask to be seated upstairs. It's more elegant than the street level (same menu), and there is a round table that can comfortably accommodate 8 people.

      Tabla photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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      1. re: RGR

        I had already posed Tabla as an option and it got a lukewarm reception. I think it's spot on though. Gonna review Landmarc now.

      2. Devi is an upscale-ish Indian place

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        1. re: glutton08

          Although I have always liked Devi, I would caution about going there right now. Chef Hemant Mathur has severed his partnership with co-chef/owner Suvir Saran and has left to open his own restaurant (in the fall). I gather there are both new owners and a new chef, but until I hear some reports from reliable sources about the quality of the food, I will not be going back.

        2. Indian probably is not a good option: though there is a vast and fabulous vegetarian cuisine, it all depends heavily on ghee, which is clarified butter and therefore off-limits to vegans. North Indian also uses cream.

          1. I have a vegan friend who eats ALL Indian food with abandon. I think it's like how Chinese food is all kosher, as long as you eat it outside the house. But ask your friend first, he may have different rules.

            My vegan friend also adored(!) Pure Food and Wine. I thought it was pretty pretty good, but extremely expensive for what it is. We ended up paying about $40 pp.

            As a non-vegan, I enjoy the food at Pukk, a vegan Thai place in the east village. It's designey enough to be festive, and their food is pretty good modern thai, with entrees under $12, so you can buy plenty of drinks. (Unless they are BYOB, I forget now.)

            I've also heard good things about Buddha Bodai, a vegan place in Chinatown, but I still haven't been there.

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            Pukk
            71 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Buddha Bodai
            5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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

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            1. re: flower_puppy

              We were just at Pure Food and Wine for lunch. We hadn't been there since 2005, about a year after they opened . I think $40pp is getting away cheap there. Love, love, love the garden!

              Photos of our lunch at Pure Food with commentary here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              1. re: RGR

                I didn't even know they had a garden! Indeed, for $40 pp, we ate lightly and each had a beer, my vegan friend who ate with gusto and had a few wine pairings tallied up well over $100. I think it was more like $140. But he was in heaven! I wasn't that impressed with the appetizers I tried, but I can't say I took full advantage of their menu, cheapskate that I am. I enjoyed their brussel sprouts, but I prefer the lighter and crispier sprouts at Momofuku. Their beer and wine list is a little expensive but very well curated.

                1. re: flower_puppy

                  We've known about the garden from the time that location was for many years Verbena. The Pure Food folks actually imporved it and made it more comfortable and attractive. Sitting in the garden is the main reason we'll go back sometime. Most likely for lunch, and we'll probably just stick with salads.

            2. you could try Otto, it's pretty decent for vegans (most of the vegetable starters and several pizzas are vegan by default, some of the pastas could be ordered without cheese), not thrilling, but good for a big group.

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              1. re: alexis

                Yes, Otto and Lupa both work for vegans (and everyone else).

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                Lupa
                170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

              2. I've also read good things about the new Suen Noodle Shop. I'm not generally a huge fan of the original Suens but people seem to like the noodle shop.

                For general old school veggie food, I think Angelika's Kitchen in the east village gives great bang for the buck. They do traditional healthy veggie food with a focus on fresh produce. Almost everything can be ordered vegan. Casual but nice.

                Westville has great vegetables and is popular with my veggie and vegan friends. Very reasonable prices but it might be hard to fit a big group there.

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                Westville
                210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

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                1. re: flower_puppy

                  Just for the sake of accurate search results: The name of the place is Souen, not Suen.

                2. i'd like to say as a vegan, I'd be really disappointed if for my bachelor party my friends took me to a restaurant with 10-20 choices for them and 2 or 3 for me. There are many great vegan restaurants in NYC = check http://www.supervegan.com. And try to remember its his day not yours?