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?
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.
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
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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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.
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.