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Jul 29, 2010 04:05 AM

Help - Vegetarian + Gluten-Free: Lower East Side, East Village, Noho, Soho

Help! I have friends coming into town this weekend and we are going to dinner Saturday night - they are both vegetarians and one prefers boyfriend and I are both eat-anything eaters so although we have both lived here for years, we have never proactively sought out a vegetarian/gluten-free place. Any suggestions for a good place to catch up with friends over a drinks (or BYOB) within this dietary criteria are MUCH appreciated!

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  1. Angelika Kitchen would be a good bet.

    1. Caravan of Dreams is my favorite veg restaurant-- I always insist my companions start with avo-coco soup-- so good you want to bathe in it! Half their menu is raw-foods, but don't be scared-- all of it is really good. Nice organic wines, and a cozy atmosphere-- sometimes they have nice live music (not loud). They have gluten-free dishes. It's on E. 6th between 1st Ave & A. Enjoy!

      Caravan of Dreams
      405 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

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      1. re: mollly

        I hope the service has improved since the last time I tried and failed to eat at Caravan of Dreams. After 20+ minutes on line, and multiple assurances from the hostess that a table was sure to open up soon, my companions and I watched as the house band, friends of the staff, and various others were seated while we cooled our heels. When I asked the hostess what was going on, she threw up her hands (literally), said "I can't deal with this," and stalked off. Shockingly, I have not been back.

      2. Better choices for gluten free however. Just about every place will have something for someone who is GF. Caracas Arepas for example is almost exclusively GF and has many veggie options. Smac makes GF mac and cheese ( a treat for someone on a gf diet) and you can design your own though the ambiance may be lacking. Better to pick a place that you like and have a look at the menu.

        Caracas Arepa Bar
        93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        1. counter on 1st avenue between 6th & 7th. it's alright, though admittedly, my only time going there was for thanksgiving prixe fix dinner which is not the best way to determine actual food quality/deliciousness.

          you could look into spring street natural, lan cafe (all vegetarian vietnamese, though not sure re: gluten). as someone else already suggested, angelika kitchen. i used to like tiengarden a lot, but i know there's gluten products (fake meat) though there are soy based options (tofu).

          here's a link that may help you out; i've been to many of these places as a former vegetarian, daughter of a vegan and just all-around "i like vegetables & tofu" person :)

          105 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          Spring Street Natural
          62 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          Lan Cafe
          342 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

          170 Allen St, New York, NY 10002