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Dec 1, 2010 09:01 AM

Veggie Heaven in New City Wows Me!

After numerous visits to Veggie Heaven in New City (191 S. Main St.) I must admit that I am smitten. It is SOOO difficult to find great tasting meatless chow that is healthy, yet this restaurant achieved success with almost every dish I have sampled. Only healthy vegetable oils are used with very little salt. A friend with a peanut allergy has no trouble eating here. Many, many mock chicken, beef and fish dishes. I have found that most of the mock meats taste better that the real thing. There are lunch specials for $5.95 and $6.95 M-Sat which include soup (or spring roll) and rice. The soups have not been that tasty however but I haven´t tried them all. I am told that there is also a branch of this restaurant in Teaneck NJ.
On the lunch menu I especially enjoyed Paradise Chicken and Chicken with Garlic sauce. Since some of the lunch portions can be a little small (it varies with what you order), I also get a Peking noodle appetizer which is absolutely terrific. When I come for dinner I have a hard time getting past "Glorious Sensation", a pan fried soy chicken dish with vegetables. The mock meats are prepared in house and are made different ways depending on the entree.
Honestly, if I lived anywhere in Rockland I would be eating here almost every day! As it is, I´m routinely driving over the Tappen Zee bridge from southern Westchester once a week. The only other vegetarian restaurant I know of that´s this good in the greater NY area is Buddha Bodhi at 5 Mott St. in Chinatown (and another branch at 42-96 Main St, Flushing). Buddha Bodhi concentrates on Hong Kong cuisine and Veggie Heaven emphasizes Taiwanese cooking Both restaurants are gems!

Paradise Chicken
318 N Main St, Spring Valley, NY 10977

Main St Cafe
6 N Main St, New City, NY 10956

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  1. Thanks for posting this review. I love Veggie Heaven in Teaneck. My husband and mom are taking me to the one in New City for my birthday this evening. I can't wait!

    1. There are also Veggie Heaven restaurants in Denville and Montclair, NJ (sorry, I know this is the NY State board). I haven't tried it yet, but the overwhelming consensus is that it's fantastic. There's an online coupon for the New City location on their website:

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        1. re: samsaulavi

          It is 8 months after the post about the coupon...

      1. New City location is very good. Teaneck location is absolutely fantastic!!!

        1. I find that just about every dish in Veggie Heaven tastes about the same. Some slight differences in textures, but not taste. Sauce is usually too gelatinous as well.

          I like Main Essentials in Nyack a lot better, the dishes there are all different, interesting, and prepared with great care, and the place is totally Vegan!

          Also, Art Cafe in Nyack has some great original dishes for ovo-lacto folks.

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          1. re: menton1

            menton1 you are absolutely right about Main Essentials! It is a wonderful restaurant...funky, delicious vegan food, friendly engaging owner. Everything we had there was right on target including the vegetarian Jamaican patties. This is now my "go to" restaurant for healthy eating. Worth the Tappen Zee toll.

          2. Do any of you know how it compares to Jolo's in New Rochelle (no animal products at all)?

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            1. re: Big_Salad

              Don't know Jolo's, but Main Essentials is totally Vegan. Art Cafe is Ovo-Lacto.

              1. re: menton1

                There's chicken and meatballs on the menu, are they soy? I'm not a vegetarian, just wondering.

                1. re: Big_Salad

                  Main Essentials is totally VEGAN. When you were on the home page, didn't you see the statement about that?


                  1. re: menton1

                    Oh, I went through google and it took me straight to the menu page.

                    1. re: Big_Salad

                      Will you try the place now? It's great...

                      1. re: menton1

                        I no longer have any business or friends in Rockland, otherwise I would.

              2. re: Big_Salad

                We tried Jolos a few days ago and liked it a lot. Its located about 5 minutes east of the E Lincoln Ave exit of the Hutch. Similar Jamaican style vegan recipes as Main Essentials and almost the same setup. Select a plate of "meats" and sides at the counter and eat at a table or take out. Both of us felt Main Essentials has the edge.
                Try the smoothies and pattys at either restaurant but avoid the noodle dishes. They don´t stand up well to the steam table.

                1. re: budinado

                  The patties at Jolo's are amazing. I normally get the pea and the "chicken." We get the plates as well. Their greens are great. I agree about the noodles.

                  I should check out Main Essentials one day.

                  1. re: caramellagirl

                    I agree, the chicken patty I had was delicious and I remember them preparing about a half dozen varieties. Main Essentials patty was different but just as good.
                    Recently read that Bill Clinton has gone vegan. Can you imagine Bill and Hillary having a night/lunch out at either restaurant? These are probably the closest vegan spots to their Chappaqua home so bring on the Reggae music, a few splifs...oops, forgot...he doesn´t inhale.