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Veggie Heaven in New City Wows Me!

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budinado Dec 1, 2010 09:01 AM

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!

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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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    caramellagirl Jan 20, 2011 05:03 AM

    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!

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      njkori Jan 20, 2011 07:30 AM

      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: http://www.veggieheavennj.com/

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        samsaulavi Aug 8, 2011 03:59 PM

        No coupon

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          menton1 Aug 8, 2011 05:04 PM

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

      2. samsaulavi Aug 8, 2011 03:52 PM

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

        1. menton1 Aug 8, 2011 05:09 PM

          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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            budinado Aug 22, 2011 05:09 AM

            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.

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            Big_Salad Aug 22, 2011 06:29 PM

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

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              menton1 Aug 22, 2011 09:23 PM

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

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                Big_Salad Aug 23, 2011 12:24 PM

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

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                  menton1 Aug 23, 2011 01:51 PM

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

                  http://nyackmainessentials.com/

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                    Big_Salad Aug 23, 2011 06:42 PM

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

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                      menton1 Aug 23, 2011 09:22 PM

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

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                        Big_Salad Aug 24, 2011 02:52 PM

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

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                budinado Aug 25, 2011 05:44 AM

                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.

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                  caramellagirl Aug 25, 2011 06:14 AM

                  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.

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                    budinado Aug 25, 2011 07:48 AM

                    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.

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