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NW Vegan coming to NY

I'm coming to Newark for a wedding on 3/12 and was hoping to have a vegan "fine-dining" experience on Sun 3/13. I live in Spokane, WA where no purely vegan restaurants exist. For this reason I'm looking at this night as an experience I can't get at home and am greatly looking forward to it. The only exclusively vegan restaurant I've dined at is Millenium in SF and it's become my standard for vegan cuisine. I was hoping to find something like this, i.e high-end exclusively vegan hopefully with a tasting option. I'm willing to take a cab to anywhere and price is not a concern. I will be dining alone. I realize there are many options here which is part of what is so exciting about this one night I'll have in NY. Please NY Chowhounds, help me to narrow this down.

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  1. Many of the best restaurants (Per Se, etc.) have vegetarian tasting menus, but not vegan. As accommodating as they are, I still don't think they'd be able to handle an entirely vegan request.

    But... I think you might enjoy Dirt Candy. http://www.dirtcandynyc.com/ They're not exclusively vegan, but everything on their menu can be made vegan upon request. I think you'd be well-served there.

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    Dirt Candy
    430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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    1. re: loratliff

      Thanks for this rec of Dirt Candy loratliff! I had a lot of fun reading through their website and the Chef's Iron Chef competition experience. The menu looks wonderful!

      Since it seems that NY has multiple exclusively vegan/vegetarian restaurants, I'd like to avoid omnivorous establishments for this evening.

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      Dirt Candy
      430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

    2. How about Kajitsu?

      http://www.kajitsunyc.com/index.html

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      Kajitsu
      414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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      1. re: kathryn

        Second Kajitsu. It sounds perfect for the OP.

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        Kajitsu
        414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

        1. re: orthorunner

          i proposed to Ms. Coasts at Kajitsu in the early part of the month and can't recommend it enough. the meal was transplendent. service was phenomenal and the food was so intricately prepared.

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          Kajitsu
          414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

          1. re: coasts

            Oh boy! I had no idea that a concept like Kajitsu even existed. I'm quite intrigued. I think I may be able to get my omnivore father to join me there. Thanks for this great rec. I agree with orthorunner in that it sounds like just what I'm looking for and perhaps more in that it's a concept I've never experienced. It's gone straight to the top of my list. Congrats on your engagement coasts!

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            Kajitsu
            414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

            1. re: climberdoc

              Thank you!

              If you do make it to Kajitsu, consider requesting a seat at the chef's counter. It is non-intrusive and adds to the experience.

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              Kajitsu
              414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: coasts

                coasts

                Kajitsu seems like it would be ideal for dining solo. Am I correct about that?

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                Kajitsu
                414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

                  1. re: coasts

                    That surprises me. It's a very, very quiet dining room. I don't think I would have had as much fun there solo as I did with someone else. And I eat solo a lot. (ETA: I didn't notice a chef's counter - maybe that's good for solo dining).

                    Kajitsu is good, but I'd still pick Pure Food and Wine as the best high-end, exclusively vegan restaurant in the city.

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

                    1. re: Wilfrid

                      It's a meditative solo dining experience, I'll grant you that!

                      Not a chef's counter, per se, but about 9 seats facing the chef.

                      www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

      2. Three to consider:

        I've been to Hangawi several times and recommend it highly. It's a very serene Korean restaurant (wear clean socks - you have to remove your shoes) with lovely and unusual food.

        http://www.hangawirestaurant.com/

        I haven't been to Candle 79 or Pure Food & Wine, but I've read/heard positive reports.

        http://www.candle79.com/
        http://www.oneluckyduck.com/purefooda...

        1. Kajitsu, Kajitsu, Kajitsu. I am not a vegetarian in practice, but in spirit, yes. This restaurant is wonderful. I'd eat there 1x a month if I had the $. Yes, chef counter is fine for solo.

          www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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          Kajitsu
          414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

          1. I know little on the topic, but recently went to http://sacredchow.com/ and enjoyed it immensely. It's kind of a hole in the wall, but the food and service were great. Nice selection of wine and beer as well. Sullivan Street near W. 3rd.