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Apr 11, 2011 11:24 AM

Cheap but tasty vegetarian? Doc maker cousin visiting NY this weekend, looking for low-cost options

The only veg restaurant I know is Zen Palate. I live in LA, which is overflowing with veg restaurants. I remember Zen had a few good things, but was pretty pricey. I remember going to a restaurant somewhere in Chinatown that was good, but have no idea the name.

Any suggestions for cheap but tasty veg food in NY?

My cousin, a documentary filmmaker, is going to NYC this coming weekend, and asked me for suggestions, for good veg food that was reasonably priced.

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  1. Dirt Candy is as good a restaurant as you'll find, and last I was there all the entrees were under $20.

    Kajitsu is wonderful but a bit pricier. They have two prix fixes - $50 & $70 - though that's for four & eight course meals respectively.

    Many people like Pure Food and Wine, but I'm not so high on them - I find them staggeringly overpriced for what they serve, and the food rather bland and uninspiring.

    Mind you, this is all coming from a borderline-carnivorous omnivore.

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

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

    414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009


      right next to each other, both delish and very inexpensive.


      Red Bamboo
      140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

      401 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      Curly's Vegetarian Lunch
      328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

      Vegetarian's Paradise 2
      144 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: mrsdebdav

        Xi'an's liang pi noodles are my favorite cheap vegetarian in the city.

        Xi'an Famous Foods
        81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: ChiefHDB

          You cannot get more delicious than xi'an. Their salad is also veg, and also wonderful.

          A million years ago, we used to love Kate's joint--grungy space, cheap, comforting veg food--but it's been years since I was last there. Any recent reports?

          There's also Indian. Saravanaas and other places near there get a lot of chowhound praise

        2. re: mrsdebdav

          2nd Red Bamboo...they have a varied and affordable menu. I really like the wings, "chicken" parm and oreo cheesecake.

        3. Agree with Dirt Candy and Kajitsu for the "nice" end of the spectrum. Red Bamboo and VP2 are very reasonable. Other options could include:

          1. Macrobiotic: Souen (multiple locations) and Purume
          2. Asian Vegetarian: Soy and Sake, Wild Ginger, Hangawi
          3. Indian: Huge Sarvanna Bhavan fan for South Indian food (idli for 4.50!!), although Rajdhani in LA is hard to beat.
          4. Quantum leap (burgers and such) and Sacred Chow (lovely vegan tapas and brunch options even if you're not vegan :-)


          Red Bamboo
          140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

          81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

          28 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

          Quantum Leap
          226 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

          Quantum Leap
          203 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

          Soy and Sake
          47 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

          Wild Ginger
          226 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

          414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

          Sacred Chow
          227 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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              1. re: scoopG

                I've ordered from Buddha Bodai twice in the last month, and the food was really subpar. I used to like it quite a bit, but I think it's best avoided, now.