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Vegan & Omnivore - Food Help Needed

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FoodFemme Jul 7, 2011 10:08 PM

Need recommendations for a restaurant in Manhattan that can satisfy both a vegan and a meat eater. (I have yet to have a good exp with fake meat.)
Pref. not too $$$$.
Pref. below 59th Street, but willing to travel if it's worthwhile.

Thanks.

  1. rose water Jul 8, 2011 12:37 AM

    I haven't yet been to Ilili but it might fit the bill: http://www.ililinyc.com/ililiWebMenus...

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    Ilili
    236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

    1. strangemd Jul 8, 2011 08:08 AM

      Having had to suffer through the transient veganism of various family members, I would say that the best vegan place I've been to in Manhattan is Blossom, located at 4th Avenue near Union Square. There's no meat, obviously, but your omnivore will have plenty of good things to eat and your vegan will be delighted.

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      Blossom du Jour
      62 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

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        j. marie Jul 8, 2011 04:02 PM

        John's of 12th Street has been offering a vegan menu alongside its regular Italian dishes. Sounds like that should accommodate both omnivore and vegan.

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        John's of 12th Street
        302 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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          kathryn Jul 8, 2011 04:11 PM

          Assuming the omnivore is happy with sushi, maybe Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill?
          http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/...

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          Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill
          308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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            j. marie Jul 9, 2011 06:38 AM

            The menu at Blue Ribbon doesn't seem to have a great variety of food for vegans, who eat no animal products whatsoever (including fish). The challenge for FoodFemme is to find a place that serves omnivore food but also has a variety of vegan main courses and is willing to understand and respect the rules of vegan cooking when preparing those dishes. The alternative is to find a vegan restaurant that serves such wonderfully done vegan food that an omnivore can also enjoy. Candle 79 falls into this category (wonderful place), and I'm sure Blossom would, too (haven't tried it myself yet). I'm omnivore but have dined with vegans on several occasions. It can be challenging for them to dine at non-vegan restaurants as they can't always trust that the kitchen understands that they cannot throw butter or chicken stock into a vegetable or grain dish.

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            Candle 79
            154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

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              kathryn Jul 9, 2011 08:06 AM

              I am also an omnivore w/ vegan friends as well as a dairy-free (but meat eating) friend. My guess what was that there's little chance of butter or chicken stock making its way into a lot of dishes at a sushi restaurant, and naturally very little dairy on the menu. I could be wrong.

              I saw a lot of vegan friendly dishes like miso soups, vegetable maki rolls, vegetable appetizers (edamame, pickles, seaweed), tofu, vegetable tempura, and salad dishes on the menu. NB: The Columbus Circle Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill has a much bigger menu than the sushi location downtown.

              Menu: http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/...

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              Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill
              308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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                DGresh Jul 11, 2011 03:42 AM

                Just as an aside, miso soup often has dashi in it (not veggie). I second the recommendation of Candle 79. My family of four ate there last summer (my daughter's veggie and the rest of us omnivores) and really enjoyed it.

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                Candle 79
                154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

          2. sgordon Jul 9, 2011 08:40 AM

            Dirt Candy, hands down. Very creative, very hearty. Each dish comes in a vegan or vegetarian version. If the omnivore goes with the latter, s/he won't miss the flesh for one meal. It's not "fake meat" but just hearty, rich delicious food made with veggies (and butter and eggs and cream...) - I'm as big a carno as the next guy, but I've loved every meal I've had there and always left satisfied. It ain't just a bunch of salads.

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

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              JeremyEG Jul 11, 2011 07:13 AM

              How about BCD Tofu House? I love their vegan, seafood, and meat dishes. Some of their dishes are quite spicy but all really delicious.
              JeremyEG
              HomeCookLocavore.com

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              BCD Tofu House
              17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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                uwsister Jul 11, 2011 08:39 AM

                I also like BCD Tofu House - I think they have best soon doo boo (spicy silkened tofu) in Manhattan. They can make it as spicy as you want - not spicy at all or pretty spicy (my husband says even their "spiciest" isn't *that* spicy though.) If both people are cool w/ Korean food, it's a good place. For the omnivore, their grilled fish banchan (essentially a free side dish) is not to be missed!

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                BCD Tofu House
                17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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