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unequalcoyote63 Oct 3, 2011 01:19 PM

my girlfriend's birthday is coming up. We're both lacto-vegetarians (no meat, fish, poultry or eggs, other dairy products are fine). I wanted to take her for dinner on a friday night to either a restaurant with an amazing view (shes a sucker for skylines) with vegetarian/vegan options, or to a classy, romantic vegan restaurant. Looking to spend anywhere between $30-$90 pp.

We've already been to:
Candle 79, Caravan Of Dreams, Hangawi, Pure Food and Wine, V-Note, Blossom, Wild Ginger, Kajitsu, Dirt Candy, Gobo, Graffiti, Angelica's Kitchen and a few more.

I was looking at The Park, Franchia, ABC Kitchen and Asiate.
Franchia and ABC Kitchen seem to have vegetarian options, but I'm not sure about The Park or Asiate.

Other suggestions and recommendations would be great!

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    H Manning Oct 3, 2011 01:39 PM

    Scarpetta has a separate vegetarian menu. No view though.

    http://www.scottconant.com/restaurant...

    For something more casual, Franchia is quite nice.

    Cafe 2 at the MoMa also has a nice selection vegetarian antipasti and main dishes (but too informal for a celebration).

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    Franchia
    12 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Cafe 2
    9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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      unequalcoyote63 Oct 3, 2011 01:52 PM

      leaning more towards scarpetta. Thanks!

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        H Manning Oct 3, 2011 01:59 PM

        Just be aware that the bread basket includes stromboli which contains some hidden bits of meat.

        On the vegetarian menu, the polenta and the spaghetti are signature items. I've also enjoyed the crispy vegetables and the farro risotto but you really can't go wrong with any of the selections. Desserts are also very good. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful meal.

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          unequalcoyote63 Oct 3, 2011 02:06 PM

          Thanks for the heads up! Will keep that in mind. Also, do you know if they use eggs to prepare any of the dishes or desserts? Neither of us have eggs. thanks!

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            H Manning Oct 3, 2011 03:24 PM

            Not sure about eggs. It would be best to call Scarpetta before making your reservation.

            Picholine will also accomodate vegetarian and vegan requests according to their website.

            If you're okay with cheese, Empellon also has quite a few delicious vegetarian items which I think are egg free.

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              Spiritchaser Oct 3, 2011 03:51 PM

              But I think Picholine would break their budget, but a great choice if it works.

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              Picholine
              35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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      fooder Oct 3, 2011 01:34 PM

      Franchia is completely vegetarian, and is a sister restaurant of Hangawi. Franchia is more about the tea and Hangawi is more of a complete restaurant.

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      Franchia
      12 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

      1. Spiritchaser Oct 3, 2011 01:31 PM

        Not sure when the dinner would be but if you can make it a Monday I would strongly suggest lookng in to Dovetail, they have a special vegetarian menu on Monday nights. My GF, a vegetarian, really enjoyed it. I think it is $45 for 3 courses.

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        Dovetail
        103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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          unequalcoyote63 Oct 3, 2011 01:42 PM

          sorry forgot to mention that I was planning on taking her on a friday night.

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            Spiritchaser Oct 3, 2011 02:32 PM

            No you mentioned it, I just missed it.

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              unequalcoyote63 Oct 3, 2011 02:39 PM

              Do you know if most of the dishes on the vegetarian menu are prepared with eggs? i know the vegan ones obviously aren't.

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                Spiritchaser Oct 3, 2011 03:50 PM

                That I don't know, my GF is okay with eggs so I've never really paid attention.

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                  unequalcoyote63 Oct 3, 2011 04:02 PM

                  I spoke to them and they said they can accommodate it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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                    Spiritchaser Oct 3, 2011 04:20 PM

                    Oh excellent, I think you'll enjoy it, please report back.

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                      unequalcoyote63 Oct 15, 2011 09:49 PM

                      The dinner was awesome! she really enjoyed it! We had the turnip ceviche and saffron fennel (its not on the website menu) to start with and the butternut squash risotto and the mizo glazed daikon for the main course. They were all good but we really enjoyed the ceviche and the daikon. They couldn't really prepare any eggless desserts, so we just had the sorbet (it was good!). Overall a great experience! Thanks for the recommendation!

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                      Dovetail
                      103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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