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Anniversary dinner - this Fri. - must please a vegan

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bella716 Dec 5, 2011 10:49 AM

Hi all,

I need a place for dinner this Friday. Manhattan (ideally below 23rd) or Brooklyn.

Can't be too pricey - ex. most entrees between 15 and 26 bucks.

Can't have fois gras on the menu, just can't support that.

I'm not a vegan, but my husband is. Don't really like Asian food (I do like sushi, but he doesn't eat fish) or Indian. Any ideas?

I went through Zagat and Yelp extensively, but nothing was really exciting me. And I was mostly coming up with Italian which we eat quite a bit of all year round. The hard part is vegan friendly entrees. He isn't a true vegan, he will eat cheese and eggs, but he prefers not to eat them in big portions--i.e. it can't have a big poached egg as the star protein or a big hunk of cheese as the main ingredient.

I have a reservation with Pepolino, but some of their recent yelp reviews have me with second thoughts, since it's kind of out of our way. Just was wondering if anyone had any ideas as I spent hours combing reviews and menus, and am not really too pleased with the results.

Thanks in advance.

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    kathryn RE: bella716 Dec 5, 2011 03:38 PM

    How about the Green Table in Chelsea Market?

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    The Green Table
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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      bella716 RE: kathryn Dec 6, 2011 09:28 AM

      I will definitely check them out, thanks Kathryn!

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      RGR RE: bella716 Dec 5, 2011 09:00 PM

      Since you say your husband will eat cheese and eggs, I'm not sure why you describe him as a vegan. Sounds more like a vegetarian to me. But in any case....

      We were just at Greensquare Tavern for brunch. The food was very good. Looking at their dinner menu, I see one dish with the specific notation "vegan," and others that appear suitable for your husband. Prices fit your stated budget. If you go, request a table in the rear. It's much nicer there than the long, narrow front area.

      Greensquare Tavern photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      Greensquare Tavern
      5 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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        bella716 RE: RGR Dec 6, 2011 09:27 AM

        Thanks RGR! I appreciate your reply. Vegan was mostly "for short" for the headline...but it was also for function in the body, as he will eat egg/cheese, but he prefers not to. Hope that makes sense. Thanks again! Have great day. Greensquare sounds great.

      2. rose water RE: bella716 Dec 6, 2011 03:33 AM

        Dirt Candy is really wonderful. I also really like Green Table.

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        The Green Table
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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

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          bella716 RE: rose water Dec 6, 2011 09:28 AM

          Good ones, rose water. I forgot about Dirt Candy, will give a try. Green table is interesting too. Thanks!

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            rose water RE: bella716 Dec 6, 2011 11:06 AM

            Green Table has more comfort food-type fare, whereas Dirt Candy is exactly as sgordon describes--innovative, playful, interesting, and delicious. Dirt Candy's space is not particularly warm or romantic, but their staff are low key and lovely. I really want to get to Kajitsu, and from everything I've read of it, it would also likely fit your needs well (but might be more expensive than you were looking for?)

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              sgordon RE: rose water Dec 6, 2011 11:10 AM

              Kajitsu has two menus - the "Kaze" is $50 for four courses, which would be about the same - maybe $5 to $10 more - than an app/entree/dessert would come to at Dirt Candy.

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

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                bella716 RE: rose water Dec 6, 2011 01:25 PM

                comfort food is more my speed--great tidbit, thanks rose water!

          2. sgordon RE: bella716 Dec 6, 2011 10:12 AM

            Second Dirt Candy - it's the most inventive and playful veggie cuisine in town, and the prices are really reasonable - all entrees are under $20, and everything is offered in vegetarian & vegan versions.

            And if you can get over the "Asian" hump: Kajitsu and Hangawi are two vegetarian places (Japanese and Korean, respectively) that are quite different than any "Asian" food you've had before, and Kajitsu in particular elevates vegetarian cuisine to a level unmatched in NYC. It ain't your "Buddha's Delight" from the local Chinese takeout, that's for sure. Also, the mood in both is very serene, more romantic and anniversary-like.

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            HanGawi
            12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

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

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

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              MsAlyp RE: sgordon Dec 6, 2011 12:05 PM

              I think Dirty Cany is wonderful. Did you consider Pure Food and Wine?

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                Wilfrid RE: MsAlyp Dec 6, 2011 12:17 PM

                I like the food at Dirt Candy, but it's a brightly lit, tightly-packed little room. For an anniversary I'd suggest Pure Food & Wine or Blossom.

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                Blossom
                187 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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

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                  rose water RE: Wilfrid Dec 6, 2011 12:54 PM

                  Wilfrid, have you ever eaten anything at Blossom you've liked? I've wanted to like them, but just don't.

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                    bella716 RE: Wilfrid Dec 6, 2011 01:28 PM

                    Pure Food & Wine - I forgot about that one, good idea. I'll look into it. Thanks!

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                    bella716 RE: MsAlyp Dec 6, 2011 01:29 PM

                    Pure Food & Wine has a great location too. Thanks for the info

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                    bella716 RE: sgordon Dec 6, 2011 01:26 PM

                    great ideas, everyone!! This is really helpful!

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                      bella716 RE: sgordon Dec 6, 2011 01:26 PM

                      oooh Kajitsu sounds fab - I'll check it out, thanks sgordon!!

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