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Omnivore visiting NY with an herbivore

kittyfood Aug 4, 2012 06:46 AM

A friend from L.A. will be taking an 18-year old to New York next month for a few days as a graduation present. The young girl is a vegetarian, a very un-adventurous one at that. I'm told she won't eat Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, etc., which eliminates many possibilities. She may eat Italian. What are the not-super-expensive options where both can eat well? The other woman will eat most anything.

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    kathryn RE: kittyfood Aug 4, 2012 09:17 AM

    What do you mean by "not-super-expensive"? $20pp before tax and tip? $40pp before tax and tip?

    Some ideas off the top of my head...

    Italian/pizza - Scarpetta (more pricey BUT they have a very large vegetarian menu on request), Hearth (ditto, most dishes can be made vegetarian), Motorino, Otto, Eataly's Le Verdure restaurant, Paulie Gee's, South Brooklyn Pizza
    American - Westville, Northern Spy (they also have a stand on the High Line now), The Green Table, Gramercy Tavern (the front room is cheaper/more casual), S'mac, Crif Dogs (has vegetarian hot dogs)
    Burger - Shake Shack (shroom burger)
    Sandwiches - Tiny's, 'wichcraft, No. 7 Sub, Parm (eggplant parm)
    Middle Eastern - Taim (they have a truck, too), King of Falafel and Shawarma (also has a cart), Babaloosta, Hummus Place

    None of these are super high end.

    There some open air markets like Hester St Fair, New Amsterdam Market, or Smorgasburg which will have a mix of omnivore and herbivore options.

    My vegetarian friends also like the Cinnamon Snail truck, check the menu if that's too adventurous.

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      j. marie RE: kittyfood Aug 4, 2012 02:55 PM

      They could try John's of 12th Street. Pretty traditional "red-sauce" Italian food, but they are very accommodating to vegans and vegetarians.

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        llorberb RE: kittyfood Aug 4, 2012 03:55 PM

        My vege friends always take me to Angelica Kitchen in the East Village. I rarely eat vegetarian, but always enjoy this place.

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          alkonost RE: llorberb Aug 7, 2012 05:36 AM

          +1 for angelica's. They have interesting dishes but if your friend isn't adventurous they have an amazing tofu w/ pesto sandwich and wonderful soups. The food is really good and should also keep a non-veggie happy.

        2. pikawicca RE: kittyfood Aug 4, 2012 03:58 PM

          My husband (omnivore) and I (vegetarian) had a lovely dinner at Ma Peche week before last.

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