Upper Westchester/Putnam Vegan options?
Seeing a girl who only eats vegan, I dont know much about that life but I'd like to take her out to eat somewhere with regular food and vegan too. Anything around here? I'm in putnam county...looking for upper westchester, all of putnam, even danbury CT area. thanks everyone
Ethnic is sometimes the way to go to please both vegans and non-vegans-- if you go with an Indian restaurant, for example, there'd be plenty of options for both of you.
Otherwise, off the top of my head... Umami in Croton is not my favorite, but it's good enough and cute for a date, and they cater to special diets pretty well. Birdsall House has several vegetarian options that are likely to have some non-vegan elements, but I'm sure they'd accommodate.
Here's a link to a blog post from a former columnist from the Journal News who is vegan.
http://jlgoesvegan.com/my-favorite-lo... Off that list, I can vouch for Sweetgrass, which I recently tried after a long time away (was very unimpressed at first, but I was happy I gave it another shot). Their sister restaurant, Tomatillo, probably has some vegan options as well. Zitoune is really fun and would be great for a date too, though it's not upper Westchester.
I ended up going to Toro in Carmel, they have a handful of tofu dishes, it worked out great, I had the pineapple chicken special and that was amazing. Thanks for the suggestions, keep this thread going strong as I would love to expand my tastes to some Vegan dishes. One of the menus of a suggestion someone made mentioned vegan chili, very interested in that....and that place Tomatillo sounds awesome I am definetly going to try that, how I never heard of it is beyond me.
Westchester is a total disaster for vegan food. There is really only one Vegan restaurant, Jolo's Kitchen in New Rochelle, and I have found the food there mediocre at best. My advice is to cross the Tappen Zee bridge and head for:
First Choice: Veggie Heaven, New City (100%
Vegan Chinese menu). Superb restaurant in every respect.
Second Choice: Main Essentials, Nyack (100% Ital-Jamaican Vegan menu). Very tasty but somewhat skimpy portions.
Third Choice: Bombay Grill, New City. Unusually large assortment of vegetarian dishes on lunch buffet. House made humos made daily. Large salad bar.
Fourth Choice: Thai Garden, Orangeburg. Special vegetarian menu section. Excellent dishes, but no mock duck.
Fifth Choice: Fiesta Mexico, Orangeburg. Ask for vegetarian fajitas or enchiladas without cheese. Not listed on menu but chef makes these super good. Frozen margaritas can't be beat.
Veggie Heaven is the bomb! I usually go for lunch but skip the lunch specials which are a little small in portion size. If you do order the lunch special, try the Paradise Chicken or Beef. For appetizers, definitely Noodle Peking Style or Scallion Pancake. Main entrees I particularly like include House Special Vege Chicken, Glorious Sensation, Sesame Chicken, Fresh Garden Walnuts, Taro Chicken A La King and Little Bit of Everything Big Bowl Soup. Skip the soup on the lunch special because it is tasteless. The staff at Veggie Heaven is very professional and accommodating. I wish all restaurants had this level of service. Atmosphere is quiet and specious.
I re-tried Tomatillo in my home town of Dobbs Ferry yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. Much improved over what I remember a few years back. Entrees include lots of vegan dishes including enchiladas and fajitas that can be prepared with vegan cheese and large chunks of marinated seitan. Vegetarian fajitas (you can choose any three vegetables) with seitan was particularly delicious. This may become my goto local spot.
Sweetgrass Grill, Tarrytown-- especially on Mondays, no animal protein at all served!
Comfort Restaurant, Hastings
Jolo's Kitchen, New Rochelle** (GREAT PLACE!)
Beacon Natural Market-- Self service with seating area.
Live Food Cafe, Mount Kisco
The Bakery, New Paltz
Garden Street Cafe, Rhinebeck
Masala Kraft Cafe, Hartsdale
If it's not too far, Woodstock NY has about 4 different restaurants that are completely Vegan or have acceptable choices on the menu.
At the more upscale restaurants, they should be able to prepare a salad and a hot vegetable dish, and of course all pasta joints can do vegan.
I just want to reiterate my recommendation for Sweet Grass in Tarrytown. I'm so happy this place has improved since my first bad experience. My husband and I went before the John Oliver show at the Tarrytown Music Hall last week and it was GREAT. Affordable, good quality, cozy atmosphere. Service is not wonderful, but fine. I had the least vegan thing possible (bacon cheeseburger :) but I think a vegan would fare well there.
I also ate at Sweet Grass before the Oliver show. Unfortunately, my experience differed from ice cream's. I found a limited number of vegetarian options (and absolutely nothing vegan, by the way). I ordered the pappardello with mushrooms. It was bland, a total slog, and not worth the calories. Even with the addition of grated cheese and salt, it wasn't enjoyable at all. My son, not a vegetarian, ordered the roast chicken. His dish was bland and nothing special at all. He had to remove the chicken skin because it was too salty and unappealing (not crisp) in texture. He did not find anything to recommend about this dish.
I would not return.
Also, please note that Indian restaurants are usually not vegan-friendly. They generally use a lot of ghee (clarified butter), which of course is a dairy product.
That's too bad! And disappointing to hear. Our salad was great, and the burger was very good. My husband had the salmon which he liked but was a bit bland to me (like your son's chicken). The fact that there are such uneven reviews on this place is again disappointing, especially because the concept is so promising (affordable farm to table).