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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

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      wow Tomatillo looks very interesting. Thank you!

    2. anyone with other suggestions please post :)

      1. I think Jewel of Himalaya in Yorktown would be a good bet (I really enjoyed our meal there).
        I think a lot of the vegetarian options would also be vegan, but you might have to check to make sure.

        http://www.jewelofhimalaya.com/

        1. I think someone told me that MTK Tavern in Mt. Kisco had some vegan offerings. I know that Haven in Pleasantville and Umami in Croton does. I really want to get to Haven and I've been to Umami many times and we always enjoyed it. Sorry I don't know anything in Putnam.

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          1. re: GIOny

            I 2nd Haven. I hadn't been in a while, and was really impressed with it when we went recently. They pride themselves on their creative vegan options.

            1. re: GIOny

              I've never been to Haven but I have to agree with that suggestion as well based on what I've read on their website.

            2. 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.

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              1. re: ryanallday

                If you let us know about starting a thread in Home Cooking, I'd be glad to contribute some recipes I (not a vegetarian or vegan) enjoy that are vegan.

              2. 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.
                Enjoy!

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                1. re: budinado

                  Hi budinado,
                  I've been meaning to get to Veggie Heaven for years. Is there anything you particularly recommend?
                  T I A.

                  1. re: budinado

                    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.

                    1. re: budinado

                      Thank you so much! I will take your recs with me when I get up to Heaven!!
                      Have never tried Tomatillo, but will add it to my list of restos.
                      Thanks again.

                  2. 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.

                    1. 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.

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                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        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.

                        1. re: mrsdebdav

                          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).