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Recommendation needed: UWS & north vegetarian friendly

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absaler May 6, 2013 06:07 PM

I'm looking for a recommendation for a vegetarian friendly (only one of the party is vegetarian, but still) upscale restaurant either around West 155th Street or, failing that, north of West 60th street.

Any suggestions welcomed

  1. sgordon May 7, 2013 07:10 AM

    Any cuisine preferences... budget... ambience... etc? There are literally hundreds of restaurants on the West Side, North of 60th.

    If it's something fancy, Dovetail always has around five vegetarian a la carte options on the menu (three apps / two entrees usually) as well as a seven-course vegetarian tasting menu for $85. If you happen to be going on a Monday they have a vegetarian four-course prix fixe for $52. (The regular meat four course is $85)

    Any of the fancier high-end places are going to have a couple veg options as well, but they're one of the places that usually has something a bit more thought-out.

    Italian and Indian restaurants always have veg options as well. Would be easier to make a recommendation if we knew your tastes/budget.

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      absaler May 7, 2013 05:37 PM

      Thanks a bunch!! Ironically, Dovetail was where--after a quick look at Zagat's--I booked, so it was great to get your recommendation. I was originally looking to see if there was something wayyy up in the 155ths, but there doesn't seem to be much up there (is that correct?).

      This is going to be a Wednesday night; ambiance: quiet enough to have a decent conversation. A friend of mine--from overseas--wants to take a high-end literary man and his spouse out to dinner; said friend is the vegetarian the rest of the party--myself included--are not. He asked me to find a suitable place: good food, high end-ish, but not catastrophically so. Since I don't live in the city, I thought I'd ask here. Any other favorites beside Dovetail?

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        sgordon May 8, 2013 08:18 AM

        Given the veg/omni split, Dovetail is probably the best bet. Even at the high-end places, the veg entrees tend to be afterthoughts, or they just default to pastas. Very few really have well-thought-out veg entrees like Dovetail. There's Scarpetta, which like Dovetail has a full veg menu in addition to the regular one, but they're all the way downtown.

        As I said, some higher-end Italian and Indian places are usually good for such splits - there's Lincoln for Italian, but they're getting further South, and a little pricier than Dovetail. And the best Indian places are all well below your Southern boundary. I'd stick with Dovetail.

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          absaler May 9, 2013 07:46 AM

          Many thanks! I very much appreciate your thoughts/advice/recommendation. (I did look at Lincoln, but couldn't get a booking at the time I needed...so Dovetail it is!)

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