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Cmartin Aug 29, 2013 08:15 PM

Coming to nyc in October and looking for good options for 7 year old vegetarian city kid who eats anything but meat. Doesn't need kid menu. Would love a place that has a great portabello sandwich or similar for lunch and something nicer but not neccesarily fancy for dinner - family of 3 for about $100 excluding drinks and dessert. Tapas, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian - all good. Husband is also vegetarian. Spending some time downtown - Bowery, soho, etc but also going to met, moma, maybe Empire State - staying in union square and will be taking subway and walking everywhere, so as long as relatively close to subway will be ok. Thanks in advance!

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    kathryn Aug 29, 2013 08:29 PM

    Near the Bowery you can easily walk to one of many vegetarian friendly options in the East Village or LES (Tiny's, Grand Sichuan, Motorino, Northern Spy). For Soho, you can probably find a place nearby in Nolita (Taim?). Pizza will always be fairly vegetarian friendly. And Italian, so, for example, you could hit up Eataly after the ESB and go to La Verdure. Or Hangawi in Koreatown.

    There are also a few vegetarian friendly food trucks, like the Biryani Truck.

    See also:
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/04/best-restaurants-for-vegetarians-and-meat-eaters-nyc.html

    Some common tourist inquiries:

    Where to Eat Near Times Square:
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/07/where-to-eat-near-times-square-new-york-nyc.html
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282

    Where to Eat Near MoMA (the museum cafe is actually pretty good, as is the Modern next door):
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771459
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767638

    Where to Eat Near Museum Mile (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc) on the UES:

    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/08/where-to-eat-near-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-the-met-nyc.html
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906331

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795435
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793684

    Where to Eat Near the Museum of Natural History on the UES:
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/05/where-to-eat-near-the-natural-history-museum-upper-west-side-new-york.html
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793258
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748686

    Where to Eat Near Macy's/Herald Square/Penn Station/Empire State Building:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725320
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797#6192796
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/07/where-to-eat-around-penn-station-updated.html

    Where to Eat Near Grand Central/Midtown East:
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/07/where-to-eat-near-grand-central-station-nyc.html?ref=title

    Where to Eat in Soho:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701593
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757797#6192796

    Where to Eat near 5th Avenue shopping / Bloomingdale's / Rockefeller Center:
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/11/where-to-eat-near-fifth-avenue-and-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-ice-skating-nyc-manhattan.html
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906441#8150635

    Pre-theatre Dining (many of the same Times Square recs also apply):
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/06/where-to-eat-near-times-square-nyc-theater-district-midtown-new-york-manhattan.html
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/05/where-to-eat-a-pre-or-post-theater-dinner-nyc-theater-district.html
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671275
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755684
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715535
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788254

    Where to Eat Near the 9/11 Memorial:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8461...

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    1. re: kathryn
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      Cmartin Aug 29, 2013 09:42 PM

      Thanks, esp. For the link to the serious eats best restaurants for vegetarians and meat eaters!

      1. re: kathryn
        TonyC Dec 3, 2013 05:22 PM

        Wow, someone should sticky your post to the top of the boards.

      2. sgordon Aug 30, 2013 12:16 PM

        Check out Dirt Candy for dinner - the food is very playful, would be fun for a kid, all vegetarian, and delicious even for us omnivores / carnivores. Keep in mind they only have 18 seats and they book up VERY fast, so you'd want to call and maybe check opentable simultaneously the morning rezzies come open for that date. Very reasonable prices, too, given that it's all veggie - I don't think any entrees are over $20. Probably the most creative, fun vegetarian restaurant in the city. Also, they're easy walking distance from Union Square.

        1. Ttrockwood Aug 30, 2013 12:34 PM

          +1 for taim, nolita has more space to actually sit

          Also westville has several locations with lots of veg options and omni choices (even a tofu scramble for breakfast/brunch)
          http://www.westvillenyc.com/

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            arepo Aug 30, 2013 01:39 PM

            Le Pain Quotidien comes to mind.

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              barberinibee Aug 30, 2013 04:42 PM

              For around the Empire State building, Mandoo Bar for noodles and dumplings is a lot more kid-friendly than Hangawi when it comes to Korean eats, and you get to see the dumplings being made in the window

              http://mandoobarnyc.com/menu.aspx

              You might find this list for veggie burgers useful for lunch options

              http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-lists/nycs-7-best-veggie-burgers/

              As was already mentioned, Le Pain Quotidien is near MOMA, and it is also usually quite easy to find vegetarian options at the cafes inside MOMA. Here is one of their summer menus, but I would be fairly certain that mushroom dishes will carry over into autumn

              http://www.momacafes.com/c2/menus/C2_Summer_63013.pdf

              Since you are staying near Union Square, take a look at the menu of Pure Food & Wine and see if it appeals for dinner. Look up reviews

              http://oneluckyduck.com/pages/dinner-pure-food-and-wine

              and Angelica

              http://angelicakitchen.com/menu/

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              1. re: barberinibee
                sgordon Sep 1, 2013 11:13 AM

                Ugh, not a fan of Pure Food & Wine. Very overpriced for what they serve, and what they do serve I've found kind of dull, at least compared to other veggie places...

                I mean, I know some people like them, but the couple times I've been there my experience was decidedly negative. OP should also keep in mind they're not just vegetarian, but Raw Vegan.

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                Also remembered, good lunch spot could be Souen - they have a few locations around town. They're macrobiotic, probably half the menu is vegetarian. Good, simple, flavorful stuff.

              2. Ttrockwood Sep 1, 2013 12:42 PM

                Peacefood cafe opened near union square, all vegetarian - casual, moderate prices. The mushroom panini and chickpea fries are what i have liked

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                  Elisa515 Sep 1, 2013 03:15 PM

                  Caravan of Dreams at 405 East 6th Street (St. Mark's Place area) is great. Organic vegan, nice atmosphere, delicious food. I'm not a vegetarian and loved this place.

                  http://www.caravanofdreams.net/

                  Also, quite a few vegetarian options at Black Tree at 131 Orchard St. Food and drink locally sourced.

                  http://blacktreenyc.com

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                    downtownchica Sep 4, 2013 12:46 PM

                    As far as unique vegetarian sandwiches go, you may want to check out No. 7 Subs (Flatiron and Plaza Hotel locations--not to far from Central Park and MoMa) and Num Pang (a few of them now). Taim (Nolita and West Village) and Nish Nush (Tribeca) are the winners for vegetarian middle eastern sandwiches.

                    My favorite mushroom dishes at the city are actually at Momofuku Noodle Bar, which despite it's reputation, is not cruel to vegetarians and will make the mushroom buns without pork fat if you ask. They also usually have a couple vegetarian friendly sides. With a 7 year old, I'd aim to go right when it opens.

                    If you want sit down brunch/lunch, check out Westville Hudson Square--the West Village is too tiny/crowded for me.

                    For dinner, Dirt Candy is totally do-able in that budget and is not formal. ABC Kitchen is also great for vegetarians.

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                    1. re: downtownchica
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                      Elisa515 Sep 4, 2013 01:44 PM

                      Love that Westville on Hudson Street! And it is great at dinnertime--rather quiet, actually.

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                      holdthecow Sep 7, 2013 10:13 AM

                      finally ate at Dirt Candy this past wk (don't live in NY.) it was insanely great. still haunted by tomatoes, sigh. I do think you might find it a tight, wee, "grown-up" room. Excluding drinks/wine and dessert would keep you on budget, but you'd be nuts not to order desserts because they alone are worth the trip.

                      don't forget to report back : )

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                        Cmartin Sep 7, 2013 08:10 PM

                        Wow. Thank you all so much! I wish we were going to be there longer than a 3-day weekend to check all these places out. Wish Chicago (where we live) was as veg-friendly as NYC :-). I will definitely report back after our trip!

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                          Cmartin Oct 15, 2013 09:02 PM

                          We just got back from our trip and here's my report:

                          Our hotel had a decent continental breakfast but we went next door to Sarabeth's one day - ok, nothing special.

                          Had lunch at a Le Pain Quotidien - perfect; John's Pizza on Bleeker and Patsy's on E. 60th. Both were good and perfect for what we needed.

                          We tried to go to Eataly for an early dinner on Saturday and the wait was over an hour so instead we ended up meeting some friends for dinner at Zen Palate somewhere near Madison Square Park. ZP was vegan/Asian and a mixed bag. My zentastic eggplant was ok, hubby had tofu delight - just ok and son had portabello mushroom sandwich was weird - it was smothered in some horseradish sauce. Definitely wouldn't go back and not a great place to convince your omnivore friends to go veggie either. ;-)

                          Best meal: Telepan on the UWS. A bit on the fancy side for a 7 y.o. But he did great. And while not vegetarian, the veggie dishes stole the show! The smoked brussel sprouts with egg pasta, the cauliflower "flan", the autumnal caprese with fresh mozzarella, pears, arugula and fried artichokes - yum! It was not within the budget I had set but since we went cheap for everything else it was easy to justify!

                          We also had gelato from Eataly and sweet treats from Bouchon at Rockefeller.

                          Thanks again for all the recos - can't wait for our next trip to try some of the others!

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                            Cmartin Oct 15, 2013 09:11 PM

                            Also, we decided to stay at the Hotel Giraffe, not W Union Square as originally planned, so I was sad to miss the market. This forum was super helpful!

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