Being a vegetarian in New York isn't the challenge it used to be, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. Sure, most restaurants these days offer one or two decent vegetarian options, but sometimes you don't want the pasta or a meal made cobbled together from side dishes. With that in mind, here are 60 recommendations for restaurants that accommodate vegetarians without disappointing carnivores.
'Dirt Candy' on Serious Eats
At Dirt Candy, chef/owner Amanda Cohen takes vegetables as far as they can go, sometimes to the point where their flavor potential astounds even her. But she's not on a soap box about vegetarianism. Rather, she uses her voice to even out the playing field between diners and chefs, encouraging conversation and communication over elitism and anonymity.
Dirt Candy's dishes use single vegetables as their themes; they seek to deliver the most tomato-y tomato flavor and the most intense version of mushroom. Take a look into vegetable hero Amanda Cohen's tiny East Village kitchen to see how some of the prettiest (and tastiest) vegetarian dishes in New York come together.
Chef Amanda Cohen is not a vegetarian herself, but she has been providing for New Yorkers clamoring for chlorophyll and crucifers for years.
Meatball Madness was a hot ticket at this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival, as evidenced by the sold-out tickets and by the long line stretching far down Mercer Street. We understand; after all, who doesn't love meatballs? Particularly when they're being made by New York's hottest chefs. With our discerning meatball palates on high alert, we wove our way through the crowd of food-lovers and Food Network lovers alike (Giada De Laurentiis was the evening's host, and Guy Fieri made an appearance), sampling all sorts of meat- (and meatless!) balls.
Monday's New York edition of Taste of the Nation proved to be an epic meal. The highlights among the savory dishes included an insanely rich Spanish mackerel crudo from the Union Square Cafe, a cup of creamy stracciatella with sea urchin, caviar, and nasturtium granita from Roberta's, and a suckling pig croqueta from Bar Basque that came with a dropper of salsa verde and a slow cooked quail egg.
We crammed into the 69th Armory building last night with a zoo of others for Village Voice's Third Annual Choice Eats event. It was a flurry of arms reaching for small taster plates from about 65 New York City restaurants,...
Kimchi donuts [Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Dirt Candy 430 East 9th Street, New York 10009 (b/n Avenue A and 1st Avenue; map); 212-228-7732; dirtcandynyc.com Cuisine: Creative, sophisticated vegetarian Service: Knowledgeable Setting: Modern Veggie Options: Four appetizers and four main courses (made...
Last week, Oliver Schwaner-Albright reviewed the new vegetarian joint Dirt Candy in the New York Times, and now, the restaurant is responding. Some favorite passages from their brassy blog response: Last week when I found out the Times was going...