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.
'Kalustyan's' on Serious Eats
The cafe on the second flood of Kalustyan's in Murray Hill has an impressive array of stuffed grape leaves, chickpea stews, bulgur salads and the like—all available as fillings in pita sandwiches. Which ones should you order? We tasted 18 to find out.
We'll just come out and say it: we really love hummus. We have no problem with grabbing some pita and calling it dinner. And then there's tahini, the sesame paste that improves pretty much anything it touches. We love that too.
Vegetables can be incredibly tasty when done right, and yet when most people go out to eat, they tend not to order a vegetarian dish unless they're, well, a vegetarian. Here are 30 examples to make you reconsider.
Of all the ethnic markets in this city, few are as beloved (or well-stocked) as Kalustyan's in Murray Hill. You may think you've seen Indian grocery stores, but until you've seen Kalustyan's, you don't really know the meaning of holy-crap-that's-a-lot-of-spices. We decided it was high time to give a photo tour of everything the store has to offer. Check out the slideshow for an aisle-by-aisle guide to this crazy warehouse of edible joy.
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The Mujadara sandwich was heavy. When we unwrapped it back at HQ, we could see why—it was a pita pocket lined with tahini and hot sauce, and stuffed to the brim with delicious, still toothsome lentils. Tomato and lettuce were present as well, both slightly warm and wilted from the residual heat, taking on the flavors of the lentils.
Editor's note: Please welcome Serious Eats community member BaHa, aka Barbara Hanson, who will be checking in now and again with dispatches about the various little one-of-a-kind food stores and markets in New York. Here is her recipe for A-Z...