The Upper East Side's Moti Mahal Delux serves rich Indian food with imperial origins.
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The solid, comforting Italian food being served up at Adelina's isn't likely to be the most memorable food you'll ever eat, but its diverse, vegetarian-friendly menu offers plenty of affordable and appealing options perfect for sharing along with a bottle of wine.
Agora offers some of the freshest, most lovingly prepared Turkish food I've eaten in New York in recent memory. If this is Upper East Side dining, then you can bet I'll be spending more time on the 6 train.
Bombay Masala is an overall solid choice for vegetarian Indian food. Stick with the delicious curries and well-made breads, and you'll have a satisfying, inexpensive meal.
The Japanese restaurant's hearty homemade noodles are a satisfying and affordable vegetarian meal.
Catfish is a friendly environment for vegetarians: if your friends come here to chow down on shrimp and sausages, you won't be left out in the cold.
Cho Dang Gol's flavors are exemplified by its extraordinary homemade tofu: clean and understated, but wonderfully satisfying. It's a great vegetarian option for midtown diners.
Penelope, Murray Hill's comfort food fixture, offers an approachable, all-are-welcome vibe, as well as many vegetarian-friendly dishes. But until the restaurant significantly ups its standards, the area's nearby vegetarian Indian restaurants make much worthier destinations for a meatless meal.
If you're familiar with al di la in Park Slope or Bar Corvo in Prospect Heights, then you'll recognize the food being served at the restaurant team's new location, which takes common ingredients, cooks them just right and presents them in unexpected ways.
My favorite kind of restaurant is the neighborhood restaurant: a place right down the street that's short on frills but long on coziness, serves down-home but excellent food at fair prices, and where the quality never seems to suffer no matter how many decades old the restaurant is. Waterfalls Café is that kind of restaurant.
Pylos, serving modern, upscale Greek cuisine at more-than-fair prices, is a vegetarian's haven.
Luna Rossa is an old-school, no-frills, comfy Italian restaurant: there aren't any innovative dishes to be found, but who needs innovative when the classics are done this well?
Cafe China is one of the city's better options for updated Sichuan food, as we discovered when we visited last year. In that review, we focused mainly on the restaurant's excellent meat dishes; here we see that the vegetarian dishes are just as good.
There are some New York restaurants that stand the test of time: places that, no matter what trends storm the city—and then, inevitably, retreat—make excellent food, and stay true to their style no matter what the times dictate. Chennai Garden, the vegetarian Indian restaurant on Manhattan's Curry Hill, is one of those spots.
It feels rarer and rarer to find an undiscovered gem in Williamsburg, but Nha Toi is one of those diamonds-in-the-rough.
In a case of rapid New York City restaurant turnover, the space that once was Aliseo Osteria Del Borgo, the Italian spot on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, is now La Mujer Gala, a tapas and small plates restaurant that leans more heavily on true, Spanish-style tapas than on the generic small (but typically expensive) plates offered all over town these days. Though a meal here has some pleasures, the menu needs some work.
The beloved cafe's Austrian menu is more vegetarian-friendly than ever after a recent expansion.
This Curry Row newcomer offers a slew of tasty, reasonably priced vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Gu Shine in Flushing sells Chinese dishes alongside its Taiwanese items, but it's worth sifting through for a taste of a cuisine with few ambassadors in New York.
Hangawi isn't the place for an everyday meal, to be sure, but as an occasional destination, it's a transporting treat, and one of the best places to eat in K-Town. Totally vegan to boot.