Vegetarian Dim Sum House specializes in fake meat, which might be an instant turn-off for some, but fine seitan and tofu cookery is a tradition that stretches back centuries in China, and with the right chef and the right dish, it really can be a beautiful thing. For a centerpiece dish you'll have to order off menu for a platter of mock beef in brown sauce baked inside a whole kabocha squash.
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A juice bar among dumpling houses, sunny newcomer Dimes' pristine menu has something to offer even for those who'd sooner go for noodles than chia seed pudding. Take, for instance, this spicy beet and eggplant sandwich.
Skip the appetizers here, folks, and head straight for that noodle section.
The bottom line for veggie burger lovers out there? Try Bareburger's tasty quinoa burger and quit while you're ahead.
When out-of-towners ask me where to see "real New York," or when I'm looking to feed eight people for $40, or when I've decided that my cholesterol is just too damn low and in need of some butter, I have one easy answer for where to go: an out-of-the-way temple in suburban Flushing that just happens to make the best dosas in New York.
Bar Corvo's pasta dishes are excellent vegetarian fare. It's a restaurant that—were it still the late '90s—I'd say was worth crossing the East River for.
Pylos, serving modern, upscale Greek cuisine at more-than-fair prices, is a vegetarian's haven.
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.
Here's one late night sandwich that isn't a greasebomb. Good for lunch as well.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Moldova in Midwood—before eating there I couldn't have pointed out Moldova on a map. But after eating there I want to know everything I can about the country, which I now know is sandwiched between Romania and the Ukraine. Sometimes we food obsessed people talk about beginning to understand a culture through its cuisine; that's exactly how I feel about my meal at Moldova.
If you were drawn to Usha Foods by the Times' recent story on Floral Park's Indian community, and were wondering what to order, consider: the Indian grilled cheese.
Woodside Cafe's Nepali and Newari food is unique even by Queens standards, and the menu is more than accommodating to vegetarians.
Indian Road Cafe may just be the most north-westerly restaurant in all of Manhattan. It is literally across the street from Spuyten Duyvil Creek, separating Manhattan from the Bronx, and looking out from the restaurant provides a commanding view of the Henry Hudson Bridge.
Lunch is the best time to eat at Spring Street Natural in Soho. You can grab a seat near one of the large windows that line the dining room and watch the busy intersection of Spring and Lafayette Streets. You can also enjoy some of their lunch-only specials, which include several vegetarian and even vegan options.
This new Gowanus restaurant serves a sandwich that's all about balancing savory and sweet, soft and crisp.
New York is home to hundreds of casual Italian "trattorias," and Lavagna, a restaurant in the East Village, identifies as one. It's more formal than most, fitting for a nicer dinner, but it keeps the uncomplicated, satisfying food at reasonable prices that trattorias are known for.
If I lived in Bed-Stuy, I have to believe that my food expenses would plummet, just because I could live off dollar-fifty chickpea-flatbread sandwiches, or doubles. And the ones at A&A Bake and Doubles Shop make me pretty happy for six quarters.
This self-described "English Country Kitchen" is a new addition to Bushwick's ever-growing restaurant scene, and it comes with some pleasant vegetarian (and even vegan) surprises.