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.
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Only a few years ago, trend spotters were stamping the "next big thing" title on their favorite plate of braised goat shank. It looks like we're still a few years away from that being the case, but in the meantime, who cares? You don't need to be hip to eat goat, and it doesn't need to be pigeonholed as a novelty meat without versatility. To help you on your journey to loving goat, we present to you the Serious Eats Beginner's Guide To Goat In New York City.
You know a restaurant opening is an important one when, a few months later, you can't imagine New York without it. 2012, despite plenty of closures even before a catastrophic storm that crippled, closed, or delayed so many restaurants, was a fantastic year for eating in the city. Here are my favorites of the year: not just full-service restaurants, but the odd bakery, cocktail bar, and Mediterranean lunch joint thrown in for good measure.
Looking back on 2012, here are the bites and slurps I remember most fondly. From oysters to fried chickpeas to soba and uni, here we go...
Cobble Hill's La Vara has a whole fried section of the menu. The very first: these formidable fried artichokes, drizzled with anchovy aioli.
We'll say this about La Vara, the new Brooklyn restaurant from husband-and-wife chef duo Alex Raij and Eder Montero of Txikito and El Quinto Pino: they know how to write a menu. Read down the 30-odd list of dishes and, if you're anything like us, you'll be prompted to read aloud—Cumin roasted lamb breast? Ooooh, fried chickpeas. Murcian pasta with goat butter?! It's the sort of lineup that gets you drooling before you've had a single bite. And for the most part, each dish lives up to its promise.
We've always been big fans of husband-and-wife chef duo Alex Raij and Eder Montero of Txikito and El Quinto Pino, the Basque-style tapas restaurants in Chelsea. (Txikito was a favorite after-work destination when SEHQ was just a couple blocks away.) Now they're spending more time in Brooklyn at La Vara, their newest Spanish restaurant, which explores the Moorish and Jewish flavors of Spain.