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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Here's a question we get time and again: where can I take a date for good food without breaking the bank? And can I do it without looking like a cheapskate? Yes you can, and here are 40 ways to do so.
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.
There are a lot of things to love about Mimi's Hummus in Ditmas Park, but their excellent weekday lunch special may be at the top of my list. For just $9, you can get a sizable, seriously delicious pita sandwich and a generous side serving of any of their vegetable salads.
Eggplant is one of those culinary chameleons that can take on the flavors of just about any cuisine. Italian? Bring on the mozzarella. Japanese? Hello, miso. Indian? Israeli? Sichuan? Azerbaijani? All good. The humble eggplant has an awful lot of stamps in its passport. So let's look at our favorite eggplant dishes in the city.
There's probably nothing duller than steamed cauliflower—which is why cauliflower in just about any other form gets us so excited. Roasted or fried, it turns crisp-tender with irresistible nutty brown bits. Blended with cream or butter, it becomes rich and silken, a decadent soup or purée. And that's just scratching the surface. We've had excellent cauliflower dishes in New York from chefs of all culinary persuasions. Here are ten of our favorites. What's your favorite cauliflower preparation?
While I'm not usually one to hop on the subway for brunch, I make an exception for Mimi's Hummus, on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park.
Today may or may not be National Pancake Day—it seems to be a major pancake chain that has declared it such—but we don't really need an excuse to reflect on our favorites. For your reading pleasure: 10 of our favorite plates of hotcakes in NYC.
It's been quite a year for restaurants in New York. In fact, though it's hard to believe, some of my very favorite spots in the city have opened their doors within the last year. And others just came to our attention in the last twelve months, reminding us how very much exists in the world of New York restaurants. Here's a recap of my favorite eight reviews this year.
Mimi's Hummus, in Brooklyn's Ditmas Park, isn't just a perfect neighborhood restaurant. It's one that makes you consider whether you, too, shouldn't be in that neighborhood. (The wine bar next door doesn't hurt, either.)