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Tasty Lebanese Bites at Karam in Bay Ridge

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 2 comments

Karam is one of the many small, independent shops and restaurants that make Bay Ridge so fun to visit: homey and familiar—even on a first visit—its excellent food is just one more reason to kick back and stay awhile. More

Au Za'atar's Middle Eastern is a Winner

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Au Za'atar's Middle Eastern mezze is the kind of food that has you craving more before your plate is half empty. More

Cent'Anni's Homemade Pastas Need Work

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 6 comments

Cent'Anni's attractive-looking menu holds promise, but it needs more work in the execution. More

Om is an Upper East Side Indian Standout

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 1 comment

When you're dining meat-free, Indian restaurants are usually a good bet; even those not devoted to southern Indian cuisine have plenty of vegetarian options to offer. Om on the Upper East Side is a neighborhood standout for just that kind of eating. More

Veg-Friendly Tunisian at La Goulette Has Promise

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Though the menu is uneven, La Goulette has some great vegetarian dishes. More

Amélie Has Veg-Friendly Small Plates and a Killer Happy Hour

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 5 comments

The first thing to know about Amelie, a French-style wine bar in the West Village, is its happy hour. But there's good food to follow. More

Bed-Stuy's NeroDoro Can't Get By on Looks Alone

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NeroDoro's handsome interior and its prime corner location are inviting, but the menu needs significant reworking. More

Pasha's Veg-Friendly Turkish Kicks it Old School, for Better and Worse

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 1 comment

Modern Mediterranean bites these aren't. But if you're craving an old-school New York experience, then a night at Pasha might be just the ticket. More

Veg-Friendly Small Plates at Martha in Fort Greene

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 2 comments

Martha is a nice addition to Dekalb Avenue, serving well-made food in a pretty little jewel box of a space. More

Jack's Wife Freda Is More About the Vibe Than the Food

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 4 comments

Reasonably-priced Mediterranean bites aren't quite compelling enough, but a cozy atmosphere at this Soho cafe is one good reason to stay awhile. More

Vegan Bunna Cafe Finds a Home for Some of NYC's Best Ethiopian

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 11 comments

A strong emphasis on freshness and lightness distinguishes Bunna's all-vegan food from the other Ethiopian served around town. More

Chuko's Vegetarian Ramen is Awesome

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 9 comments

Chuko opened in 2011 and continues to draw enough of a dinner crowd that evening waits for a table can stretch perilously close to one hour. But the idea of ramen on a bitingly cold day is too good to pass up, and for the vegetarian noodle-lover, there's good news: Chuko does a great bowl of meat-free ramen. More

Vegetarian-Friendly Mezze With a Warm Welcome at Gregory's 26 Corner

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 6 comments

The specialty at Gregory's 26 Corner is, resoundingly, its warm hospitality. The food doesn't disappoint, either. More

Checking in on the Vegetarian Offerings at Bed-Stuy's Saraghina

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The popular wood-fired pizza joint serves up straightforward but tasty salads and panini, making Saraghina a good option for a tasty meat-free meal. More

Little Rascal Does Bar Food, Turkish-Style

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Little Rascal is completely unpretentious and extremely welcoming, and the care put into its food goes above and beyond for a place that likely makes most of its profits off of its booze. More

Greenpoint's Sindicato de Cocineros Needs to Spice Up its Vegetarian Food

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 1 comment

On a recent cold, blustery night, a group of friends and I braved the elements to trek into Greenpoint. Our destination was Sindicato de Cocineros, an expansive, airy space lined with dark wood. The cocktails are interesting. But for vegetarians, the Mexican food leaves something to be desired. More

Falansai's Modern Vietnamese is Good if Underpowered, Kind to Vegetarians

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 6 comments

Falansai's modern Vietnamese food is diversifying the Bushwick dining scene. The spiffy setting and sophisticated cooking satisfy, even if the food is sometimes short on punch. More

Pakistan Tea House is a Downtown Office Worker's Dream Lunch Spot

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 3 comments

Pakistan Tea House is a special place: not only is its above-average food an incredible bargain, but it's also a welcoming spot that's open from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., seven days a week. In the morning and early afternoon, the restaurant fills with office workers; in the middle of the night, it's home to cab drivers pulling a late shift and night owls with the munchies. More

Chinatown's Spicy Village is Good for Vegetarians, Too

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Part of Spicy Village's appeal—besides its excellent noodles and super-low prices—is its setting: servers are warm and friendly, and within such a small space that gets packed so quickly, that helps create a fun, convivial atmosphere. It's great for vegetarians, too, a handy bonus in Chinatown. More

Cheap, Delicious Greek Takeout at Anthi's on the Upper West Side

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 2 comments

Sometimes, takeout gets a bad rap. But I'd be happy to eat the soulful, wonderfully flavored Greek fare at Anthi's any day of the week. More

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