Best New Vegetarian Restaurant (tie) (2008)

CURLY'S VEGETARIAN LUNCH

Despite its diminutive size, there's a feeling of spaciousness at CURLY'S VEGETARIAN LUNCH, which recasts a New England diner in vegetable terms. Borrowing from Mexico, Greece, Buffalo, and elsewhere, the menu is broad ranging, and my favorite dish is cashews sofrito—the first time, perhaps, that the creamy nut has starred in a main dish.