Vegetarian Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Melba's Restaurant Is a West Harlem Gathering Place With Good Vegetarian Options

    The Veggielante is on a mission to spread the word about places to order good meatless grub. Check out this week's pick. Destination: Melba's Restaurant (300 West 114th Street, 212-864-7777) Neighborhood: West Harlem Cuisine: American Comfort Food

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    A First Look Inside Floyd Cardoz's White Street, Now Open on West Broadway

    Cabbing to North End Grill in Battery Park always feels like a trip, but experiencing North End alum Floyd Cardoz's globally-informed seasonal cooking at White Street (221 West Broadway, 212-944-8378) is transporting. The chef's turnaround of the former Churrascaria Tribeca, located inside a 19th ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Celebrate Plant-Based Eating at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

    We're not particularly interested in the East Coast/West Coast rap-style rivalry between vegetarians and carnivores, mostly because there are few things more personal than individual food choices. We're also not a bunch of culinary evangelists over here (though we will take this opportunity to say t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    The Brooklyn Bean Offers Locally Sourced Heirloom Beans

    When you tell people you're a vegetarian, you will invariably be met by one -- or several -- of the same few responses. Some people will tell you that they admire you but never could do it themselves. Others will wax nostalgic about their own vegetarian phases. And many, many people will ask you, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen: "We Have to Include Women in the Dialogue"

    When Amanda Cohen opened Dirt Candy (430 East 9th Street, 212-228-7732) in 2008 -- an era, you may recall, in which America's love affair with pork was reaching maniacal heights -- she emphasized that her spot was not so much a vegetarian restaurant as it was a vegetables restaurant. At the time, sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Five Great Vegetarian Noodle Soups in NYC

    There are pros and cons to being a vegetarian, and for a long time, giving up bowls of hot, steamy, noodle soup was a con: It was difficult to find a version in the city that wasn't meat-based. Now, though, vegetarian soups have made their way onto ramen and pho menus all over the city. Just in tim ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    10 Best Restaurants for Vegetarian Food in New York (Even if You're Not a Vegetarian!), 2013 Edition

    There are plenty of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in New York. Some deal in chewy gluten strips and meat facsimiles, others turn out raw foods and seed pastes, but there are plenty of places where you don't need to be a devotee to enjoy the food. Go for a meatless meal at these restaurants for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Tokyo Restaurant Pioneers Vegetarian Sushi, See the Video

    Mmmm, that looks like really fresh uni (sea urchin) A hot new Tokyo restaurant in the Rappongi Hills section turns the sushi and sashimi traditions on their heads by offering an all-vegetarian menu. This is not just a collection of cucumber and pickled-daikon rolls, either, but beautifully turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Potbelly Sandwich Shop Launches Vegetarian Sandwich

    Potbelly is adding a new vegetarian option to their menu. Introducing the Mediterranean sandwich. It's made with red pepper hummus, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, cucumbers, and roasted red peppers. "Our current vegetarian sandwich is a Potbelly classic and a toasty favorite," Carl Segal, senior v ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 11, 2012

    Taste of India and Thali (Food) Court Jersey City

    There's hope for your tongue at Newport Centre Mall

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Kick Off Vegetarian Awareness Month By Hugging a Vegetarian

    October is officially Vegetarian Awareness Month, meaning for the next 31 days you should be aware that vegetarians exist. Also, try eating a little less meat. PETA is backing off its usual controversial tactics to advocate something a little more adorable -- hugging vegetarians. So, where should yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Dish No. 31: Westville East's Veggie Burger

    Rebecca Marx​ Westville East is our go-to for unassuming yet often very well-prepared comfort food. This is in part because of the restaurant's veggie burger, which is as idiosyncratic as it is delicious.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Cheap and Filling Veggie Fare at Aussie-Inspired Tuck Shop

    ​ This Aussie-inspired mini-chain is best known for its cheap and filling meat pies, hearty things perfect for a quick meal before or after a night of drinking in the East Village. Its vegetarian options are no less tasty (or cheap). Take the vegetarian chili. At only $6, it has a flavor and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Hamburger America's George Motz Talks Burger Hype, Burger DNA

    photo courtesy of George MotzGeorge Motz amid his beloved beef.​George Motz was just a documentarian when he came out with his seminal burger film, Hamburger America. But considering he had to eat thousands of burgers in establishments around the country for years as he researched the film, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    In a Salute to Eater's Burger Week 2011, Fork in the Road Offers 5 Off-the-Wall Burgers

    ​The #1 Veggie Burger at Elevation Burger is all orange and ricey. We've snuck peeks at Eater's week-long burger coverage somewhat enviously, but our peeking has also made us want to get into the act. Accordingly, here are some of the more perverse burgers we've encountered over the last few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Our 10 Best Veggie Burgers in NYC

    Rebecca MarxHillstone's meaty, beaty, big and bouncy veggie burger.​Ah, veggie burgers. For so long regarded as the bête noire of vegetarian cuisine, they've been slowly but surely breaking free of their Morningstar-Boca shackles, thanks to a number of restaurants who have started to tre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Veggie Burgers in NYC

    Victoria BekiempisWill Remedy Diner's veggie burger charm its way into the 10 Best?​ Veggie burgers are getting to be like opinions: it seems like everybody has one. While that may be an exaggeration, there's no doubt that they've been gradually breaking free of their Morningstar-Boca shackle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Greensquare Tavern's (Vegan) Veggie Burger: Where's the Fries, Yo?

    Greensquare's vegan veggie burger.​ Hot on the heels of a New York Times piece on upgraded meatless burgers, Greensquare Tavern (5 West 21st Street) has opened touting its vegetarian burger. Greensquare, which was originally named Greenmarket Tavern, but had to rebrand because it infringed on ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2011
  • Dining

    March 30, 2011

    NYC Tofu Guide: A Springy Food for Spring

    Isn’t bean curd the blandest substance on earth? Not on your life!

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    New York City Gets a Vegetarian Festival

    ​With all the foods this town devotes fests to -- Asian, kosher, barbecue, even food films -- it's amazing that no one has put on a vegetarian food fest yet. Or rather, it was amazing. The first annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, is in the works, slated for Sunday, April 3, at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Remedy Diner Remedies the Veggie Burger

    Victoria BekiempisA little cheese won't kill you.​ So you don't eat cute farm animals. Still, you sometimes long for the kind of gutbomb that involves a greasy heap of still-screaming meat. Remedy Diner's veggie burger solves this herbivore dilemma.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    A Friday at the end of a short week. Here's a parting glance ... We ranked our 10 best tofu dishes in NYC. A battle to the death between Elevation Burger's two veggie burgers. Ask the Critic addresses the issue of Valentine's Day chocolate.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Veggie Burger #1 vs. Veggie Burger #2 at Elevation Burger

    ​On the left, Veggie Burger #2; on the right, Veggie Burger #1. It's de rigueur nowadays for any burger joint to offer a veggie burger, usually something surreptitiously pulled from the freezer case. Fourteenth Street newcomer Elevation Burger departs from the norm by offering not one but tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Our 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants

    Robert SietsemaSapthagiri's kanchipuram idli.​ While New York has no scarcity of excellent vegetarian food, actual vegetarian restaurants are in shorter supply, and categorically superb vegetarian restaurants are an even rarer breed. Or so it would appear if you limit your search only to plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants

    Robert SietsemaThe kanchipuram idly at Sapthagiri, a strictly vegetarian Indian restaurant in Jersey City.​Having already explored the inside of a pig's cranium this week, we've decided to venture in a slightly different direction for tomorrow's Our 10 Best. While New York abounds with excel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Chatting With Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger About Bodega Vegans and Why So Many Veggie Burgers Suck

    Veggie Burger MadnessLukas Volger shows us a veggie burger.​Yesterday, we spoke with Lukas Volger about his new book, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, in which he gives a long-needed make-over to the bête noire of vegetarian dining. Today in Part 2 of our interview, the author talks about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday afternoon, and time to turn a gimlet eye back to the highlights of the past few days: Battle of the Chicken Tikka Masala: Famous Dal Cart vs. Desi Food Truck. Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger chatted about how to make good veggie burgers, bodega vegans, and why so many veg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Chatting With Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger About Reinventing the Bête Noire of Vegetarian Dining

    Veggie Burger MadnessLukas Volger displays one of his creations.​Even though it's generally accepted that vegetarian food has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years, veggie burgers by and large remain stuck in the herbivore ghetto. There's the Morningstar-Boca Burger contingen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC: 5 Napkin Burger's Veggie Burger

    ​You wouldn't necessarily expect to find a decent veggie burger -- or any veggie burger -- at a burger joint, particularly one that boasts its patties are so full of meat drippings that they require five napkins to digest. So it's a pleasant surprise to report that there isn't a decent veggie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    More Birdbaths Are on Their Way

    Robert SietsemaBirdbath's 'Old-School' vegetarian sandwich.​Although he's closing his Los Angeles outpost of Birdbath, Maury Rubin is doubling their number here in New York.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC: Roasted Vidalia Onion at Seersucker

    ​Seersucker may have opened in Carroll Gardens only two weeks ago, but it's already made a noteworthy contribution to the world of vegetarian entrées.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    The Early Word: Otarian

    Otarian invites you to judge its food by its cover.​ If you've ever stopped to wonder what a restaurant created in a joint effort between some Simpsons writers, a bored McDonald's mid-level executive, and a rogue band of profit-minded Hare Krishnas might look like, then Otarian might be for y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    The Soy Luck Club: Five Great Veggie Burgers of New York

    sweetonveg/FlickrThick, juicy, and free of animal by-products.​Ah, the travails of the veggie burger. So often rubbery or mealy. Frequently over-soaked in the faux-chicory flavor that characterizes so many meat alternatives. Dry, floppy patties that can be more Soylent Green than green gourme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    'Old School' Vegetarian Sandwich at Birdbath Bakery Is a Thumbnail History of Hippie Cuisine

    ​Birdbath's sandwich ($7) is a compendium of wholesome, simple ingredients. Birdbath Bakery has a new offering, known as the Old School Vegetarian Sandwich. Two slices of whole grain bread cradle a filling of shredded raw carrots, mixed sprouts, and ripe avocado, which is spread with a knife ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Enjoying that Veggie Burger? It May Contain Chemical Residues

    ​Does this veggie burger contain hexane or not? Check the list to find out. Mother Jones reports that a study by Wisconsin's Cornucopia Institute reveals that many popular brands of soy-based veggie burgers contain residues of hexane, a poisonous solvent extracted from petroleum.

  • Dining

    April 13, 2010

    At Bhojan, Indian Spring

    A new Curry Hill restaurant hits the veggie sweet spot

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Dirt Candy Celebrates Emotional Overeating Awareness Month

    Feed your emotions.​The only thing better than a good vegetarian restaurant is a good vegetarian restaurant with a sense of humor, which is why the following is a press release worth getting behind: Dirt Candy will be observing Emotional Overeating Awareness Month (it really does exist!) by gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Bhojan's Fenugreek Fritters

    ​The vegetarian cuisine from the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat is ancient and complex. Madhur Jaffrey has called it the "haute cuisine of vegetarianism." While special occasion foods are more elaborate, staples include stewed spiced vegetables of all kinds, roti, and khichdi, a spiced r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Vegetarian Delights of NYC: Abraco's Butternut and Parm Sandwich

    Both vegetarian and delightful.​ Although Abraco is known primarily for its outstanding coffee, it's also got some rather stellar food. Baker and co-owner Elizabeth Quijada turns out some impressive pastries, including a famed olive oil cake, while chef Mario Hernandez oversees the savory menu ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 2, 2010

    No F*%#ing Onions at Jersey's Sapthagiri

    Anger-making orbs and other delights at a veggie Indian restaurant

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    David Chang Says That Doing Vegetarian Food Would be a "Pandora's Box"

    eflon/flickrSwiss chard, or Pandora's box?​David Chang appeared on Leonard Lopate earlier this afternoon to plug his new cookbook, which hit bookshelves last week. In between talking about recipes (all of the ingredients in the book, Chang said, could be found in Chinatown), plugging the Brook ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 4, 2009

    Sexy Veggies at Dirt Candy

    Breaking the vegetarian rules

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Weekend Special: Recipe for the World's Greatest Veggie Burgers

    If there's one thing vegetarians still crave from the world of meat, it's hamburgers. But the frozen patties they pull from supermarket freezer cases are the palest of imitations - rubbery hockey pucks of textured vegetable protein (TVP) laced with rancid-tasting onion powder and mystery fats. Unles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    The Early Word: Ghenet Brooklyn

    We stopped by Ghenet Brooklyn, the new Ethiopian on 4th Avenue in Brooklyn last night. The space is tiny, and encircled with delicate metalwork screens. Since there were four of us, we got the Ghenet combination for four, which turned out to basically mean we got everything on the menu—all the veg ... More >>

  • Books

    January 30, 2007

    Meat Puppets

    Eat your greens: chewing over the history and politics of vegetarianism

  • News

    May 17, 2005

    Where's the Beef?

    The author might have forgotten why she's a vegetarian—but don't ask her to quit now

  • Long Island Voice

    November 16, 1999
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