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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
There's hope for your tongue at Newport Centre Mall
Despite the tattooed, fixed-gear-bike crowd that inhabits Williamsburg, there is a curious dearth of vegan options aside from Foodswings and Bliss Café. Champs, a small bakery tucked away on residential Ainslie Street, is changing all of that by transforming itself into a full-service vegan d ... More >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Isnt bean curd the blandest substance on earth? Not on your life!
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
A new Curry Hill restaurant hits the veggie sweet spot
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! A Taste of Mardi Gras Astor Center February 16 Now that the pink-and-red madness of Valentine's Day is over, it's time to focus on this month's most important c ... More >>
Anger-making orbs and other delights at a veggie Indian restaurant
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 >>
Breaking the vegetarian rules
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 >>
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 >>
Eat your greens: chewing over the history and politics of vegetarianism
The author might have forgotten why she's a vegetarianbut don't ask her to quit now