The 10 Best Vegetarian Dishes of 2014

Mushroom ramen at Dassara | Tara Mahadevan
Mushroom ramen at Dassara | Tara Mahadevan

I've been exploring New York's vegetarian cuisine for less than a year, but I've already come across some great restaurants, dishes, and chefs. Here are the 10 best meat-free dishes I ate in 2014.

Comoros curry at Patisserie des Ambassades | Tara Mahadevan
Comoros curry at Patisserie des Ambassades | Tara Mahadevan

10. Patisserie des Ambassades' comoros curry ($15)

Patisserie des Ambassades offers an in-depth menu of both Senegalese and French dishes. The comoros curry is a great place to start for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. This traditional dish from the tiny East African island nation of Comoros is loaded with a number of vegetables, including broccoli, corn, carrot, potato, green beans, peas, and onion, which sit in a yellow coconut milk curry, tinged with sweetness and soft spice. It's heartier than soup, and it comes accompanied with a mountain of rice.

Vegetarian plate at Veselka | Tara Mahadevan
Vegetarian plate at Veselka | Tara Mahadevan

9. Veselka's vegetarian plate ($13.75)

Veselka's vegetarian plate is a well-rounded example of Ukrainian cooking, and it features both the classic cheese and potato pierogies for which the restaurant is known. The pierogies also come with dipping sauces -- the apple sauce is especially good.

Gruyère grilled cheese at the Queens Kickshaw | Tara Mahadevan
Gruyère grilled cheese at the Queens Kickshaw | Tara Mahadevan

8. Queens Kickshaw's gruyère grilled cheese ($9.50)

If you're in the mood for grown-up grilled cheese, head to the Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. The restaurant's gruyère grilled cheese is built on two slices of thick and crispy rye bread and garnished with caramelized onions, cornichon, and tangy pickled red onion, which curb the pungent taste of the gruyère and keep it from overpowering the sandwich.



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