Tag Archives: Fine Dining

Cafe Boulud — 4 stars


If you’re looking for great vegetarian food in a classic, upscale atmosphere on the Upper East Side, Cafe Boulud is a great choice.  Earlier this year, I reviewed Boulud Sud, part of the Lincoln Center-area trio of Boulud restaurants.  If you’re following me on twitter, you know that a little while ago, I ventured to the UES to Cafe Boulud, the slightly more relaxed counterpart to the chef’s flagship restaurant, Daniel.  Cafe Boulud gets one Michelin star and Frank Bruni gives it three stars for the Times.  I recently went there for lunch and was quite impressed, both with the quality of the food and the vegetarian selections. Continue reading

Hakkasan’s Menu Looks Promising…

…for vegetarians.

If you’ve walked down 43rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan, you may have noticed this foreboding doorway on the north side of the street (just past the 99-cent pizza place).  This is the doorway to the (in?)famous Hakkasan, a worldwide network of high-end Chinese restaurants.  The original, in London, has garnered a Michelin star.  But Pete Wells was much more critical, referring to “lunatic prices” — you can pay $888 for abalone tuna with truffles — and “food that is, in too many cases, about as interesting as a box of paper clips”.   Continue reading

The NoMad Rooftop — 4 Stars

The rooftop restaurant at the NoMad hotel is probably the most talked-about new restaurant in New York this summer — with the possible exception of the regular, indoor restaurant at the NoMad.  (If you’re interested in a vegetarian-focused review of the NoMad restaurant, check out my review here.)  The “downstairs” restaurant got three stars from the New York Times and I understand that the rooftop — which operates as a separate restaurant, with a separate staff and kitchen — is aiming for at least that caliber of service, if not higher.  I think they’re well on their way.  The food and service were very good, and though I have a few small quibbles, they’re mostly logistical, not substantive.  With a little tweaking, I think the rooftop could claim a spot among the city’s best restaurants. Continue reading

Tocqueville — 3 Stars

I recently had dinner at Tocqueville, Chef Marco Moreira’s French-American restaurant near Union Square. Tocqueville was recommended to me because of its high-quality vegetarian options; it’s been on the “Places” tab of this blog just about since the blog started up.  Overall, I thought Tocqueville had some great-sounding vegetarian options on  their menu, although I thought the execution was just not quite there, particularly compared to some other places that do great vegetarian food, like Picholine or even Dovetail.  Continue reading

Veggie Tales at City Grit

As I’d mentioned before, Chef David Santos was hosting an all-vegetarian, five-course dinner at City Grit called “Veggie Tales” (no, it had nothing to do with that VeggieTales).  The dinner was on March 30th, on the “borderline” between winter and spring, and was designed to showcase the flavors of those seasons.  All in all, I was very happy with the dinner and hope Chef Santos makes these a regular part of his rotation. Continue reading

A Voce (Columbus) — 3.5 Stars

A Voce Columbus is a great restaurant in Columbus Circle, and a Michelin-starred restaurant for 2012.  If you’re looking for great vegetarian food in New York, particularly around Midtown, this place should be on your list.  The food is generally interesting — not the same old Italian stuff you can get anywhere — and lots of menu items either are, or can be made, vegetarian.
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Ça Va — 2.5 Stars

Ça Va, Todd English’s restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel in midtown Manhattan, is today’s stop on the quest for great vegetarian options in New York City.  Unfortunately, Ça Va — although the selections looked okay on paper — wasn’t particularly impressive. Continue reading

Eleven Madison Park– 5 stars

The quest for the best vegetarian food in New York continues.  The blog turns one month old today, and we’ll be celebrating with the first perfect, five-star review.

If you’re looking for great vegetarian food in New York, look no further.  Eleven Madison Park, a three-Michelin-star restaurant for 2012, really epitomized how a top restaurant should accommodate vegetarians.  The food was great, the service was impeccable, and the overall experience was fantastic.  EMP is, to date, my favorite New York restaurant. Continue reading

21 Club– 1 star

The most disappointing dining experience I’ve had recently was at the 21 Club.  The service was disappointing, and the vegetarian options were basically nonexistent.  The 21 Club hypes itself up quite a bit–emphasized in particular right now because of some recent renovations–but the experience did not live up to the hype. Continue reading

Jean-Georges– 4 Stars

Jean-Georges, a three-Michelin-star restaurant regularly considered one of the best in the city, fares pretty well in this review.  JG has some good vegetarian options on the menu, and this was the only restaurant (so far) that went out of its way to highlight for the entire table a vegetarian option.  I was pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian selections here, which were a step up from the last time I was there. Continue reading