Tag Archives: Top NYC Restaurants

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

Le Cirque — 2 stars

Le Cirque, a French restaurant on midtown’s East Side, is a New York institution. It has been around for decades and can be counted on for “old school” classic dishes like foie gras and lobster thermidor. But how does it treat vegetarians? As it turns out, this New York culinary mainstay isn’t that great for the herbivores among us, and the food, though potentially promising, misses the mark. Continue reading

Boulud Sud — 3.5 Stars

One of the best restaurants near Lincoln Center (and indeed, probably one of the top restaurants in New York City) is Boulud Sud, the latest creation of Chef Daniel Boulud.  Chef Boulud’s New York restaurants have four Michelin stars among themDaniel has three, and Cafe Boulud has one.  In the Lincoln Center area, Bar Boulud shares a corner with Epicerie Boulud, and the relatively new Boulud Sud, a restaurant that serves “vibrant Mediterranean cuisine”.  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

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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Devi — 3 Stars [updated]

If you’re looking for great vegetarian food in New York, then Indian restaurants are probably on your short list.  Devi — the only Indian restaurant in the U.S. to earn a Michelin star (correction) — has to be at the top of any lists of Indian restaurants.  This Union Square eatery is a cut above the usual heavy, uninspired, and generally unhealthy fare found at most Indian restaurants, and is well worth a visit. Continue reading

Toloache — 3 Stars


Where can you find the best vegetarian restaurant in New York?  In one sense, it’s not surprising that Mexican restaurant is vegetarian-friendly  — you can get pretty much anything with beans instead of meat.  But Toloache, which got one star from the New York Times‘s Sam Sifton, is a step above the rest.  This theater district outpost of Chef Julian Medina has some great vegetarian food, and it’s not the same tortilla-beans-cheese formula that is all-too-common at other restaurants. Continue reading

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