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

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Virginia Rollison

Le Verdure
Eataly is a theme park of Italian food, packed with tourists and well-dressed office workers here for espressos, quick lunches, and salumi gawking. Elbow your way through for a seat at the small, but bustling little Le Verdure, one of the most underrated spots in the city for Italian-style vegetarian food. Try risotto made with farro, semolina gnocchi baked with mushroom ragu, and simple charred eggplant rolled up with fresh ricotta. The prices are a bit steep for a cafe (entrees average at $18), but the food is quality. Eataly, 200 5th Avenue, 646-398-5100

Robert Sietsema

This wee counter offers hearty Israeli street food in the West Village, and it's been a Fork in the Road favorite since we first tasted its delicious falafels dosed with house-made harissa, roast peppers, or fresh herbs. When we've got a really big appetite (or a really bad hangover), Taïm's glorious, messy sabich still beckons -- an overstuffed pita of fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, salad, and hummus. 222 Waverly Place, 212-691-1287

Courtesy of Dovetail

Head to the Upper West Side on Monday evenings for Dovetail's sophisticated, vegetable-centric prix-fixe, where you can choose four courses of John Fraser's excellent cooking ($46), or visit any evening for a long-form vegetable tasting ($85). Pastry chef Michal Shelkowitz's fine desserts make use of vegetables too, like the sticky toffee cake made with sweet parsnips. 103 W. 77th Street 212-362-3800


You may have forgotten, but there's plenty of excellent vegetarian food among Hooni Kim's small plates in Hell's Kitchen, including glass noodles with Korean peppers, dressed tofu ($8), and a couple of seriously deluxe rice dishes ($12). And for those vegetarians who usually have to turn down Korean-style fermented pickles, Kim offers several kinds of kimchi made without the traditionally fishy ingredients. 346 W. 52nd Street 212-586-2880

Location Info




37 Kenmare St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Saravana Bhavan/Saravanaas

81 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


200 Fifth Ave., New York, NY

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222 Waverly Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


103 W. 77th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


346 W. 52nd St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hill

75 Washington Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Dirt Candy

430 E. Ninth St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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If Taim is Palestinian, kindly change this review. In the meanwhile, to your bellowing racist reader below - there is such a thing as Israeli food, and furthermore, Jews are Middle Eastern, Iranian, Moroccan, and Indian. They are not colonial occupiers......what a disgusting poisonous tirade. Do we need a war on a food site????


Taïm - Israeli food? FUCK NO. It's PALESTINIAN food that the colonial Zionist occupation stole. I realize NYC is full of Zionist shitbag racists, but that sleazy stench need not slither into food reviews. Get it straight, stop the hasbara.

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