5 vegetarian hotspots
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is expanding his abc empire to include one focused exclusively on vegetables. The decor is funky and fresh, in their inimitable style, with pops of chartreuse. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, feast on hearty soups, kabocha squash dip, ancient grain pilaf, and noodle dishes.
This restaurant, run by a former Waldorf Astoria chef, is as large as an actual barn with a sophisticated interior. Salads here are enormous. The Garden section of the menu focuses squarely on vegetable entrees, like the curried cauliflower steak, and the pickled/roasted heirloom carrots.
This place went veggie all the way and offers some unexpected combinations. The space is chill, with little unnecessary adornment, the focus is on the food. Start with a dip or two, as the bread here is heavenly. Then switch to small dishes to share like the burnt broccoli, with white cheddar, hazelnuts, and chili.
4) Dirt Candy
Chef Amanda Cohen became famous for creating artistic vegetable dishes with the first, tiny outlet of Dirt Candy. Now in a larger airy space downtown, she is able to accommodate her fans. Fun dishes like the super-crunchy, battered Korean fried broccoli can make anyone become a vegetable lover.
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