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 Post subject: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:03 pm 
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I basically know all the good restaurants to get a vegan meal at here in Manhattan. However, a friend told me he would like to try a vegetarian restaurant where the food “doesn’t taste vegetarian.” With me, as long as the food somewhere is good, it doesn’t really matter whether it tastes like “the real thing” or not (I think I may have even forgotten exactly what meat tastes like). But if somebody told you they wanted a vegetarian meal that doesn’t taste vegetarian, what place(s) in the City would you recommend?


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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:02 am 
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i really don't understand what your friend means. does he want realistic fake meat, or something that's not too health-foody, or what?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:30 pm 
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EmperorTomatoKetchup wrote:
i really don't understand what your friend means. does he want realistic fake meat, or something that's not too health-foody, or what?



I’d probably have to ask to be 100% sure, but it’s probably a combination of those things – I don’t like food that’s too “natural” tasting either. He thinks vegan food may not be too flavorful. He told me once went to a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in New Jersey that had mock meat dishes that he liked. So maybe the places in Chinatown would work in that case, but there are rumors that they lie about the food. He said ultimately he’d like to have some vegetarian meatloaf and potatoes, but I can’t think of any place still open in the City that has that (I don’t know if he’d be up for traveling to Brooklyn or Queens yet). My first thoughts were of Pukk with their mock duck, or maybe Peacefood Café with the PFC Unchicken Basket (although I think they only have that for dinner – if we meet for lunch, I don’t know what else there is there). But for the most “realistic” vegan mock meat dishes, what would you recommend?


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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:44 pm 
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Red Bamboo? VP2? They're right next to each other so you could look at both menus and decide. (They're still open, right?)

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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:31 pm 
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Lan Cafe could be a good place to take your friend. i've only been there once, but i liked the grilled lemongrass seitan baguette i had. maybe 'Snice would also be up his alley? Terri? Cinnamon Snail?

i'm trying to think of places that do vegan meatloaf, but i'm coming up short.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:49 pm 
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How about V-Note? They have lots of "classic" preparations of seitan, and the tofu "salmon" I had there was one of the best restaurant meals I've ever eaten.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
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I don't think we have too many ethnically vegetarian restaurants in New York. It's probably easier to list the places to avoid--Angelica Kitchen, Souen, most of the raw places. Blossom is on the fence. I dunno.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:28 pm 
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How about V-Note? They have lots of "classic" preparations of seitan, and the tofu "salmon" I had there was one of the best restaurant meals I've ever eaten.

*screeching brakes*

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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:11 pm 
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Good suggestions. Thanks everybody.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegetarian food that doesn't taste vegetarian
PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:48 am 
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For fake meaty stuff, I second Red Bamboo or VP2. Or Chinese. My family seriously loves Buddha Bodai and say the General Tso Chicken is just like the real thing.


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