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 Post subject: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:23 pm 
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Let's talk about how awesome this place is. What do you get there? I pretty much always get #26 bowl although I like #36 and their baguettes a lot, too! their avocado salad and bbq seitan appetizers are so good. In the winter I like to get one of their stewed seitan dishes. How good is their seitan? it's so awesome. probably my favorite seitan in all of NY.

one of the best things about Lan is that it's not overly filling and it's so close to Lula's that you can walk over and get some ice cream without being crazy full from dinner. YUUUM!

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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I've only been there once. Got the seitan baguette and it made my belly very happy.

(And, if memory serves, we did go to Lula's after.)


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:54 am 
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#26 noodle bowl flicks the weasel.

i will totally meet for dinner there any night except tuesday or thursday if anyone wants to!


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:44 pm 
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I always just get pho, and my bf always gets the lemongrass seitan vermicelli thing. We got some banh mis to eat around the corner at Lilly Coogan's once and ordered em spicy and it was almost too much for me, I think they just add a bunch of pepers when you ask for it spicy. I really do love their food but a couple times its been really uncomfortable in there, like in the winter when I was dying for a bowl of pho but it was like 90 degrees inside the place...


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:15 pm 
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How have I never been here? I want to try!


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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I love it, too. But I can't remember the number of what I get. Love the lemongrass one and the hot pot. And, of course, the baguette! Oh and the rice crepe.

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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The baguettes rule. I like most of the entrées I've tried there. The pho is pretty good, not great. The seitan appetizer is super delishable.

I'm up for going there pretty much whenever, subject to restrictions.

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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I'll never forget how yummy this thing was:

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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Let's talk about how I've never been to this place because I always attempt to go and they manage to be closed.

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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melisser wrote:
Let's talk about how I've never been to this place because I always attempt to go and they manage to be closed.


yeah, that's a problem! i've probably tried to go 5 times when they were closed at totally random times, but I've still been there at least 20 times, so they must be open sometime!

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
melisser wrote:
Let's talk about how I've never been to this place because I always attempt to go and they manage to be closed.

yeah, that's a problem! i've probably tried to go 5 times when they were closed at totally random times, but I've still been there at least 20 times, so they must be open sometime!

They were closed last time I tried to go, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:02 am 
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I love Lan so much! I can never remember the names of what I get, but basically anything and everything with Seitan and noodles mmm. I like their Pho too but have never had Pho anywhere else to compare it to.

I'm always worried that it doesn't get enough business. Maybe I just eat dinner too early/odd times/odd days but often my group is the only group there, or one of 2 or 3. I tried to bring friends there for my birthday this year, but I they were skeeved out that the place was empty and I didn't want them to project paranoid vibes onto the food, so we went to Souen. I feel so guilty for betraying Lan like that though.

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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TheChickpea wrote:
I love Lan so much! I can never remember the names of what I get, but basically anything and everything with Seitan and noodles mmm. I like their Pho too but have never had Pho anywhere else to compare it to.

I'm always worried that it doesn't get enough business. Maybe I just eat dinner too early/odd times/odd days but often my group is the only group there, or one of 2 or 3. I tried to bring friends there for my birthday this year, but I they were skeeved out that the place was empty and I didn't want them to project paranoid vibes onto the food, so we went to Souen. I feel so guilty for betraying Lan like that though.

Souen! That's where we went when Lan was closed. Thank you, I couldn't think of the name and it's been bothering me.


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:21 pm 
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I went to Souen twice in the past week and both times I passed Lan and it looked pretty happpening. I'll have to try it sometime!

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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I still have yet to go here, but I have walked by it. Any place with good seitan deserves a special place in my heart.

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:35 pm 
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They are closed on Monday and I've forgotten that like 4 times. And then eat at Souen :)


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:30 am 
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appifanie wrote:
I'll never forget how yummy this thing was:

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Their water spinach is my favorite thing too! Nomnomnomnomnom.

I really like Souen as an alternative if Lan is closed. Or just when you're craving macrobiotic food

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:31 am 
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I had the Pho there and really liked it!


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:31 pm 
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i went here with a certain somebody the first time i ever came to new york and we experienced such a horribly blatant display of inhumane viciousness, that it's hard for me to not think about it every time i return.it had nothing to do with the staff,though,the poor man was the one being spitefully victimized for no reason.
THOUGH,souen ramen,where i ate this afternoon,is the best restaurant in the word ever,and is like 3 doors down,so why bother with lan,even though their water spinach in kinda slammin?really,i don't think lan is so great,and with a place super amazing so close,i wouldn't bother.


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:13 am 
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What happeded RR4eva? I like Lan and Souen, so I have no problem going to Souen over Lan, but I would like to better know why.

Every time I've been to Lan the food has been great and I've never seen any displays of viciousness. I love the water spinach as well. Part of the reason I support Lan over Souen is that Souen is macro and serves fish and I prefer to support a vegan restaurant.

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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:25 am 
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I went this week, first time since many years ago. I had the seitan baguette--agree with everyone that it's delish. My husband always manages to order the weirdest thing on any menu. He got the broken rice with seitan something or other? It was ok but I'd choose something else if/when we go back. We had dessert, the taro cake & mung bean cake. Reinforced my thinking that asian desserts are frequently not my cup of tea. The mung bean one came out on a plate but still in the plastic wrapper. And for some reason these were both served with plastic forks.
It was busy too, by the way, on a random Wed night. Almost too loud to carry on a normal conversation.


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 Post subject: Re: Lan Cafe
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I just went there with a few friends on Saturday (two of whom are non veg*ns), and we all loved it! I decided to try the "Rice Congee" because it had the most ingredients that I hadn't heard of before, and I wanted a surprise. I also had no idea what congee was, and turns out it is a (yummy) soup. My boyfriend got a great baguette, one friend got pho, and one yellow noodles with seitan, which he loved. I would definitely go back!


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