Hobnob loves to find those spots that really pulls out all the stops. Here’s our list of vegetarian havens NYC: The Butcher’s Daughter, Black Barn, Greenwich Project, Nix, 00 + Co
Who to Take: Your vegan or vegetarian friend who always feels gypped at other spots or someone you would like to introduce to healthier choices
These five spots offer the most imaginative veggie creations, and will thrill both vegetarians and omnivores alike. I, personally could never switch over to only vegetables, but really enjoy a well-prepared veggie dish that someone put the love into.
The Butcher’s Daughter Come with one or two friends, due to limited seating around counters and small tables in the NoLita location. The menu is quite inventive, and can convince even the most die-hard carnivore into other eating realms.
After my friend Pamela used them to cater her birthday party, we had a proper dinner and gorged ourselves on Raw Pesto Linguini and Carbonara, to name a few while sitting in the window counter and watching the NYC scenes unfold.
19 Kenmare St (btw Bowery/Elizabeth Sts) They also have a location in the West Village in NYC, plus more in LA. thebutchersdaughter.com
Greenwich Project (sadly, has closed) In addition to the typical vegetarian menu items like salads, this place gives vegetarians many more options for feasting. In the Raw section of the menu you could try a vegetable carpaccio. Crisp baby artichokes appear in the Shares section. And the Vegetables section offers 3 for $21.
I celebrated my cousin’s birthday here in the winter and we were wowed by the pretty space, which is a duplex brownstone, with mostly white accents and lots of mirrors and exposed brick. The bar is bright and light in tones of white-on-white with metal stools, and the upstairs banquette and chairs make for comfortable dining.
47 w 8th St (btw Fifth/Sixth Ave) greenwichprojectnyc.com
Black Barn This is a new spot that I have been recommending to everyone. There is something on the menu to please all, and the oversized space allows New Yorkers to breathe for a change. It feels like you are not in New York, actually, more like a nice Southern city with a honky tonk vibe and playlist—not to mention the barn-like design of the interior.
The portions in this place are generous, keep that in mind when ordering—salads can be shared with 2 or more, or eaten as an entree for sure.
19 e 26th St (btw Fifth/Madison Aves, just above Madison Square Park) blackbarnrestaurant.com
Nix (sadly, has closed) The all-veggie menu will have vegetarians crooning with delight. I went with my friend Derek, and though the two of us are sworn carnivores, we were thrilled with the food, and actually ate less than we normally would have if we were eating meat.
We started with the dip section, that offers a selection of five interesting combinations, and choose the labneh & marinated cucumbers and a tandoor bread. We also tried the egg salad, which came covered in the tiniest potato crisps imaginable, and the baby carrots. Full.
The space is tight, and a little loud when completely full, but service was attentive and pleasant. I suggest a later time slot if you want to have a more relaxing experience.
72 Univesity Pl (btw 10th/11th Sts) nixny.com
00 + Co Matthew Kenny, the king of the raw and healthy lifestyle has opened up a handsome restaurant in the East Village devoted to his lofty ideals. This spot offers lots to veggie connoisseurs and gluten-free folks alike. In addition, my dairy-free friend Pamela was delighted to experience rapture with pizza (and dessert) once again. We had the caramelized eggplant, tomato, olives and herbed cheese pizza, grilled trumpet mushrooms, walnut cream, green harissa and lemon pizza, butternut squash crostini, and the special gnocchi with pumpernickel crumbs. The tables are all high tops, and communal, something to keep in mind. 65 Second Ave (btw 3rd/4th Sts) matthewkenneycuisine.com
Incidentally: In order to finish this roundup, I attempted to make a reservation at Dirt Candy’s new location on the Lower East Side, but they are booked months in advance. Until Hobnob makes it there, refer to our earlier post, and stay tuned for the review of the new and expanded spot. 86 Allen St (btw Grand/Broome Sts) dirtcandynyc.com