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Where To Eat In NYC: Part 1

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Ready to get feasting in NYC? Eat Pure…A Monthly Taste hooks you up with Sarah-Mai Miller’s adventures. Sarah is the foodie behind Eat Pure, a veg food + travel blog. She shares her culinary adventures with us monthly, and this Month is our home City (but not hers!) of New Yawk.   She obviously couldn’t hit all of NYC’s fabulous vegan and veg-friendly spots in one trip.. so hang tight for her future adventures;

This month, I made a trip home to New York.   The problem I find in NYC is that there aren’t enough meals in a day.   There are so many restaurants I want to visit and I simply don’t have time to get to all of them.   However, there are some places that I make a point to visit.   Here are a few of them.

One of my first stops when I arrive is usually Babycakes.   It’s a bakery on the Lower East Side that specializes in organic, vegan, gluten free and wheat free sweets.   They have a Biscuit Sandwich with jam and frosting that I love for breakfast.   For dessert or an afternoon snack, their cupcakes, donuts or brownies are divine and essentially guilt free.

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The Chelsea Market is a great place to shop, eat and explore.   It’s a beautiful building that continues to add amazing vendors.   Some of my favorites are 202, a restaurant that also sells clothes and home goods, The Green Table, a sustainable and organic eatery, and The Filling Station, a great spot for olive oil and sea salt.

And of course, One Lucky Duck.   If you don’t have a chance to make it to Pure Food + Wine, a raw vegan restaurant near Union Square, this outpost sells some of their best offerings, like Strawberry Blonde shakes and Macaroons.

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For lunch, I stopped by Loving Hut for their Vegan Joy (soy chicken, veggies, five grain rice and teriyaki sauce) and a Mango Smoothie.   I’ve eaten at several Loving Hut locations and never been disappointed.   They’re very particular about their ingredients – all vegan, GMO-free and organic whenever possible.   You can’t go wrong here.   And the Mango Smoothie actually tastes like mangos, not sugary syrup.

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Teany is the perfect place for afternoon tea, lunch, or just dessert.   They have an extensive tea menu and roughly 10 different types of Vegan Treats cakes daily.   Their Chicken Salad Sandwich is delicious and a great price for a vegan NYC lunch.   They also have a great Breakfast/Brunch menu and an adorable Afternoon Tea Special.   This visit I had a Black Tea Coconut Soy Latte and Vanilla Raspberry Cake.   I had a total sugar coma afterward, but it was absolutely worth it.

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I’m always up for Thai food, and Thai Market is exceptionally veg-friendly.   When the weather’s nice, they open their doors, which span the entire facade, and a lovely breeze sweeps through.

The Mock Duck Salad is so flavorful and distinctive.   Bits of crispy seitan with lots of fresh greens and veggies.

The Pad Sapporod with Tofu is nothing short of amazing.   It’s filled with pineapple, peppers, cashews and green onions with a sweet and sour sauce.   Their tofu has a great consistency – somewhere between soft and crisp.

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The next day I traveled to Brooklyn to see a friend and try Wild Ginger for the first time.   I adore Pad Thai but have to refrain because it’s pretty heavy on the fish sauce.   Finding Vegan Pad Thai was the highlight of my day.   Perfectly spiced, creamy, crunchy and altogether lovely.   We split the Chocolate Cheesecake, but were so excited to dive in that I didn’t have time to take a picture.   Yep, it was that good.

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Lula’s Sweet Apothecary was my next stop that afternoon…I realize I had just had dessert, but I could not miss vegan cashew cream ice cream.   I had Cake Batter + Strawberry Soft Serve Swirl.   It was excellent.   Cold, creamy and rich with a wonderful strawberry flavor.

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That evening I headed back to Brooklyn for a Rufus Wainwright concert in Prospect Park.   A local restaurant catered the event and there were plenty of veg options.   I chose the Vegan Chili, Kettle Chips + freshly cut watermelon cubes.   Great music, fresh air and juicy watermelon…what could be better?

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The following morning, I was craving a New York bagel.   Luckily, many delis in the city offer vegan cream cheese.   I happened to stop in Guy and Gallard on 7th Avenue, which serves both Vegetable + Scallion tofu cream cheese.   With fresh squeezed orange juice, I was in carb heaven.

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Rickshaw is a dumpling bar on 23rd Street that has only one vegan dumpling…but it’s incredible.   Pureed edamame inside a whole wheat wrapper served with a lemon sansho dipping sauce.   You can make a meal of it with soup (the Miso Noodle Soup is vegan) or any of their salads (the Ginger-Soy Salad comes with spicy tofu and an addicting dressing).   And if you’re nowhere near their neighborhood, they have a truck that travels all around the city – check their Twitter page for locations.

Restaurants come and go in New York, especially vegetarian restaurants.   Before each visit, I check Super Vegan to get the scoop on the best veg eats in the city.   Happy Cow is another favorite, and they cover just about every city you can imagine.   With so many vegan and vegetarian options, I will continue to feature New York as one of the leading veg cities.

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  1. Jeanie says:

    Most Thai places will leave the fish sauce out of their pad thai or curries if you ask them to.

  2. MC says:

    Beautiful phtotgraphy that made my mouth water. I travel to NYC often and am so excited to try these new places. Often times I am so maaried to Pure Food and Wine, S’Nice, and Teany I forget to branch out. Thank you for all of these great suggestions. And all over town too! I look forward to more posts!

  3. Jeanie says:

    Someone needs to compile a list of the best places for vegan brunch in NYC…all I know of that serves good traditional breakfasty foods are Curly’s and Organic Grill, and I see Blossom Du Jour is going to have some brunch options as well (so psyched to try it this week!). I’d love to see that article!

  4. sarah-mai says:

    Hi Jeanie! I personally know that Candle 79 has an amazing brunch…and SuperVegan lets you search by breakfast/brunch spots and tells you how vegan each place actually is, along with other great info!

    http://supervegan.com/results.php?c%5B%5D=36

  5. stephen says:

    try Caravan of Dreams and Angelica Kitchen

  6. Chloe Jo says:

    My favorite brunch in NYC is Kate’s Joint (for Greasy!!), Bliss in Brooklyn (only for the tofu scramble, which wins for best scramble ever!), or Sacred Chow (amazzzzzzzzzzzing).

  7. WOW!!! What amazing choices!!! These images are killing me….everything looks delish!!!

  8. Cups says:

    This couldn’t have been posted at a more perfect time! I’m just now planning a girls trip to NYC and was thinking I needed to compile a list of all the great places I’ve heard about that we need to eat at – you’ve done it for me! Thanks!!

  9. sarah-mai says:

    I’ll have even more next month in Part II…and from the suggestions above maybe a Part III is in order :)

    NYC is THE best spot for veg eats, by far!!!

  10. I am getting hungry just looking at these posts!

  11. Kathryn says:

    Perfect timing…I was just looking for some places to eat while I am in town for the Farm Sanctuary walk. Thank you…lovely pics as always!!

  12. Rob says:

    Great pics! Don’t forget Blossom, Candle 79, and Candle Cafe too!

  13. Laure says:

    I wish i could try them all and more !!!
    Great Loving Hut in Paris too, if anyone comes by… !
    Can’t wait for the next post ;)

  14. Angelique says:

    Love your blog! Great article, makes me want to come to NYC just to eat! I hope you will connect with me.
    Please come get YOUR EXCLUSIVE FREE DAVID WOLFE INTERVIEW: http://t.co/GcJNrwh

  15. Emily says:

    I love this post. Sacred Chow=Best Brunch!! Banana bread french toast and omega waffles, omg <3. Plus amazing tapas.

  16. Marty says:

    Great listing of vegan NYC dining but can you ever finish. Love the line about not enough meals in a day.

    Marty
    Marty’s Flying Vegan Review
    http://www.martysnycveggiereview.blogspot.com

  17. One of my favorites is Foodswings, the all-vegan fast food joint on Grand in Brooklyn. Greas-Y! Well, they have salads, too. And a dozenteen styles of fries.

  18. […] One of my favorite blogs, GirlieGirl Army (“your guide to glamazon living”), posted this guide to eating in New York (Part 1!). Foodies will appreciate the list’s culinary aptitude (no “I’ll just […]

  19. sarah-mai says:

    Thank you SO SO much for all of the kind words!

    Marty – That’s the best part…I’ll never be able to finish a guide to any city. That means I can ALWAYS look forward to new veg and non-veg restaurants with incredible vegan options each and every time I visit!!! And I promise to share every amazing experience I encounter with all of you :)

  20. Diane L says:

    Spent a few days in NY for our anniversary. Great meatloaf at Kate’s Joint, ate Babycakes everyday, vegan omelets and homemade veggie burgers at Organic Grill, and assorted dishes at Angelica Kitchen.
    The only disappointment was Zen Palate on 46th and 9th, what the heck happened to that restaurant?? No longer strictly vegan, most dishes contained either dairy or eggs! They also changed the interior, used to be a gorgeous place, now looks like a dump!

  21. Jeanie says:

    Diane L: There’s now a Zen Palate (again) at Union Sq. The interior and atmosphere are quite nice, but the food eeked me out. The server swore it was all vegan, then told me several items I ordered had dairy and/or egg. The “tofu cheese” on my salad tasted eerily like swiss cheese (to the best of my memory; it’s been ten years). I don’t know what the the deal is there.
    But didn’t realize you can search for brunch options on supervegan–should be helpful thanks!

  22. Diane L says:

    Jeanie: We tried ZP in Union sq at least a decade ago. It was ok but, at that time, the 46th and 9th location was superb. Really sad they had to change!
    Forgot to mention Pala Pizza on Allen St. Superb vegan pizza, best crust I have ever had!

  23. sarah-mai says:

    I haven’t been to Zen Palate in a few years, but recently heard they’re going to open a new location at 105th Street on the Upper West and they will be remodeling the 9th Avenue location soon.

    http://blog.zagat.com/zen-palate-looks-north

    Diane – isn’t Babycakes addicting :)

  24. Diane L says:

    Yes Sarah-Mai! Love Babycakes! Thats why we always stay at a hotel right around the corner from them!

  25. Restaurant I says:

    Babycakes is a great bakery! Next time you’re in the area and want to try out a modern asian cuisine restaurant stop on over..we’d love to have you :)

  26. Matt says:

    Great adventures, eats, and photos! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Kate Hakkinen says:

    It is rather interesting for me to read that article. Thank you for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

    Kate Hakkinen
    escort en suisse

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Followed by Vegetable + Soy Meat Dumplings. Vegetarian California Roll made with vegan crab. And Sizzling Spinach Noodles, a very unique dish of fried noodles, spinach and soy chicken. Everything that I tasted was very good, but I was especially impressed with their Sushi.  I love adding vegan crab to give veggie sushi a bit more substance. Red Bamboo is a cute little restaurant on West 4th Street that was completely full on a Monday afternoon.  The menu is a mix of southern comfort food and traditional Asian fare. (Editors note: Many locals call Red Bamboo the ultimate conversion spot for non-vegans.. where else can you get a vegan milk shake, philly "cheese" steak, wings, and fries in the middle of the village and trick the most obnoxious of meat-eaters?) 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I first discovered Maoz in Amsterdam.  It's a completely vegetarian falafel restaurant with the most amazing toppings.  You can order your falafel in a salad or in a pita, and use their toppings bar to customize it.  My toppings of choice include hummus, fried eggplant, broccoli, tomatoes and cucumbers, pickles + tahini.  Their broccoli is so good that I had to ask how they prepare it - it's flash fried and sprinkled with salt.  They also have Belgian or sweet potato fries...the Belgian fries are extra crispy. There are several in Manhattan...I frequent the Union Square and Upper West Side locations.  Plan on taking yours to go if you're at Union Square, there aren't many seats. This visit I stopped by Cocoa V for the first time.  After tasting their chocolate cake, I cannot fathom a trip to NYC without stopping here.  Everything is fair trade, organic and vegan. They have all kinds of chocolate truffles, candies and baked goods. Can you believe this?  Vegan chocolate truffles in every flavor you can imagine...heaven. Truly, this chocolate cake was incredible.  My step son shared it with me and neither of us could get enough of it.  He seriously enjoys chocolate and is not vegan, so the fact that he loved it says a lot! I featured Teany in my last NY post, but dessert only.  This visit, I had my favorite sandwich, Chicken Salad with lettuce and tomato. And since they serve Vegan Treats, my dad and I could not resist the Raspberry Vanilla Cheesecake.  This cheesecake blew my mind.  I would dare anyone to pair this against a traditional cheesecake...it would win hands down. And what trip to NY would be complete without visiting Candle 79, a world renowned vegan restaurant. Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Fried Dumplings with Seitan, Shitake Mushrooms, Baby Bok Choy and Sesame Ginger Soy Sauce. Vegetable Nori Rolls with Avocado Wasabi, Chipotle Aioli and Tamari Ginger Sauce. And Angel's Nachos - Corn Chips, Cheddar and Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Refried Pinto Beans, Chili grilled Seitan, Guacamole, Salsa and Sour Cream.  I simply cannot resist Vegan Nachos.  It doesn't matter what else is on the menu...I just have to have them.  These were some of the best I've tasted. And if you're ever strolling through Central Park... And you spot the Good to Go Organics cart, you'll be happy to know that they sell several vegetarian hot dogs. The Smart Dog is vegan, however, the Smart Sausages contain eggs.  I believe they used to be vegan, but unfortunately they started adding eggs to some of their products. I was thrilled to be able to enjoy a hot dog from a street vendor for the first time.  I like mine with ketchup, mustard and raw onions. I hope you've enjoyed my New York food adventures.  I adore this city and everything that it offers.  There are endless vegan/vegetarian options here. I hope you'll take my suggestions and let me know about your own experiences.  Happy exploring! […]
  • Eat Pure: What To Do And Eat (Vegan Style) In Palm SpringsEat Pure: What To Do And Eat (Vegan Style) In Palm Springs Ready to get your gourmet feasting on in all the major cities.. sans animal flesh avec deliciousness? Eat Pure…A Monthly Taste - exclusively for GirlieGirl Army hooks you up with Sarah-Mai Miller’s adventures. Sarah is the foodie behind Eat Pure, a veg food + travel blog. She shares her culinary adventures with us monthly, and this Month is Palm Springs, I've been fortunate enough to visit Palm Springs several times for work over the past couple years. On my last visit, I was there for almost two weeks and really got to know some great places to eat. I always stay at The Ace Hotel + Swim Club. It has a great relaxed vibe, an awesome pool area and lots of veggie options at their restaurant. There are two pools, an enormous hot tub, a dog park, spa and super cute bike rentals. Palm Springs is completely surrounded by mountains. There are always beautiful views, no matter what time of day. The Vegan Southwestern Tofu Scramble served at King's Highway, the restaurant at The Ace, is full of multi-colored peppers and red onions, perfect with toast and their incredible berry jam. It's all in the details...and they're plentiful here. Relaxing by the pool gets even better with the perfect Saturday afternoon snack. The Mezza Plate consists of crisp pita and cucumbers, hummus, baba ghanoush and tabouleh. There is feta in the dish (they accidentally left it on mine as you can see,) but you can ask for them to leave it off. Koffi is just across the street and offers soymilk, even in their frozen drinks. A frozen soy latte is sublime on a super hot day. I first encountered Native Foods in Palm Springs - they have various locations in southern California. I seriously cannot get enough of it when I'm in town. Since I'm working, I usually get take out and bring it back to my hotel room. Here are some of my Native favorites. The Chili Cheese Fries are spectacular. They're made with vegan chili, the best cashew cheese I've ever had, pico de gallo and lots of fresh herbs. They have several kinds of cashew cheese, made from cashews, seeds, nuts and herbs. Their Baja Surf Tacos are the first vegan fish tacos I'd ever tried and they're still the best. Crispy battered homemade tempeh, surfer sauce, salsa fresca, shredded cabbage and guacamole piled on top of corn tortillas. I crave these on a regular basis. Another one of my favorites is their Native Nachos. Corn tortilla chips topped with black beans, freshly prepared taco faux meat, chipotle crema, homemade cheese sauce, salsa fresca and guacamole, green onions and cilantro. The Palm Greens Cafe is another regular stop for me. For breakfast, the Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes cannot be beat. These pancakes are incredible - fluffy, sweet and really filling. Earth Balance and maple syrup are served on the side. The Grilled Tempeh Reuben is one of their killer sandwiches, made with sauerkraut, vegan cheese and Russian dressing on rye bread. They also have lots of great wraps, including the Chicken Caesar Wrap. Vegan chicken, lots of cool lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and homemade caesar dressing. Also check out their Date Shake, a traditional Palm Springs beverage. The Blue Pear is a fairly new hotel and Tex Mex restaurant. They have a vegetarian section of their menu with several entrees that can be made vegan. I ordered the Puffy Tacos, topped with lettuce, cabbage, pico de gallo and cucumbers, without cheese. When they arrived, there was a sprinkling of queso fresco on top of the rice and beans, but they were more than happy to bring me new sides without the cheese garnish. Norma's is a great spot for brunch. It's located inside of The Parker Hotel. I ordered their Crunchy Pecan and Macademia Granola with fresh berries and soymilk. The great part about having brunch here is exploring their enormous outdoor space. There are several pools on the property, various shops, quiet sitting areas, hammocks, and a retro lemonade stand. On my last morning, I decided to snap a few pictures around The Ace. As you can see, it can get pretty chilly in the mornings. And this beautiful hummingbird let me get close enough to take this picture. Her wings are moving so quickly they're a blur. Palm Springs is definitely a place to relax and enjoy some fabulous vegan eats poolside. In addition to my above recommendations, Nature's Health Food & Cafe serves all kinds of vegan soups, salads and sandwiches. Tropicale featured a really great special when I last visited, Crispy Tofu Satay with sauteed vegetables. And Thai Smile has a separate Vegetarian Section where everything can be made vegan. Happy […]
  • Eat Pure: What To Do And Eat In SeattleEat Pure: What To Do And Eat In SeattleReady to get your gourmet feasting on in all the major cities.. sans animal flesh and emissions ? Eat Pure…A Monthly Taste hooks you up with Sarah-Mai Miller’s adventures. Sarah is the foodie behind Eat Pure, a veg food + travel blog. She shares her culinary adventures with us monthly, and this Month is Seattle, WA. My first trip to Seattle was a short one, a mere 2 1/2 days. But I managed to make the most of my time and eat at some truly incredible places. And as luck would have it, the sun was shining the entire time. As soon as I landed, I headed straight to Pike Place Market. It's such a lovely open air market with fruits, vegetables and flowers galore. Gorgeous bouquets of flowers... Oranges, apples, pears, avocados, yams... Lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers and beets... Garlic, leeks, tomatoes, peppers...and on and on and on, truly the most amazing market I've seen. There are also several restaurants inside of Pike Place. My husband and I stopped at The Athenian Inn for a quick lunch. As soon as we walked in, it was strangely familiar to me. Then I noticed the red plaques on the counter...this is where Rob Reiner and Tom Hanks filmed part of Sleepless in Seattle, one of my favorite cheesy, oh so sappy movies. We started with the Roasted Garlic Hummus with fresh vegetables and pita. And I ordered a vegan version of the Greek salad , perfect fuel for walking around a new city. On a side note, a short walk from Pike Place is a sweet little boutique called Watson Kennedy. The entire store is arranged by color, a perfect marriage of aesthetics and functionality. They sell vintage letterpress blocks, fleur de sel, local artwork and Savon de Marseille, among so many other unique and charming indulgences. That evening, we had dinner outside at Japonessa. They have several kinds of vegetable nigiri, including Sweet Roasted Red Pepper and beautifully presented Avocado Cucumber. I also ordered the Spicy Tomato Tofu. The sauce is spicy, filled with tomatoes and onions and just plain delicious. I did ask them to make sure there was no fish sauce in the dish, just to be on the safe side. Fish and eel sauces commonly sneak into many vegetable and tofu dishes. The next morning, I rode a bus about 45 minutes from my hotel just to taste the legendary all vegan/ organic donut shop, Mighty-O Donuts. The space is really charming and they have so many flavor options. I decided on the Chocolate Raspberry + the Vanilla Strawberry with a soy latte. Is there anything better than that? The answer is no. These donuts were full of flavor, fluffy yet substantial and completely worth the trip. For lunch I took a recommendation from a friend and headed to Cyber Dogs. They have several kinds of veggie hot dogs with various toppings. They offer both vegetarian and vegan options. I went with the El Bandito, complete with chili, homemade vegan cheese sauce, avocado, salsa and fresh green onions. Everything about this hot dog was incredible - the flavors, the texture, the combination's. Above all, the cheese sauce was out of this world. If you're ever in Seattle, it's a must try. Later that day, we stopped in Table 219 for a mid afternoon snack. The weather was beautiful and the restaurant had their enormous doors open. On the menu that day was an Heirloom Tomato special with olive oil, sea salt and basil. It had such a beautiful presentation and great flavor. For our last dinner in the city, it had to be Plum Bistro. I'd heard so much about this restaurant and couldn't wait to partake. We started with the Avocado Roll - brown rice & nori roll with avocado, carrots, asparagus, lettuce, vegan cheese, chipotle mayo & sesame seeds. A lovely way to start, much more complexity and depth than any other Avocado Roll I've encountered. We also shared a Romaine salad filled with crispy tempeh, freshly baked croutons, lemon, red onion and vegan caesar dressing. I absolutely cannot resist a vegan creamy dressing. And you can't visit Plum Bistro without experiencing their Spicy Cajun Mac 'N' Yease. Spicy, creamy and extremely comforting. Vegan awesomeness. My time in Seattle was short lived, but a huge foodie success. The city completely lived up to my expectations. I'm still dreaming about those donuts. A walkable city, with amazing scenery and vegan Mac and Cheese. I'm […]

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Followed by Vegetable + Soy Meat Dumplings. Vegetarian California Roll made with vegan crab. And Sizzling Spinach Noodles, a very unique dish of fried noodles, spinach and soy chicken. Everything that I tasted was very good, but I was especially impressed with their Sushi.  I love adding vegan crab to give veggie sushi a bit more substance. Red Bamboo is a cute little restaurant on West 4th Street that was completely full on a Monday afternoon.  The menu is a mix of southern comfort food and traditional Asian fare. (Editors note: Many locals call Red Bamboo the ultimate conversion spot for non-vegans.. where else can you get a vegan milk shake, philly "cheese" steak, wings, and fries in the middle of the village and trick the most obnoxious of meat-eaters?) I started with the Dragonfly Dumplings, which were filled with cabbage, carrots, vegetable protein + vegetarian shrimp on top of a mixed green salad.  The soy dressing that comes with it was great with the dumplings, but for the salad I ordered a side of their carrot ginger dressing, which you can never go wrong with.  The dumplings were incredible - the vegetable protein and veggie shrimp gave them a great texture and wonderful flavor. Their Almond Coconut Chicken is served with a sweet chili sauce and it's a great meat substitute.  It's crunchy and salty with a touch of sweet, and extremely filling...I could only eat two of them. I love to stop by Organic Avenue anytime I'm in the neighborhood.  Their lemonade is THE best lemonade.  It's made with lemons, limes, agave, ginger and salt.  They also have pre-made raw food and juices, along with several juice cleansing programs that I'm dying to try. I first discovered Maoz in Amsterdam.  It's a completely vegetarian falafel restaurant with the most amazing toppings.  You can order your falafel in a salad or in a pita, and use their toppings bar to customize it.  My toppings of choice include hummus, fried eggplant, broccoli, tomatoes and cucumbers, pickles + tahini.  Their broccoli is so good that I had to ask how they prepare it - it's flash fried and sprinkled with salt.  They also have Belgian or sweet potato fries...the Belgian fries are extra crispy. There are several in Manhattan...I frequent the Union Square and Upper West Side locations.  Plan on taking yours to go if you're at Union Square, there aren't many seats. This visit I stopped by Cocoa V for the first time.  After tasting their chocolate cake, I cannot fathom a trip to NYC without stopping here.  Everything is fair trade, organic and vegan. They have all kinds of chocolate truffles, candies and baked goods. 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