Dirt Candy's dishes use single vegetables as their themes; they seek to deliver the most tomato-y tomato flavor and the most intense version of mushroom. Take a look into vegetable hero Amanda Cohen's tiny East Village kitchen to see how some of the prettiest (and tastiest) vegetarian dishes in New York come together.
Kimchi donuts [Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Dirt Candy 430 East 9th Street, New York 10009 (b/n Avenue A and 1st Avenue; map); 212-228-7732; dirtcandynyc.com Cuisine: Creative, sophisticated vegetarian Service: Knowledgeable Setting: Modern Veggie Options: Four appetizers and four main courses (made...
At Dirt Candy, chef/owner Amanda Cohen takes vegetables as far as they can go, sometimes to the point where their flavor potential astounds even her. But she's not on a soap box about vegetarianism. Rather, she uses her voice to even out the playing field between diners and chefs, encouraging conversation and communication over elitism and anonymity.
This year during The Vegan Experience, I focussed almost exclusively on recipes. I'm proud of them, but it did mean that I had very few opportunities to go out and eat. I tried to make the best of it when I did, and with that in mind, here are my ten favorite vegan bites and restaurants in Manhattan.