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Shopping here is like perusing your eccentric great-aunt's closet and jewelry boxes. Everything is labeled with a decade, and plenty of authentic as well as knock-off jewels are available for costume or special occasions. I'm partial to the clip on earrings and thin chains available in the back of the store, made better than knockoff jewelry is today and definitely more unique as they are no longer mass-produced.
All donation-based, I've found some very interesting clothing as well as housewares at this shop. Low prices assure affordability, on everything from trendy clothing from chains like H & M or unique finds, perhaps homemade, like a furry vest or colorful knit sweater. The best times to shop here are at the and of a season, when people are eagerly cleaning out their closets and donating all their unwanted items.
My biggest complaint about thrift shops is that they can be too overwhelming- but not here! The small shop features a well-curated selection of clothes, jewelry, and accessories, at affordable prices. I stop by often, as the selection is always rotating, and awesome sales like the $5 or $10 rack, as well as frequent 50%-off-something deals keep the inventory fresh and my wardrobe stocked. Vintage clothing as well as season-old Zara skirts can be found on the racks.
This vegetarian French bistro is small and intimate, delicious and authentic, unique and definitely a central part of the downtown culinary landscape. Table Verte, which translates to Green Table, offers a seasonal menu of vegetarian riffs on Classic French dishes, such as a baked gnocchi or a terrine of eggplant.
Shopping here is always so much fun! In addition to the menu of prepared foods available at the counter, the small aisles of dried goods and the large freezers offer endless interesting vegetarian groceries. So many types of vegetarian ramen are available, and plenty of varieties of faux meat are just waiting to be tried. Pick up a vegan oyster sauce and use it on your vegan shrimp noodles!
Two words: Kale Dumplings. Two more words: steamed or fried. So good. The fresh Korean and Asian food at the adorable restaurant is fantastic. Go for teatime and enjoy a mid-day break of vegan tapas and sushi. Or sit down for a meal here and indulge in a creative menu such as vegetarian lobster ramen or tofu steak topped with luscious shiitake mushrooms. 8 vegan versions of Bibimbap are available. The $32 three-course pre-fixe is a fantastic and delicious deal.
Kosher and Vegetarian, Chennai Garden is usually full of families eager to indulge in the extensive menu of Indian food. The $7.95 all you can eat or carry-out lunch option is my favorite-- you can never have too many veggies! I love all the classic dishes here prepared strictly vegetarian, or some of the other veggie creations that cannot be found elsewhere.
Snice has several outposts in NYC and Brooklyn, but I find myself most comfortable on Sullivan street. Half working crowd, half friends or couples enjoying some vegan bits, the casual sandwich shop has a great mix of customers to go with their food. The crunchy sesame "chicken" wrap is awesome and definitely what I crave on hungry working days. Housemade salads rotate daily and are full of fresh and flavorful ingredients.
This area of Williamsburg is full of restaurants, but Wild Ginger stands out with its veggie menu. Come in for a steaming hot bowl of veggies, protein, and homemade sauces, and leave comforted and satisfied. $8 lunch specials are definitely a perk, and plenty of meal-sized salads are also available all day. With no menu item over $15, everything at Wild Ginger is affordable and tasty!
Though not a complete vegetarian destination, Kuboya's vegetarian ramen is some of the best I've had. Their broth is rich and full of umami flavor, brought on by mushrooms, miso and seaweed. The noodles are curly, and offer that awesome bouncy slurpable quality that only the best-made ramen has. An idea destination for those who insist on a meaty meal, there are also plenty of meat and seafood options available here.
This is just one of Blossom's outposts in Manhattan. Serving fresh, seasonal vegetarian food, Cafe Blossom is the place to go for a refreshing, intimate dinner. My favorite foods here are those that are considered traditionally unhealthy: burgers and fries. Everything is cooked with care and dedication, and little details like organic ketchup or an organic beer pairing truly make the meal.
Eating vegan isn't always about the fake meat: but sometimes it's fun to indulge in a little make believe. Foodswings' vegan soul food is completely awesome and a little bit healthier than the real thing. Choose from 5 flavors of fried "chicken" drumsticks complete with a wooden "bone" to eat off of. Have a side of vegan mac and cheese or mashed potatoes with gravy. Slurp it down with a soy milkshake and you may even forget you're in a vegan eatery in the first place.