Vegan in New York: Red Bamboo

by Kortney Campbell on January 13, 2012

Red Bamboo New YorkNew York City is always an exciting experience…ESPECIALLY for a vegan (My VegOut app gets more use here than anywhere else – best $2.99 investment ever).  I am currently up here for a conference and even though its for business, I certainly won’t miss out on the fun…or food.  In the coming days, I’ll be sharing several posts with you on some of my favorite vegan discoveries & adventures in the Big Apple.

For our very first restaurant review, I am honored to share with you my recent visit (last night) to the most amazing restaurant ever created…Red Bamboo.  This is always the #1 choice when traveling with the carnivorous (our fun previously veg-skeptical friends Pat & Tanya).

Friends in New YorkRight in the center of West Village, about a block from Washington Park, sits this cozy little gem with a wonderfully independent atmosphere.  With only 15-20 2-person tables, the best vegan food around and inability to make reservations, I highly suggest going with 1 other person max, arriving early, visiting mid-week or calling ahead to check the wait time.  (We were told 30 minutes & ended up waiting over an hour & 1/2 due to our 4 person possi…but it was WELL worth it).

The food is AMAZING.

Red Bamboo MenuIn all actuality, amazing is an understatement.  The menu ranges from asian dishes of all sorts to sandwiches and the typical American foods including fried “chick-un” and “wings”.  I finally settled on the Creole Soul Chick-un with sweet corn mashed potatoes & veggies (I will never forget my southern roots).

The Panko breading with the tender “meat” is probably the closest I’ve been to chicken (and the best meal I’ve had) in the past 3 years.

Red Bamboo NYCWith the exception of the few nuggets I shared with John, I pretty much licked the plate clean.

Tanya & Pat went with the same thing I had plus a few chick-un legs & fries for pat.

Red Bamboo Vegan FoodI was unable to photograph John’s lo mein (due to the long wait & his grumbling belly, I figured it was best to just let him eat); I was however able to snap a few photos of this bad boy:

Red Bamboo Vegan DessertTwo of my husbands favorite things in one…(vegan) OREO CHEESECAKE.  Be still my heart.  I will dream about this little slice of heaven until I make it back to NYC.

All in all, it was a perfect night.  A little pre-dinner wait could never ruin good food, great friends in the concrete jungle its self.

Have you been to Red Bamboo in New York?  What are some of your favorite places to eat in the Big Apple?

XO Kortney

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Deanna January 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    This post and those pictures makes this non vegan want to take a trip to NY just to go to the Red Bamboo. Sounds and looks really yummy.


    Daisy February 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I just saw your guest post on OH SO LOVELY VINTAGE’s blog. I’m not a Vegan but it’s nice to go meatless once in a while. I’v been to the Red bamboo about 5 times, I really like it. I always order a dish called Bamboo Curry’s amazing! Makes me want some right now. :)

    <3 Daisy


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