New 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).
Right 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.
In 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.
With 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.
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?