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Candle Cafe, New York

Candle Cafe, New York

If you are in the mood for a date night and near the east side of Central Park, you might want to try Candle Cafe. I would recommend reservations.

The variety of beverages was impressive, as there were options for any palate. I had the pomegranate lemonade and it was just the right amount of sweet.

I had a seitan steak with mashed potatoes and greens for my entrée—their take on the Southern Plate. What really stood out for me was the chance to create your own meal with a pick four section on the menu (The Good Plate). It really shows off the range of options they offer. Their sandwiches were also pretty delicious.

The atmosphere was quietly romantic and the food and service solid. In New York expect higher prices, but they were in line with other nighttime eating establishments. Candle Café has three locations in New York City with varying menus. To learn more CandleCafe.com

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Marty’s V Burger, New York

Marty’s V Burger, New York

We were taking a family holiday visit to Manhattan and wanted to have some healthier food while doing our part to help the environment.

We looked on our trusty iPhone and found Marty’s, since we were in the mood for burgers.

As a family, we travel extensively and have some experience with vegan restaurants. I always applaud any establishment that will try to improve health, protect animals, and seek to be good stewards of the earth. When I write a review, I look for something that will stand out in an eating venue, what makes this place special?

Several factors made Marty’s special. One was the burger. The patty itself was outstanding. If one added the “impossible” upgrade to the burger, a real first rate gourmet burger was available. If texture and a feel for real meat is needed, go for the upgrade, but for taste, the regular Marty burger with a side of fries was very satisfying.

My daughter had a unique item, the drumstick. The drumstick with the sauces was another unique taste with a texture more true to real chicken than any we had tried before. I also applaud the coleslaw, which was fresh and tasty.

The menu had greens available, but I would stick to the burger and fries. Fast food, No bull is their slogan, and it’s on their sign on E. 27th street off Lexington.

Another factor that set Marty’s apart was character. Marty himself was there and exuded enthusiasm for the food and greater cause of the establishment.

Marty’s is not a date night place, but a place to go for a great burger in a warm, purposeful place. In fact, we were so impressed that we visited again before the end of our […]

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Terri NYC

Terri NYC

On my recent trip to New York I had a great, simple, and fast meal at Terri. The establishment is named after the first name of the founder’s mothers, Terri. Both of the founder’s moms were Terri, and thus the name. They have grown to have three establishments in Manhattan, one in the financial district, Chelsea, and midtown (terrinyc.com).

When I walked in I was surprised by the names on the menu, pulled pork, buffalo chicken, meatball sub, bacon cheddar ranch, philly cheese steak, fish filet, southwestern chicken melt. These items were all vegan. I had the pulled pork which was a barbecue flavor. The texture was excellent and the flavor was derived from the cole slaw. I could have used a little more barbecue flavor. My wife tried the southwestern chicken sandwich. The sandwich was well put together with guacamole and corn in a warm sandwich.

The highlight of this healthy eating nook was the juice. I tried the Spice of Life comprised of pineapple, apple mint, and jalapeño. This juice was unique to the buds and very refreshing. The menu also had salads, wraps, and desserts. I spied a nearby salad and it looked great.

If you are in New York and want lunch or a light dinner, give Terri a try. Their motto is local, sustainable, and plant based. For 15 dollars, you will leave satisfied.

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by CHLOÉ

by CHLOÉ

by CHLOÉ has two locations in New York City, one in Los Angeles, and more on the way (one more in New York and another in Boston). bychefchloe.com has the menus for each location and links to Chloe’s recipe blog. Most of the options would be considered lunch food (soups, salads, sandwiches etc.), but they have a breakfast/brunch menu as well. All items are vegetarian and vegan, with lots of gluten-free accommodations available. Our favorite dish was the Pesto Meatball Sub, and the price range per entrée is $8-$12. The restaurant can be crowded at peak hours, but the service is quick and the food is worth it.

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Strong Hearts Cafe, Syracuse

Strong Hearts Cafe, Syracuse

As we walked into Strong Hearts, I was intrigued by the decor.  Strong Hearts was named after people who were inspirational and had revolutionary spirit. They were willing to sacrifice to change the world. The food items were named in honor of these individuals. Also in one corner was art honoring the “Strong Hearts.”  The restaurant was located not far from the Syracuse University campus and downtown. After looking on the net, this is one of the best healthy restaurants in upstate New York. They have also been named several times as the best vegan restaurant in Syracuse New York.  We asked the chef/owner for some suggestions and he steered us toward the P& J French toast, the Eggs Benetrix, and the Egg Trick Muffin. The food was tasty and a little hot sauce augmented the Egg Trick Muffin. 

The texture of the food was great and they served healthy alternatives to breakfast sandwiches, eggs from chickens and bacon sausage.  My friend had a sausage substitute that was tasty and with a wonderful texture. We also had a milk shake. This was not your traditional shake but a health shake.  The natural sweeteners complimented the breakfast items.  The menu was stocked with salads, sandwiches, but their healthy milkshakes seemed to be a major draw especially to the younger clientele who were busy making their way into the establishment.  Strong Hearts also was appealing to the young hearts as well as the fifty something crowd with 70’s type music playing gently in the background.

I appreciate ambiance and meaning in dining and Strong Hearts fit the bill. Speaking of bill, no item cost more than 8.50 and the shakes were reasonably priced at 5.00$. Would we come back? Most definitely! No need in […]