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Dirt Candy

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86 Allen St., New York, NY 10002 40.717941 -73.990753
nr. Broome St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-228-7732 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: *

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10

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    2 Reviews | Write a Review

Photo by Melissa Hom

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Official Website

dirtcandynyc.com

Hours

Tue-Fri, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 11am-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 11am-3pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

B, D at Grand St.; F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.

Prices

$21-$30

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Vegetarians are supposed to be a sensitive, retiring bunch, but everything about Amanda Cohen’s brassy new reboot of her seminal veggie establishment, Dirt Candy, screams out for attention: the glittery sequined signage on the Allen Street façade, reminded one of my guests of something you might see above a popular souvenir store at the mouth of a well-≠traveled national park.

Some veggie formulations feel more overworked than others, but I didn’t mind the swampy green kale matzo-ball soup (spiked with okra), or the Brussels sprouts tacos served sizzling-hot on a stone. Cohen’s famous tomato cake with smoked feta is almost worth a special trip. The cocktail list is refreshingly unpretentious for a potentially pretentious vegetarian restaurant (and, at $13 for your Kentucky lemonade, refreshingly priced), and, with some exceptions, so are the desserts, in particular the carrot pie, which is capped with a twirling meringue top and tastes a little like oranges if you eat it with your eyes shut.

Note

Dirt Candy is a no-tipping establishment, and everyone (the customer, the cooks, the front-of-the-house staff) is the better for it.

Related Stories

New York Magazine Review
Adam Platt's Full Review  (08/23/15)


Best of New York
Best Carrots  (2011)


Recipes At Dirt Candy
Shaved-Brussels-Sprout Salad With Roasted Brussels-Sprout Leaves, Pecorino, Toasted Almonds, and Pears in a Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette  (2013)

Ideal Meal

Tomato cake (with a side of hush puppies), carrot meringue pie. 

Related Stories

Best of New York Awards

Recipes at Dirt Candy

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