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84 Very Good

Amanda Cohen is the chef behind Manhattan’s premiere vegetarian restaurant.

86 Allen St., New York, NY, 10002



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The lowdown

How refreshing to be in a restaurant where the chef is declining to scream openly at employees; where the staff are paid fairly; where no meat is served and the vegetable-focused dishes are careful, complex, and delicious, but not overly science-y (e.g., Korean fried broccoli with garlic-sesame sauce); where the service is friendly and practiced; where the black-, red-, and white-accented room is bright and airy, with flowers painted on the white brick walls; and where the prices are relatively affordable — a dinnertime five-course tasting with wine pairings is $102, inclusive of tip. If you don’t want to do a set-course meal, go at brunch, when reservations are easier and the à la carte menu includes stunners like jam-filled red-pepper fritters and zucchini pancakes with squash-blossom butter.

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DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized