Dirt Candy

4.8
2478 reviews
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Contemporary American
Cutting edge vegetables with added flavor and no politics in this sleek and stylish restaurant showcasing colorful, pop-tastic dishes from award-winning chef, Amanda Cohen. A full bar, counter seating, a wine list curated by wine director, Ben Eyring, and vegetables in all their earth-shattering, gob-smacking glory. Diners coming for dinner will have a choice of The Vegetable Patch ($65, tip included) featuring five courses of Dirt Candy’s greatest hits, or they can take a trip to The Vegetable Garden ($99, tip included) which is at least nine courses and changes according to the season, what we’re experimenting with, and what our foragers and farmers bring to our door. Dirt Candy offers an a la carte menu at the bar only.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

The new and improved Dirt Candy location on the Lower East Side is bigger and shinier. And it’s still really, really good.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fun idea, but after each course it feels more and more like a gimmick. Some items were really tasty; overall I think there's a liberal use of salt which overshadows the cooking. We probably wouldn't go back; given the $99 price per person for the tasting menu we didn't expect to want 99¢ pizza after- but that's exactly what we did next.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the service here. So attentive. The food was fantastic. Need to go back with more time for the 9 course dinner.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing 9 course menu, outstanding service. Don’t know how they achieve such flavors!

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D
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow extraordinary

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S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The chef of this restaurant is phenomenally creative. The plates of food here are delectable, artistic and innovative. It is not what you think of when you think vegetarian. I am a tremendous fan of her as a professional and a chef. The world would be a much better place if we had more people like Amanda Cohen in this world.

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FL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dirty Candy was fantastic. Was a little disappointed that it was a very similar menu to my previous visit, but all of the dishes were delicious! Staff were great and extremely friendly and generous.

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JA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very interesting and innovative presentations and dishes. Some dishes very good, but some food more ordinary. The matching wines were decent but uninteresting. A carrot burger that tastes carrot is not worth it. Overall interesting but largely overprized.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend for my birthday. I could not have had a more delicious, creative, and fun meal. Everything was fantastic!

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T
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We had high hopes for a great dining experience. We were disappointed. For a tasting menu everything should have been perfect. The dishes were uneven in quality and taste. Desserts were gimmicky. No flavor but sweet. The service was good. As experienced vegetarians and cooks, we would have preferred more focus on the execution of the vegetables and less showy presentations. Don’t think we’ll be back.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

It was amazing!! The kids liked it mom loved it. Will be back for sure!

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ZP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Felt grungey and dirty but decent over-priced food. Great service!

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NM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! We got there early and were seated at the chefs table. Service was impeccable, and so was the food! It met every expectation!
Thank you to Chef Cohen for such a great night!

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CO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We CANNOT wait to go back! It was an amazing and delicious eating experience! Everything exceeded our expectations!!

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f
Detroit
162 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food as art and art as food. Fabulous vegetarian menu, service was first rate, Delilah taking care of everything. Excellent wine list. Visited the original Dirt Candy several years ago and Amanda has set the bar for amazing vegetarian food. This restaurant will please and surprise any carnivore.

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S
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding experience and simply one of the best dining events I’ve ever had. You really can’t just call it dinner; it’s an event. Every course was more inventive than the last.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggplant for dessert, who knew? Amazing experience!

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E
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant in the Bowery area of New York. They call themselves a vegetable restaurant. The food was very good. Vegetables are very time consuming to prepare this way and the prices reflect it. Two of us had the 5 course option and total with tax was $141, no drinks. If you back out tax and tip, it works out to $100 or $20 per course. Portions are very small but somehow you end up pretty full. Staff is very attentive and the experience lacks for nothing. I would go again if they changed their menu so I could try different things.

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SK
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really impressive food and drink. I enjoyed it very much.

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NK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!! Definitely coming back again:)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Took way too long between courses, service not very attentive

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AN
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative vegetarian cooking. Great service.

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m
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Dirt Candy and had their 9 course tasting menu. It was magnificent. You do not need to be a vegetarian to thoroughly enjoy this meal. Their food is completely satisfying and filling. It was probably some of the most creative and thoughtful food that we have had. We enjoyed everything but the most unforgettable 3 savory dishes for me were the celery broth noodles, the ice-fruit/cucumber salad and the mushroom pate. And among the sweet dishes, the cauliflower cake was absolutely out of this world. Their cocktails are also noteworthy with very unexpected and unusual fresh and green ingredients. Service was great. Everyone who waited on our table was wonderful and polite. I cannot wait to go back and bring friends and family.

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OT
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food here is beautiful AND delicious. It is hard to believe how creative it is. They manage to take ordinary vegetables, cook them to perfection and season them in a completely original way.

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KC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch! Would def come back again for dinner

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RD
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum! They do the most amazing things with vegetables .. we love the brunch - only trouble is deciding what to order, the korean bbq broccoli is as good as they say - and the brussel sprout tacos are delicious - and fun to eat! We try to go every time we're in the city.

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BC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite of every dish was astonishing

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life. Flavors that didn't seem like they would work did. Service was perfect and sweet. Beer list small but worked well with menu

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy I finally ate at Dirt Candy. This was a special splurge I allowed myself for my birthday. It was well worth it. The service and food was excellent. Even better than I imagined it would be. Look forward to going back there again.

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TF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious and extremely pleasant experience. Excellent value overall. Both of us dining were happy carnivores, and at no point did we miss having meat in the meal.

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MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Even if you’re not a vegetarian. An excellent experience.

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best vegetarian meal I have ever had and I have been vegetarian for 21 years. Creative tastes and presentation, it is definitely an experience not just a meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Polite, helpful staff & a great brunch menu. It's the second time I've visited (this time, for my wife's birthday) and we were surprised & impressed with the brunch menu. Having a cremant on the wine menu is a welcome replacement for prosecco, which seems to be everywhere else - well done!

My only recommendation is to offer a "small" and "large" KFB. I think we know which size your crowds will opt for.

Looking forward to returning!

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ML
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Wow, how a year has changed my mind! The place has a nice vibe with hit or miss service. The food has gone from light, tasty dishes, to heavy, fried, tasteless dishes. Their signature Korean fried broccoli is over seasoned fried lumps - no taste of broccoli at all - it could have been anything inside the fried coating. The overpriced brussel sprouts taco is actually tasteless brussel sprouts in a nicely displayed deconstructed taco plate. The best are the biscuits. Too bad as this used to be a very good vegetarian restaurant, but now seems like a vegetarian restaurant found in the middle of nowhere with a chef that is trying to create vegetarian food. There are much better places in the city.

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n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting cocktails, the brunch menu was a great deal, the no tipping policy was a pleasant surprise. We loved the food and the fact that they were able to accommodate an extra person on a short notice helped us a lot. Also, loved the ability to have a brief interaction with the very friendly kitchen folks (thanks to the open kitchen concept).We will be telling all our friends to try Dirt Candy and we will be back!

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NC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible experience, could not have enjoyed it more. Every dish blew us away.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dirt Candy was everything we'd hoped for. Fantastic, creative, beautiful to look at food that was delicious and filling. I had more than enough to eat after our five course meal. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off the charts creative, attentive, playful and delicious! Love everything about this place. Dirt Candy is the future!

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DF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Resruarant. The food was amazing. The service is exceptional.

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. I’ve been wanting to stop by Dirt Candy for a couple years now, and finally decided to treat myself to the 5-course Vegetable Patch. It was everything I expected and more - service was great, the space was lovely, and every single course was creative, interesting, tasty, and beautiful. Dessert stole the show and I will be talking about that mushroom pudding for months to come! Thanks, Dirt Candy, for providing me with a truly stellar dining experience, and reminding me of just how wonderful vegetables are.

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DO
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a vegetarian for 40 years and absolutely loved Dirt Candy. The biscuit I had was amazing - perfectly warm and flaky. The French Toast was deliciously sweet. What the chefs do with vegetables is nothing short of amazing. The staff was attentive and caring. I would definitely return!

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