Dirt Candy

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Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
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.
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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a longtime vegetarian, I thought I knew lots about the possibilities of vegetables. But Dirt Candy totally floored me with its creativity and whimsy. Such an amazing experience!

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Very interesting dining experience.

b
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience from start to finish. We had our 3 year old along with us and staff were able to accommodate him with options from the bar menu alongside our prix fixed dinners. Great food, eve greater service. We'll definitely be back next time we're in NYC!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience !!!

H
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with charming staff. Food was delicious and special. Where else can you get cauliflower cake!

Presentation was whimsical and even the restrooms were fabulous

d
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and amazing food.

M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I thought that only having two options was a bit restrictive. I found the noise level to be too high making it difficult to have a conversation. I was there with another person. I didn't like that we were for most courses given a serving to share. I would have vastly preferred that we were given individual portions.

D
New England
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific food in a small but pleasant space. Speedy happy service.

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was impeccable. We did the 5 courses with the wine pairing and everything was perfectly timed and the food was exquisite.

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Graceful and Sincere

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was wonderful! They even sneaked in some veggies into desert. I made a note that it was my girlfriend’s birthday at the time of booking, so the desert came with a candle, which was a very nice and thoughtful touch. Will definitely go again in the future

G
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dirt Candy still continues to wow and amaze. From the moment you walk in, you are transformed to a world within a world. The staff does everything it can, including reading the tempo of your party, to making sure you know everything about what your mouth and senses are about to experience. Every bite of food that is sampled had complexity and savory flavors that transport you to a new experience. Don't miss the opportunity to experience such a treasure in NYC.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome ambiance, delicious desserts. Highly recommend!

H
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic, quirky foods served in fabulous ways. Every course different, clever, delicious. Ah, the vegetarian caviar.... Looking forward to going again. Expensive but not really when you factor in that you get everything, get great service and no tipping.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Coming to Dirt Candy is always a pleasure. The service is truly on par with places like Per Se and Eleven Madison Park. The staff are so welcoming and accommodating, they even switched out a dish for us on the prix fixe menu because it wasn't my favorite, and replaced a course with one of our favorite treats. The menu was inventive and delicious, it is filled with surprises and really thoughtful, sometimes whimsical touches. The staff really make this a special place, we have been coming for years and still see familiar faces. Definitely recommend the prix fixe menu for dinner, although I always love their brunch biscuits as well!

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good but somewhat of a disappointment. Food was ok, but was expecting much more.
They need to bring back al la carte.

SN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was really let down by my experience. Had been wanting to go for ages. Booked a table for dinner with a friend. Was a rainy night and arrived about 15 minutes before our rez time. Greeters were very rude and told us our table wasn’t ready so we asked if there was a place we could wait and they just pointed without saying anything to a table behind them. No mention of how long or if we could or should order a drink. We sat for a while and no one helped us. Then finally they sat us at the “kitchen table” which is a bar/counter. We were kind of bummed bc we wanted to talk and not sit side by side. We noticed several tables for 2 open so I asked if we could possibly be sat at one. The response was NO. When I asked again if they could check they just said NO again and “that’s what you booked”. When I said that “no I had not” they said yes it says on open table that’s what you booked. I tried to remain calm and just walked back to my friend. We decided to stay. It was about 15 minutes before anyone helped us. Including one of the greeters who then said very rudely that if we wanted a table we could possible have one if we waited another 20 minutes. We said no and then our drink order was finally taken. My friend ordered a mixed drink which came in about 5 minutes. My Champaign never showed up until I asked a random server for it. Our order was then taken and the food finally started coming out. It was beautiful but only mediocre. The buffalo cauliflower was prob the best part of the meal. The desserts were gross. We did the shorter menu and overall I was not impressed.

B
Denver
97 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a great place. Super tasty food--hibachi grilled broccoli at your table--spicy sauces...chocolate mushroom....all so fresh , inventive, healthy and flavorful--really great..... excellent, friendly service

B
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to come to this restaurant because, while I’m not strictly vegan or vegetarian, I’m an avid gardener and love fresh, local produce that is prepared in creative, innovative ways.

The mushroom paté was excellent and the cauliflower cake was pleasantly delightful.

5-stars for the chirping birds and nature sounds in the bathroom, too.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing presentation, delicious and deceptively filling courses. Staff was very friendly and informative! Such an incredible and unique experience!

IZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was ok. Food was so mediocre and the desserts smelled onion and cauliflower. Dishes were not timely coming out and it was just a big disappointment.

BC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far one of the best dining experiences, if not the best, I have had in the city.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to NY and we of course booked Dirt Candy before anything else. The artistic quality and deliciousness of the food is indescribable. It is a wonderful date place with romantic lighting and if nothing else, you can talk about the crazy food coming out. I love love, love them! Everyone is super friendly, the sommelier is knowledgeable and gives some great info about all of the eclectic wines, as I sit there and act like I know something (which I have no clue!) thank you again!!

AA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I always try to come here when in NYC; such a special place! Recommends it to all my friends.

RM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative vegetarian dishes and impeccable service.

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a GREAT time this past Thursday for my wife's birthday dinner. The food was amazing and our waiter Yashar was the BEST!! Looking forward to returning and spreading the word about this NY gem.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Tasting menu is pretty hit or miss -- most disappointing course was the brussels sprout tacos which come with a lettuce wrap instead of a tortilla which you then have to put together yourself.

a
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE! Very inventive. 5 course tasting menu is definitely enough, and you leave feeling satisfied.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Love this restaurant but will stick with the 5 course prix fix, 9 course menu missed the mark.
Hoping the quality stays but was a little disappointed this visit.
We'll give it another go!

H
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never knew veggies could taste so good! Impressed with the tasting menu and interesting wine selections.

CD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time here. The food was amazing and fun. We had the patch with wine pairings and it was so good. I was pleasantly surprised to be full since I was considering going with the garden to get the full experience. Another little surprise is the sounds of birds chirping when you use the Washroom. At first I thought I was hearing things and then realized that was that background noise in there which was different and cool.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and creative food presented beautifully. each course brings new exciting flavors and texture. Extraordinary deserts made from cauliflower, beets and greens were a little too sweet for me, but made up for that in color and good looks.

J
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Epic dining experience. We did the Vegetable Garden 9-course prix fixe option plus the 7 wine pairings. Staff was friendly and provided outstanding service and the sommelier was knowledgeable and charming. Everyone made it a very specoal birthday dinner

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful meal, so inventive and surprising, but very slow paced. Drink took 45 minutes to arrive, but was comped. Allow 3plus hours for a meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Inventive, excellent service, good value, will definitely return

J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Always fabulous. Menu changes seasonally and is always a pleasant surprise. Never disappointed.

OT
Fayetteville
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing food I have ever eaten. Was a fantastic night from start to finish. The team also made my partner feel special as we were celebrating his 30th birthday, they even put a candle in the cake at the end of the night. Everyone needs to try this restaurant! Can not speak more highly of it

t
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have been wanting to eat here for several years. Food was amazing. Worth the splurge for a tasting menu. I will definitely return to have food a la carte in the bar.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional, creative food!

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