About Dirt Candy

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 sommelier Lauren Friel, and vegetables in all their earth-shattering, gob-smacking glory. Dirt Candy offers an a la carte menu at the bar and at brunch. Diners coming for dinner will have a choice of The Vegetable Patch ($57, tip included) featuring five courses of Dirt Candy’s greatest hits, or they can take a trip to The Vegetable Garden ($83, 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.

86 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Broome and Grand

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 228-7732

Website:
http://dirtcandynyc.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for details.

Public Transit:
F train to Delancey
J, M, Z trains to Essex Street
B, D trains to Grand Street
M15 Bus to Delancey and Allen

Executive Chef:
Amanda Cohen

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please inquire for details.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Dirt Candy is offering a special Valentine's Day Dinner that is seven-course tasting menu with a welcome glass of sparkling for $100/person (includes tip, but not tax). Wine pairings also available for $45/per person. We hope you'll join us!

Dirt Candy Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (88)
Creative Cuisine (84)
Vegan (82)
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Fit for Foodies (75)
Special Occasion (61)
Tasting Menu (59)
Good for a Date (57)
Healthy (54)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Local Ingredients (35)
Romantic (35)
Organic (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (33)
Fun (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Gluten Free Options (28)
Worth the Drive (24)
Authentic (23)
Great for Brunch (21)
Casual (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Seasonal (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Cozy (15)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Business Meals (7)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tapas (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

I've been hunting for the world's best biscuit all my life. I've found it! Also recommend the Brussel sprouts tacos. We ate there for brunch yesterday. Already craving another biscuit!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vegan, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, well worth the price. Service was great. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Really good and very surprising dishes! The 9 course menu is definetely something else and worth it!

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·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best meals of my life!

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was extraordinary and the staff super friendly. Great atmosphere and great to see so many women working there in the open kitchen. Wanna see more of that!

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Organic
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazingly creative and tasty vegetarian food. The $30 dollar menu (tax included!) was superb, with loads of choices.

Relaxed and friendly staff, a must if in New York.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

After trying to get into Dirt Candy for years, we finally made it. They now only offer tasting menus (five or ten courses). We had the five-course menu, and it was a lot of food. It was unclear, when the first course arrived, whether it was a course or the first three plates out of five. It also seemed, by the third and fourth courses (the fifth was dessert), that the ideas were running out on what to do with all those veggies. Maybe fewer courses or fewer different plates per course would work better. An à la carte option would be good for those with smaller appetites, too. The service was attentive, professional, but a bit cool. The room is inviting and the noise level was lively but not in the least problematic for conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Incredibly creative, every course delicious. It sets a high bar for any restaurant & above any vegetarian restaurant I've found!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Absolutely delicious, creative, yet unpretentious food; friendly and attentive service; bright, clean, cheerful space. Three cheers for paying staff properly and not having tipping, too. I hope this catches on in the US.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It’s vegetarian fine-dining, but you have the option if making everything vegan very easily.

Tags: Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Fantastic vegetarian feast and excellent wine and beer. The service was wonderful and we really enjoyed our meal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent vegan food with superb service. It really is a gem.

Tags: Vegan, Organic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

lovely evening at the tasting bar. lots of great dishes. really well done.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Thought the food was ok but not wonderful. Too many raw items and not enough cooked food in the taster 5 course meal. Although the restaurant was fairly empty we were immediately sat at the side bar where the food was being prepared. Not a great seat since there were tables available...I felt I was profiled into the cheap seats. I've had much much better vegetarian taster menus in Europe.

Tags: Vegan
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Incredible service and interesting food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Such a wonderful experience. Loved every single bite!!! Food, atmosphere, and service were excellent!Amazing place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Xmas brunch

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Dirt Candy has consistently been one of my favorite restaurants in NY. I am vegetarian and it never disappoints. Thank you!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was the best part of our trip and we both agree, the best meal we've ever had. (We are currently vegan, have been vegetarian for about 12 years) Our main purpose of coming to New York this year was for the food and this meal made the entire trip worth it. My husband suggested making our next trip to New York based solely on getting a reservation booked here again and wanted to come back the very next day but we just could swing it with our schedule. The service is impeccable, the food is amazing and the space is really cute and cozy. The staff also went out of their way to work around our schedule to be sure we could make it to Miss Saigon in time and the chef brought us one of our courses. Our only regret is not having the time to do the 9 course menu. We likened our meal here to that of our dinner at Grace in Chicago but without the guessing game of what you may be eating. It's creative and experimental but still accessible and not at all pretentious. Give this place a Michelin star!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Tapas
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We chose the larger menu with the full pairing for a special night out, and were thrilled at every step. The food here really puts vegetables on an amazing pedestal, and we had dishes that went above and beyond what we thought was possible for humble ingredients. The pairings highlighted women winemakers from around the world and went beautifully with all the dishes. Standouts were the broccoli, mushrooms, and eggplant fosters.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

At Dirt Candy at least during Saturday Brunch being vegan means that you basically eat only different kinds of flavored bread. It was dry, not flawourfoul. After leaving the table i felt thirsty and like I’ve gained 10 lbs.

The servers would bring the main course while we were still working on appetizers, so weird... We’d eat cold dishes plus in a rush, trying to eat it all before It gets cold.

Never again. You’re better staying home or order a salad in a regular restaurant.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of the best and most interesting meals I have ever had. Fabulous in every way that a meal can be. Highest recommendation.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

We've been to this restaurant three times. On this occasion, food that was supposed to be hot wasn't. The tasting menu seemed sparse. Not as creative as we would have expected. Not as filling or interesting either. Teeny portions to share among a table, and kind of awkwardly served with no silverware initially so we sat kind of wondering what to do. The service was okay over all. Somm was awesome and warm, interesting, talented. Amazing wine list with female winemakers! But I wish she had told us more about the stories behind the wines, as some other somms do. Still, she was great. The first server we had seemed uninterested in details, kind of aloof and stiff. He never asked us how we liked anything. Our experience in the past at Dirt Candy has been a lot of warmth and "how do you like it?"--and if we enjoyed something, they'd often bring us another one. This time, none of that. The second server at the end of the meal was warm and seemed more interested and attentive, but we were practically done eating. Dessert was overkill, and not that interesting. I wish we had had more filling and better savory food prior to dessert. The onion chocolate tart is not good. Other desserts were a little too sweet. The atmosphere was great. The lighting is perfect, and I'd go back for a drink, but probably not food. Or at least not for a while--maybe we'll wait it out for a year.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 14, 2017

What a treat to have not 1 but 2 vegetarian tasting menus to choose from! I choose the smaller one and enjoyed it . Although a bit heavy on bread, otherwise lovely and everything was delicious. Will have to return to try the longer tasting menu, when I have a bigger appetite.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 12, 2017

If you are looking for a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in NYC for a special night out you can stop looking. This is were you need to go.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 12, 2017

So it was just, ok. The food was ok. The service was ok. The ambience was nice but overall no wow factor. The best part was were able to get all the dishes vegan. Other than that, it felt very "conveyor belt-ish." We were super excited about getting a reservations then kinda felt let down after we started eating. The wait staff was impersonal and although they were friendly they were just "doing their job." I would not recommend going here to a friend and probably won't be going back unfortunately.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

An excellent dining experience. Each course of our 5 course dinner was very creative, savory, and delicious. The presentation was very artful. This was a unique dinner. The staff was very friendly and attentive and described each dish. The only thing I'd change is the music. Sometimes we felt it was too loud and cacophonous. The ambience was ok, nothing special. All in all we loved the food and will return. Also be careful because they ask to confirm, but we never got a call nor a voice mail, and they had cancelled us. Luckily we got a table, I think because we were there the earliest they open which is 5:30

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Very gracious, letting me sit to wait for date with refreshment, seating us early. Wonderful textures, flavors and pairings! I don't make any of this at home!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Makes me happy! The food is love on a plate! Best brunch deal in the city.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was wonderful

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Creative and beautifully presented. Delicious. Staff seemed happy to be there. A warm greeting on arrival. We will go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. The Korean fried broccoli was amazing

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for my wife’s birthday. She’s a vegan with a gluten allergy. They prepared great dishes and took all the effort out of her trying to dissect the menu. The price really isn’t that bad considering gratuity is already included. And the service was awesome. Fast speedy and considered.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vegan, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Truly a special, unforgettable experience. The onion chocolate tart truly blew my mind.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Dinner Menu has two options: Vegetable Patch (5 courses) or Vegetable Garden (9 courses). We had the Vegetable Patch and it was more than filling! Our tasting included: Korean fried broccoli with shanghai shoots, the fennel and mushroom plates, carrot sliders and broccoli dogs, Brussels sprout tacos, and for dessert we had the corn cake and one other option which included mangos and mango sorbet. Everything was super delicious especially the carrot sliders! The restaurant and staff were more than accommodating to our vegan diet and almond allergy. Would highly recommend coming here on an empty stomach!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was incredible, the service was great and we had a great night. Will definitely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Party of 4, had the 5-course tasting menu. If you are vegan make sure you ask for vegan -- many of the courses are vegetarian but can be adjusted for vegan diets. Aside from this, food was inventive and delicious with a killer dessert course to boot. Everyone left full and happy.

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Organic, Healthy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Amanda is absolutely the best when it comes to vegetable cooking and presentation.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent meal from drinks, entrée, to dessert. Attentive staff and nice location. Wonderful they are able to create vegan versions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The brunch deal at Dirt Candy is really a great value for money. The menu is innovative and fun and more casual than dinners.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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