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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.
New York, NY 10002
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Broome and Grand
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please inquire for details.
F train to Delancey
J, M, Z trains to Essex Street
B, D trains to Grand Street
M15 Bus to Delancey and Allen
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Dirt Candy Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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