What Insiders Are Saying
The new and improved Dirt Candy location on the Lower East Side is bigger and shinier. And it’s still really, really good.
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Food was amazing! Will definitely be back. Service was extraordinary!
My experience at Dirt Candy was PHENOMENAL. We enjoyed every last minute of it. Would recommend to everyone!!! Thank you!!!
Being a vegetarian for over 6 years and recently converting to vegan, I have tried many restaurants. Although, the food is good I was surprising shocked that it was not more unique. Over-spiced and Very Over Priced.
Amazing! Every staff member genuinely seems to care about each customer's experience. Artful food presentation, delicious, unpretentious and unexpected!
Matched the website’s own predictions exactly, had some fun and some downs. Some courses entirely overshadowed others, such as the fennel couscous and dyed monkey bread feeling wimpy in size and flavor next to the entrees and first tiered appetizer. The standouts personally were the mushroom and cucumber entrees and the eggplant foster and cauliflower cake desserts. Absolutely delicious. Would love coming back at the opposite end of the year to see the differences in seasonals and staples, or even years in the future to see the menu's evolution- all dependent on travel plans to NYC. I came because I love trying experimental and fun dishes to implement in my own cooking (for myself of course), and on that end, I definitely was not disappointed. A trip highlight.
One of the top three meals in my life! Everything was so amazingly good! I’m vegan and a foodie, have eaten my way through NYC and it doesn’t get better than Dirt Candy. Although vegetarian and not vegan, there was no problem making the menu vegan (it mostly already is). Yey for the vegetables
Another amazing meal! We loved the tasting menu full of favorites and new favorites.
Amazing food, art and flavor. Expensive but well worth it. Unforgettable experience.
Great food experiences. Had 5 course tasting menu. Impressive creative dishes. Largest savoury course came last and should of come earlier due to lack of hunger at that point.
Food and presentation were incredible. One of the best meals I’ve ever had.
Disappointed that a restaurant to celebrate the vegetable did not have any interesting vegetables other than the local forged greens around the vegetable tower. For dinner only two choices -tasting menu. Unfortunately other than a few unique tastings such as the chilled soup, mushroom pate and cucumber three ways there was too much salt and soya.
A lack of more unique vegetable and I wonder why cauliflower cake when the cauliflower did not elevate the uniqueness of the cake- although delicious.
Staff and Service was excellent.
I was disappointed just in the sense I expected more unique vegetables, herbs and tasting notes other than salt.
The food was delicious! Wish everything was all vegan all the time, but the vegan adaptations were deliciousssss. Definitely a great value for a unique meal!
Outstanding nine course Prix Fixe dinner; exceptional food, wonderful waiter, and front row seat at the counter watching the incredible chef and staff create delectable, artistic, creative vegetarian delights! Highly recommend; plan to return whenever I am in New York.
Wonderful vegetarian restaurant. Fixed price menu with 2 options: 5 courses or 9 courses. Very inventive food: not all items were home runs, but enough were to create a great experience. Superb service, no tipping with prices inclusive. Recommended!
Dirt Candy was enjoyable for a non-vegetarian person like myself. All of the courses were super tasty & to be honest, i was completely full by the time we got to the 5th course of the Veggie Patch set menu. I would go back for another meal again.
Sunday brunch this past weekend was amazing - couldn’t believe they’d incorporated vegetables into biscuits, scones, crepes and coffee cake in such a unique and delicious way...at first we were skeptical that it would work but oh boy did it! Can’t wait to go back for dinner - even though getting a reservation might be more than a little challenging...
We opted for the extended tasting menu, which resulted in a 3+ hour dining engagement with as much as 20 minutes between courses at certain intervals in a restaurant that was not at full occupancy. This was disappointing as it was a special occasion and we had plans we had to cancel due to the bad meal pacing.
While I do not being rushed during tasting menus, this was the longest experience I’ve had in a restaurant with dishes far less sophisticated then comparable experiences.
The restaurants playful vegetable first takes can be satisfying and surprising but were often very underwhelming and lacked depth or complexity. The pasta with peanut sauce and celery was one note, texturally challenging, and simply not good. The dish of broccoli in a hearty broth that came at the same time had amazing depth in the broth, but was essentially just undercooked broccoli without anything to lift it.
The spinach and cilantro soup with pistachio rim was quite impressive - simple with a huge depth of flavor. The beet robotaya dish similarly surprising and enjoyable. The play on the tangine with cous cous was flavorful but so small - and the broth came out less than room temperature, making something that would have been outstanding somewhat flat.
The deserts were largely misses. I understand the desire to incorporate vegetables in playful ways, but sometimes you need to self edit. The cauliflower ice cream was grainy and unappetizing and the cake cloyingly sweet. I did enjoy the eggplant bananas foster. Why use eggplant when banana is already perfect - I don’t know. It didn’t add anything to the dish besides a strange texture, but the basil sauce and sorbet elevated it with acid and herbaciousness.
Our wait was acknowledged without us raising the issue, and the staff was kind and accommodating. In the end, the food itself often underwhelmed which made the timing somewhat irritating.
While Dirt Candy is still an excellent restaurant, it has lost a step over the years.
The creativity and beauty of each dish was spectacular. This is an experience you shouldn't miss!
Amazing and very creative food, excellent service and delightful venue. Highly recommend it.
Incredible vegetarian experience.
Took the vegetable garden option and wasn’t sorry
Amazing and well worth it! Our servers were excellent and the food couldn’t have been better.
Fantastic food experience. Service was exceptional. Drinks were expensive at ~$17 USD, but the Veggie Patch tasting menu felt like good value.
This is absolutely my favorite restaurant in New York.
Thank you so much for an incredible meal. We were absolutely blown away. Unique wine pairings, I couldn’t even begin to say what course was my favorite. They were all impeccable!
Service very serious
Should be more fun
Food varied some hits some misses
Amazing in every way!
Our second time here and they both have been amazing one of the best!
The pumpkin biscuits are UNREAL, as is the cabbage sandwich. Service is excellent, especially considering they don't even accept tips. I am obsessed with this place! Will definitely be coming back.
Really lovely food (5 course tasting). Enthusiastic service. I did have an issue with the evening though - I'm all for correct portion sizing, but I really do not want to leave a restaurant as hungry as I did
I was there for brunch and it had the worst vegan/vegetarian bruch menu I've ever seen. Really carrots and beets in every dish or how about fried tofu in a bun. It's 2019 not 2008.
The space and service were amazing. The food is delicious, thoughtful and super creative! They pay their staff a living wage. I highly recommend you go!
Food unique. Highly recommend the wine pairings with dinner.
Incredible dining experience! They were super accommodating for a vegan diet and the 10 course menu was outstanding - amazing flavors, presentation and variety. My only wish was that the dishes were smaller so we could eat them all and not waste anything as we got full towards the end. Highly recommended!
Delicious food but heavy on the bread so made it feel like we didn’t get as much food. Felt it was a little overpriced for what we got.
It was a special evening and even better than I expected. Highly recommended, I will be back
Fabulous service, with great attention to my food allergies. Artistic, savory, filling vegan dishes. Best vegan meal I have had on the East Coast.
Fantastic food, wonderful service, very accommodating for dietary concerns
I was expecting dinner menu even though it was 2 pm on Sunday. I was a little confused by the menu we ordered alcarte and we were very happy..
Fabulous! great vegetarian meals suited for anyone