Our first time trying the new "vegetable garden" extended menu, and it was outstanding. some of the holdover dishes sprinkled in, but mostly new ones - and those were my favorites. out of nine courses, there was one slight misstep -- a shotglass of bland green soup that was part of the three-part first appetizer. but other than that, just great. loved the carrot slider and the moo-shu like dish, where the diner grills skewered pea pods on a tabletop charcoal thing. absolute favorite? the Eggplant Foster dessert, flamed tableside and served with a delicious lemon ice cream and basil ice cream. nice wine list, too, with a number of affordable bottles.
Had to make a reservation very far in advance but it was well worth it. Amazing food, great service. I'm still in a food coma.
Food was yummy. Had higher expectations for a vegetarian restaurant, expected there to be more vegetables incorporated, but seemed to be mostly just carbohydrates. For example, the zucchini pancakes were just normal pancake mix with slices of zucchini.
The food was creative, delicious and presented beautifully. The fried potatoes were incredibly flavorful and perfectly crispy and the beet donuts to die for!
The service was warm, knowledgeable, and attentive. The wine pairing was excellent, all unusual choices from woman-owned or operated wineries.
The food was very good but it was a set menu and you didn't even know what you were getting until it arrived at the table. We did the 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was a lot of food but the wine was just ok. The desserts were excellent!
I enjoyed the evening and experience but I was a little let down. It was over priced and uncomplicated for a 9 course meal. I would expect for interesting and complex dishes for that price and hype around the restaurant. Also I was disappointed that for a vegan/ vegetarian restaurant, that cane sugar would be used in the deserts when there are so many healthy sugar alternatives out there...
Best dinner we had in New York, by far beating the Michelin starred Nix. Great service and fun food. Wine pairing was very affordable
Awesome dishes from a chef that knows how to be playful and creative with veggies.
The food did not live up to the hype and the expediter did not have the kitchen under control. Lots of miscommunication throughout service. The servers were the shining stars.
I‘m not in town often and wouldn’t recommend going if you only have a few nights in the city.
The food was amazing! The service started slow-out waiter never came to our table so I went over to the hostess and asked if we could order drinks and someone appeared immediately. Service was ok from then on. But seems to be a bit of a weak link.
Had such a great time eating inventive cuisine with fine presentation and a well trained staff. Only really complaint is the wine is veryy expensive compared to the minimal pour. Keep in mind and order a bottle or something else.
Excellent selection of dishes and drinks ,service outstanding !’nn
Wonderful food and service. Large portions. More than we could eat. Will certainly return and bring friends
Too much broccoli. mix it up a little....
Nice spot... great service... the fact that they pay real money to their workers is what will have me spending my $$ here...
One of my favorite restaurants! Love the creativity of veggie offerings. Preferred the open menu over the pre fix courses.
Our new favorite restaurant
We went to Dirt Candy while visiting NYC for my wife's 30th birthday. We have both been vegetarians for almost 7 years now and my in-laws, who were with us, are also vegetarians. We are from LA so we have been to many high end vegetarian/vegan restaurants. We looked at all the reviews about this place and were super excited to go here. However, that faded quickly upon arriving. We went with the vegetable garden menu (9-10 courses) and three of us did the wine pairing. The wines were very lack luster, none of which we would care to ever have again. We also felt like they skipped some wine pairings as we did not receive a new wine with each course. After finishing her first cocktail, my mother-in-law ordered a second one, which never came.
Although I would give Dirt Candy an A for effort, I would give them a D for execution. Every course left us unsatisfied; the flavors were just not there. The worst part about it though...the $600 bill!!! If we are going to spend that much money on dinner, it better be excellent. Dirt Candy also has a no tipping policy, stating they already pay their employees a living wage. At first we liked this idea, but soon we realized why almost every restaurant does the tradition tipping method. Our server, Benjamin, seemed very uninterested in us the whole night, because of course why would he, he makes the same amount whether he gives good or bad service.
This trip we also went to Dovetail (AMAZING, double the price of Dirt Candy; so worth it), Blossom and Nix. These places are better than Dirt Candy. I would not recommend Dirt Candy. Our overall feeling leaving Dirt Candy was disappointment and that it was a waste of money.
I love this restaurant! I can’t wait to go back! The dinner options are a 5 or 8 course meal which are only vegetarian or vegan options. It was one of the best meals I have ever had in my life! The service is amazing! YOU MUST GO HERE!
It's really not to be missed, and don't talk yourself out of the eight-course tasting menu, thinking you might only be able to handle five--you'll leave with three courses of missed opportunities to witness vegetables in starring roles.
I didn't witness Chef Cohen's loss to Morimoto on Iron Chef, but I'm giving the tasting menu win to Chef Cohen and Dirt Candy! (Morimoto of course is not to be missed either, but I've forgotten the somewhat long and monotonous tasting menu over the years while his a la carte offerings remain quite memorable...)
The new dinner tastings felt rather disappointing compared to a la carte menus. A lot of the food came with good ideas but barely had much flavor. For example, the broccoli hot dog was a cool idea, but the broccoli itself had very limited flavor. It felt like there wasn't much effort put into the flavors and there wasn't much subtlety involved. It is definitely not as "fine" as the old dirt candy used to be. Tasting menu was not worth it.
Beautifully served and tasty alternative to meat. Delicious. Professional service. Welcoming.
Choice of two prix fix meals. Tips included.
This was my second time dining at Dirt Candy. I really love the food. I tried the pre-fix menu and I was very pleased with my entire selection. I will be back soon.
What a delightful dining experience! Love the Prix Fixe menu; tax and tip included. You don't need to make any decisions. The food comes, the wine comes, and all you have to do is enjoy. I felt very pampered. The artfully composed dishes explode in your mouth with flavour only leaving you wanting more and trying to figure out when you can come back and bring friends... if you can plan far enough in advance to pounce on a resie on OpenTable.
Nice but not fabulous. Dirt Candy got a lot of attention for its innovative vegetarian menu in 2012. The presentation is beautiful, the space is large, elegant and comfortable. There are 2 options - a 5-course tasting menu for $58 and a 9-course for $85 with no description/details of what that entailed. Also, while the food was good, today many similar dishes can be found in a wide variety of places, often prepared in more interesting ways. They asked in advance about our food restrictions - we are gluten, dairy, egg, sugar and soy-free - which isn't hard to accommodate in a lot of vegan restaurants in NYC and LA but seemed to really throw them. Our waitress was lovely and sweet but the others seemed incredibly irritated - to their credit, it was a busy night. When they poured a hot espresso sauce over a beautiful chocolate mushroom filled with sunflower seed crisp and pudding, we were scared to mention the sugar and caffeine restrictions. We ate a few bites and it was DELICIOUS but an unwise choice for a cancer survivor and a sugar addict.
I was super excited to try Dirt Candy. I can't believe I had to wait a month for reservations for 2 for a saturday night. I really do not understand what all the positive reviews are about... makes me lose faith in reviews online. Got the tasting and wasn't impressed. My husband and I have a game where when we do tastings we rate it as either 'meh, good, worth coming back for OR holy ish, let's not talk until this fully goes down it's so good'. We thought everything was good, but nothing worth coming back for or memorable.
I also thought it was a little ridiculous that we were sat at the bar and not given a table, even though I asked. Bar seating should be for walk-ins, not for people who made reservations a month in advance. It went from romantic date night to let's look at the prep staff pressing out little dots on our plate. Also ridiculous was that two of the five dishes, the waiter approached us with our dishes and then walked away and gave it to someone else because he realized the server didn't yet put out new plates/silverware for us. You don't wave food in front of a pregnant woman and then walk away! Who does that?! Poor coordination.
Portions were tiny too. The first course came with 4 tiny florets of broccoli and a huge piece of bread (underwhelming bread btw). I joked with my husband that we should hang on to the bread in case all of the portions were like this. Sure enough, it was a good move.
The price of the menu is $56 a person which is very reasonable if you're getting good food. This is the city....I don't undersatnd how restaurants can get away with this. I def wouldn't go back or recommend. There are hundreds of amazing restaurants in the city...do yourself a favor and go somewhere else!
Pretty pricey, but totally worth it. I'd recommend the wine pairing.
Excellent food and service! Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for some Michelin-level vegetarian food. The price is relatively high but definitely worth it. So maybe not something for an everyday dinner but perfect for a special occasion.
Tasty and inventive. Superior service. EVERY waiter or attendant was great and knowledgeable. Food is amazing.
Pluses: some food superior (korean fried broccoli, bok choy appetizer, portobello mousse; broccoli hotdog); other was just okay (carrot slider, taco). Dessert mediocre (chocolate is a vegetable and tastes just fine without adding mushrooms). I thought the chef did herself a disservice with the brussels-sprout taco, which was nothing special and ended the main part of the meal on a decidedly pedestrian note. I love tacos, but they are nothing special and are not what i come to an expensive, sophisticated restaurant like this to eat. That course landed with a thud after the elegance of the first two courses and the (arguable) wittiness of the third (the slider and broccoli dog). Finally, please get rid of the strictures of the 5- or 9-course options and restore the a la carte menu. I want a little choice--and, need i say, would never have picked a taco.
Food was delicious!!! Service was great. Booked our table several days ahead and, when we arrived early, were seated right away. Would recommend this place to everyone!
Great! Highly recommend
I was a vegetarian for 10 years. I've eaten in vegetarian restaurants all over the world. Nothing comes close. I'm sure my carnivorous friends would love Dirty Candy too.
Dirt Candy is amazing! Thank you for being so creative and delicious and friendly!!! One of the best meals I've had out in years. Was only in NY for one day and feel truly lucky to have eaten brunch at Dirt Candy. Yay!
Excellent all around. Such a great creative menu, presentation, wine pairing. Great service and a value for the quality.
I'm a huge fan of Amanda Cohen and was so happy to eat at Dirt Candy. Fully lived up to my high expectations.
Food and service was exceptional. We had the tasting menu. We enjoyed everything and ended up purchasing their cookbook. It is thoughtful vegetarian. Already recommended to friends.
Some really great, imaginative vegetarian food.
Loved some dishes but not everything. Great service and great drinks. All in all, a very fun dining experience.