XYST NYC

4.6
204 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vegan
Mediterranean Inspired Cuisine and Cocktails by the Matthew Kenney Cuisine Team.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vegan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm;
Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(212) 727-2979
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come join us at XYST as we celebrate Thanksgiving. We will be offering a wonderful Multiple Course Family Style Prix Fixe Menu priced at $65/adult We will be open from 12:00pm until 9:00pm.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 204 People Are Saying
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love XYST have gone many times and always a great experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each small plate dish - meant to be shared - is priced like an entree. Rather than eating two entrees you order four or five dishes to share which adds up. Other than that this was an AMAZING place. Food delicious, service impeccable. They were so nice and easy going.

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V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice and cosy restaurant with good ambience. Food was rather bland although plated very well. They need to introduce more flavour. Aubergine was undercooked, mentioned it to waiter but no action taken regarding comment.

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YT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic delicious food, creative and beautifully presented. One of the few restaurants in NYC that does not use corn, soy or canola for cooking. Definitely be back taste their seasonally changing menu.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan spot. Room for eating outdoors that would be nice in warmer weather. Server was excellent, and made several great suggestions.

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LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at XYST. The food was fantastic. We were encouraged to order more food than we could eat though, so I'd recommend to start small and you can always order more. Or, of course, you can always take home what you don't eat and have a second XYST meal the next day which is what we are doing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was superb. I’m not a vegetarian but I the food was palatable and it was an enjoyable experience. We had one person with special dietary requirements and one of the servers helped to mark up the menu and make special adjustments to the dishes that he wasn’t able to eat.

Sadly the server missed out on one of the items we ordered and the kitchen was out of another dish we ordered so we were down two dishes. And we weren’t informed until after the kitchen had closed so we couldn’t order anything to replace those we missed.

It was good overall and I’d like to visit again to try the dishes we missed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, a little too loud and a little too warm in the back room by the fire.

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MA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here for a Sunday dinner to celebrate my husbands birthday and we left pretty happy. I wish the menu was a bit more diverse but what they do have is still pretty delicious and filling. Great service tho! They were attentive and caring yet not intrusive, AND they put a candle in our dessert which make the night special. Thank you guys so much! We enjoyed our time there. Will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu :) Thank you!

Ana

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PV
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing -- one of the rare examples of a vegan restaurant which serves top-flight cuisine that even non-vegans will be delighted by. Worth the trip -- and many repeat visits -- for anyone!

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DS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful vegan restaurant, we cannot wait to return!!

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SS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This was our first time dining at XYST NYC. Our server recommended that we order 3-4 starters and 2-3 entrees which we did. This was WAY too much food for 3 people. And it all came to the table at the same time. Some items were very tasty but others were cold and bland.

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k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On our first visit to XYST, we enjoyed the casual atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and delicious vegan cuisine. The Smoked Humus was a delicious stand out in a number of excellent dishes that we shared, including Cashew Halloumi, Cast Iron Socca, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, and a Kabocha Lentil special. Great flavors and hearty presentation. We'll be back.

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was good but the food was very average and many portions were small. I was expecting the food to be more inventive and flavorful - was not wowed by anything.

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l
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant - food is tasty. The beverages and wine are really warm. Ask for ice for your water and dont order red wine unless you want really warm wine.

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PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, inventive examples of the future of food.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I really really enjoy this restaurant. The food is nearly exceptional every time I've been there......the environment and ambience is great too. My two points of constructive feedback would be to add something absorbent on the walls so I can hear my date more readily than the couple two tables down. Also, the service is good though each time I've been customer, (1) an entree that was attempted to be served while we are still enjoying the appetizers; and also (2) an item was overlooked that we ordered that required reminding the servers. The servers are very polite and professional but I'd kind of prefer to pay attention to my date, not on my order.

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h
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. We have been before and we liked the carrots. The cauliflower was great as was the crostini. Wanted to like the mushroom dish but it was underwhelming. The Sauvignon Blanc was amazing. Really appreciate the ambiance here and the ability to hear a conversation.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best vegan restaurant we have been to in a long time.

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SK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been here on a few occasions and have tried almost everything on the menu - no dish has disappointed. I appreciate that the menu is plant and vegetable focused, and a few shared plates are enough to make you full. Dishes consistently hit the mark in terms of taste and texture. The cashew Halloumi, beet manti, and muhammara are must-haves.

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BC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

XYST has been on my list of places to try for a while now because of their all-vegan menu and the creative, non-typical dishes offered. I came here with a friend (who is not vegan and very much an omnivore) and we both thoroughly enjoyed the food.

Our server was super helpful and friendly, and helped me identify the 4 items that I should NOT get because they contained gluten (since I informed him that I am gluten-free). All the other items were either inherently gluten-free or they could substitute papadum instead of pita bread to make them gluten-free. We ended up deciding to share the Cast Iron Socca, Grilled Eggplant, and Green Pea and Fava Falafel. Even though we overheard our server tell another table that it's recommended to order two dishes per person when sharing, we felt that the three dishes we ordered was perfect. We were completely satisfied (not stuffed) and didn't have any leftovers. And the food was delicious! A nice variety of colors and textures and flavors. I would gladly get these items again, if it weren't for the fact that so many of the other items also sounded amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Wasn’t great...expected more! Socca is just alright tastes like a pancake and not enough avocado. Muhammara was too sweet. Manti was the best part. Cheesecake had no crust which is my favorite part but was tasty. It was alright wouldnt go back.

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BN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

We are always looking for high quality, creative, healthy, vegetarian/vegan options. XYST caught our eye and we were super satisfied. The food was thoughtfully prepared and presented and tasted as good as it looked. What made the entire extra special was our server Amy. We have never encountered anyone who was so genuinely passionate about the particular cuisine of a restaurant. She was happy to share her recommendations (and the choices she was less enthusiastic about) and was articulate about all the dishes and their ingredients. She was helpful, friendly, and spunky without being at all annoying. Thank you, Amy; we'll be back and will ask for you.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot ... good for groups and dates ...
really great cocktails... the falafels were great - there is an eggplant dish that you must try ... I didn’t care for the kale salad as much (but was still good) the staff is really friendly. Over all excellent service and food .. I would recommend this place

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious vegan food in a beautiful atmosphere. Expensive, but delicious!

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner with a vegetarian business colleague from out of town (she used to live in NYC), and she was excited when I told her about XYST.

I was dumbfounded by the food: every dish we tried was amazingly delicious! I will definitely bring friends and colleagues to XYST. And My office is only a couple of blocks away, so this will be very convenient for lunch meetings.

We had a wonderful experience. Will spread the word!

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Rare all vegan restaurant right in Union Square and Chelsea.

Wide diversity of vegan choices and a nice ambiance.

Recommend smoked hummus, beet hummus, and kale salads. The soup is a bit weird but in a good way, in my opinion.

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K
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible customer service. Eggplant dish was almost raw and when we told the server he said “eggplant is a hit or miss thing”!
Also the lemon meringue pie was frozen solid.
The high prices do not reflect the actual quality that you receive.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambiance was outstanding. We had to split our check between two parties and there was confusion over handling the two credit cards. Aside from that, everything was outstanding.

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PP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, this place was awesome for plant-based dining. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved the food we had. Baklava is the best baklava I'ever had.
Iron cast Socca and Mantı were just delicious, I will probably end up craving them at some point
My only problem was with the wine portions. We ordered glass wine for 14 $ and
It was half the portion you would get somewhere else.

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. I had dinner there twice during a week-long business trip in New York City. I am vegan, therefore the place was perfect for me. Between the 2 dinners that I had there I tried most menu options. Everything was amazing: tasty, delicate and beautiful. I would have gone every day if the food had been cheaper. I'll certainly come back next time I visit New York City.

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N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem for vegans and anyone interested in interesting healthy dining. The place is very cozy, warm atmosphere and attentive service. Not at all uptight or pretentious. Loved the vibe and food)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Told waiter about a food allergy and then was brought a dish with the allergen which was unfortunate given I couldn’t eat it and it was not taken off the bill.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew Kenny and his team are beyond gifted. Truly and outstanding experience.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Rare all vegan restaurant right in Union Square and Chelsea.

Wide diversity of vegan choices and a nice ambiance.

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y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Xyst is a new experience with in every dish, it eludes cycling of flavors which can easily be arching with vegan cuisine. I absolutely love the underciver-orange blossom waffles.
Enjoy

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CT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Vegan Mediterranean food! A must try! Matthew Kenney does it again :)

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I myself, being a MK cuisine disciple, I was expecting much more. Very simple plates and presentations.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everyone lobbed the hslloumi and beet manti and hummus, but the falfel and socco were a very mixed bag at the table. The falafel being the least liked and something we didnt finish. We were very dissapointed with the chocolate cake and baklava.

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