The point of this blog is to identify vegetarian options at some of the best restaurants in New York City. I’ve been looking for high end vegetarian food over the years, and I’ve found that even highly-regarded restaurants had mediocre to terrible vegetarian options. If you’re looking for great vegetarian food in New York, made by some of the best chefs around, this is blog is for you. I’ll be cataloging my experiences eating at top restaurants in New York (and elsewhere), and reviewing the vegetarian options at those restaurants. (Generally, the places I review have received Michelin stars, favorable reviews from New York Magazine, or stars from the New York Times restaurant reviews.)
This isn’t your typical restaurant review. I’m obviously interested in things like service, ambiance, etc., but I’m primarily interested in the availability and quality of vegetarian options. That’s why the blog is called “without bacon”. So many times, I find myself order this or that, “without bacon” (or crab, or chicken, or whatever). If Bouley can spend lots of time and energy coming up with dozens of soups, salads, appetizers and entrees, I don’t think it’s too much to ask that they come up with a couple of vegetarian options as well. And the focus is on options. I understand that Le Bernadin is great for seafood, but I’m not going to pay $70 for a prix fixe lunch where my only choice for an entree is pasta with mushrooms.
I’m also mainly interested in reviewing nice restaurants. Some reviews will be of the leading restaurants in New York, like Eleven Madison Park or Jean-Georges. Others will be a bit more casual, but still very nice, places. Yeah, Maoz Vegetarian is great for a quick bite, but that’s not my target with this website.
I’m also not generally interested in reviewing restaurants that are exclusively vegetarian (though I will make exceptions for particularly interesting/noteworthy restaurants). I often find myself going out in connection with work, and it’s hard to convince a group to go to Zen Palate. More to the point, just as I think a place shouldn’t have zero vegetarian options, I also don’t think a place should have zero non-vegetarian options. To each his own.
So I hope you’ll follow this blog, as I go around the city (and occasionally elsewhere) and try out herbivore-friendly food. Feel free to contact me, make suggestions, or leave tips about places and dishes to try. And maybe we can make the pinnacle of the dining pyramid just a bit more hospitable to the vegetarians in the world.