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upscale vegan-friendly soul food
Mobay is a long-standing, upscale Harlem soul food restaurant and bar that recently introduce mock meat selections to their menu. Though the menu is mostly meat, they do have a separately-labeled vegetarian section, including curried veggie chicken, brown stewed veggie chicken, barbecue veggie chicken, blackened veggie chicken, and various sides (collards, cabbage, sweet potatoes. Please ask your server about vegan options. Most vegetarian options are about $15 and come with one protein and two sides.
The restaurant includes a large back room that could accommodate large groups, a full bar that also includes separate tables, and limited outdoor seating in the front. The restaurant plays a lot of R&B and soul music in the back but tends toward having sports playing on the TVs in the bar.
on Jun 23 11
(last updated Jun 23 11)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
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Delicious! I'm a big fan of the other veggie options in Harlem (particularly the new and improved Uptown Juice Bar and Cafe Veg), but Mobay offers a very different experience. It's more upscale and more appropriate for a date or nice dinner. It's also one of the few places you can get decent vegan food and watch sports. An important basketball game happened to be on the night I dined there so the bar was full of excited fans. Everyone was fun and friendly but I wasn't in the mood for sports so I dined in the back of the restaurant and enjoyed listening to the R&B music playing.
I decided on the tofu with brown gravy because the menu described it as being addictive or something to that effect and it was quite good. For my sides, I went with the collard greens, which were also very good, although I can't say I've really had "bad" collards in my experience. What I really enjoyed was the cabbage. The waitress recommended the cabbage over the sweet potatoes (the other vegetarian option), but cabbage is often prepared minimally and can be quite bland so I wasn't sure what to expect. The cabbage, however, absolutely blew me away. It was lightly cooked (steamed or sauteed) so it was still a bit crisp and it had onions (perhaps white and green) and just had a very strong, very delicious flavor. I mostly ate the cabbage alone but it was also very good mixed with the tofu so that the tofu wasn't so heavy.
My meal was $15, which is certainly pricier than any other vegan restaurant in the area, but the food was very well prepared, the service was excellent, and I really enjoyed the ambiance. I will definitely be back!
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B, D, A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 to 125th Street
$$ - average
- Large Group-Friendly
- Outdoor Seating