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Mostly vegetarian Chinese
Dang Lai Palace is a mostly vegetarian Chinese restaurant with a menu somewhat similar to Zen Palate. The former chef from the Union Square Zen Palate is the chef at Dang Lai Palace.
They have many traditional Chinese dishes, including rice and wheat noodle dishes, soups, rice dishes, stir fried and steamed veggies, and many fake meats. They also have non-Chinese dishes like coconut curry and a veggie lasagna.
Most items are vegan and the staff knows what vegan means and can help you find items that are vegan and/or gluten-free. Prices are about $9-12 for dinner and they offer lunch specials for around $8.
The dining area is very large and impressive given New York City standards.
on Mar 13 08
(last updated Jan 20 11)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
Most Recent Reviews
I was very satisfied with my meal here. The food was very flavorful and the service was exceptional. I had the Rose Petal dish, which was $15 (a bit overpriced), but was a delicious soy meat dish with perfectly steamed vegetables and red/brown rice. I also had the rice noodles with veggies and faux meats, which was around $10 and very good, although it could have benefited from more vegetables. Both dishes were large portions and were more than enough for one person.
Because I was so satisfied with my first visit there, during dinner time, I decided to check it out for lunch. Bad idea. The lunch specials are very cheap, but the quality is poor. I got the sesame soy nuggets with broccoli (which I was pleased to see came with red rice and a spring roll), but was very disappointed with the entree. The soy nuggets were very tough and lacked flavor and while some of the broccoli was piping hot, some of it was still frozen. I suppose this isn't a surprise, as they brought me my food within 5 minutes of ordering, but it's especially disappointing, as the restaurant wasn't busy and they could have spent more time preparing my dish.
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