This is one of those old-school vegetarian restaurants that somehow keeps hanging on. I like that it's still around, but I'm also bothered that it represents the face of vegetarian food, because it's not that good, and it's pretty expensive. To add insult to injury, it's cash-only (how can a place be cash only when it charges $10-15 per plate?).
I came here with friends and we shared a norimaki roll ($8) which was basic sushi. It tasted okay, but not great.
We next had a three-bean chili ($6) which I thought was decent, but my two friends disliked. The chili could have been spicier, and freshened up with some diced tomatoes and green chilis. I didn't like the big dollop of tofu sour cream in the middle of the bowl, either, which messed up the taste. The cornbread was the best part of this dish, to be honest.
Next we shared a tempeh reuben ($10) and an "ole man seitan" burrito ($15). The reuben was passable. The ole man seitan was probably the best dish of them all and had high-grade seitan and a rich mole flavor, balanced with some savory elements on the outside. That said, for $15 in cold cash, it was a super-steep price, and small portion.
I appreciate Angelica Kitchen's staying power, but it needs a serious revamp of its menu, with more modern dishes, at lower prices. If you're looking for quality, vibrant vegan and vegetarian food in New York City, check out Blossom and Cafe Blossom, or Peacefood Cafe. Candle Cafe's pretty good, too.
By the way, Angelica Kitchen doesn't take reservations, so get here early during peak lunch and dinner hours.