Reviews written by sarahlis
Registered on Aug 5 06
The staff are very nice, the food is okay, but the prices are outrageous. One juice runs $7, and the cheapest drink on the menu is $3.
Claire's has been around for so long and yet it does not seem to change. I am distressed by the inclusion of fish on the menu and most things seem to have cheese on them, which, depending on the rennet, wouldn't even be vegetarian. Eating at Claire's for a vegan is like eating at any other restaurant where you look for the one or two things you can eat. It's a great place for omnivores and for those people who call themselves "vegetarian" and still eat chicken and fish.
Edge of the Woods is a health food store that does NOT have chicken and other dead animals in the freezer. I can do the majority of my food shopping there. The deli/hot food bar offers a changing selection of both vegan and vegetarian food which is clearly labeled. There is also a salad bar and a juicing station, which will custom make organic juice. If none of that is to your liking, there are also hot and cold sandwiches that can be made for you. The bakery has an amazing selection of vegan baked goods.
This is the place to take your meat-eating friends to. They can eat traditional diner food, while you can order from the vegetarian selections. The smell of hamburgers and meatloaf make it difficult for me to eat, so I really cannot recommend this place. I would be concerned about cross-contamination and would avoid anything that is fried or grilled.
My absolute favorite vegan restaurant! So many vegan places are self-serve/cafeteria style that Candle 79 is a refreshing change. This is an upscale eatery where the waiters recite long descriptions of the daily specials. Soy candles are on the tables as well as real cloth napkins. The food is fabulous and yes, a bit pricey, but comparable to other Manhattan restaurants. If you want cheap, eat somewhere else. If you want class, go to Candle 79.