Closed as of Aug 1 11

105 1st Avenue
New York, New York 10003


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Organic Wine, Martinis, and Beer - Vegetarian Bistro

Restaurant, Bar

Vegetarian food using only the finest organic ingredients, including vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers from Counter's own roof top garden. Counter also has a selection of organic and bio-dynamic wines from around the world, a unique selection of organic Martinis made with house made infused vodka's, and organic beers.

Almost all of the food is vegan, including the desserts, though they do serve a few dishes with cheese, and the brunch menu includes a number of items with eggs.

Added by Jeff Kim on Mar 29 03 (last updated Aug 24 12)

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Good food and beautiful atmosphere.

I've had a number of dishes here over the years but my absolute favorite plate, the vegetable mosaic platter is no longer offered (perhaps it's seasonal?). It had orange scented fennel, spicy quinoa, whipped sweet potatoes, garlic green beans, and a few other veggies. All were cooked and seasoned perfectly, were very distinct, yet none clashed with each other.

I had the veggie burger a couple years ago and it had a magnificent flavor, but the texture is unexpectedly soft. I had it again a few weeks ago and the texture was much improved but the flavor wasn't anything spectacular. The nicoise-style white bean and pesto soup has an amazing flavor, but could use a bit more pesto. The seitan tenderloin is also good, but I don't think it's one of their best dishes. It's not particularly creative or exceptionally flavorful.

The only dessert I had here was a brownie sundae with homemade ice cream, which was tasty and artistically prepared. My only complaint was that it was exceedingly sweet - even for a dessert!

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UPDATE: Counter has since down-sized its menu considerably and now only offers simple sandwiches and salads and appetizers. I think the prices are too high for what they offer (the only dish that stood out to any of the four of us was the seitan burger).

Their alcohol prices are also steep. When I came back a second time I had a draft beer and we shared a paprika popcorn ($3) which was really tasty and one of the cheapest things on the menu (that said, how expensive is it to make popcorn and then sprinkle paprika on top?).

I'd come back to Counter mostly just for the ambience and location. Also, it doesn't seem to get too crowded, so this is a good spot if you're looking to accommodate a larger group of people.

Original review: Counter is decent at best, but this rating rests heavily on its location, atmosphere and generous portions. The service was friendly. But for the most part, I found the food to be bland and uninspiring, especially considering the hefty price tag. My paella was large, but had no zing to it; it seemed more like a mishmash of fresh vegetables, with little thought to seasoning or taste. Similarly the "tornadoes of seitan" was something more akin to a cloudy day; there was no "pop" to the dish. In the end, I found Counter to be an imitation of other upscale NYC joints like Blossom or Candle 79; though it charges in the same price range as those two, Counter fails to bring the accompanying expectation of taste and novelty.

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East Village


Between 6th St. & 7th St.
6 Train to Astor Place
F,V to lower east side/2nd avenue


Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$$ - expensive


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  • American
  • Eclectic (Fusion)
  • Soul Food
  • Macrobiotic


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Delivery
  • Happy Hour
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Romantic
  • Wi-Fi


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5pm - midnight
5pm - 1am
11am - 1am
11am - midnight

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