• quick bite: red bamboo in NYC

    September 4th, 2011more restaurants (not LA), NYC

    when planning my trip to the east coast i started asking around for friends’ favorite spots to eat and drink. Red Bamboo came up undoubtedly every single time. i’m talking even from omnivores. so after walking around all day in the rain and having a few beers we strolled on over in anticipation of a great meal. we walked in and there were already several people waiting before us but fortunately for our empty tummies we only had to wait about 10 minutes. the seating was a little close for my taste but what’s new in new york city?

    for dinner my partner went with tonkatsu “chops” that were served with steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes. the faux meat was breaded and covered in sauce (as the traditional meal is done) and was pretty tasty. the texture of the “chops” in my mouth was really smooth and unlike other fake meats i’ve had.

    Tonkatsu Chops: Lightly seasoned gluten pork chops served with a side of steamed vegetables, sweet corn mashed potatoes and savory tonkatsu sauce… 9.95

    personally, i didn’t care too much for the potatoes that came with the meal but my partner really liked them.

    Ginger Beef: Marinated soy beef stir-fried with garlic, scallions, ginger, carrots and sugar snap peas. Served with a side of white or brown rice…11.95

    for my meal i went with the ginger “beef” with brown rice ($11.95). The ginger beef is what really stole the show. i asked for it spicy and it had just a slight kick. slightly sweet slightly spicy sauce covering faux meat, onions, carrots, and snap peas that i mixed all up into my brown rice. i get so hungry remembering it…yummmm. the servings were pretty big, as least for my stomach, and we had about half our meals left. i took the remainder of our meals to our hostess who was just getting off work and the food was gone within a few minutes. believe all the good things you hear about red bamboo and get over there when you can.

    Red Bamboo
    140 W 4th St
    New York, NY 10012-1049
    (212) 260-7049

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  • Hubby LOVES this place with all the “fake” meat stuff. It’s great for “comfort” food!

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Looks good, thanks for the review and pics

  • Thanks so much for posting this. I have a NYC trip coming up in November and will be sure to hit this!

  • How funny … I am just finishing up 10 days in L.A. and went to your site to find your email and send you a note of thanks for being such a great resource for vegan food in L.A. and to give you an East Coast recommendation for where to eat next time you are in NYC — Red Bamboo — only to see that you (one of you) had just eaten there yesterday!

    I’m glad you discovered and enjoyed it. One more East Coast recommendation: Next time you’re in DC, you may want to try the fake chicken sandwich at Everlasting Life Restaurant on Georgia Avenue. It is amazing and I think would be right up your alley since you (or at least some of you, I’m not sure how many people share the blog) love vegan comfort food. The ambiance is great as well and it’s all vegan. I see you’ve posted about Sticky Fingers in D.C. and Candle Cafe in NYC or I would recommend those, too.

    And thanks for being such a terrific resource on vegan food in L.A.!!

  • Vegetarian Paradise 2 is 3 doors down and have the same kitchen Red Bamboo deserves all the hype but i always laugh when i see the wait line for Red Bamboo then walk right in and get seated at VP2.

    ps. Popcorn shrimp and Brownie Cheescake are this shiz at Red Bamboo.

  • Those chops look so good! I am one of those vegans who adores fake meat, so this place looks perfect to me.

  • I love this place! The food is consistently great. I’m so glad you found it.

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