The place to Eat: Vegetarian Indian, Korean and Ethiopian Delicacies, and Extra

Where to Eat: Vegetarian Indian, Korean and Ethiopian Cuisine, and More

Earlier than I hop into the questions, a particular because of my colleague Becky Hughes for filling in last week. I really feel effectively rested and energized to reply one other spherical of reader questions. In the present day now we have a beginner seeking to attempt completely different cuisines, a customer in search of nice Cantonese and a diner who desires to eat in a phenomenal area.

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I wish to change into extra “adventurous” and order completely different plates as an alternative of the frequent ones I all the time do. (I’ve had sufficient salads and pasta for all times!) As I simply moved to NYC, that is my good excuse to take action. Right here’s the catch: I’m vegetarian. I’m dying to attempt Korean, Ethiopian, Indian meals, as an illustration, however I believe some eating places don’t supply vegetarian plates in any respect. Do you’ve gotten any suggestions? — Yohana D.

I’m glad you set adventurous in quotes as a result of what’s “adventurous” to it’s possible you’ll be run-of-the-mill to another person. And even higher, all three of the cuisines you talked about have loads of entry factors for vegetarian diners. With that in thoughts, right here’s a little bit of a starter package: As I discussed in my newsletter on vegan dining, vegetarians can have a ball at Ras Plant Based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, or Bunna Cafe in Bushwick, which each focus on vegan Ethiopian meals. As for Korean, take a look at Haenyeo in Park Slope. Go for the japchae, yache pajun and the bibimbap with tofu. And Indian delicacies is overflowing with vegetarian choices: Begin with the chili paneer tikka at Adda in Lengthy Island Metropolis, Queens.

I can be in Manhattan in early July and am eager about going to a Cantonese restaurant. Sadly, there aren’t any good ones in Houston, the place I dwell. Would you presumably be capable to advocate any? — Ellen S.

I’ve two choices for you: If you wish to lean into historical past, you need to go to the brand new location of the legendary Jing Fong, at 202 Centre Avenue, which isn’t housed in a grand eating corridor, as its older downtown location was, however continues to be churning out top-tier dim sum like pork buns and tender shrimp and chive dumplings. Then there’s Uncle Lou, which is lower than a 12 months outdated, however is already one thing of a Chinatown darling, leaning into old-fashioned Cantonese eating. Pete Wells put collectively an excellent menu in his March 2022 review, together with gained tons in chile oil, and a home-style seafood stir-fry.

I’m not a foodie, I’m an artwork historian and artwork critic, or a connoisseur of magnificence. The place in Manhattan or close by are the eating places with lovely rooms — architecturally, furnishings, lighting, spaciousness, consolation. If they’re inexpensive, a lot the higher. If not, I’ll do an occasional splurge to have a night a deux in a wonderful surroundings. The view out any window shouldn’t be essential; I wish to be ensconced in a phenomenal ambiance. — Suzaan B.

I like your unabashed dedication to magnificence. However that doesn’t imply you need to, as they are saying on “The Nice British Bake-Off,” sacrifice substance for model. The primary eating room that involves thoughts is the pure light-filled La Mercerie in Chinatown. Attempt a lunch of anchovies with vanilla butter and haricots verts when you’re eating on a price range. Bar Tulix on Houston Avenue can also be straightforward on the eyes, with snug cubicles and a sultry atmosphere. The spicy tuna tostaditos and masa-encrusted branzino tacos are to not be missed.

And although I haven’t had the chance to go to the lately opened Oiji Mi in Flatiron — from the staff behind the Korean restaurant Oiji, which bought two stars from Pete Wells in 2015 — the inside is outfitted in a stunning combination of velvet, leather-based, wooden and glass.

  • This week, Pete Wells awarded two stars to Saigon Social on the Decrease East Facet, the place “a celebration of Vietnamese meals made the standard approach” is on full show from the chef and proprietor Helen Nguyen.

  • Kossar’s Bagels & Bialy, the practically 90-year-old Decrease East Facet fixture, will expand its attain to Hudson Yards this week and the Higher East Facet this fall, Florence Fabricant experiences.

  • Tejal Rao turned a spotlight on the chef Wes Avila’s Angry Egret Dinette and its “fine-dining-quality elements, dealt with with care, however served with none of the related pretensions,” in Los Angeles’s Chinatown.

  • Our reporter Christina Morales took a deep dive into the world of gravestones etched with household recipes.

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