Dirt Candy

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
139 Tips and reviews
  • vegetarian food
  • jalapeno hush puppies
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • lively
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  • Eater
    EaterJune 14
    At brunch, vegetarians settle in for Cohen’s green eggs, zucchini pancakes, and a radish and goat cheese omelette. The Brussels sprouts tacos are especially popular. Read more
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenApril 3, 2016
    the broccoli hot dogs and carrot sliders are so fun and good. the mushroom dish was incredible and the best was the Korean fried broccoli. delicious cocktails and homemade monkey bread as well.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerSeptember 23, 2015
    This place is hands down on point. The Korean broccoli, hush puppies, and Brussel tacos were amazing. I love my red meat, but could eat here any day of the week.
  • Guest of a Guest
    The tomato biscuits with basil butter and green tomato jam were so inventive and different, without sacrificing the flaky, decadent goodness that we love about traditional biscuits. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: A+. This brunch was fantastic - each dish was memorable and unique, and left us refreshed for our day in the city. We can’t wait to come back! Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 3
    Chef Amanda Cohen has been doing haute veg since before it was cool—actually no, it was always cool here. Don’t skip dessert: The cucumber semifreddo is the stuff summer dreams are made of. Read more
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinNovember 21, 2015
    Best vegetarian restaurant I've ever eaten at. Came for brunch and had the zucchini pancakes (pictured), tomato biscuits and green huevos. Recommend all of them!
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiJuly 24, 2016
    Hyper-trendy. Almost everything is vegan(izable), some stuff more than others. Ask your server. The hush puppies plus Korean Fried Broccoli are out of this world.
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinJanuary 19, 2016
    Their mushroom dish is fantastic! I also liked the broccoli dog and their corn dessert. Korean fried broccoli was the only disappointing dish.. Too salty. They're very strict w timing
  • Calvin L.
    Calvin LammersMarch 8, 2015
    Had gone to the original spot a number of times and always held that as my fav restaurant/experience in NYC. The new spot does not live up to that. The curried fries and cabbage hot pot in particular
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PetrielloDecember 23, 2015
    One of the most interesting menus left in this part of town. Sit at the chef's bar if you're witth a good friend who would welcome the distraction. Also every cocktail is great.
  • Mar Mar Q.
    Mar Mar Q.March 28, 2015
    Awesome vegetarian spot! Hush puppies were crispy & flavorful w/maple butter. Mushroom appetizer tantalized my taste buds. Bread, carrot & squash entrees were delicious. Loved the carrot dessert!!
  • Lais S.
    Lais SchefflerOctober 24, 2015
    Jalapeño hush puppies and truffle mushroom toast are amazing! Cauliflower dish has to many different tastes that didn't match, didn't like the corn dessert!
  • Shana C.
    Shana CarpApril 14, 2013
    The food was extremely beautiful in a way hard to describe: like the best party of vegetables explodes in your mouth. if you're at the restraint the shirts cab rebook you to come back in 2 months
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 10, 2013
    There’s definitely no hush after having these Jalapeno Hush Puppies. The sweet, doughy fried ball was brilliantly coated with the rich and creamy maple brown butter. This made vegan food fun too!
  • Anuj B.
    Anuj BhardwajAugust 15, 2012
    The food was great. Jalapeno Hush puppies, the yellow pepper soup, waffles and cauliflower, the beans, and the chocolate beet cake. The chocolate beet cake was creative. Would recommend this place.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The jalapeno hush puppies are marvelous, the fried trumpet mushrooms look like onion rings, and the carrot risotto is a shocking shade of orange Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerFebruary 23, 2013
    Get mushrooms! for an appetizer and corn! for your entree, and you'll be in store for a rockin' meal. Throw in the sweet pea and mint chocolate ice cream bar if you have any room left.
  • April Kate 🍴
    April Kate 🍴August 22, 2015
    I'm torn with this place. Cool concept, I do love vegetables. I did not enjoy the corn boil. The brussel sprout tacos are better. Best hush puppies, loved the Korean fried broccoli.
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FerreyrosFebruary 26, 2016
    This place exceeded my expectations! The carrot sliders and jalapeño hush puppies were amazing!! Would definitely recommend this spot to everyone!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 1, 2013
    Vegetables (a.k.a. dirt candy) are the stars of this menu, and as freaky as it may sound, one of the best dishes is (drumroll): tiramisu with eggplant.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 14, 2015
    Try the kale matzoh ball soup with a tableside presentation of verdant vegetable stock. Miniature kale balls surround a poached egg, which adds a splash of striking yellow when punctured.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneOctober 7, 2016
    Loved these dishes: fried Broccoli, mushroom mousse, tomato tart, fennel crisp & onion chocolate tart. Skip pickles, pea shoots, Brussels tacos, radish pasta & cucumber semifreddo.
  • Uber NYC
    Uber NYCMarch 28, 2013
    Each entree features iterations on a single ingredient - you had no idea there were so many ways to prepare cauliflower! Added bonus: just about everything on the menu can be prepared vegan.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachSeptember 19, 2015
    Brunch was awesome. The French toast was the softest I've ever had and the spinach ramen salad was delicious and weird.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    My favorite was the Korean broccoli. Pretty pricey tho since they put a 20% service charge on each bill (no tipping). One appetizer, one v tiny mushroom entree, one so so dessert and one cocktail =$70
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatMarch 22, 2012
    This popular vegetarian restaurant will satisfy even the most-stubborn meat-lover! Only downside is that the place is tiny, so be sure to book a table well in advance.
  • Hunter N.
    Hunter NewmanMarch 20, 2016
    All the brunch options are unreal tasty and the presentation is possibly the best for the price I have ever seen.
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LMarch 18, 2016
    My favorite order: mushrooms, cauliflower, rutabaga, Brussels sprouts tacos and the Carrot meringue for dessert!!
  • Ramya V.
    Ramya VPApril 19, 2014
    Truly one of the most incredible meals I've had. You just don't miss the meat - and in fact, is a win that it's not there. Spectacular!!!
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Chef Amanda Cohen turns vegetables into the food of the Vegetarian Gods at her restaurant on 9th Street. Expect to be wowed by what she can do with tomatoes, eggplant, and a little cheese.
  • Ethikus
    EthikusMarch 30, 2012
    Chef Amanda Cohen was the first vegetarian chef on Iron Chef America & has one of the most energy efficient kitchens in NYC, w/ an induction stove & self-filtering fryer. Read more
  • Chenyu
    ChenyuJune 26, 2013
    Their bread is from Sullivan street bakery. Try Green tea roll & ice cream. (And of course eggplant tiramisu )
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaMarch 4, 2016
    Delicious food, should definitely try for the experience but small portions make it a one time experience for sure
  • kyle t.
    kyle tremanFebruary 27, 2015
    Honestly, if I could have any super power it would be teleporting, but after that it would be to cook vegetables like these chefs. Unbelievable, one of my favorites in NY
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KleinJanuary 7, 2016
    The tasting menu is worth the price, though I can't say many great things about the celery dessert. The onion chocolate cake, on the other hand, is smashing.
  • Jay B.
    Jay BrandtDecember 12, 2015
    Oh hey it's Friday night, do you want to try this awesome place dirt candy I keep reading about? Yeah!! ::walks 35 minutes:: dirt candy is closed ALL FRIDAY NIGHT for a private event. Um... really?
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SpetkaMarch 28
    Surprisingly great brunch spot. Extremely wonderful staff, super conscious of dietary restrictions and allergies.
  • Elyse F.
    Elyse FeuerDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is amazing: Cauliflower & Waffles, Celery with roasted king oyster mushrooms, Portobello Mousse and Beet/Dark Chocolate molten cake w/ pear sorbet. Support Amanda - great chef, great staff
  • Michelle W.
    Thought the fennel was the winner, but Korean broccoli close second. The jalepeño poppers are better than the monkey bread.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MecumOctober 6, 2015
    Get the tasting menu, you won't be disappointed--stuffed, but not disappointed. And this place is amazing whether you're a vegetarian or not (I'm not).
  • Brian B.
    This charred onion thing with the ramps, get two. I heard they have a vault full of pickled ramps so they can make them all year round.
  • Sara S.
    Sara SotoSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The menu changes seasonally (sometimes even more frequently) and everything can be made vegan. The chef's blog on their website is informative AND entertaining!! This is easily my favorite restaurant.
  • Nick M.
    Nick MontoyaDecember 20, 2012
    Intimate atmosphere and delicious, unique food. Get the eggplant tiramisu with rosemary cotton candy for dessert, you won't regret it.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    We ordered the zucchini pancakes with squash blossom butter after eyeing them down on another diner’s table. Needless to say, this dish was a standout. Read more
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LJanuary 16, 2016
    Korean fried broccoli fritters, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts tacos and corn cake were AMAZING.
  • Michael Seymour B.
    Three or four plates per person seems appropriate. Every dish was great. Whatever you choose, get the monkey bread as as a snack.
  • Mariell D.
    Mariell DFebruary 5, 2012
    Cute (tiny) EV winner. The Chard, Mushroom, Carrot and Cucumber dishes were all amazing. And the rosemary cotton candy is totally addictive.
  • Roniel T.
    Roniel TesslerApril 10, 2016
    Delicious! The only average thing on the menu were the brussels sprouts. Also the Kentucky lemonade is really just bourbon. Don't expect anything remotely close to lemonade.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WrightMay 3, 2015
    Speedy service, friendly. Vegetarian food. Nice ambience. Great for groups. Would go back if im in the area.
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