Dirt Candy

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
130 Tips and reviews
  • vegetarian food
  • jalapeno hush puppies
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • desserts
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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!!!
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SpetkaMarch 28
    Surprisingly great brunch spot. Extremely wonderful staff, super conscious of dietary restrictions and allergies.
  • Michelle W.
    Thought the fennel was the winner, but Korean broccoli close second. The jalepeño poppers are better than the monkey bread.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LJanuary 16, 2016
    Korean fried broccoli fritters, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts tacos and corn cake were AMAZING.
  • 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.
  • Projekt H.
    Projekt HelenJanuary 10, 2014
    So many delicious dishes here. Tonight's favorites were the spinach and grapefruit appetizer and the broccoli hot dog.
  • Liz V.
    Liz VernonJanuary 28, 2016
    The food here is incredible! Splurge on the "Tasting menu" for an out-of-this-world meal you will never forget.
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    Chef-owner Amanda Cohen on why she doesn't serve meat: "Meat is such a strong flavor that it takes away from vegetables and we’re trying to show you how good vegetables can be on their own." Read more
  • Roopa K.
    Roopa KJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you didn't make a reservation at least 2 months in advance & don't want to wait that long to eat here, every day around 5 pm they tweet last-minute same-day cancellations.
  • David B.
    David BlackmanSeptember 10, 2014
    Interesting, tasty, fancy, playful vegetarian dishes. Not everything was amazing, but I liked what they were doing.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 7, 2014
    Village Voice is proud to welcome Dirt Candy to the 2014 Choice Eats food fest! http://bit.ly/1cRzdNV. The tiramisu with eggplant is a unique and delicious dessert.
  • jackie d.
    jackie devineFebruary 23
    Fun for a date - tip is included in pricing. They have since raised their prices though - no longer include complimentary bread either.
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LawrenceNovember 21, 2015
    Came on opening day for brunch (so much hype), which was disappointing! Tiny portions (even by NYC standards), service felt rushed. Flavors weren't amazing. Willing to check out for dinner.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 11, 2013
    Amanda Cohen's fun and whimsical temple to vegetables without pretense. Don't miss the hush puppies and save room for dessert.
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾February 26, 2016
    Unbelievable vegetarian and vegan fare. Super creative menu and great service. Fabulous for dates!
  • Lauren
    LaurenDecember 10, 2015
    Korean Fried Broccoli made the Zagat list for "10 Best Things We Ate in 2015 in NYC".
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaApril 17, 2015
    Must try the Korean fried broccoli! Great food even for non vegetarians. Very filling and very tasty
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas ReintjesDecember 9, 2015
    The tasting menu is strongly recommended. Come hungry, leave with a dozen unique flavor experiences.
  • Sylvain
    SylvainMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing experience. Vegetables in patisserie... This is celery by the way!!!
  • Cutter H.
    Cutter HouckApril 2, 2012
    Great price point. Check your food orientation judgement at the door. This place is about serving great food that happens to be veg/vegan.
  • Eat to Blog
    Eat to BlogJanuary 14, 2012
    This may be a vegetarian restaurant, but the food is about as far from a "health food joint" as you can get. Order the grits with a deep-fried poached egg and rejoice.
  • vegansaurus
    vegansaurusJanuary 6, 2014
    Very small and hip vegetarian spot with many vegan options. Make reservations well in advance! The mushroom appetizer rules.
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.August 31, 2016
    Hush puppies and broccoli appetizers! Waitress brought over champagne when we told her it was our anniversary, so sweet! They don't accept tips!
  • Adria
    AdriaJanuary 5, 2014
    This is the salted beet dish. It was way over salted. I get it, it has salt in the name but everyone was too salty. Except the hushpuppies. They rocked!!!
  • Robert C.
    Robert ChangJanuary 18, 2012
    If you don't expect to get seated at 9:30 if you have a 9:30 reservation and you'll do fine! The food is yum.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 12, 2011
    Vegetarians look no further! Loved the creativity in the menu and must recommend the pear and fennel compote!
  • Erica S.
    Erica SuarinoJuly 23, 2014
    Everything is amazing, but the tomato app and popcorn pudding are particularly standout.
  • Troy F.
    Troy FarmerNovember 26, 2015
    Seriously my new favorite restaurant in New York. Amanda + staff blew us away. Well-done.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 14, 2011
    Winner of Best Vegetarian in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! The jalopeno hush puppies are ruinously addictive.
  • Jenny G.
    Jenny GregoryFebruary 9, 2014
    One of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in New York according to Gothamist and Village Voice
    CITY GRITAugust 3, 2014
    The Portobello Mousse is one of our favorite dishes in NYC!
  • Christy C.
    Christy CampbellMarch 22, 2016
    Expensive, but super worth the hype. Brussels tacos & that "hot dog" were my favorites.
  • Tracy Z.
    Tracy ZhaoJanuary 6
    Get the tasting menu. Literally every single dish is mouth-watering!
  • Taylor
    TaylorAugust 26, 2011
    Small plates. Great, inventive, tasty. Loved the hush puppies, mushroom, corn.
  • Ari P.
    Ari PaparoJanuary 18, 2016
    Some hits, some misses. Korean fried broccoli was out of this world.
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PresserNovember 30, 2011
    Everything here is amazing. Cucumber and Mushroom and Carrot were standouts.
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaAugust 28, 2015
    The mushroom thing and the fried broccoli appetizer are must.
  • Jen T.
    Jen TJanuary 25, 2013
    Grilled eggplant tiramisu with rosemary cotton candy. You have to try it to believe it
  • ben v.
    ben van alboomJune 26, 2014
    One of the best veggie meals I ever had! #nyc
  • Marcus F.
    Marcus F.May 20, 2011
    the jalapeno hush puppies (served w/maple butter) are absolutely freaking delicious!
  • Angela K.
    Angela KoApril 23, 2016
    Not usually a fan of vegetarian/vegan food, but the carrot sliders and mushroom mousse were pretty good! 🙂
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckFebruary 9, 2011
    This place rocks. Totes recommend. If you are five or more people just order the whole menu. Seriously!
  • Poornima
    PoornimaMarch 31, 2014
    dinner here is a transformative experience -- haven't tasted anything less than delicious yet!
  • Riona M.
    Riona MacNamaraApril 9, 2016
    Inventive, exuberant, light-hearted, delicious, fun.
  • Iñaki A.
    Fryed Broccoli is totally a MUST and I loved the Tempura Poached Eggs.
  • Marguerite A.
    Marguerite AveryFebruary 21, 2015
    I almost forgot that I am carnivorous here bc the menu is so extensive and tasty.
  • Louis B.
    Louis BitskoJune 24, 2016
    I don't think you can go wrong with anything on this menu. Easy as that.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WangJanuary 27, 2016
    Great vegan restaurant! Nice vibe small portion though
  • Andreas G.
    Andreas Gebhard1 week ago
    The brunch prix fixe is an excellent value.
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MalzoneJanuary 22, 2012
    Get the cauliflower and waffles. Your taste buds will thank you.
  • Faye H.
    Faye HMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Korean fried broccoli and curried fries changed my life.
  • Marissa M.
    Marissa MantissaMay 5, 2013
    Absolutely gorgeous everything, from service to presentation to first and last bite. Couldn't think of a better place for a vegan birthday dinner.
  • Hunter N.
    Hunter NewmanMarch 20, 2016
    All the brunch options are unreal tasty
  • Svante
    SvanteApril 16, 2015
    They forgot our entrées completely. When they finally arrived they weren't fully finished and they didn't offer any compensation or apologies. The starters where good though.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CombeeAugust 22, 2009
    Try the awesome kim chi doughnuts; they're little fluffy fried dough balls that remind me of south Indian dosa, and they come with a really nice salad.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Check out spunky chef, Amanda Cohen’s blog on the Dirt Candy website. She’s so passionate. - Inspector
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 24, 2015
    Broccoli hot dog was amazing!
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