V-Note – New York


V-Note is a casual-classy vegan restaurant located in Upper East Side Manhattan, NYC. You can come here by yourself for a mid-day lunch break or bring a date for an evening dinner. The lighting is nice, the decor is above average, service is great. Online reviews consistently give a rating of 8/10 or higher. Although I have been here only twice, I have been more than satisfied with this restaurant. 

This is a vegan restaurant, which by default, caters to all appetites.  For starters we ordered the cape cod cakes, which are a blend of hiziki seaweed, tofu, and herbs, served with a tartar sauce, and mushroom phyllo cigars, which are porcini + tempeh filled phyllo, cashew cream, silvered almonds, pomegranate seeds.  Both were amazing dishes.  The sauces for each dish, were unique and complimented the dish extremely well.  We ended up scrapping the dishes to get every last drop of the sauce.  The pomegranate seeds in the cigar added a nice tangy touch!   For our entree we got pistachio & Pepper Dusted Tofu, which is Served over roasted root vegetable filled crepe, lemon truffle emulsion, toppped w/ frisee salad in a red beet vinaigrette.  The was a decent dish, but it was a little bland and could have used some more flavor.  For dessert we got the vegan cheese cake.  Extremely tasty, enough said!  Overall the menu is very unique and blends together some interesting flavors.  It’s definitely a restaurant that we’d go back to to explore even more of the menu.

Starters range from $9-12. Entrees range from $18-22. Desserts range from $4-8. We did not order drinks. For two people, expect to pay $55-65 after tax + tip, excluding drinks.

For the more adventurous eaters/ drinkers, V-note has a wide range of “wine and beers, all of which are vegan, organic and/or bio-dynamic and in some cases even kosher”. I think, this is definitely worth a try.

(This review was conducted by guest blogger, Vijay Palvia. Thank you Vijay!)

1522 1st avenue, between 79-80 street