In an age of the bird flu virus and increasing animal cruelty, it’s frustrating to see the abundance of restaurants still hawking chicken’s carcasses, but things aren’t all bad. Availability of faux meat is rising and both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike are excited about the wealth of chicken alternatives. As part of our celebration of International Respect for Chickens Day, we’re reporting on the options here in NYC:
Red Bamboo, Vegetarian’s Paradise 2, Red Bamboo Brooklyn, and Vegetarian Palate are four don’t-miss dining destinations for folks seeking an amazing fried un-chicken dining experience. The huge, delicious battered and fried nuggets are served hot and golden. You can enjoy them as an appetizer with a wonderfully sweet dipping sauce. They are also served in the Soul Chicken sandwich which features the nuggets between a white bun with vegan mayo, lettuce, and tomato. (Tip: Try this sandwich during lunch at Red Bamboo for just $6.95, Mon-Fri 12:30pm-4pm)
There are many other faux chicken options on the restaurants’ menus. I highly recommend the super yummy steamed rice with curry chicken at Vegetarian Palate.
Un-chicken seekers should also make the pilgrimage to faux-meat mecca, Foodswings. Back in February, the Billburg restaurant housed an all un-chicken food orgy/ release party for Satya‘s Chicken Issue. Regular menu options include un-chicken parmesan, un-chicken caesar salad, and the three fabulous varieties of “drumsticks” (buffalo, southern fried, and barbeque).
Other local restaurants serving mock chicken specialties include: Atlas Cafe, 18 Arhans, Buddha Bodai (Queens), Buddha Bodai (Manhattan), The Greens, Happy Buddha, House of Vegetarian, and Vegetarian Dim Sum.