NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Graveyard
105 3rd Avenue
New York NY 10003
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Vegetarian (mostly vegan)
Menu indicated vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
- Cash Only
Cosmic Cantina delivered.
Cosmic Cantina is 100% vegetarian Mexican food. They offer tofu sour cream, spiced eggplant, a plethora of bean choices, housemade spelt & whole wheat tortillas, spice tofu, organic fruit cocktails, but the "fake cheese" contains dairy.
Review by Melissa Bastian on January 28, 2009:
- If someone could decode for me how the hell to order anything in this place, I'd really appreciate it. The menu makes no sense, and even if it did the people who work there sure aren't interested in doing anything like selling food to you.
On second thought, don't bother explaining the menu. I only ate here once, but the experience didn't really encourage me to go back. I first ordered some guacamole to go with the drinks a friend and I were having; I either got charged for a double portion or that is some hella expensive guac. I couldn't figure out which one had happened because the counter girl was so distracted with her cell phone.
We stayed later than intended and decided to go ahead and order dinner... which we weren't allowed to do for another 45 minutes, despite the fact that the waiters were standing around and clearly on the clock.
Once we finally ordered, I asked for some kind of vegan burrito with tofu in it. I do believe that what I got was vegan, but it didn't taste good at all and I'm fairly sure that it made me sick.
The moral of the story: cute name, bad overpriced food. If you stop by, stick to drinking. There are waaaay too many awesome veg restaurants within blocks of that place to subject yourself to such nonsense.
Review by Laura Leslie on May 5, 2006:
- Their menu looks completely awesome--Tex Mex food with lots of healthy, organic, vegan options.
Alas, the reality is a bit different, since I've never once placed my order with someone who actually knew what the word "vegan" meant. Ask for a burrito made vegan, and you might end up with cheese and sour cream, or you might get a bunch of vegetables wrapped in a burrito shell. I once tried delivery, but the guy didn't seem to know what I was talking about on the phone, and the food never arrived (without so much as a call to let me know they weren't coming).
This is one of those places that seems to have good intentions, but you really wish they'd communicate to their employees what "vegan" means. It's on the menu; shouldn't the servers know what it is?
On the plus side, this place has great hours (they're open until 5am some nights), the "vegan platter" is satisfying and cheap, the chips and salsa are good, they have a nice selection of Mexican beers, the white sangria is excellent, the mixed drinks are made with yummy fresh fruit, and if you manage to communicate what you want to your server, you can get a very tasty meal. The prices are a bit much ($7 for a burrito with beans, rice, veggies, salsa, and guacamole) but the hours and cheap happy hour drinks make it worthwhile.
The counter service section in front is a little loud and awkward, but in nice weather they have table service out front, and there's usually table service in the back.
Check this place out if you're in the neighborhood, but don't go out of your way for it.