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Caravan of Dreams

405 East 6th Street
New York   NY 10009
(212) 254-1613
Caravan of Dreams website
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Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)

Accepted Payments:

  • Visa
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  • Mastercard
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  • American Express

Hours:

Sunday-Friday 11am-11pm
Saturday 11-midnight

Directions:

East just off 1st Ave
Train:
L to 1st ave
F to 2nd Ave

Bus: M15

Delivery notes:

Caravan of Dreams delivers.

$10 minimum
East Village and surrounding neighborhood

Notes:

Vegan restaurant with eclectic menu almost half of the menu is raw and many gluten-free options available.
Brunch is served daily until 5pm.

Large party policy:
10 or greater minimum ~$15/person,
20 or greater are required to rent the private dining room.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on February 11, 2011.

User Reviews of Caravan of Dreams

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.573.57
Atmosphere: 3.573.57
Service: 3.293.29
  • Review by kivigMP on June 21, 2010:

  • I have moved out of NYC (and the US) 3 years ago,but when I was living there,I ate at Caravan pretty much every day. I love the food there,especially the salads and brunch menu.
    I don't think I've had a single bad experience at Caravan. Maybe,the only complaint I have was,once in awhile,when eating int he evening,they have live music that is just too loud for the small space. It too loud to have comfortable dining conversation. Other than that,I have always had great service and amazing food.
    Whenever I go back for visits,this is always the main place I eat at,still almost every day.
    Of course,it is a little expensive,but when I lived there,I made good money so it didn't matter if I spent $20-$30 on brunch,lunch or dinner ( before tip).
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by lucifly on March 16, 2010:

  • unchicken nachos delicious. great late night atmosphere.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by myfi on February 4, 2009:

  • Good mexican (burritos and nachos). The ravioli, while good, was very very rich. Friendly service but kind of a dingy little place... Overall good, but not the best on offer in this part of town.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by JamesR on February 3, 2009:

  • I went here three or four times about 4 years ago, and had some of the best dining experiences of my life. Last summer I went again a few times and was consistently let down.

    The raw dishes I had didn't seem too fresh, and the smoothies weren't balanced right at all. The brunch dish I always liked was the Cuban Brunch, and when I had it recently it totally sucked, I've heard conflicting reports as to why this may be, but sadly I will not be going back until I know for sure that things have changed.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by kerstycakes on November 18, 2008:

  • I really enjoyed my food (mushroom ravioli with almond cream sauce).
    I have to give a 1 for atmosphere however, because I noticed at the end of my meal that I had been sitting with a large uninvited insect which didn't make me too happy....
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 44
  • Review by dariusjaeger on September 16, 2008:

  • Vegan cuisine done right! A M A Z I N G ... Creative, delicious, healthy vegan cuisine with an ample selection of live food dishes. Some of the best food I have eaten in New York City. The live music and organic sangria add further charm to the friendly atmosphere. Fabulous! =)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by by54 on January 1, 2008:

  • Having recently become interested in veganism and raw food dieting in particular, I came alone here on a recent Saturday night, eager to try some of the raw food items. I was seated immediately despite the large crowd, and my two courses were served quickly enough. But beyond that, I can only describe my service as indifferent at best. Not once did my waiter come over to see how I was doing, not once did anyone come by to refill my water glass, even though there seemed to be plenty of staff on hand; and the only time I summoned my waiter (which was not until the end of the meal, and only to request the check), he seemed to be annoyed that I was disturbing him, even though he was apparently unoccupied at that moment with nothing else to do. He only said "What?" when I called him over, then put the check on my table without another word. It made me wonder if I had done something to offend him - very strange. Too bad, because the food itself was actually pretty good -- raw soup of the day, a tasty coconut concoction, plus the raw food sampler. I suppose that's the main thing, and for that alone I would probably go back. I can only hope that my waiter will be in a better mood next time.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by dustinbuster on December 19, 2007:

  • I have heard so many great things about this restaurant, especially about the infamous nachos. So, I made a point to go on a recent jaunt to NYC. The most honest answer I can give about this place is that it tasted very healthy, which isn't a bad thing unto itself, but it's certainly not a compliment. The nachos were boring and bland, the smoothie was flavorless (how can an $8 smoothie with organic fruit lack flavor?), seitan was only so-so, and the same goes for the service. The best part about the restaurant was the ambiance, which I thought was sort of small-town grill---and that I do mean in a good way.

    There are so many excellent vegan restaurants in New York City, and one would imagine that the competition would keep everyone on their toes---but that's obviously not the case.

    Sacred Chow has a lot of similar items on their menu, and indeed I think that restaurant is excellent. The food there is lively, flavorful and unexpected---the exact opposite experience of COD.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by mimcho on November 25, 2007:

  • This spot used to be one of my favorite. They still got the nice worldly yet homey decor and the cool live music. But ever since they got their new manager, who even at a glance does not belong there, the staff does not seem happy, the comforting dining experience is no longer there and prices went up but the food doesn’t justify them.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 33
  • Review by afoolsays on November 3, 2007:

  • I was here last night with about 26 people, and things get weird with that many people, so my dining experience is probably a little off. I had the unchicken nachos, which were yum, the soup of the day (carrot celery???) which was served cold and kind of gross and tasted like fennel, the tempeh ruben, which was good, and strawberry / mocha almond ice cream, which was delish and served in a really pretty dish. Overall it was good, but I probably wouldn't make a point to go back.

    Hands down the most god awful pickles I have ever tried to eat in my entire life.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by vegan2525 on August 9, 2007:

  • I am, by nature, a fast food junkie (Vegan, of course!) If it doesn't at least involve something akin to a veggie burger, fries, or shake, I more than likely will not be enthused. So when my freind chose this place as his choice for a birthday treat...I just smiled. Much to my surprise the quality of the food alone was enough to make me happy that this was my lunch; and despite the fact that I ordered things like tempeh and chard, I actually liked it. Even if the service wasn't the best in the world, I left knowing I would be back for more.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by BANU on July 31, 2007:

  • the owner of this restaurant is, literally, senile. not a joke, I know him personally. the food is very very bland but a few things are decent - the unchicken nachos, the raw soups, and the daily raw special (usually) are good.

    beware of the tempeh, they don't boil the tempeh before they use it so it's a always sort of bitter. their seitan is amazing though.

    brunch is pretty delicious, the sangria is awesome. actually, all the smoothies are very good, the juices are hit and miss.

    yr best bet is going somewhere else, in all honesty.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 44
  • Review by Tiffany on July 25, 2007:

  • This used to be my favorite NYC restaurant, but it's really going downhill, fast. I went last Tuesday for brunch, only to see that they changed their once extensive and affordable brunch menu into a few overpriced options and eliminated my favorite all together, the cuban feast. The food was still tasty, but our waiter must have been stoned. There was only one other table in the whole place and he managed to give us curdled soymilk, the wrong food and then made us wait forever for our bill. When I finally approached him, he charged me the other table's bill. I hope they get it together over there.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 22
  • Review by Shana on July 23, 2007:

  • After not having been to Caravan for a few years, I ordered take out a few weeks ago, and was very disappointed. The nachos and quesadilla were not as described in the menu (the quesadilla they gave me was sauteed onions and seitan in a tortilla). They still have a good selection of food, but I might stick to their salads if I go back.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by renee on June 20, 2007:

  • The service at this place is atrocious. At best, it's slow and flaky. At worst, it's downright hostile. Last night I was rushed through a meal in a half an hour and made to sit and wait for my check for 15 minutes while the server took another table's order and brought them their food. Ridiculous.
    The dinner menu is overpriced! Entrees are upwards of $20, which just isn't worth it.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by veganphilly on May 18, 2007:

  • Good food, although the waitress warned me the open-faced mushroom sandwhich doesn't have many mushrooms while I was ordering it, and when it came I didn't see any, it was great pesto. I thought the salad was great, and refreshing not to have it smothered in dressing.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by pinkevil on May 14, 2007:

  • This has to be one of the worst dining experiences in New York that I've had in a very long time. We went there on a Sunday night and the place was packed. After cramming us in a corner by the window with a plant hanging over half of the table, we decided to wait for another table to clear. We were moved to a new table promptly once it was cleared. After we were seated, we saw another customer complain about having to wait too long to get a drink and then receiving it all melted, so that should have been a sign. We were served water and given the menus, but the waiter didn't seem to be interested in taking our orders. It took him over 10 minutes to come back to the table and he clearly wasn't busy. His attitude wasn't rude, but he clearly wasn't pleasant and friendly either. They were out of all sparkling waters, so we had to order something else. The entrees come with salads and we were served those right away. Only they come without dressing. There was a teeny little bit of dressing on the bottom, but you could barley taste it. We got the entrees in a decent amount of time too, only they were barley lukewarm and lacked seasoning. We had the Caravan Feast and the Macrobiotic Platter. The food didn't taste bad, but it was clearly nothing special. You expect a lot more for that price. While we ate, the waiter never cared to check on us or refill our empty water glasses. Even after we were done and our plates had been cleared, our waiter was standing 2 ft. from our table chit chatting with another waitress.
    On another note, the lady working behind the bar was crying while she was working, which made the whole place just seem really bizarre.
    We originally wanted to order dessert, but since we were ignored the entire time, we just wanted to leave. And even that was easier said than done. About 15 minutes after our plates were cleared, we had enough of waiting and got up to go to the front to pay, since that seemed to be the only way to get anything accomplished. The manager (assuming that's who he was) didn't seem to care either. He apologized half-heartedly while the bad waiter was standing nearby, not saying a word.
    There are so many other vegan restaurants to pick from. Most of them cost less and are a lot better foodwise and definitely servicewise. Save your time and money and stay away from the so-called Caravan of "Dreams"!!
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by chrisjs on April 16, 2007:

  • Just went to Caravan of Dreams on Saturday April 14, 07. I have to say my wife and I were completely unsatisfied with the place. I'm quite dissapointed considering how good the other reviews are...

    The food... it's okay. The butternut squash soup was awful, I think they blended up a squash with some nutmeg and a ton of water and just heated it up. Completely unflavorful. These unchicken nachos were nothing to rave about. Tasted like burritoville, which is good, but not a $20 appetizer good. The piece of hair in it didn't help either. (We didn't bring the hair to anyone's attention so can't speak to how they'd deal with it.)

    I had the tempeh reuben which was decent though small. I don't think they flavored the tempeh AT ALL, only relying on the kraut and russian dressing. The sandwich was a little bigger than a post-it note (though taller). My wife had one of the burritos... again was seriously lacking in flavor and it seems like they took every damn veggie they could find and put it in it... brussel sprouts, snap peas, etc.

    I've been to a few vegan restaurants and this one had the most mediocre food in nyc, especially considering their menu is so huge. They need to slim it down and shape it up.

    All in all the entrees were not bad just mediocre

    The staff was not great either. We had a table in the back hallway section and didn't appreciate the bussers hanging over us the whole time. At the end of our meal the hostess slapped down the desert menu and started telling us what they didn't have from it. Every other place I've ever been to asks if you want desert. Please don't presume I want to follow up your mediocre food with some probably mediocre dessert.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by veganfriendly on October 11, 2006:

  • We ate at CoD last week. We LOVE their un-chicken nachos. We also got the Tempeh Reuben (which was ok, but not great) and the Angels' Pesto Pizza (which was great).

    Check out our full review (with photos!) right here.
  • Review by April on October 10, 2006:

  • The food is outstanding - the salad dressing is a stand-out and the sauteed greens are delicious - and the entrees are well-balanced - I never feel like I have to choose between mock-meat and green vegetables. The service, however, leaves much to be desired. It's not uncommon for the waitstaff to completely disappear once the food has been served, and over the course of several visits, I've wasted a lot of precious time trying in vain to get a check. My biggest complaint about the staff, though, is related to hygeine. On one occassion I witnessed the host sneeze, nose uncovered, in the direction of me and my fellow diners. On another, after finally getting my waiter's attention after several minutes of trying (yes, for the check), he looked straight at me while rubbing the insides of his nostrils with his thumb and index finger. Eww!

    I really do love the food at Caravan, but those incidents have scared me off.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by susie on September 22, 2006:

  • Dear god, I wish I'd been convinced to go here many bland veggie burgers ago. They do the carafe-of-water-on-the-table thing that I am so fond of, as I am so fond of water. Quick, friendly service. Big side salads with a particularly tasty sesame dressing. The entrees are also quite large; one appetizer and two entrees divided by two people equaled significant leftovers. Downsides: kind of a lame name in my opinion (hey man, if books weren't meant to be judged by their covers they wouldn't have them..); plus, depending on your fellow diners, you may feel as though you're the framing device for a pretentious short indie film. But it's totally worth it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by Olivia Lane on May 21, 2006:

  • My girlfriend and I often go here for brunch--which isn't raw. The meal is very filling and of high quality for the money. I'm a huge fan of the Spinach Pesto "Omlete" and the Mediterranean breakfast. Brunch comes with a great sangria made with blueberries!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55

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