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Curly's Vegetarian Lunch

Food: 4.384.38
Atmosphere: 3.723.72
Service: 3.663.66

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328 East 14th Street
New York   NY 10003

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Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Menu indicated vegan items

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)

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Payment notes:

$10 minimum for credit card charges.

Hours:

11am-11pm daily.

Delivery notes:

Curly's Vegetarian Lunch delivered.

$10 minimum (flexible, depending on distance).

Notes:

Vegetarian variations of American diner food, for the most part. The menu claims any item can be made vegan for an additional 25¢.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on February 1, 2012.

Shared Memories of Curly's Vegetarian Lunch

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.384.38
Atmosphere: 3.723.72
Service: 3.663.66
  • Review by spanky87 on February 4, 2011:

  • I happened to come across this place by wandering around a few blocks, trying to find something to eat when day when I happened to see a sign that read it was veg-friendly. I had the dragonbowl q and it was absolutely amazing. I couldn't wait to go back to get it again. I noticed the two waitresses spending most of the time next to the register whining and complaining, but when I can get food like this, it's the least of my problems. Since then I've been back multiple times and everything I've had is amazing, but the service was always sub-par and you can only make excuses for waitresses so many time. The last time I was there I had the waitress actually come up to me and tell me to hurry up and order, because they wanted to close. There were still people who were sitting down and eating. I work retail, and I understand wanting to notify a customer you're closing but her demeanor and attitude had me packing my items up and walking out. It's a shame because the food is great when you want that quick food diner feel that fits your dietary needs.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by spanky87 on February 4, 2011:

  • I happened to come across this place by wandering around a few blocks, trying to find something to eat when day when I happened to see a sign that read it was veg-friendly. I had the dragonbowl q and it was absolutely amazing. I couldn't wait to go back to get it again. I noticed the two waitresses spending most of the time next to the register whining and complaining, but when I can get food like this, it's the least of my problems. Since then I've been back multiple times and everything I've had is amazing, but the service was always sub-par and you can only make excuses for waitresses so many time. The last time I was there I had the waitress actually come up to me and tell me to hurry up and order, because they wanted to close. There were still people who were sitting down and eating. I work retail, and I understand wanting to notify a customer you're closing but her demeanor and attitude had me packing my items up and walking out. It's a shame because the food is great when you want that quick food diner feel that fits your dietary needs.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by lucifly on March 2, 2010:

  • have options that aren't super boringly vegan. fun place, crowded at times so they staff can be impatient/rude but they are working hard.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by Sam C on January 9, 2010:

  • Pizza fries, pizza fries, PIZZA FRIES. Daiya has changed Curly's for me. When they have eggplant parm, eat it and demand they make it a regular menu item! Wish they could accommodate large groups.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by quarrygirl on January 8, 2010:

  • i have only been to curly's once, but it was honestly one of the best meals of my life. the restaurant is super small, but they make up for that by offering a huge vegetarian menu on which ANY item can be made vegan.
    we got the open-faced turkey sandwich (AMAZING) and the tofu scramble with curly fries. both dishes were great, but the turkey sandwich was like nothing i've ever eaten. i can't rave it about it enough, so seriously just get it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by alf-redo on June 12, 2009:

  • Cute, good solid food in Manhattan that isn't based around a particular cuisine if you are with alot of people who want different things. The burger/burrito stuff is good for what it is, but nothing too complex/spicy. I also love their salt and pepper shakers - I totally wanted to take the little cow set (but didn't).
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Red Lurcher on May 25, 2009:

  • Either I've changed, or Curly's has changed, but I really like this place now. Certainly the best veg American/Diner food in NYC, and reasonable prices given the generous portions. Also great for brunch.

    The service can be a bit unwelcoming; the older people who seem like they might be the owners are always nice, but the other waitstaff is often too brusque.

    It's a small space, but not at all claustrophobic--especially nice when the front is open in warmer weather.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by turtledog on May 3, 2009:

  • I spent the day walking around Union Square with my husband and my dog which means we couldn't go into any place to eat. We walked to Curly's (which was full) and my husband went in to place our orders.

    The owner, who was extremely nice and friendly, offerred to veganize our orders, came outside to get the money, came back outside to bring us the change and then delivered our food to us outside on the street. He apologized for not having outdoor seating so we could have sat and eaten with our dog.

    We took our food to the park where we had the most delicious picnic. My husband had the Cubano which he said was delicious, I had the Faux Philly Cheesesteak which was incredible (toasted bread, grilled peppers and onions), we had yummy curly fries and the best part: vegan buffalo "wings." They were my favorite food before I went veg and I felt like I had been reunited with an old friend (but without the violence).

    Anyplace that can give me back my favorite indulgence foods vegan style gets an A+ in my book!! We will definitely be back and hope to eat inside. And the prices were extremely reasonable for the large portions (we could only eat half the fries between us).
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by vegbklove on February 16, 2009:

  • Yay, my new favorite vegan brunch place! I've tried a whole bunch of places, and this is what I have been looking for!
    I looooove their vegan Slumberjack! Pancakes, ham, tofu scramble, and lotsa curly fries! (I completely recommend ordering a shake to dip your fries into!! ohhhh so good!!)
    I have also had a few sandwiches from there, and everythings been great.
    The waitress is a bit spacey and forgot to bring things i ordered, but the dude that works there knows whats going on!
    :)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by JamesR on February 3, 2009:

  • Ahhhh, Curly's. I'm so conflicted on this place.

    I admit, I was a huge fan of veg city, primarily because of the concept, and the open face turkey sandwich. That should make me love Curly's, right? Well, it's not that simple.

    The gravy fries are sinful, but awesome. The open faced turk can still rock my world from time to time, and the cuban is pretty darn good. Some of the salads are really good as well, and I've had great soups and specials here. HOWEVER...

    I've had some REALLY bad dishes here, I'm not into any of the breakfast items I've had here, and most importantly, I've had some of the worst service anywhere at Curly's. The odd part is, I've also had some of the BEST service here. There's one guy who serves here who is friendly and attentive all the time, super happy and upbeat, and makes for a great experience. The downside is, the bad experiences I've had here have been really bad. The server who I am referring to has gotten into arguments with me about giving me the wrong food, has slammed food on the table, and has ignored me for long periods of time. I don't really know what the issue was, but it was enough to make me go somewhere else when I saw that this person was working.

    In any event, I still give Curly's a lot of credit for doing what they do, and I love the fries!!!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by Melissa Bastian on January 28, 2009:

  • How do I love Curly's? Let me count the ways.

    1) I got engaged there!

    2) They make vegan disco fries.

    3) The 20 ingredient salad is always different, always healthy, always divine!

    4) They make vegan disco fries.

    5) Their Croque Madame (vegan, thanks) is as greasy and awesome as their 20 ingredient salad is healthy and crunchy.

    6) Did I mention that they make vegan DISCO FRIES?

    I could actually go on like this for quite a while... but since much has already been said on this restaurant I'll restrain myself. To sum up: I love Curly's. The owners are great, though their help is a bit spotty since they're forced to hire flaky NYU students and hipsters - the place is on 14th Street, after all. Seating is tight, so don't go during prime time unless you're willing to wait. There are very few items on the menu that can't be made vegan, and the servers never have attitude about making the vegan option happen.

    And tell me, just tell me, where else could you possibly get a VEGAN MEXICAN CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE?

    'nuff said.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by juls on January 21, 2009:

  • I've been here a couple times, and each time the experience has just been ok. I got brunch here one time, and the vegan bacon was waayyyy too salty, and the pancake was really bland. The service wasn't that great, but I've been there other times when it's been good so perhaps this one waitress was just having an off day. I will probably go back but will try other options off the menu because I wanna give these people another chance.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by mylesmyle on January 7, 2009:

  • Totally yummy, fairly priced and the menu was well put together and easy to read. It had plenty of options with out being cluttered and overwhelming.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by PlomeekSoup on December 28, 2008:

  • Curly's provides the best vegan brunch bang for your buck (get there early on weekends or else you're in for a wait).

    I just wish they had a larger space!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by Jdvjess on June 17, 2008:

  • This is my hands down all time favorite place for brunch. The hefty portions (including their mimosas or sangria) make me happy and ridiculously full. I'm a total junk foodie and their sandwiches, curly fries, and taco salad satisfy my sinister cravings. I like the placemats you can draw on, bright colors, and the overall open air feel to the place. The only drawback can be the occasional wait since it is pretty small.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Bailey on May 9, 2008:

  • Im not one to leave a review of a place with so many reviews already but i noticed that not a single person had mentioned Curly's vegan crabcakes...they are INCREDIBLE! Super crispy on the outside chewy and fishy on the inside and served on a bed of black beans, corn, and tomato and the whole thing is covered in chipotle "nayo". My friend and I got this as the starter and it was definetly the best part of the meal. dont miss these!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Andrew Phillip Tipton on March 27, 2008:

  • I think I must be overly optimistic or something......because I can't seem to give a bad.....or even So So review. This is no exception.

    Curly's was great! I got a buffalo chicken sandwich with curly fries. (plus white bean hummus which was great! And it came with a huge salad!)
    The sandwich was amazing.....nice and spicy.

    The waitress was also very very sweet, despite the fact that they were pretty busy.

    The only problem is that quite a few things that you would think are vegan, are in fact not. So just be careful.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by GenericInsight on March 18, 2008:

  • I was so depressed when the Veg City Diner burned down, so while they aren't open 24 hours and way smaller, Curly's is a fine replacement for what it is. They have some tasty sandwiches and veggie burgers, and my personal favorite, the gravy fries! Plus, I've personally never had a problem with the service, and the owners are such nice people. As already stated, one of the only downsides is the size of the place so it can get super packed (which means you'll have to wait outside for a table if you want to dine in, so make sure the weather is okay).
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by aprilrain on March 12, 2008:

  • I personally think this place was very nice, small yet colorful and friendly. Very chill and kozy. I had one of the cakes, the sweet magnolia and it was great. The price was $5.50 I think and I was expecting a small piece beacuse (A) vegan baking is more expensive and (B) this was in New York. Though to my surprise the piece was huge and utterly amazing. My brother got the vegan pancakes and his girlfriend had a veggie burger and both of those were great as well. Though I would stay away from the scrambled tofu, it wasn't all that good. But I would definitely say this is a place for vegan and vegaterians to try especially if they miss diner food before they turned. It had a nice diner feel to it though the food is exactly good quality.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by knuckles on March 7, 2008:

  • I like it here! It's really cozy and nicely decorated in a kitsch sort of way. The fries are just perfect but so are the salads, and I always make sure to get both. If you're really jonesing for fried food, the hushpuppies do not disappoint. I like the BBQ tempeh. For brunch, the pancakes are always fluffy and delicious and the scrambled tofu is tops. Stay away from the Mac & Cheese and you're all set.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by megatofu on March 2, 2008:

  • Checked out Curly's for the first time today for brunch. I ordered the two potato frittata (vegan version) and was not disappointed. The price is great for the frittata, coffee, sangria and side salad and we didn't have to wait long for the food. I'll definitely be back.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by rachelsiqueira on November 26, 2007:

  • FANTASTIC!
    Large servings and the food is delicious!!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by jaundice on October 31, 2007:

  • I took a group of 9 people here (vegans/vegetarians/omnivores) as part of a 3 day eating extravaganze, and this was voted the best place of all the ones we hit. Definitely a crowd pleaser, and prices were reasonable.

    I don't think they put our picture up, but it was still a great experience (except for the crowding).
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by vegan2525 on August 9, 2007:

  • Hey-Always eating out at anyplace that has something decently Vegan (and I am pretty picky, so much that I often piss other diners off or wind up sitting and watching everyone else eat)and I still can't find a place that tops this one! Best food (never tasted better), Best service (waitress always asks if I want that Vegan? and takes suggestions into consideration), Best bang for the buck (anyplace cheaper has cheaper quality), great location (easily accessable by subway)-The only flaw is no real air conditioning (-poor employees-but still worth the heat!)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Olivia Lane on June 4, 2007:

  • Curly's is crazy good. The huge portions mean I always leave satisfied and with a snack for later. The tofu huevos rancheros brunch is a great deal--he huge entree comes with a ginormous mimosa (or sangria or juice, if you prefer), bottomless coffee mug, salad or potatoes, and great service with a smile. I agree that the vegan mac n cheese is not that good and a total rip off at $12, but everything else is a great value.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by ariela on May 30, 2007:

  • I've been to Curly's twice now. The first time I had the open faced turkey and it was really good! The next time I decided on the macaroni and cheese since I've yet to have good vegan mac and cheese. It was $12 and while it was pretty yummy the portion was SO small! It was the size of what would be a "side order" not an entree, so that was pretty disappointing! They also charge more for the vegan treats cakes than other places. On top of that our waitress was definitely the opposite of friendly!
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by schinkme on May 29, 2007:

  • Although I've lived in the neighborhood for three years now, this was my first visit to Curly's, which I made with some trepidation due to the reports of poor service. Fortunately, my worries were swept to the side; although our waitress wasn't what you'd call bubbly, she was efficient and kept our water glasses quite full. The veganized buffalo chick'n sandwich was delicious, as were the not-overly-crispy curly fries. I will certainly be returning to Curly's--as often as I can!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by jdalt on April 2, 2007:

  • I had a super experience at Curly's. I'm not from NY - I'm from Rhode Island, where there is a real lack of vegan dining options, so it's a real treat to go anywhere where there are lots of choices. The menu stated that almost anything could be made vegan on request, if it wasn't so to begin with. I was a bit overwhelmed, so I went with the blue plate breakfast special - 3 whole grain pancakes layered with grilled tofu, "sham" (I still laugh when I see that), fruit, and drizzled with molasses. It was sooooo good, the perfect combination of sweet and salty (the "sham" is very salty, but I love salty). The portion was huge - no way I could eat it all, and I tried. I though the service was very good, but the place was pretty empty when I was there. I can't wait to go back!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by herestheskinny on March 8, 2007:

  • BEWARE this place - I had the most AWFUL time here. I "dined" here twice and while the food was ok - nothing special, fries were pretty good - the service was appalling. Both times were not busy, it was an early dinner and only 5 of the 7 tables in this place were taken. The first time i went they got the simple order of my burger wrong - forgot the tofu bacon, but then brought it later...The second time I went i ordered the same burger as before and i had to send it back 5 times - you read that right - 5 times!- for them to get it right. i ordered: tofu bacon burger with cheddar on bread. simple right? - well here's how it went: first time i got it on a bun, second time i got toast, third time i got american cheese, fourth time i got no tofu bacon and finally i just took the fourth burger and said forget it. I also got the wrong salad dressing on my salad to boot. It took almost an hour to get my burger -and they brought the fries early so they were cold by the time i ate my meal. The woman dining next to me saw this happen and when she got her food - she confided to me that she ordered the mexican plate but what she ended up getting was a salad of couscous and feta cheese, while her friend got the wrong salad dressing as well. If you are a glutton for punishment, go here.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by Red Lurcher on November 16, 2006:

  • But yo, their Gyro is fuckin' good.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by cabbit on October 14, 2006:

  • It CAN get crowded because the place is somewhat small. They need more space and seating. But i loved the food it was great! I specially liked their signature 'Curly' fries. They are better than McDonald fries! The menu has a variety of vegetarian options. The prizes are a little high though. The place is homey and has a nice feeling to it. The service was fast. I don't like, however how they have to be right there looking at you eating and waiting every minute to see if you want something or to see if you've chosen your menu items. One thing i liked were the pictures they put on one side of their walls of the many costumers, if you want you can draw while you eat(or wait) with some crayons they have on the tables available.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by frank language on May 28, 2006:

  • The first time I saw Curly's menu, I was notably underwhelmed; there seemed to be just another eggs-and-cheese vegetarian joint, with nothing much to distinguish it from any other diner except that the burgers were vegetarian.

    In the latest version of their menu, however, vegan items are clearly marked, as are things that are easily made vegan, denoted as such with an "EV" in the margin. You must be very specific when you order; however, they'll cheerfully make anything vegan that they're able to.

    Two standouts on the menu are the Cubano Nuevo; I hadn't had a cuban sandwich since my meat-eating days, and their version is particularly good. The curly fries are like no other - and come as a side with many of the entrees, or can be ordered separately. They also carry Danielle Konya's addictive Vegan Treats, including the standout Peanut Butter Bombe.

    The space is small and crowded, having been subdivided from a single restaurant years ago (a Filipino joiint called "Lite Gourmet") to two narrow spaces. (The other is a Cingular sales center.) It's always packed on weekends, particularly holiday weekends; fortunately they offer takeout.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33

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