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Vegetarian's Paradise 2

Food: 4.234.23
Atmosphere: 3.313.31
Service: 3.853.85

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144 West 4th Street
New York   NY 10014
(212) 260-7130
Vegetarian's Paradise 2 website

Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Menu indicates vegan items

Price Range:

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

Accepted Payments:

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Payment notes:

$10 minimum for credit card charges.

Hours:

Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-12 midnight.

Directions:

F,A,C,E to West 4th Street. Just off Sixth Avenue.

Delivery notes:

Vegetarian's Paradise 2 delivers.

Minimum order $10. Food delivered within "20-30 minutes." VP2 delivery zone boundaries: North - 14th Street, South - Houston, East - Lafayette, West - Hudson

Notes:

Sister restaurant of Red Bamboo. Daily specials between 12 noon and 4pm.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on November 4, 2010.

User Reviews of Vegetarian's Paradise 2

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.234.23
Atmosphere: 3.313.31
Service: 3.853.85
  • Review by JonG on January 3, 2011:

  • tl;dr: GO BACK TO VP2. It's improved.

    Like a lot of vegans, I went here a lot 10+ years ago, and then abandoned it when better options appeared. The fact that this is the first review in 18 months suggest that most of you feel the same. However, VP2 hasn't kept the same old crappy menu! Much like Quantum Leap a few years ago, they revamped their menu to embrace many of the improvements in vegan cuisine. For the first time since Red Bamboo opened, I actually prefer VP2 over Red Bamboo.

    Bonus: The owner waits tables most nights.
    Minus: Their doors close super-slow, so you freeze if you sit at the front tables! Take two stars off of my atmosphere rating if you sit in the front half of the restaurant in winter.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by vegyum on August 4, 2009:

  • If you want a 4.50 (plus tax) amazing milkshake come here! mmm
    they have lots of different flavors (and I'm pretty sure they use Klein) Their other food is quite good, and definitely lots of similarities with Red Bamboo
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by beanmail on February 3, 2009:

  • Hawaiian Chicken for dinner & Klein's mint chip ice cream for dessert: yum!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by Teese on December 23, 2008:

  • I could live off of the Sweet and Sour chicken. I think it's called Hawaiian Chicken or something like that. It's kind of scary realistic, and reminds me of the Sweet and Sour chicken I used to eat when I was little (and ate meat). The chicken is battered in a thick coating and then fried. I've had mixed results with the appetizers, but the sui mai is awesome.

    Do yourself a favor and get some ice cream for dessert. They have some of the best ice cream in the city.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by squirrely on November 15, 2008:

  • this place is great! the food is similar to that of red bamboo, but the menu is larger, the portions are way bigger and are less expensive. there is a lot of fake meat, but also plenty of all-veggie options. i split the sugar cane drumsticks and udon soup with someone else, and both were excellent. the sauce for the drumsticks was very flavorful and not too sweet. the broth in the soup was very rich and savory and there were plenty of vegetables. we also ordered the veggie kung pao chicken entree, but were too full after the shared soup and appetizer to eat it. i did try one bite before having it boxed up, and the sauce there was also excellent (not too sweet or salty, but lots of flavor), the "chicken" had great flavor and texture and there were plenty of vegetables. i like that you choose brown rice instead of white. my only (minor) complaints about this place are that the dining area is somewhat cramped, and the pot of tea is bagged tea, not loose leaf. i will definitely be back.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by Lucky2 on July 4, 2008:

  • Went there a bit after it opened this morning... One thing: Oh my god, the portions are HUGE. I didn't expect that, so I ordered the Buddha Noodle Soup [or something to that effect] and the 'Chicken' Teriyaki. The soup was decent - filled with [rice] noodles and veggies, but the broth was, to put it nicely, a bit subtle for my tastes... Wouldn't've minded a kick to it.

    At that point, I was a bit concerned if the teriyaki was of similar subtlety. They nearly forgot the second half of my order, but managed to get it out quickly. This redeemed the restaurant in my eyes, er, tastebuds - it was DELICIOUS.

    The decor of the place seemed a bit spare - it has potential, good potential, and improved when people started arriving... Service, all in all, was decent - not especially good, but far from bad. I plan on going back - I've never been impressed by fake meats, but this was pretty good... I definitely want to try more.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by ramones on May 15, 2008:

  • This is definitely a low key restaurant. I would go back, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there. My friend got the Crispy Soul Chicken appetizer and it was indeed delicious. If I return, I'll definitely order that! I ordered the stuffed zucchini, and I did not like it at all.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by ariela on December 26, 2007:

  • I'm surprised by the last review! How is vp2 filthy?? (well I did once see ants crawling around but that was once years ago) Anyways, i figured it was time I write a review for this restaurant, as I think it's most likely the vegetarian restaurant I've frequented the most over the years(& might even be the first veg restaurant I went to when I first went veg) The service is always fast. Favorite dishes include: crispy soul chicken, mango chicken,orange tangerine chicken,chicken lo mein(with rice noodles),the corn chowder soup,the hot&sour soup is good too but sometimes a bit too spicy,rice ball dumplings(these are pretty simple but for some reason I love them),heavenly chicken... The only dishes I've had here that I didn't like are one of the fish dishes(but I generally hate fake fish of any kind) although the calamari is really really good. The sesame soy chicken used to be better but now it's kind of spongy and gross. Oh and I wasn't fan of the turkey that I had once.

    I've never brought anyone here who didn't like it, even my meat eating friends love it. The menu is extensive so it's hard to find something you don't like on there! Oh & lastly the portions are huge!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by velourialee on December 8, 2006:

  • This place is filthy, unhealthy with poor service and greasy, oily food. The food was tasty enough, but they were out of the vegan option of one noodle dishes I wanted, and everything comes with faux meats even though not necessarily indicated on the menu. My tea was lukewarm and the cups were ringed with filth, as well as the accompanying teapot. It took 10 minutes to get the lousy service that we did recieve. I spent the next day in bed holding my stomach, praying for my food not to return.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by eileen_loves_vegans on October 29, 2006:

  • if you go there, you MUST order my favorite food on this planet- that is...

    CRISPY SOUL CHICKEN NUGGETS! its only $5.95 for the appetizer size, and you get like 7 huge nuggets- i can never even finish the whole plate.

    prices here are great- selection and quality of mock meats is the best i've ever seen in my vegan lifetime.

    the renovation- i miss their old booths- but whatever works! service is great- they filled up my water like 6 times when i was there for lunch.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by quincyq03 on October 23, 2006:

  • This is a great place!
    I first went there a few years ago, when I was a relatively picky omnivore. Their chicken and fries were very tasty and since then, I've always gone there when I come to NYC!

    I've gone there at least four times now and have not been dissapointed yet. I've tried a few smoothies, a few different chicken dishes, but the best may have been their Paradise Turkey. It was a complete "Thanksgiving" meal, which was not only delicious, but vegan!!!

    I tried their banana split with cookies and cream ice cream yesterday and it was incredible! Even my GF who is not a veg*n really liked it. I also tried some of their pancakes (already forgot the name) and they were quite good.
    The last meal I got was the orange/tangerine chicken with veggies and rice, spring rolls and hot & sour soup. No complaints yet!!!!

    The prices are good - especially considering the portions they give you, the food is great and you should definitely give it a shot!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by veganfriendly on September 28, 2006:

  • They've re-opened after being closed for several weeks for renovation. It looks pretty nice. It's all tables now, no booths anymore. The food remains the same: tasty and comforting. We went recently and got the Crispy Soul Chicken (yum), Steamed Lotus Leaf (yum) and Scallops in Black Bean Sauce (not so yum), and then we got a banana split for dessert (YUM).

    Full review with photos at veganfriendly.com!
  • Review by ianqui on May 26, 2006:

  • Honestly, how can you not love VP2? It's not gourmet vegan or anything, but when you need some comfort food, this is your place. The soul chicken is a guilty pleasure, and the roll sampler is always a favorite too. The scallion pancakes are a little too bready for my taste, but there are plenty of other good appetizers instead.

    When you can't get into Red Bamboo, they can usually squeeze you in at VP2.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by lizette on May 25, 2006:

  • I'm a big fan of VP2. It's right next to Red Bamboo, which is really similar (both heavy on meat substitutes), and while they're both good, I tend to prefer VP2 (slightly cheaper, more space inside, etc.).

    They do have some dishes that aren't as focused on fake meat, and I tend to like those more - they're listed under the "exotic vegetables" section of the menu (favorite being the stuffed zucchini).
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33

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