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House of Vegetarian

Food: 33
Atmosphere: 2.572.57
Service: 2.572.57

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68 Mott Street
New York   NY 10013
(212) 226-6572

Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

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

Accepted Payments:

  • Cash Only


11am-11pm daily.


Between Canal and Bayard Streets. J, M, Z; N, R; 6 to Canal St.

Delivery notes:

House of Vegetarian does not deliver.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on March 9, 2006.

User Reviews of House of Vegetarian

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 33
Atmosphere: 2.572.57
Service: 2.572.57
  • Review by lucifly on April 9, 2010:

  • the bad reviews of this place are really overstated. once youre inside the enviornment is good and the service is just quick. chicken dishes are a good choice.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by quincyq03 on September 4, 2009:

  • I've been to this place a few times and I will start with what I liked...

    The amount of food I've gotten for the money spent has always been worth it. The food that I've tried has generally been good, although I can see why some people might say some of the dishes aren't that great.

    Now for the not so good...
    The service both times was mediocre at best and definitely awkward.
    I went there this past evening and I was given some rolls. I had ordered a special and figured the rolls came with it. I was literally putting the rolls on the plate and the lady comes over and asks if I ordered them. I said "no" and she asked if I wanted them. I said only if I didn't have to pay and she quickly snatched them away.

    All in all, I would go back, but be aware that the service will probably not impress most individuals.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by fishnchips on February 21, 2009:

  • We started out having an ok meal. The food was very roughly made, the steamed vegetable dumpling wasn't cooked completely. The shiitake mushroom with vermicelli was bland, and the stir fried string beans too salty and under cooked.

    Ok, so you always take a risk every time you go to a new restaurant, but not only was the food of extremely poor quality, the workers had a very nasty attitude as well.

    I found pieces of hair stuck on the place underneath our stir fried string beans' sauce, so it was OBVIOUSLY on the plate BEFORE we started eating the food. Not only did the workers denied that the hair came from the kitchen, they also blamed it on us!

    What kind of an attitude is that to be treating your customers without respect?

    NEVER AGAIN! Vegetarian Dim Sum at 24 Pell Street is much better, cheaper and MUCH MUCH MUCH FRIENDLIER!
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by JamesR on February 3, 2009:

  • I want to like this place because it's run by the same people who run Vegetarian Dim Sum House, but I just can't.

    I think that a few of the dishes are a sure thing, but a lot of them are just plain bad. I've said before that I'm picky about what kind of mock meats are used, and HOV go heavy on the dry, reconstituted variety, which bums me out. That stuff just tastes cheap, and it doesn't have the cheap price to match. The menu is huge, so I'd be glad to know if someone has a secret fav that blows everything else away. Oh, and they charge for rice (not a big deal), and don't tell you (annoying).

    Until then....
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by PlomeekSoup on December 3, 2008:

  • Before there was somewhat of an abundance of veg restaurant options in three out of five boroughs, there was HOV. It was here that we flocked for the preciously rare mock meat dishes, the hot steak kew appetizers, the divine sesame cold noodles, and the copious amounts of free tea.

    While there are more choices nowadays, HOV remains a nostalgic mainstay for me, especially if I'm anywhere near Chinatown. Staff are friendly, and always show their appreciation for return visits from loyal patrons.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by obscurite on December 22, 2007:

  • House of Vegetarian on Mott St. has been one of my favorite chinese spots for years. The folks who work there are sometimes a bit awkward, I'll grant you that, but they're really very nice ladies and always willing to get you what you need promptly when you get their attention. The space has an authentic chinatown feel, and the wheat gluten is fantastic. Some dishes can be bland, but man, I love going there, and I grew up on Chinese food so I know what I'm talking about. This is one vegan who loves HOV. And yes, there are some other good vegan chinese options, but I maintain this is one of the best if you get to know the extensive menu, and it can be very healthy too, if you go for that sort of thing.

    Never noticed the microwaves or glue traps mentioned by the previous reviewer. I've always had very fresh food and it's very consistent. I hope they stick around forever so I can keep going back.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by zacharyzachary on December 6, 2007:

  • Quite possibly the worst experience I've ever had. I went with a friend for dinner and the place was empty. Bad sign. We ordered chicken and shark fin soup - a gelatinous tasteless stew of shredded wheat gluten. It was like eating a flavorless jell-o. Shortly after we heard a ding (a microwave ding) and out came two room temperature appetizers - something that resembled brains and tasted like stale curry powder and a plate of tofu skins (mock abalone?).

    The service was terrible (one server kept giving us dirty looks and passive aggressively huffing and puffing.)

    Glue traps littered the floor of the bathroom.

    Never again!!!
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11

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