NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
226 Thompson Street
New York NY 10012
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
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Mon-Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm.
Between Bleecker & W 3rd St.
Quantum Leap delivers.
This restaurant serves fish, but most of the dishes are veg. Some items on the menu are labeled "vegan," but there are several other vegan tofu dishes that aren't labeled, so ask the server.
(The "Vegetarian Pad Thai" used to be made with fish sauce. It's not anymore, and thus should be OK for vegans to eat.)
Their default burger buns are not vegan, so you may want to double check they remember to put your vegan burger on a vegan bun.
Review by Sam C on January 9, 2010:
- The food is consistently good, and the lentil-walnut burger, chicken burrito, and garlic fries are my favorites. Bring back the vegan wrap!!
Service, on the other hand, is spotty. One day you've got your food in 15 minutes and water up the wazoo, and the next it takes an hour for your companions' food and another 20ish minutes for yours and then they bring the wrong thing and GOD IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.
A waitress mentioned that the coleslaw has honey in it, so ask for it to be left off anything, even if the menu item is marked vegan. MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN COLESLAW AND STOP BUYING FROM A SUPPLIER AND STOP TELLING US IT'S VEGAN ON THE MENU CAUSE IT'S NOT. Thank you.
Review by BankBank on June 9, 2008:
- huge variety in the menu. very relaxed and bright atmosphere. BYOB last time i was there, which is cool. not too much fake meat bs. would recommend.
Review by NotBuyingIt on February 8, 2008:
- i really like the food here, pretty tasty.Even the tofu scramble. The staff is nice enough to help accommodate the food for vegans. The brunch is one of the best I ever had.
Review by JonG on November 28, 2007:
- This place has definitely improved over the years! In 2001-2002, the menu was terrible, with all the appetizing options being non-vegan. At some point (when they moved to the current location?), I stopped in and saw that their menu was significantly revised and improved; maybe when Sacred Chow moved and started to suck, Quantum Leap got their good vibes? The food was much improved, even when I got the same items. I haven't had brunch here in years, but their old brunch was their only redeeming feature; tasty and cheap.
Service here isn't special, but I've never had problems. Atmosphere, as one person said, is a pleasant nineties healthy.
Comparable to (and better than): Village Natural, (new) Sacred Chow, Kati Curry.
Nearby (and better than): Temple in the Village
Nearby (tied with): VP2
Nearby (and not as good as): Thiru's dosa cart, Red Bamboo, Galanga
Review by IsaChandra on October 8, 2007:
- The decor is very nineties health food and I like that. I really wanted to love the brunch but sometimes things don't work out the way you want.
The first issue was that we waited 40 minutes for our food while everyone around us who ordered after us was being served. Fine. So we were just unlucky.
But then the scrambled tofu was heinously salty, the fake ham was unpalatable and the hash browns were gooey and undercooked. The pancakes, on the other hand, were really great. I had the buckwheat and my friend had the corn. So I would suggest eating here if you're in a sweet brunch mood, not so much a savory one. Next time I want pancakes and don't feel like making them I'd go here. Everything was really decently priced, too, so that's a bonus. It was nice to see numbers in the single digits for once.
Review by susie on January 17, 2007:
- I liked this place less when I found out it had nothing to do with the show. I wasn't paying a lot of attention when I ordered, and the first few things I chose weren't vegan, they just sounded like they couldn't possibly include eggs and fish (oh naive little me): the server was extremely helpful and warned me off the "vegetarian" pad thai and anything breaded. But the seitan is fucking awesome and the decor makes me laugh out loud.
Review by veganfriendly on November 10, 2006:
- Apparently Quantum Leap has been around for a while, but we just discovered it recently. I was pretty happy with it. It's cute and cozy with a nice staff. The food is pretty good and most of it is reasonably priced. I especially like that they have a decent Mexican section, because I feel like finding vegan Mexican can be tricky sometimes.
Read our full review (whith photos) here.
Review by Olivia Lane on July 12, 2006:
- I went here for the first time for a casual Team SuperVegan brunch meeting. The place was hopping. (Make reservations for brunch!) I loved our server who was very spunky, friendly, attentive and helpful. The food was okay. I found the tofu scramble which had lots of veggies to be pretty tasty. I'd go back, but it isn't really a top-level brunch choice for me.