NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Dang Lai Palace
180 3rd Avenue
New York NY 10003
Fax: (212) 505-2003
Dang Lai Palace website
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)
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Open Daily 11am-11pm.
Between 16th and 17th Streets.
L train to 3rd Avenue.
Dang Lai Palace delivers.
(212) 505-2000 for delivery line.
$7 minimum order.
Rumor has it that the former chef from the closed Union Square Zen Palate is now the chef at Dang Lai Palace.
When they first opened, vegan items were not indicated on the menu, but now they are.
Sometime after the nearby Adelina closed, they started offering raw Italian dishes.
As of April 2010, they serve meat and are no longer entirely vegetarian.
Review by turtledog on January 6, 2010:
- Stopped here for some take-out. Love the menu and how it tells you what has egg or dairy. The veggie tempura was yummy as were the spring rolls. Pretty place. Will want to come back and try it for an actual sit-down dinner.
Review by Roseann Marulli Rodriguez on July 22, 2008:
- Had dinner here with my cousin, and our waiter was very nice and helpful, suggesting favorite items. The menu is marked (D for dairy and E for eggs), so there was no problem figuring out what was vegan. We started off with the vegetarian duck, which was tasty but a little meaty/chewy for me, then my cousin had the Rose Petals (which she loved) and I had the veggie steak special with asparagus and mashed potatoes—yum! Most of the desserts aren't vegan, which is a bummer, but as an alternative to the apple fritters our server suggested banana—OMG! Delicious! And they gave us the dessert on the house. Works for me!
Review by tgw on May 23, 2008:
- Menu has just been updated (finally) to reflect vegan items. It seems like most things are.
Review by Red Lurcher on April 13, 2008:
- What a waste. The wait staff (or at least my guy) doesn't know what vegan means and was not at all motivated to tell me what was. Knowing this place had some connection to Zen Palate, where you can never predict what's going to be vegan, I was scared to order any fake meat, so I got the "Black Mushroom and Tofu" lunch special. Which turned out to be just that... no other vegetables or even a garnish, just more than $8 "worth" of tofu and black mushrooms fried up in sugar, soy sauce, and corn starch.
I've gotten much better food and service at ghetto bulletproof Chinese restaurants. This place has a waterfall, though.
Review by Olivia Lane on March 24, 2008:
- My server was pleasant enough, except he seemed unsure of what items on the menu were not vegan. Actually, at first he seemed to be unclear on what vegan meant. I've read elsewhere that the servers here are superknowledgeable on what's vegan and what's not, so perhaps I just got a green waiter. I just hope they either better inform all their servers or re-write their menu to label vegan items soon, otherwise eating here will remain like eating at any other non-veg Asian restaurant where you just stick to the simple veggie stuff.
The atmosphere is very clean and ornate enough to make it look like they really put some thought into making the place a nice place to stay and eat. Thankfully it is not so nice that I felt I had to worry about my manners or be conscious of the way I was dressed. A perfect middle ground for casual dining.
While my meal of eggplant and string beans accompanied by a sweet green smoothie wasn't bad, I also wasn't that impressed either. The food and drink were simply mediocre and uninspired. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here, but I certainly wouldn't recoil in fear if a friend insisted we meet here for dinner.