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Red Bamboo

Food: 4.044.04
Atmosphere: 3.923.92
Service: 4.044.04

(27 customer reviews. Leave your own!)

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140 West 4th Street
New York   NY 10014
(212) 260-1212
Red Bamboo website

Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Menu indicates vegan items

Price Range:

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

Accepted Payments:

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Hours:

Mon-Thu: 12:30pm-12am; Fri-Sun: 12pm-12am.

Directions:

A, C, E or F, V line to the West 4th Station. Exit towards the West 3rd Street/Avenue of Americas exit. Walk one block north on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to West 4th Street and make a right. Restaurant between 6th Avenue & Macdougal Street on the south side of the street.

Delivery notes:

Red Bamboo delivers.

Minimum $10 delivery; delivery area: North—14th Street, South—Houston, East—Lafayette, West—Hudson.

Notes:

This restaurant offeres a fusion of American soul food and Chinese food with some other world dishes thrown in. There is also Klein's ice cream which you can eat alone or in a or milkshake.

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

User Reviews of Red Bamboo

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.044.04
Atmosphere: 3.923.92
Service: 4.044.04
  • Review by bigfatvegan on January 1, 2011:

  • This my my favorite vegan restaurant in the city. The menu is HUGE. All my friends are carnivores; everyone I've taken here has ordered a vegan meal (though some added real cheese), and they all want to come back. I don't like the icing on the deserts (way too sugary for me), but that's the only thing I haven't liked. I recommend: voodoo sticks, bbq chicken, dante's cuisine, and the oreo cheesecake. Enjoy!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by ryanxvxrage on November 6, 2010:

  • I Used to really like this place. It was a good spot to hit up when I went to NYC to visit. Untill the most recent time I went. I ordered my food and it wasnt that good. I didnt like it at all. The service was okay, exept for the fact that the waiter we had was really hyper and at our table every 2 seconds. When we left, the waiter chased us out and yelled to us on the street " are you really leaving this small of a tip for a 30 dollar order?" I dont care who you are, or what your job is or if it depends on tips. You dont question someones finances. Its wrong and messed up I might go back, I might not.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by soletsplay on March 30, 2010:

  • I love Red Bamboo, I can take non-vegan friends here and not worry about their taste buds longing for flavor. The food isn't the healthiest or the most nutritious but it sure is good so I indulge myself every once and awhile. I encourage everyone to try it!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by Sam C on January 9, 2010:

  • I'm so over you, mock meat and steamed-to-death veggies. Give me some sweet potato fries and pistachio Klein's ice cream and I'm OUT.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by turtledog on July 6, 2009:

  • When I heard about Red Bamboo, I couldn't wait to go. All my all pre-veg food in vegan form!! My husband I went for dinner on a day I was really craving "old-style" comfort food. The place was small, kind of crowded. We had to ask to change tables because the people sitting across from us were loud, obscene and acting as if no other people existed in the restaurant (no, we aren't all interested in hearing your rants). The service was friendly, courteous and attentive.

    The menu looked incredible and it was hard to choose. So many old favorites. We started with 2 of their new appetizers: southern fried drumsticks and crab rangoon. The drumsticks were yummy, kind of cool on the one hand to eat something that used to be a fave but kind of creepy on the other hand (or drumstick). The crab rangoon was pretty good, the dipping chili sauce was incredible.

    I had the faux philly cheesesteak and my husband had the BBQ "steak" hero. His was better than mine but we were both disappointed. The bread was not toasty, the slice of vegan cheese looked like they had just unwrapped one of those slices from the cellophane and didn't even attempt to melt it and the "meat" was skimpy. The sauce was much better on the BBQ hero. We had an order of fries & they were the best part of the meal. The prices were very reasonable for the portion sizes.

    I'm sure we'll go back sometime to try other things or to take omni friends to but I think we may have had our visit too late into our vegan journey. We appreciate simpler, healthy food now and the mock novelty has worn off. Still, I would recommend it to anyone craving "pre-veg" foods, transitioning to veganism or needing a place where everyone can find something.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by vegyum on June 10, 2009:

  • I come here and frequent the fries (if you're looking for a Burger King-kind of fries replacement, this hits it) and milkshakes
    Must-haves: the new Bamburger and Steak Burger (dollar more than bamburg, but worth it because of the amazing Asian marinate sauce and the added mushrooms). They are both made with fresh ingredients (lettuce, tomato, onions, etc.) and the vegan mayonaise combined with the juicy burgers are succulent, creamy, fatty, tasty, and most of all- satisfying. mmmm
  • Review by ryanxvxrage on April 18, 2009:

  • Really Delicious.
    Amazing Fish Sticks!
    Awesome Chikn parm!
    Very friendly service!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by vegbklove on February 16, 2009:

  • Everything about Red Bamboo is perfect (...ok except that not everything there is vegan...)
    But I love Red Bamboo. First and favorite veg place in the city! I am a diehard fan of the BBQ half chicken with the sweet corn mashed potatoes subbed for fries. Also they have mint chocolate chip ice cream, (thats green as it SHOULD BE! :) ) The music there is always awesome, the staff is killer and the den-like atmosphere is great.
    Red Bamboo is my go-to restaurant for a perfect veg meal!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by beanmail on February 6, 2009:

  • This is my favorite vegan restaurant of all time. You can take anyone there & know they will be impressed by all of the delicious tastes that come out of the kitchen. They are not pretentious & they are what they say they are: soul food. Don't come here looking for steamed veggies & then complain because instead the dishes are mainstream and flavorful; this place rules.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on January 1, 2009:

  • I like it here. The food is always flavourful, inexpensive and the service is quite nice. The menu points out the items that are not vegan and the portions are hefty. It is a "hip" atmosphere but still diverse. I think many vegans/vegetarians aviod meat to spare the animals rather than not liking the taste, so I'm glad to have the "novelty" restaurants around.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by JasonB on November 28, 2008:

  • Where to start... I know the place is small, so I arrive before my party of 4 to put my name down. I'm told it will be a 10 to 15 minute wait. About 10 minutes later the hostess leads us to a table for two. After she realizes that we are four and not two, she tells us it will be a few more minutes. Fast forward another 35 minutes and we're finally seated.
    Our server is friendly enough, takes our orders and brings our drinks and appetizers in relatively good time. The chicken wings are really good, as are the broccoli and sweet potato tempura. Of course, when another waitress comes by asking if we're ok, we ask for some more dipping sauce. Five minutes later, our waitress comes by and we tell her we're still waiting for the sauce. We're told that we are not in that servers section so we shouldn't have asked her for the sauce. Huh??? The place only has about 10 tables.
    Regardless, our entrees arrive, and unfortunately, they were all pretty mediocre. The mango chicken was the highlight of the table, and it was pretty darn good, but the entree tempura was cold and the sandwiches left was too much to be desired.
    Don't think I'm going back there.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by eefanugget on September 19, 2008:

  • I love red bamboo. I do really. MILKSHAKE PLEASE.
    However, I never was much of a meat eater so... with that i want veggies! Lotsa them. Nearly everything has a meat substitute which when eating with non vegans is comforting. But for me... i like the greens.
    Bring em on.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by loveandknowledge on June 23, 2008:

  • I really enjoyed the set up i am small so the size of the restaurant perfect though my friends felt suffocated my friends and I tried there Italian dishes which I found to be delicious but focused more on clocking veg-food as meat instead of really showing how diverse veg food really is though the service was slow they where friendly and understanding and willing to cooperate with us I will go back but more so to introduce stubborn company to idea of vegan dining
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by BankBank on June 9, 2008:

  • I'm only giving this place 3 stars for food for two reasons:

    a) many of the dishes do not taste much like what they're supposed to be (duck, salmon, etc). The only one of the fake meat dishes that I found palatable was the soul chicken, which they're famous for. Granted, it's somewhat fun and exotic to try "fake" whatever meat/fish, but manage your expectations.

    b) if you're a vegan, and you don't eat meat, why would you desire to eat *fake* meat? I consider these types of places as a novelty to bring omni friends to, or a place where you can get a greasy meal every once in a while, but come on. eating meat is gross and eating fake meat is, most of the time, also gross.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by tgw on May 23, 2008:

  • My favorite!

    Only complaint is that it's small and takes no reservations.

    But the service is great, and the food is unreal! The fried shrimp and buffalo wings appetizers, the cod cakes, chicken parm (w/ vegan cheese!), and bbq half chicken are all special favorites.

    There is no better place to take a skeptical carnivore, either.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by ramones on May 17, 2008:

  • I never had any fake meat prior to my visit to Red Bamboo, and even though I was intially skeptical, I really liked. I think we ordered coconut chicken and kebabs, and they were great! the place was busy, and rhis is definitely not the place for a quiet dinner or an intimate conversation. I loved the atmosphere and the diversity of the crowd. Definitely a positive experience.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by voodoo lady on January 24, 2008:

  • This restaurant is amazing. The faux meats are fantastic - everything I tried was delicious. (The spagetti and meatballs was perhaps a little bland, but my server did warn me - I happened to be stubbornly in the mood for pasta.) The service is generally very good, and one particular waiter is exceptionally lovely. I wish I could remember his name. He gave us extra ice cream with our scrumptious raspberry cheesecake. I could go back to this restaurant a hundred times and still be thrilled to eat there.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by itsdorothy on January 22, 2008:

  • i love this place...but why does their brunch SUCK for vegans? tofu scramble is sad, limp, and bland, and though the french toast is amazing, i only had it once because every other time i've gone they've told me 'they haven't been delivered yet...' what? delivered? i thought you guys made that shit...whatever. their lunch/dinner menu is fantastic but they need to get with the program for brunch!!
  • Review by gabby on January 21, 2008:

  • Best dishes ever! Love this place!
    I'm vegan and returned to the restaurant with my teenage vegan daughter two times in less than two weeks.
    Even teenage vegan's are very picky eaters, she doesn't like mock meats, because she always hated meat, well, I never made any meals with meat that she'd eat. She also hated chicken and fish as well, so she's rightfully vegan and she feels badly for the animals.
    My point is, she ordered dishes such as fish sticks and sweet and sour chicken which she loved.
    I ordered a BLT with tempeh bacon, all three visits, and it was wicked.
    The mock meats aren't supposed to taste like meat, for all the non-vegetarians who believe that it should. So most vegans don't want their food to taste like meat, that's why we don't eat meat. We are just interested in great tasting animal-free dishes.
    Thanks to Red Bamboo for having such a diverse menu!!
    By the way, the pistachio ice cream and the oreo cheescake were superb. Can't wait to go back, and the price is perfect.
  • Food: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by mimcho on November 25, 2007:

  • If you like rich and flavorful food or you need a heavier meal go here! This place is not trying give you low calories steamed veggies. The Buffalo Barbecue Wings and the Salmon Teriyaki are just that. And these peeps got the sauce flavors down! And it all comes at reasonable prices. The deserts are good but just as rich and heavy so unless you going for a crazy sugar rush, I suggest you share it.
    (as in most places the restroom is a downer)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by madmargaret on October 16, 2007:

  • I'm sorry but - being new to veganism, I wish I could support all aspects of it. This is the first of 2 supposedly great restaurants that base their menu around fake veggie meats with all kinds of sweet sauces. I'm not liking the fake meats and I don't like sweet sauce. The service was at best unenthusiastic, and the cook was burning things in the kitchen all the way through dinner. Nope, give me Angelica Kitchen any day over this, where tofu is tofu, tempeh is tempeh, etc, etc.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by louisegray on September 29, 2007:

  • I wish that I could transport this restaurant to my city. At this place, you do not even think of meat or those who are not vegetarians will not miss it. The offerings are so good, heaty, and filling. My friend had a Philly cheese steak which was out of this world. Usually, unless you break the bank, eating at a vegetarian restaurant is like an experience in culinary martyrdom. At this restaurant, you can just enjoy one of the few pleasures of life-eating and being humane at the same time.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by quietgrrrl on May 6, 2007:

  • OK, so I live in Connecticut and have little access to vegan restaurants at home. So I probably don't have the same frame of reference as New Yorkers, but I loved it. I had the BBQ half chicken and was pleased by the texture as well as the taste. Unlike other vegan "chickens" it was only a little bit rubbery, but quite tasty. The fries were awesome and the brownie-bottomed cheesecake I shared with my dining companion was a good choice - she preferred the cheesecake, I preferred the brownie bottom and topping. The chocolate sauce tasted like frosting. I found the prices quite reasonable and the service pretty good. The proximity of the other diners was a little close for comfort for me, but I guess it helps you get a table a little sooner that they pack more people in.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by Red Lurcher on April 7, 2007:

  • Applebees for vegetarians: too bland, too sugary, too salty, too iceberg, too expensive, too crowded. With so many great restaurants nearby, why would I ever go here? The Soul Chicken appetizer is the only thing I can order with a clear conscience.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by eileen_loves_vegans on October 29, 2006:

  • Can I just say- the BEST vegan food in my life!

    Chicken Parm - SOOO GOOD. they even have vegan mozzarella with it!

    the Creole Chicken Nuggets- probably my FAVORITE food on this entire planet. Seriusly. the crispy breading, and delicious texture- to die for!

    Lets not forget their ice cream shakes- ALSO really delicious.

    The place is usually really crowded and tight, and i had to wait like 5 minutes for a fork, but the delicious food makes up for it.

    Chocolate vegan fortune cookies too!
  • Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by soybean on August 23, 2006:

  • Loved the food! I will definately eat here again when I visit NY.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by leunerj on July 4, 2006:

  • Some of the greatest vegan food I've ever had... too many great dishes to list in this review so go there yourself and try it!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44

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