NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Community Food & Juice
Not Vegetarian (few decent vegan options)
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)
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Breakfast- Mon-Fri: 8am-11:30am; Brunch-Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm; Lunch- Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3:30pm; Dinner- Mon-Sat: 6pm-11pm, Sun: 6pm-10pm.
Juice Bar: Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun-9am-5pm
Between 112th and 113th Streets.
1 train to 116th St.-Columbia University.
Community Food & Juice does not deliver.
This "green" establishment specializes in antibiotic free, organic grass fed, cage-free etc. etc. animal products.
Review by megatofu on February 22, 2009:
- I agree with MollyG. Community Food and Juice is a place for meat eaters to feel better about themselves. I have had the tofu rice bowl every time I've gone there for dinner as it is the only option. It is good as far as rice bowls go, but I'd love to be able to try something else there as the place is not a long walk from my place.
I went there for brunch, as well, and ended up with an unappealing bowl of vegetables in truffle oil that I couldn't finish.
Review by MollyG on December 8, 2008:
- So, I wanted to leave a bad review, but I feel as though I can only leave a semi-bad review because the food I ate was good. The problem, however, was the limited options that I had.
The first time I went to Community it was for brunch. I called ahead the night before and asked about vegan brunch options. They said that they have vegans in all the time so I shouldn't worry about it. The next morning when I got there when I asked about vegan options they looked at me like I had three heads. I ended up with a $6 half of a grapefruit that was bruleed. It was yummy, but not filling and certainly not vegan brunch food.
I gave them another try for dinner with my family. We like to share, and the waiter was very helpful and checked ingredients for me. To start we got three "breads and spreads". Two were vegan, the jam and nut butter one and the hummus one. They were good. I was pleased. Then for my entree I had a few options in the "bowls" section. There is not a single vegan option in the "mains" section. Annoying. It's all grass-fed this and humanely-raised that. Blech. My "bowl" however, was good. A rice bowl with grilled tofu and veggies. Yummy, and at $12 not outrageously priced, especially since my parents paid.
Overall, Community Food and Juice is a place for meat eaters to feel better about themselves. The vegan options are good, but I felt as though they thought that vegan food got in the way of their message somehow. I liked the food, but have no interest in going back.