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18 Arhans Restaurant
227 Centre Street
New York NY 10013
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Vegetarian (mostly vegan)
Menu indicated vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
- Cash Only
10:30am until 8pm. Closes 6pm on Sat and Sun.
18 Arhans Restaurant did not deliver.
Closed on Dec 24, 2006.
Review by frank language on May 29, 2006:
- 18 Arhans is the only restaurant in a Buddhist temple that I know of. When I was first going there, the hours were kind of strange precisely because they had to coincide with the temple's hours. With the success of the restaurant, they've expanded the restaurant's hours - although they now serve a limited menu on Sunday when they're open.
For a few years I was going there at least once a week, so that Shih Jin, who takes your order, still calls me by name. I love the food here; everything vegan is clearly marked on the menu - some dishes use eggs, for instance, and it's specifically noted which drinks are sweetened with honey. One of my favorite dishes there, called "Copycat," was pulled from the menu; Shih Jin claimed it was too labor-intensive and recommended I get the bowtie tofu instead. My very favorite thing there is still the beancurd seaweed crepe - cheap at $4.95 - and now you can order brown rice for an additional 50 cents.
There's no restroom, although usually there are places close by to use, so that isn't a big hindrance. The restaurant is accessible.