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The Organic Grill

123 1st Avenue
New York   NY 10003
(212) 477-7177
The Organic Grill website

Veg level:

Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)

Menu indicates vegan items

Price Range:

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

Accepted Payments:

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Payment notes:

Personal checks and NYU Campus Cash also accepted. Visit the website for details on frequent dinner savings and business account discounts.

Hours:

12 noon-10pm daily.

Directions:

Just off St. Marks Place.

Delivery notes:

The Organic Grill delivers.

Notes:

99% of the menu is vegetarian and most of that is vegan or can be made vegan. Daily breakfast offerings include a vegan tofu omelette and vegan waffles. Wide array of coffee, teas, sandwiches, crepes, desserts made in house and daily specials.

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

User Reviews of The Organic Grill

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.623.62
Atmosphere: 3.383.38
Service: 3.153.15
  • Review by gagaforlulas on November 16, 2010:

  • The owner is an insanely mean woman. They also lie and say right on the menu that the vegan desserts are "House-made" when they are the same exact stuff Lifethyme's bakery serves. If you ask her what the ingredients are, she can't tell you. Ha! Is this even legal? Asked one of the bakers at Lifethyme and they confirmed that Organic Grill orders from them.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by lucifly on April 7, 2010:

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  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by turtledog on April 14, 2009:

  • When discussing with a friend my switch from vegetarian to vegan, I told her that egg white omelets had been the last thing I had given up and that I still missed them. She suggested I go to Organic Grill which make tofu omelets and boy, was that great advice!

    I had the tofu omelet of the day (spinach, squash and tomatoes)with home fries and soy sausage. My husband had the tofu scramble with tempeh bacon. Both were delicious as was the coffee. We went off-hours (around 2pm) so the place was empty. It was quiet and cozy. The service was great and the food was hot and fresh.

    We can't wait to go back again and try other things since so many items on the menu sounded yummy. We even signed up for the frequent diner plan. Now I know I'll never miss eggs again.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on January 26, 2009:

  • I must say I'm soo peeved by places that call themselves veg and still serve fish! Yet, everytime I eat here the food is absolutely delish! From busy breakfasts to sparcely seated off- hours, my food couldn't be better, the place couldn't get cozier and the service is good. Prices are okay. I just wish they'd ditch the fish!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by Deesse100 on October 2, 2008:

  • I will never go back to OG. The food was definitely cooked in the microwave, it was dried out and chewy and gross. I don't know if the stove broke or the cook was on strike but the food was a disgrace to vegan cuisine. I ordered the pot pie which looked so unappetizing, I didn't even bother tasting it. I got the lentil burger (which I'd had and enjoyed in the past) to replace the shriveled up pot pie but it was dried out and the homefries had the consistency of cardboard. My boyfriend go the chili which was okay but nothing special. The server was new, so I'll cut him some slack and the atmosphere is cozy (but it's always dead in there...and now I know why). I really liked this place til' tonight but I can zap my own food at home. So disappointing.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by myfi on August 23, 2008:

  • Coming from Australia where vegan options are incredibly limited, to East Village with a vegan eatery on every corner is quite overwhelming. It was very odd (but fantastic) to not only have a choice of about 20 restaurants in our vicinity, but to then have a choice of almost every item on the menu! We chose this light, homey restaurant, and were not disappointed. My (also vegan) mother and I ordered the chili plate and the spaghetti with 'meatballs' (both on the specials menu). Both dishes were fantastic! The 'meatballs' were soft and juicy but crispy on the outside, and oh so yummy. The chili was balanced with the perfect amount of brown rice, some veggies and the most delicious cornbread I've ever tasted - slightly sweet, slightly spicy. My mum ordered wine and our waiter brought her a sample of that wine and another which he thought would go better with her spaghetti (and he was right). At the end of the very reasonably sized meals we were both too full for dessert, but absolutely needed to try vegan key lime pie, so we got a slice to take home, and when we opened the box we realised he'd given us almost a quarter of a pie. But we still managed to finish it off since it was so good. Very creamy. Back in the land of Oz there is nothing like this place, so maybe I'm rating too easily and I'll become a harsher critic after seeing what else New York has to offer, but I still think this place was fantastic.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by veglife on July 25, 2008:

  • I went to the organic grill for the first time yesterday for my best friend's birthday and it was a huge let down. I ordered the bbq seitan plate and the cornbread was good but the seitan was soggy and bland. I also tried the garlic tempeh triangles and I wasn't into it at all. The chocolate cake was excellent though. I asked the waitress honestly 3 times to sign up for their special points offer which will lead to a free meal but she never brought me the paper even after going up to the counter. I would never go back to this place again
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 22
  • Review by ramones on April 6, 2008:

  • I have only been to Organic Grill once. I went for dinner, but I think I would rather go to OG for brunch or lunch. I had the house made bbq seitan plate. It was a really big plate, and really delicious. I loved the jalapeno cornbread!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by voodoo lady on January 24, 2008:

  • The service is mighty odd, but the food is really lovely. I particularly like the tofu omelette and vegan waffles. It seems as though real coffee is almost unatainable at the OG because their machine is either broken or they've run out of beans, but when you manage to get one it's absolutely fantastic coffee.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by susie on August 27, 2007:

  • After reading these reviews, I had low expectations. But the OG seems like a cult favorite, and I had to try it for brunch last weekend. The pancakes were solid--though not very fluffy, jam-packed full of tasty blueberries. The tempeh bacon was more an undercooked slab than a slice, though very well-marinated. The real star of the brunch line-up was, in my opinion, the vegan omelette, a concoction of seemingly molded, shredded tofu encasing a tasty assortment of fillings. Split between two ravenous people, both entrees were very satisfying, and reasonably priced. I prefer brunch here to Kate's any weekend.

    Service was super-prompt, though not overly friendly, and the place always seems pretty crowded, so if you're the paranoid type, reservations might be in order.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by Shana on July 23, 2007:

  • I've eaten at Organic Grill and ordered take out. The food (vegan pizza, quesadilla and sushi rolls) was okay. Not terrible, but nothing to return for (I went the second time because I was seduced by the idea of a vegan cheese quesadilla which was the best of the lot and quite tasty). The sushi rolls were not made as described - they had a thick tortilla-type wrap around them - in my take-out order. The two desserts I tried (cakes) were okay, but not good enough to order them again. Portions are a healthy size.

    The atmosphere is crowded, but nice and homey. The service adequate, the staff quite unfriendly, but nothing atrocious.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by Arden on March 31, 2007:

  • I used to eat here constantly, but the service became so intolerable that I've not been back in months. Just as an example, the final straw visit involved the wait staff refusing to turn down exceptionally loud music in the seating area (despite the fact that we were the only customers at the time) and the waitress accidentally pouring hot coffee *into* my brother's bag (which contained many a costly electronic item). And no, they did not reduce the bill as a result. Oy.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by Veganize Me on May 10, 2006:

  • I ordered the vegan waffles at the Organic Grill, and I was disappointed. It's hard to find vegan breakfasts where I live (Halifax, NS), so I wanted something really yummy. They were very dry, and the tofu whip tasted like plain, grainy tofu - not something I would ever eat or serve. The best thing about the meal was the unlimited pure maple syrup. I would go back, but never for breakfast.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55

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