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Angelica Kitchen

Food: 3.623.62
Atmosphere: 3.463.46
Service: 3.083.08

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300 East 12th Street
New York   NY 10003
(212) 228-2909
Fax: (212) 228-3108
Angelica Kitchen website

Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)

Accepted Payments:

  • Cash Only

Hours:

11:30am-10:30pm daily.

Directions:

Between 1st & 2nd Avenues. Take the L to 1st Avenue, or take the 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q, or W to 14th Street-Union Square.

Delivery notes:

Angelica Kitchen does not deliver.

Notes:

A NYC mainstay. If you love old school vegan food or if you were in gradeschool or a coma in the 90s, Anglica's might be the place for you.

Next door to the main restaurant, there is a seperate entrance for take-out or counter service (with very limited seating).

Warning to caffeine fiends - the strongest thing here is Orange Pekoe tea; they do not serve coffee.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on April 8, 2009.

User Reviews of Angelica Kitchen

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.623.62
Atmosphere: 3.463.46
Service: 3.083.08
  • Review by FromAtoVegan on May 31, 2011:

  • In our failed attempt to go to the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival on April 3rd, we opted for a better option than waiting in a mile-long line in the cold. We decided to have a good hearty meal at Angelica Kitchen. We always let our stomachs lead the way and hardly ever go wrong.

    Angelica Kitchen is an unpretentious and low-key spot, with a nice ambiance for casual dining. We were in a large group, there were nine of us, and we could carry on a decent conversation and hear what everyone was saying. That was actually unexpected, especially because they had a full house for lunch.

    Their Full Menu and Daily Specials (pdfs) were pretty extensive and made it hard to choose, a nice problem to have. Many of their dishes are made with whole grains and mild spices that remind me a lot of Alcaparra, a macrobiotic restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil I frequently dined at when I first became a vegetarian. Dishes are more earthy and less flamboyant than most other popular vegan restaurants and there are plenty of gluten-free options.

    Everything we had was delicious with the exception of one dish or other that weren’t as good as the rest, but that doesn’t mean they were bad. The highlights of our meal were the two specials we ordered —Sgt. Tempeh’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Still Special— and the Olé Man Seitan, which hit the spot and satisfied my craving since our visit to Quintessence. All dishes we nicely seasoned and hearty portions, perfect for the hungry travelers at our table. The Dashi & Noodles were ok, the broth was nice and flavorful but the noodles didn’t absorb any of it so they tasted a little flat.

    As for the desserts, the kanten was light and fresh. The tiramisu was nice and rich, as one should be. And the cheesecake was tasty too, but was more a tofu pudding pie and didn’t have that cheesecake density and texture I was hoping for.

    All in all, we had a great meal and good time. We definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a whole foods dining experience.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on May 4, 2011:

  • Woops, I misspelled Angelica at no offence to the Angelica Kitchen establishment. Still the same low ratings though.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on May 4, 2011:

  • I have eaten here a few times and even had take-out. I must say, I was never impressed and even disappointed. I lived across from two shy, quiet, modest and timid vegan girls who raved about the food here. Yet, they said that when they went they were mistreated by the staff and felt that it was because of the color of their skin (not white). ??? Is this post-civil war/equal rights America and New York City at that? I felt so horrible! Here were two nice girls who don't really go to restaurants much but, felt compelled because of their healthy and non-trendy lifestyles decided to patron Angelika cafe for their touting all vegan - organic - local cuisine. They wanted to eat there again but, were afraid. And even though I really never liked the food or service there much, I offered to go with them and as you may have guessed, I had another bland meal with a side of snooty-subpar service. I gave a low rating for atmosphere as service imparts atmosphere as well as comfort, other customers and interiors. I gave this place a 2 for food only because I got food poisoning from what appeared to be expiring fare from a veg place in midtown one time - or else I would give the bland, barely room temperature food from Angelika a rating of 1. It fails me why this is the most popular vegetarian restaurant in New York. Especially when there other healthy , local, organic, veg establishments in the same vicinity like Caravan of Dreams on 6TH Street. Baffled...
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by juls on December 3, 2010:

  • Been in New York a while now and finally got around to trying out Angelica. Overall I'd say the experience was positive and I would go back. I was worried about the service being awful based on all the comments, but I was pleasantly surprised. The hostess was friendly and took us to our table right away (I thought for sure we'd have to wait as it seemed busy) and our waitress was really nice. She offered reccomendations when we couldn't decide and while the food didn't come out right away, I wouldn't say it was slow. We started off with the corn bread (note there are TWO different types of corn bread, one is made with rice, but their signature corn bread is awesome and that's the one we got). It was warm, fluffy, had a great flavor and we ordered carrot ginger spread with it. We also shared the walnut lentil pate which was great! The crackers that came with it were especially delicious when dipped in the pate. My friend and I each ordered sanwhiches and this is the part where I think it was a bit lacking. The sandwiches were served on regular whole grain bread (the kind anyone could get at a grocery store) and there were no garnishes on the plate. My friend said "I feel like my mom just prepared this sandwich". They could have put a small bit of salad on the plate, or a mint sprig, anything! That's one of my only complaints. The sandwiches themselves were pretty good, but not amazing. I ordered the tempeh rueben and my friend ordered the Sam or I sandwich. We shared two desserts which were both awesome. One was the pumpkin rasin bread pudding and the other was pistachio cream something). The pumpkin bread pudding was served on a nice warm plate and was delicious, although the cardamom was a bit overpowering at times. The pistachio cake thingy was great. It's basically like a carrot cake with a pistachio frosting, which was the best part. I'd like to try some of their other dishes next time, but if you're afraid of the service being bad, don't let that be the one thing that stops you from going.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by sleepdawg on October 20, 2010:

  • Have dined here 4 times in the past 2 years. One of the blandest menus ever. Calling it Old School vegetarian is not a compliment. Rice bowls, salad bowls, steamed vegetables and stir fry. Whoop dee doo. They need to learn how to season the food they prepare properly.

    In addition to boring food (which amazingly takes a long time to arrive), the service is usually one cut above snobby campus coffee house. One dining companion told the story of being lectured by a server once over the correct temperature of table water. Definitely in the eating disorder crowd. I'm not surprised to read comments from others about the arrogant rudeness of the managers - that type of behavior usually starts at the top and works its way down.

    Atmosphere is mediocre. Nicely light during the day, but the chairs are spartan and uncomfortable and the tables are too close together. At night it becomes a clusterf*ck waiting for a table in that weird entry they have. Especially if it is cold outside.

    Summary - take your business elsewhere. This kind of restaurant needs to go the way of the dinosaurs so other better ones can take its place.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by lucifly on March 2, 2010:

  • healthiest of the healthier.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by mistyoats on December 6, 2009:

  • I wish that things were different, but you are allowed to BYOB, but not outside snacks/food for a toddler. There is no children's menu (and service is slow). Then they will make you remove the food so that the toddler screams and then you need to leave- shame on Angelica Kitchen- any parents out there UNDERSTAND if a hungry toddler is behaving and quiet, don't PULL the snacks away (maybe next time we would know, but not an appropriate thing to expect of a parent at the time)- obviously the man with the beard is a nice gentleman, but clueless to life and does not have children...sometimes one must pull themselves out of the clouds and deal with REALITY--many customers may not know, but true and good honest genuine understanding people who love children do...afterall, be nice to children, they are the future generation- we will go to the many other NICE veg. places in the city--MANY exsist that appreciate the next generation of vegetarians. Sorry...I am the first to suggest going here to all veg people I know, NOT ANYMORE...
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by beanmail on November 15, 2009:

  • WHAT is all the fuss about the reuben? It consisted of a dry, tasteless slab of tempeh, sauerkraut, lettuce (?), and a thimblefull of "russian" dressing. Plus, they charge $1.75 for extra (i.e., sufficient) dressing: so petty. The Angelica cornbread was disgusting (was that rice in there?) and the Southern cornbread was meh at best. The Wrapsody was the best bet: great melange of tastes, textures and flavors. But at $10 it's a little steep for the tiny size with no accompaniment.

    Worst of all, our waitress was unabashedly bored, aloof, apathetic, and invisible. Extremely disappointing.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by amko on July 11, 2009:

  • I have mixed feelings about this place. Most of the dishes are overpriced and it always feels too crowded/cramped inside. Their combination plates are a good deal, though, so I've learned to stick with that. It's nice that it's BYOB.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by myfi on February 4, 2009:

  • Agreed. Best tempeh reuben. I've never had a problem with the staff, they've always been happy, enthusiastic and helpful. Sandwiches, soups and specials are always great. Food comes really quickly, so my only complaint is that I felt a bit rushed.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by PlomeekSoup on December 3, 2008:

  • The best tempeh reuben in NYC, hands down.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Deesse100 on October 4, 2008:

  • I love AK. The space itself is comfortable and inviting...you could go there for a nice, casual lunch or a romantic, dinner date. I think the BYOB is awesome and they are aways polite about opening the bottle and offering up wine glasses. Service is usually lacking at vegan restaurants, but I think AK's is among the best in that category. And as far as food goes, I think it's great. High quality, but low cost. They are an old-school 60's hippy vegan food place and that's fine with me. It's not better or worse than say, Candle Cafe (which has a more modern approach to vegan cuisine), it's just different. It's simple. I love the salads and soups. Hummus and mash potato apps are tasty. Desserts are usually pretty good. AK is good all around. I will say one thing though..I recently heard that they make all of their food in the morning and basically reheat your food to order. I don't think they're zapping it in the microwave but take it for what it's worth. I've never had a bad experience there so whatever they're doing doesn't bother me. I say, go to AK and ENJOY.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by BankBank on June 9, 2008:

  • I just ate at Angelica Kitchen about an hour ago and found the experience to be great. My friend and I hung out for over an hour (he went to get 2 beers nearby) and we ordered several dishes. The mashed potato appetizer is awesome (tastes better than the unhealthy version) and the cashew spread was very unique. The lemon tofu sandwich on sourdough was *amazing*, especially with some balsamic vinegar from the table.

    In the beginning of the meal, our server was very attentive and patient. Later, when we wanted to order more dishes, he was a bit difficult to get ahold of, but I wouldn't hold that against him, and we still tipped generously. I didn't feel any pretension or elitism whatsoever.

    The atmosphere was great: very low-key and relaxed, a place where you could hang out with friends or take a date. I was grateful to avoid the blaring music of so many restaurants (not generally vegan restaurants), but the selection was diverse and fit well.

    All in all, I had a great meal (at a reasonable price, what was that other review about calling it expensive??), and I will be coming back for more healthy, delicious food soon.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by jennlynskey on May 30, 2008:

  • After an evening at vegan drinks (http://vegandrinks.org/) my non-veg husband and I went searching for pizza and ended up at Angelica's. We were directed to the nearby wine store for BYOB and my husband brought back a nice organic wine. Our server promptly brought glasses and happily opened the bottle for us.

    We had a special appetizer which was like a mashed potato stuffed falafel with a nice tahini sauce. Yum. I had the open face tempeh sandwich which was good, if a little on the "health food" side. Hubby had the lasagna special, ate everything but some of the salad and wasn't even hungry hours later. Everything is vegan and I would recommended for this adventurous omnivores.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by seg235 on January 2, 2008:

  • I love Angelica's. I've always had positive experiences there. I think sometimes people don't know that it isn't just vegan but also a macrobiotic restaurant- hence the "bland' food. If you are used to eating overly processed, overly flavored food natural foods taste bland in comparison.
    I think they deliver on what they set out to create and anyone looking for a macrobiotic meal in Manhattan will enjoy the experience.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by JonG on November 28, 2007:

  • I've eaten here maybe 3 times in the last 7 years, and am always disappointed. Partially I'm not into the healthy pseudo-Asian cuisine, but it's not just that - it's also bland and uninspired. Not surprising, since the chef says cooking vegetarian food "is like telling a painter he can only use red and blue". I haven't had the service problems others mention, but it's just not a very good restaurant. If you want a better version of the same food, go to Souen; if you need a quick fix in the neighborhood, go to Viva Pizzeria or even Burritoville (or the health food store near Theater for the New City whose name I forget) before Angelica
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by rachelsiqueira on November 26, 2007:

  • This is the second time I come to NYC and I was very excited about trying "Angelica Kitchen" since I had read good reviews.
    I have been to 9 vegetarian/vegan Restaurants in NYC and I can say for sure Angelica Kitchen provided me with the worst experience :(
    The food tastes good, actually (which is expectable since the price is not low) but everything else about the place was disappointing. I felt like a retard there, besides the service being the worst I EVER received at a Restaurant, when I complained about it, I was laughed at. I then spoke to the manager, who said they are "busy enough" and if I was unhappy with their customer service, all I had to do was to pay my bill and not return. He then continued: "Where are you from? Ohhhh, it makes sense. Here in THIS COUNTRY we have freedom, you are free to not return to our restaurant if you are unhappy with our service"
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by mimcho on November 26, 2007:

  • Looking for healthy yet hearty vegan meal, this is the place! You won’t find mock meat in BBQ sweet and sour sauce here (go to Red Bamboo), but you will find well balanced meals containing protein, grain and vegetables with mild yet comforting flavors. If you are a first timer go for the daily special main course. It is the most expensive on the menu but always worth it. The desserts are great and won’t leave you with a sugar rush. Altogether - generous portions at regular Manhattan prices. And if you are looking for a vegan cook book get their “Angelica Home Kitchen”. It contains great recipes and the whole history and philosophy behind their establishment!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by the_food_prude on November 25, 2007:

  • love, love, love angelica's. great food and service. even the space is pretty good. i find the community table interesting and theoretically a good idea too though i'm personally not inclined to sit there.

    their policy encouraging people to bring their own containers and bags is fantastic.

    oh, and their desserts are the best. kanten parfaits rule.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by lowrider on September 19, 2007:

  • Black bean soup=heaven. excellent food. I've been a customer for almost a decade now. usually the wait staff is just fine.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by xmotormanx on September 8, 2007:

  • Man, I have no idea what these uptight guys are talking about. The waitstaff, I've been there dozens of times, for years, has never been anything but completely cool to me. Breezy and relaxed. I understand its a less-than-wonderful place to work, knowing a few people who have, and maybe that means that somewhere in there is the potential to piss these people off and to have them treat you like a jerk, if some of the staff felt lousy about how they were treated by their coworkers and the whole situation. However, I'll say this: I'm always polite to the staff, and they're polite right back at me. I'd hate for this place to get a bad name because of a few sour experiences, because this is one of the best little vegan places in New York. My guess is that jerky customers get treated, righteously, like jerks. At my restaurant we recognize the power of honesty: you don't want a houseful of assholes, and if you tolerate them, they will take advantage of you for being one of the places that will, and come back again and again, and that's who you and your other customers will have to be surrounded with. Thus when people suck, we let them know. There is more than enough business in manhattan.

    I didn't even intend to write a review, but I've got to defend a group of people who keep it as real as they do. No booze, no coffee, cash only so that it stays local, change back when you return some to-go containers, honesty about their 95% and not 100% organic status (believe me, i've worked in several organic restaurants in new york and this is the truth for even the best of them regardless of what is being said) they're really doing a lot more than is called for. On top of everything else, they're one of the few truly health-conscious vegan spots in the city, a dying breed as the junk food vegan world capitalizes on people's self-indulgence.

    Wooh, that was firey!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by vegan2525 on August 9, 2007:

  • I know this is the Premeire/initial vegetarian restaurant in New York, but I think the waitstaff takes this too seriously (can anyone say "Pretence"?) I however ignore such behaivior and I find them to be professional enough. The food on the other hand... I know real vegetarian food is supposed to taste healthy, but I found it a bit bland (spices are not unhealthy!), with the exception of a tempeh (yuck!) rueben I had there which was pretty good. Their sandwiches, seperate from the rest of the menu, are quite affordable. I certainly can find other restaurants with the same fare and with better palate, but where would they all be without Angelica Kitchen? Thumbs Up to the place.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by veganphilly on May 18, 2007:

  • I had absolutely no problems with the staff, actually, our waitress was a sweetheart. The food was fabulous, I had a soufle, the carrot apple/ ginger juice was alright, not great. My only warning is to BRING CASH, did not realize it was cash only and had to run across the street to the ATM.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by megatofu on January 23, 2007:

  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by frank language on May 26, 2006:

  • I've been eating at Angelica Kitchen since I was a sprout - well, maybe not that long, but I do remember their original location and I've been eating their original cornbread with miso/tahini spread and their "dragon bowl" forever.

    I haven't had a bad experience with the waitstaff, and I suspect it wasn't just because I had cash in hand to pay. A long time ago, I did ask if they had coffee, and learned that it wasn't "that kind of place." So what? Angelica's was the first place I tried kukicha tea, which I love - even though I'm heavily addicted to coffee.

    The food is delicious; I've been eating here since waaay before I was a vegan, and always observed that it just made me feel good. This past Thanksgiving I dragged my omnivore roommate, and he liked what he had (the seitan ragout.) The place was packed, and in spite of the crowd we were served competently.

    Angelica's is a neighborhood institution and I'm happy they're still there. When I get takeout there, I try to remember to bring my own bowl, since they post a sign: "We actively dislike the throwaway aspect of takeout," and they offer a token 5-cent discount for remembering to bring your own containers.

    And their food still makes me feel good.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by mykeywestangel on May 11, 2006:

  • Well what can I say. The restaurant gives off this wonderfully earthy feeling which is immediately let down by pompous wait staff. I felt like a naughty child being ridiculed by "super nanny"! Maybe my whole experinence was let down by the negative energy. Not sure if I'll go back. Oh and by the way, make sure you DON'T ask for coffee or try and pay with plastic, you'll be foolosh to make such a mistake, the waitstaff WILL make sure you feel foolish. What happened to friendly vegans, have they become militant?
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11

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