SuperVegan Logo

As of October, 2013, SuperVegan is no longer under active development.
The site content remains online in the interest of history.

We are still active on Twitter:

To keep informed about future projects of SuperVegan, join the SuperVegan Projects mailing list:

The Amazing Instant New York City Vegan Restaurant Finder

Where?

 Either within
or 

How Vegan should the restaurant be?

(check all that apply)


Want more options? Try our mildly overwhelming advanced search page.

Search

 the entire site:

NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide

Zen Palate (Midtown West)

Food: 4.084.08
Atmosphere: 3.253.25
Service: 3.773.77

(13 customer reviews. Leave your own!)

Map loading... If this message persists, your browser is not capable of displaying our maps.

663 9th Avenue
New York   NY 10036
(212) 582-1669
Fax: (212) 582-1708
Zen Palate (Midtown West) website
View this restaurant's page on other sites: MenuPages

Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Menu does not indicate vegan items

Price Range:

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

Accepted Payments:

  • Visa
  • ·
  • Mastercard
  • ·
  • American Express

Hours:

Dining Room Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm; Sun 11:30am-10:45pm
Café Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm; Sunday
11:30am-10:45pm.

Directions:

Between 45th and 46th Streets. Take A,C,E to 42nd Street-Port Authority.

Delivery notes:

Zen Palate (Midtown West) delivers.

$10 minimum.

Notes:

Vegan items are clearly labeled on the take-out and café menus, but not on the "fine dining" menu. Many items are not vegan, so be sure to ask.

Following items are listed as not vegan by Zen Palate from their menu:
Scallion Pancakes (D)
Autumn Rolls (D)
Singapore-Style Curried Rice Noodles(D)
Stir-Fried Brown Rice w/Soy (D)
Molten Hot Chocolate Cake(E)

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on March 12, 2011.

User Reviews of Zen Palate (Midtown West)

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.084.08
Atmosphere: 3.253.25
Service: 3.773.77
  • Review by vautrin on March 5, 2011:

  • I started off splitting taro spring rolls and mushroom bean loaf with my boyfriend, and both were pretty good. Ordered "West Lake" as our entree thinking it sounded interesting, but what they advertised as soy pate seemed to just mean baked tofu drowned in oil.... food was decent, but $20 was really overpriced for an entree which wasn't much better than what i'd expect to get at a normal take out joint.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by Rhoda on December 3, 2010:

  • I was really happy when I heard Zen Palate had reopened. I used to go there at least 3x a week and loved it. For some reason it's not as good and I can't really figure out why. It's good, but not great like it used to be. I still recommend it though!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by peterklevy on October 21, 2010:

  • It had been years since we were last at Zen Palate and we wanted to eat there again yesterday. We arrived at the restaurant salivating at the thought of eating really wonderful vegan food and were shocked that we had stumbled into what looked like an aging Chinese take-out joint. It looked like they'd cut the old space in half; the lighting was suddenly too bright; the cheap decor was falling apart; and the menu was no longer strictly vegan.

    Our memories of the place were of a wonderful atmosphere, great food, good service, unique fixtures. Now, it's a dump and the food isn't that good. The Autumn Rolls were soggy. The Wonton Soup was OK. My wife had the Celestial Tofu and I had the Wheel of Dharma. Both tasted pretty good, but they didn't knock it out of the park liked they used to and the food came out suspiciously fast, like it was all pre-made or something. We'll never go back.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by lazer on July 7, 2009:

  • I've never complained about food coming too fast, but this was suspiciously fast. I'd say it took about 90 seconds. And the place wasn't busy as to where the chef might have just anticipated someone ordering that dish- besides me there were only 2 other diners. It didn't however taste microwaved, the food was delicious. The taro rolls were amazing. That is, everything was delicious, until I found a hair mixed in, which is why I rated the food a 3. The service was great. I will probably give them one more chance to redeem themselves about the hair in the food, besides I'm curious about the incredibly fast cooking speed.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by chattie on March 23, 2009:

  • This is a really great place for a newly converted vegan and her meat eating father, you dont feel like you are missing out on anything here, the food was delicious, service was prompt and friendly, the actual building was a little strangley set out but the dining room where we were was very nice. Would recommend to anyone!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by beanmail on February 3, 2009:

  • Guess what people? The chocolate raspberry cake has eggs in it, but you wouldn't know that if you only looked at the take-out menu, simply b/c they RAN OUT OF SPACE. You'd think a restaurant catering to veggies & vegans would be a tad more careful about these things, no?
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by kirstenx25 on February 15, 2008:

  • I really like zen palate and their food is great, but I definitely saw a mouse run across the floor while I was eating there. I told the manager and her response was "well we don't serve meat here so you know it didn't end up in the food." I was a little too grossed out to ever go back.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by donvfisher on October 6, 2007:

  • This is our most frequented restaurant in Manhattan. I think that says it all. Sesame medallions people. Thats what its all about.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by lowrider on September 19, 2007:

  • this place far surpasses Wild Ginger. I wish we had one in Williamsburg. for this type of food Zen Palate is the best. I prefer super fresh, lighter food but this food hits the spot.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by chrisjs on April 16, 2007:

  • The atmosphere is a little cramped, but its ok for the type of place it is. I don't agree about it being "the McDonald's of vegetarian restaurants" as another reviewer said, but it's definitely not a fancy dress-up sort of restaurant. It feels like a blend of a typical chinese restaurant and a small diner.

    The food was great and the price was right. I don't live in NYC so when I do go in, I like fancier places if I'm only there long enough for a single meal. Still Zen Palate has great tasting food and I would go there again.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by shrangy on February 16, 2007:

  • I was in town on business and had used this website to print out info on restaurants near my hotel (thanks very much by the way, it was a great help). Zen Palate was within walking distance so I decided to get carry out and bring it back to my hotel. The walk was a bit further than I had anticipated and it was an extremely cold night, so by the time I returned to my hotel the food was only warm, not hot. However, it was still fabulous! I ordered the Sweet and Sour Sensation (since I used to love sweet and sour chicken). It was almost like having the real thing but better. The sweet and sour sauce was great and they cooked the battered soy protein in the sauce so it wasn't dry or tasteless. It was a little disturbing how much the texture of the soy protein was like chicken, but that would also make it a good choice for omnis that are trying vegan food. I also had the chocolate raspberry cake (the one dessert on their cafe menu that is vegan) and it was wonderful. It was a bit too large for me and was really rich, so you definitely get your money's worth. The menu was great because anything that contains dairy, casein or whey, eggs, or honey is clearly marked and you can avoid those ingredients without giving the takeout phone guy the third degree. I can't attest to the ambiance, but the guy who took my order over the phone was very helpful. All in all I would highly recommend it and am looking forward to the opening of the one in NJ, which is closer to home for me.
  • Food: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by druinid on November 13, 2006:

  • I went here on a trip to NYC with my dad. he was in NYC for attorney-stuff and he let me wander for about a day. I went to this one (I think) but it was small due to major revovations.
    I have to say the food was exquisite, i didn't care how much i paid because it was THE best vegan meal I have ever had. I had this curry thing with a spring roll and rice and OMG!! The only thing that cna even compare is this curry, potatoes, and rice thing I had in Buffalo, NY while visiting my BFF. The service was fine, but I didn't need much. The atmosphere was fine, but if I could give the food a 6 or more I would.
    If your in NYC and you can't find vegan food (a few vegetarian, though) Zen is all you need. I was estatic!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by ktmccoy82 on June 2, 2006:

  • Zen Palate is like the McDonald's of vegetarian restaurants. Don't get me wrong, I like the food. But, I think it's overpriced and the atmosphere is a little forced.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44

Restaurant reviews are temporarily closed. We look forward to accepting your reviews again soon!

Instagram