NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Not Vegetarian (few decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $20+)
- Visa ·
Monday Night Dinner 5:30pm-10:00pm(only time with vegan options)
at Columbus Ave
81st St (B/C)
79th St (1)
72nd St (2/3)
Crosstown Bus: M79
Dovetail does not deliver.
Dovetail has a special Monday night 3 course+dessert vegetable menu and there is always at least one vegan option for each course. Other times not vegan-friendly.
Review by Minion of Seitan on April 26, 2011:
- Vegan options at Dovetail were unprepossessing. The menu changes "seasonally" (not sure how avocados and tomatoes fit into early-spring menu) so it may be different at other times, but this time many dishes (especially the miso daikon) were so salty they were almost unbearable (and I like salt!). The vegan options are few and far between and while I appreciate the attempt, overall Dovetail does not have a particularly vegan-friendly feel (for instance, even after being informed that only vegan options would be chosen, the waiter brought a amuse-bouche to the table and left suddenly without stating if it was vegan or not).
Additionally we were subjected to several "upsell" attempts on top of our prix fixe menu - but none of them were vegan (cheese plates, etc.)
The chocolate pudding parfait was really delicious - definitely the best part of the meal. The service was fine. But I really expect more from a $46 prix fixe than dishes made without particular attention to how flavors, colors, or textures blend and enhance each other. For instance, the fried green tomatoes (while overall one of the better dishes) included hominy that, while cultural appropriate, were completely flavorless and added nothing to the dish.
While many folks won't care (I don't), particular vegans should be aware that veal is on the same menu as the vegetarian/vegan options. They offer "vegetable focused" cuisine on Mondays but not exclusively so; rabbit, steak etc. was offered.
Contrast this to what Amanda Cohen is doing - incredibly creative cooking where just about every dish is something like you've never had before that makes you look at that vegetable anew - and Dovetail seems like a lame attempt to capitalize on "meatless mondays" without putting much care and attention into it. If you insist on a Michelin star try Kajitsu (it's got one more than Dovetail anyway).
Bottom line: save your dimes for Dirt Candy. You'll be glad you did.