NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Zen Palate (Upper West Side)
239 West 105 Street
New York NY 10025
Zen Palate (Upper West Side) website
Vegetarian (mostly vegan)
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)
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1 to 103rd St
2/3 to 96th St.
Zen Palate (Upper West Side) delivers.
Order on-line via seamless web
Pan-asian food menu should note which items are not vegan.
Restaurant.com discount gift certificate available.
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)
Review by andreasnyc on March 27, 2011:
- New Vegan restaurant with beautiful outdoor spaces
We went to the newest Zen Palate tonight and we were first struck by the great open spaces and design. This is going to be one of our favorite vegan-restaurants-with-outdoor seating once it gets warm! Looking forward to coming-back and sitting outdoors in the front space off the sidewalk or, even better, in the back along side the huge old tree+mega-vine that still grow out of part of the back space. We also liked the overall atmosphere and the two huge skylights in the back that must let in tons of light during the day.
Our meals were very good, though we both like spicy / intensely flavored food so we asked for some hot sauce which spiced it all up quite a bit. We definitely over-ordered as we both had soups - my Hot & Sour soup was delicious. We then shared the Appetizer Sampler for Two which we quite big and a nice assortment. Then they brought out our main courses. The Temple of Zen was supposedly one of their more popular dishes and was very good. It was nicely / moderately spiced with a visually stunning array of vegetables along with grilled tofu and a garnish of fried kale. The Bankock Fried Rice was beautifully served in a half pineapple and was very good with small pineapple chunks in the fried rice along with the vegetables.
We finished-off our extravaganza with a slice of their Banana Bliss (Banana Cream Pie) which was creamy and delicious. :)
We're definitely going back!
Review by MollyG on March 25, 2011:
- I liked my dinner at Zen Palate UWS. My brother and I had the Sizzling Medalions (the more expensive medalions) and the Cantonese Pan Fried Noodles. The sauce on the noodles was a bit thick, but tasty. The sizzle was delicious. The atmosphere was fine. I'm so happy a vegetarian restaurant that I can do dinner at moved into that neighborhood.
Review by neilzim on March 14, 2011:
- Since I live just a few blocks away, I've gotten in the habit of treating myself to a meal here at least once a week. They have a great variety of tofu and seitan dishes with various combinations of vegetables and flavors. I've tried something different on each vist and always wound up happy and full with their generous portions. Service is quick, yet I never feel rushed out. The only downside for me is the decor/ambiance, which is more of a banal, upscale, new age kind of feel than the cozy hole-in-the-wall type that I prefer. But I don't let that keep me away, and I hope they stick around.
Review by missbuddha on March 3, 2011:
- Zen Palate on the UWS recently opened and I went last night with my boyfriend who is not vegan. The menu was not marked with what is D (Dairy) like the menu is in Midtown. I asked the staff if the scallion pancakes were vegan- they assured me "yes." I remember never having eaten them- because the soyham in them has dairy protein. I looked the menu up online and saw it was clearly marked as Dairy. The staff is uninformed and totally unhelpful. Our server was actually rude. It was a terrible dining experience. The quality of the food was awful as well. I will never return. I overheard the servers say "everything was vegan" which is blatantly untrue.