Dirt Candy is an award-winning restaurant in New York Cities Lower East Side. The difference between Dirt Candy and many other award winning restaurants is that there is nothing but vegetables on the menu. Owner Amanda Cohen has revolutionised the vegetarian dining game by bringing the focus back to the humble vegetable. Her innovative mind and creative pallet have created a menu that night after night satisfies herbivores, omnivores and the almost carnivorous humans occupying NYC.
Now, I am a vegetarian and have been for 7 years. I find it’s usually relatively easy to find something meatless when dining out BUT is it always interesting, tasty or priced correctly? Definitely not.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of experiencing the Dirt Candy tasting menu. Game changer. Myself and my chum Alexa had an unforgettable dining experience. The energy of the place is electric. Open plan bar and kitchen … no secrets at Dirt Candy! The Incredibly well educated and passionate staff really make this place. The waiters not only knew everything about the food, and had great advice regarding the menu but also exuded a passion I don’t think I’ve ever experienced in hospitality service before. Everyone under that roof shares Amanda Cohens vision and are enthusiastic players in creating the Dirt Candy empire. You enter their world and want nothing but to be part of this community of vegetable lovers!
Most higher end restaurants have an air of bouxiness to them. Dirt candy is NON STOP FUN! They're not wanky about their mission to make vegetables trendy. They're cheeky.
Amanda shares her culinary secrets in her cook book which is displayed as a quirky cartoon book. Another one of Amandas passions. It's all fun and games in the kitchen turning cooking techniques you wouldn’t dare try at home into an adventure. A story. I walked out of that restaurant on a high! Just writing about it I’m smiling. And salivating.
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If you’re in NY run don’t walk to Dirt Candy! Your taste buds will be beyond satisfied and you’ll experience vegetables in all their glory not as a boring side to a main you’ve had a million times in your life. I cannot wait to take my family there when we finally have a NYC adventure together.
Check out the Dirt Candy website for more info about their menus and philosophy!
Now I'm starving ... avo toast time ;)
Peace + love