Veggie Brunch at Nix in Greenwich Village

nix, a vegetarian restaurant in greenwich village

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” is an eating philosophy that continues to grow in popularity in New York. To accommodate this trend, vegetarian restaurant openings have become increasingly popular, and one of the newer and better places to get your vegetable fix is at Nix in Greenwich Village. As my friend described it, the food is similar to the ones made at the ridiculously overpriced abcv, the vegetable-driven restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, only that it tastes better and is less expensive.

cauliflower tempura with bao buns and market scramble
cauliflower tempura buns

This is the type of vegetarian food that meat-eaters will love, because it’s not raw, granola bunny food or pretty but teeny and unfulfilling vegetable thought pieces that some of the expensive places are able to get away with it. The flavors are ones that you can recognize in a familiar savory meat dish, like my market egg scramble, which tasted like a tasty stir-fry from a favorite Chinese takeout restaurant, or the cauliflower tempura, which was certainly influenced by the immensely popular General Tso’s chicken.

tandoor bread
eggplant, hummus and avocado spreads
maple custard, huckleberry, almonds and cream

Even the simple dishes like tandoor bread and dip were done well. The naan bread was prepared with more care than I’ve observed at many Indian restaurants, and the hummus, avocado and eggplant dips were fresh and well-seasoned with a little heat and Mediterranean flair. The dishes are filling but you’ll still have room for dessert, which should either be the chocolate mousse or the maple custard. Having to finish your vegetables before dessert has never been easier.

72 University Pl (between 10th and 11th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 498-9393

2 thoughts on “Veggie Brunch at Nix in Greenwich Village

  1. Nix is definitely more indulgent and hearty than abcv, that’s for sure! I went not long after they opened and there was this insane fry bread with toppings- but we had no idea how huge and filling it was, so we had to take home most of our entrees! The cauliflower tempura is a favorite. You have to go back for the beet burger, I rarely order veg burgers anymore (total burnout years ago) but theirs is cravable.

    1. Omg, that fry bread sounds so good, wish they still had that on the menu! I am so with you on the veggie burger fatigue, and the beet didn’t sound especially appealing, but I’ll have to give it a go the next time I’m there.

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