“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.
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.
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