Dirt Candy

4.8
2399 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
Cutting edge vegetables with added flavor and no politics in this sleek and stylish restaurant showcasing colorful, pop-tastic dishes from award-winning chef, Amanda Cohen. A full bar, counter seating, a wine list curated by sommelier Lauren Friel, and vegetables in all their earth-shattering, gob-smacking glory. Diners coming for dinner will have a choice of The Vegetable Patch ($63, tip included) featuring five courses of Dirt Candy’s greatest hits, or they can take a trip to The Vegetable Garden ($97, tip included) which is at least nine courses and changes according to the season, what we’re experimenting with, and what our foragers and farmers bring to our door. Dirt Candy offers an a la carte menu at the bar only.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

The new and improved Dirt Candy location on the Lower East Side is bigger and shinier. And it’s still really, really good.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 2399 People Are Saying
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D
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The Food was delicious and interesting, but the menu for lunch was really small. The service was not very heartily.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Have been a half dozen times over the years and it is always impressive.

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s
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience, food exceeds expectations

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RB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with the food and the staff. The wine pairing was on point!

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QM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was fabulous - so delightful and inventive. The wine pairings were phenomenal and the service was perfect. Every course in the pre-fixe was so interesting. The desert course was kind of meh but only because the rest was so stunning. Highly recommend this place for a special night out!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing Valentine’s Day meal with my girlfriend.

Jackie the General Manager was absolutely outstanding, as was the food and service.

Bar none the best meal I’ve had all year; on par with Bohemian, Legacy Records, and Frenchette, of not better. This is a RESTAURANT, not a “vegetarian restaurant.”

Happy to be welcomed in such a wonderful way on such a lovely occasion.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved Dirt Candy and would definitely return & highly recommend it. I celebrated my hubby’s birthday & he loved it as well. It was our first time & we can’t say thank you enough for the amazing food & customer service.

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Great service, great food, great drinks. I would highly recommend. The 9 course meal takes about 2 hours, take this into consideration.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solo Diners Week is amazing!

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Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Creative menu and friendly staff.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at this location and first time having brunch menu. Both were lovely. Dirt Candy never disappoints.

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JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful tasting menu. Innovative cuisine, in a refined setting. Would highly recommend for the vegetarian or meat-eater alike. Particularly lovely for a special occasion.

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j
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful little
Restaurant. Amazing food and a friendly ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome experience. The staff was especially engaging and provided excellent service.

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LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. We did the wine pairings with our dinner. Wish the servers would have been a little more clear in their explanation of what we were eating and drinking.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, all of the prix fixe menu tasted unique and delicious. Couldn’t even tell you’re eating vegetarian and was plenty of food. Price is worth it

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CC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a fun unique experience. Food and waitstaff were very friendly and helpful.

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p
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dirty Candy is amazing. It is one of the finest dining experiences I've had in NYC, vegetarian or otherwise. Very inventive dishes that will surprise and delight you. I don't want to ruin the treat by going into details of what we loved there! Instead I'll just say: do yourself a favor, treat yourself and try it.

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PP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was one of my best meals of the year. Had waited a while to work out getting to the city and getting a reservation but the meal was totally worth it. Not a wrong note struck. From the service to the setting to the food — it was an outstanding experience. If I lived in Manhattan I’d definitely be a regular. I did the full on pure vegan large tasting option and it was amazingly flavorful, rich, layered, exciting and delicious. The courses were timely, presented and explained with care and had whimsy without sacrificing any flavor. Bravo.

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BD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine dining version of the former Zen Palate - perfect for a special occasion, as the fixed-price is expensive (tip is included). Oddly, the more expensive option is the same quantity of food (more small and medium plates), and everything is share, so all must pick the same option. For a first time, definitely pick the classic menu option so you can decide whether to splurge with the more expensive variety option on the next visit. Very happy that the desserts weren't super sweet but still tasty. Every item a hit!

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j
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

inventive and fun, good for people who love their veggies and those who don't

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I smiled all the way through our eight courses. The food was delicious and creative. The presentation and service made me feel special. We had dishes we never imagined and enjoyed every bite.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere - such a special experience all round. Highly recommend for anyone to try it!

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l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome preparations and great service! Simply amazed with what was done with veggies. From starters to desserts. And very accommodating.

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B
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and creativity.

Your meal is not just delicious but a unique experience.

Cannot wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last time I went to Dirt Candy was five years ago at their old location, which was tiny. I remembered it as the best meal I’d ever had, so I wasn’t sure if it would live up to my memories (absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all) but I was blown away! Intricate, unique, complex flavours and amazing service. I had the vegetable garden: a spectacularly creative and playful menu.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This carnivore went along with my better half to this restaurant. She was excited to try their menu.
Dirt Candy's brunch exceeded both our expectations. While the meal hasn't yet convinced me to turn into a vegetarian, it certainly shows how meat proteins do not have to be the centerpiece of a great meal.

Delicious!

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j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time having brunch at Dirt Candy. I love the innovation of vegetarian dishes here! I loved the squash biscuit with pumpkin butter and jalapeno jam... We also ordered the French toast and kale waffles with roasted potatoes — everything was delicious. Service was friendly and excellent. Can't wait to come back.

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CT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the tastiest brunch!

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DL
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved our experience at Dirt Candy. Being a vegetarian I feel many chefs think when making a vegetarian meal “what can be a meat substitute?” As apposed to just celebrating vegetables and bounties of the season. Dirt Candy did just that and more! My smoked beet sandwich was incredibly flavorful, and my niece loved her fish of carrot crumpets and grape syrup.

Thank you for a memorable meal!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dirt Candy was an unexpected delight! As an omnivore, I didn’t miss meet. While I enjoyed some dishes more than others (that Korean fried broccoli 😍), there were no misses. The only near-miss for me was the cauliflower cake. It was good but there was a distinct cauliflower taste I just couldn’t get past. I enjoyed the celery spritzer and the iced tea, too. Next time, I think I’d go with the wine pairing as well.

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BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience!!! Service was impeccable, food was tasty and great conversation starters, I will definitely be returning!!!

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TA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

wonderful service. food quite good. we will b back...
Sorry outside decor somewhat odd and cheap looking, passing this place from the outside u would never know its ambiance and servers are so great.

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EW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!! Staff superb, food out of this world, wish we could eat here five times a week!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and beyond tasty cuisine. Professional, attentive and super friendly staff. Ranks in the top 3 meals I’ve ever eaten, hands down. Perfection.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes it’s expensive, but it’s not every day you get to go to a place where so much thought has been put into everything, from the silverware and plates cleared between corses on little napkin-lined trays to dishes presented in adorable miniature watering cans. Hands down the best meal I’ve had in New York. Skip the wine pairing and go for the cocktails instead. We each had two for the price of one wine pairing and left quite, but not uncomfortably drunk.

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my wife’s birthday. Food and service was excellent. Everything was well described and the waiters and waitresses were very attentive. Very pleased and will definitely come back again to try the rest of the plates I didn’t get to try.

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c
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was to die for the accommodated one our guest gluten allergy

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J
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Dirt Candy. From the moment you enter the door to when you leave,it is seamless.

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