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Dirt Candy

86 Allen St, New York City, NY 10002-3014
+1 212-228-7732
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
86 Allen St, New York City, NY 10002-3014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I raved about Dirt Candy in my review of 12/11 when the place was still on East 9th St. but the truth is when we visited the new site, we were disappointed. Somehow we felt the charm, beauty, and great taste of her food wasn't...More

Thank jbgshrink
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been trying to visit Dirt Candy for about 5 or so years, so was very eager and excited when the night finally came. I have heard great things about the food and the reviews are generally very positive. We were greeted and sat...More

Thank MitzyLondon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! This place exceeded all expectations. I was of the belief if it's not got a slice of protein on the side it's not a meal. How wrong was I? Before my trip to NYC I was told, "you have to go to Dirt Candy...More

Thank lukethompson1985
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After hearing wonderful reviews of this place and finally being able to get a reservation I was excited to eat here. We were greeted warmly and offered a sample of the cocktail of the day. It was good. The host who seated us was warm...More

Thank cindy m
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Hard to get a reservation but worth the visit to the Lower East Side if you're vegetarian or interested in finding out what an innovative chef can do with vegetables. While on the pricey side (tips included), the plates at this (now) trendy vegetarian restaurant...More

Thank Brain_bleed_md
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Unfortunately, this is a vegetarian not a vegan restaurant. They can make most of their dishes vegan though which is nice, it's just too bad that's not by default. Dirt Candy is a food experience. You have to go for the prix fixe menu so...More

Thank charlie_bird_vegan
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Had the most delightful vegetarian foods at Dirt Candy. Managed to snag a dinner reservation on our visit to NYC. For three of us, we started with their non-alcoholic drinks, green vegetables, beet and ice tea and the monkey bread. For our meal we all...More

Thank Shutterbug0308
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Went here late night and didnt need a reservation. Interesting taste profiles for vegan food. Definitely worth a try but a bit on the heavy side for a late night meal. If you can get a reservation at a decent dining hour then it probably...More

Thank Katrin S
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Why visit Dirt Candy? Easy to answer. Visit to find yourself and others of all hues and of multi-venues of your life? All will appear. Those behind the uniquish semi-circular edifice that holds perhaps those who prepare the victuals, those who assist in preparing them,...More

Thank People_Watcher2017
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

This is near Little Italy/ China town. Quite busy, so good to reserve in advance. Food is very creative and delicious. Try the Korean broccoli n beet popcorn in the starters. We enjoyed the Brussel sprouts for the main course. Guess everything on their menu...More

Thank Ravi K
Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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Crystal S
29 August 2017|
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Response from TOVoyageur | Reviewed this property |
Fair question, and something that the management does take into consideration. The new menu is designed to give you a mix of options that everyone can try and share. Both trips to Dirt Candy, we were concerned that we would... More
8 June 2017|
Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
No it is not. They are closed Mondays and open up at 5:30 pm Tuesday thru Friday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86 Allen St, New York City, NY 10002-3014
    (Between 1st Avenue and Avenue A)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Astor Place, L train to 1st Avenue, N&R train to Eight Street and F train to 2nd Avenue. The M8 bus stops in front of the restaurant. Banquet Facilities: We are willing to close the restaurant for private events. Please contact us for details if you're interested.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-228-7732
  • E-mail
Cutting edge vegetarian food with added flavor and no politics in this sleek and stylish restaurant that's a showcase for crazy, pop-tastic dishes from award-winning chef, Amanda Cohen. A below-the-radar wine list, raves from Gourmet and Bon Appetit, and vegetables presented in all their earth-shattering, gob-smacking glory.
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