Dirt Candy

4.8
2430 reviews
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Contemporary American
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 ($65, tip included) featuring five courses of Dirt Candy’s greatest hits, or they can take a trip to The Vegetable Garden ($99, 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 2430 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a vegetarian’s paradise, with so many creative, tasty, and intriguing options on the menu! Service was excellent. Staff was very friendly. Very satisfying!

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DG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and presentation was incredible. The value also really a nice surprise. A really great experience overall. We just wish we had a print out of the menu, to remember what everything delicious item was and we did not receive the email after. While delicious and we like spicy, some dishes it would be good to know before hand that they had a kick. Still, I will go again and again. A hit!

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MM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! The food was delicious, creative, and beautiful. The wine was excellent. The service was great.

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AF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really special menu served nicely by friendly, warm people. Flavors and combinations to savor for a long time. A bit noisy but just about the same level as most restaurants these days.

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. Amazing food and great cocktails

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Magical cuisine and incredible service in a charming, understated environment.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in all of New York City. Every detail is thoughtfully considered. Love love love Dirt Candy!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So creative and delicious!

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G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each course was such an interesting mix of flavors and textures. I really loved everything and even the cauliflower cake at the end was delicious. Service was exceptional.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artist/Chef Amanda Cohen is the next Alice Waters. Bravo Ms. Cohen! I will be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Food sucks. Pig in lipstick!

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e
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, delicious dishes served by unpretentious and friendly professionals. Dirt Candy is a delight!

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MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most unique vegetarian food experiences! The food was amazing...the staff even better.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb prix-fixe vegetarian menu with creative dishes and friendly staff. Table at counter, with full view of the open kitchen, recommended.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing, inventive, delicious...attentive service. Mentioned that it was my bfs birthday when I made the reservation, and they followed through with the requested candle-lit dessert. Made tweaks to the menu to accommodate our vegan diet.
Only disappointment was that it’s a price fixe menu now, so we couldn’t get some of our old faves (hush puppies, large order of crack broccoli, etc).
Will be back

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BLEW ME AWAY. Don’t hesitate to come here. One of the most innovative vegetarian restaurants I’ve been to. As a lifelong vegetarian I hold restaurants to a very high standard when they claim to reinvent the wheel for us. This restaurant truly blew me away - I won’t describe the dishes as it will give the surprise away, but we had a fantastic experience here.

Our server, Kyle, was so kind and attentive to our needs. And the wine pairing was excellent! 10/10. Will be going back!!!!!

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g
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dirt Candy is a great little surprise! It's not one of those super healthy restaurants, it's more like a cheat day. The Brussel sprouts tacos were amazing for brunch, the red pepper French toast was ok. The brunch menu was a little small but overall a great experience.

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f
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing. I love the squash biscuits.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place for it’s creativity, service, large spaces between the tables. I would have liked to have had a beer as well but okay

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was spectacular

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CE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was Great! A little long (3.5 hrs) for a 9:45 reservation. We were by far the last table there at 1:15. I eat a lot and it was plenty of food. My wife and I are plant based, our friends are not, so since we all had to order the same thing, we did the vegetarian. I did not feel so good the next morning. We will try again and go for the vegan option next time, with different friends. Maybe just the 5 course next time.

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NV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best vegan place in NYC. I really love this place. It's got a nice chic feel to it and the staff is excellent.

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RF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, wait staff knowledgeable about mission. Will definitely return. Has fair wage practice which is commendable.

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B
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Table wasn't ready for 30 minutes. 5 course meal that is the smallest of the two packages offered was rushed as we were seated late and staff wanted to leave. My advice is that the restaurant should not offer late seatings.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting, creative food - a nice experience. Room to make the decor more beautiful and the atmosphere more romantic - it's not ideal as a romantic date night restaurant. But I had a nice time.

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TD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a no-tipping restaurant, where waiters earn a livable wage. It is so nice not to see a check recommending 18-22% tip.

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FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Dirt Candy on a date night and loved every minute of it. I highly recommend the 7 course option and share it with you dining partner. Each plate brought to our table was a work of art, and pleasing to eat.

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JJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try if a vegetarian - take someone you love or share it with someone open to new experiences! Experimental, imaginative dishes with warm staff

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JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice night out in a restaurant that knows and cares about hospitality .....food and drinks where delicious looking forward to a return soon and sharing the experience with friends and family.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved my second visit to Dirt Candy. The menu is inventive and delicious. Wine pairing on point. The wine is sourced from women-owned wineries. Service effective and very friendly. Highly recommended to anyone, even if you don't like vegetables.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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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RN
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Interesting and inventive and a great place for vegetarians seeking a unique meal. Still, VERY expensive for entirely vegetable based foods. Although the plating was phenomenal, this was a one time experience for us.

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s
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience, food exceeds expectations

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RB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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
1 review
Dined on February 12, 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 February 12, 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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