This shiny, futuristic eatery more closely resembles a Dashing Diva nail salon than a restaurant. Chef-owner Amanda Cohen (Pure Food & Wine) has created an unlikely space to execute her less-likely ambition—to make people crave vegetables. She mostly succeeds: Elaborate dishes include a spicy asparagus paella served with a crisped-rice cake on top, and a pungent portobello mousse accompanied by shiitake mushrooms and fennel-peach compote. Although some dishes miss the mark (the kimchi doughnuts are neither crispy nor spicy), Cohen has created a vegetarian menu suitable for omnivores.
|Venue name:||Dirt Candy||Contact:|
430 E 9th St
|Cross street:||between First Ave and Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sat 5:30–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V|