Dirt Candy (CLOSED)

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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 (CLOSED)
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Address: 430 E 9th St
New York

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
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