I took a walk over to V-Note this summer but the opening date had been set back and so I was really looking forward to eating here. I passed by a few days after they opened and took a look at the prices. Holy Seitan Batman, save me from sticker shock!
As the new boy on the block don't you tip toe into the pool and after you get really really busy up the prices find the balance? I know nothing about restaurant management but seems reasonable to lure me in, have me come back and find the prices are a buck or two higher. I resisted and resisted and then when a "Living Social" deal for V-Note showed up in my inbox I could no longer find an excuse. I mean, 20 bucks is 20 bucks and that was the savings.
I made a reservation for 3 and off we went.
|Modern slick meets dark warm wood.|
|Feijoadinha with Smoky Tempeh|
Stew of smoked roasted tempeh, black beans, chayote, and potatoes orange-lime broth. $19
I had no idea what this was but I did find this on the Vegetarian Times website:
Feijoada (fay-zhwah-duh), the national dish of Brazil, is traditionally made with slow-cooked black beans and lots of meat.
This dish was a nice stew with a background chili smoky flavor. The chips on top added a nice crunch and I highly recommend ordering a side of bread for sopping. The vegetables were cooked to that wonderful place between too much crunch and too soft with a very nice mouthfeel. It's a chunky dish and the taste memory will linger long after the bowl is empty ... and all the bread is gone.
|I swear if you didn't know this wasn't cheese ... well, you'd never know. The combination of cheesy cake and strawberry sauce and mint reminded me of why I can't order desserts. I just do not stop if there's anything left on the plate.|
|I don't know how I could have this put in front of me and taken the time to get the camera, turn on the camera, take the picture, have the flash not go off and then retake the picture. I must really be getting this impulse thing under control!|
I have to tell you that the waitress was a doll; happy and informative and very willing to go find out what she didn't know. (I think I sent her back to the kitchen like 4 times during the meal). There weren't many diners when we ate there, perhaps 4 other tables so she did have the time to spend with us, the challenge being to find the same experience when the place is packed. That being said, we had a totally enjoyable dining experience here, great food, great service and a happy attitude. I have to say that I still think the prices are too high but it is Manhattan. I wish I could afford to eat hear once a week but I'll have to save this for a special occasion because it was worth every penny.
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Wow, everything looks delicious especially the chocolate cake. I'll put this place on my must visit list next time I'm in NYC.
Isn't V-Note fabulous?! I keep Candle 79 in first place, but V-Note is a close second. Love the wine list, too. (and it just happens to be located around the corner from a work meeting site...lucky me!)
It's a close race between 79 and V-Note but I have to nudge the note ahead. Read about our little snafus at our last 79 visit.
In either case, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
@ vegan.in.brighton I'll bet you have a pretty long list by now.
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