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Dirt Candy

86 Allen St, New York City, NY 10002-3014
+1 212-228-7732
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (33 reviews)
“tacos” (36 reviews)
Opens in 21 min
All hours
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
86 Allen St, New York City, NY 10002-3014
Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had waited 4 years to go. I hope it was a bad night. But service was great. Food is not that good. I am vegetarian and do much much better at home. Too bad. Oh and 3 of us all had the 7 course,...More

Thank jeanc112
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The food was amazing, and the service was top notch. Favorite dishes were the Korean fried broccoli, jalapeño hush puppies, and the pumpkin pad Thai.

Thank Ashley H
Reviewed 1 week ago

While expensive, i was pleasantly surprised at the portion size. I did get one last spot at the bar, so i'd make a reservation. Bar is small and service was ok. Food was excellent. As a vegetarian, i appreciated the creativity and variety.

Thank zoecatva
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not vegetarian, but I absolutely loved this. It was the best restaurant experience I've had for a while, and lived up to the hype. The food was delicious and so much fun, the service was excellent - we had the best night of our...More

Thank Nick A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Likely the best ever "vegetable restaurant". Superstar Amanda Cohen's cuisine is light years ahead of other vegetarian and vegan purveyors. Shocked she hasn't won a James Beard award yet. Tried for 5 years without success to get a reservation at her original 18 seat shoebox....More

Thank yogifoodi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Two friends and I had lunch last weekend, and because I had based my reservation on the previous menu and not checked the day before, my bad I was disappointed and have a few choices there were for my particular diet restrictions meaning gluten-free. I...More

Thank Joan-marie L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wish it was less dark and less noisy, but we would probably say that about most restaurants. However, we did feel sufficiently private at our table. First time there, had the tasting menu. Wow, super creative and delicious. We were blown away by the imagination...More

Thank Carol R
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed how inventive the food and drinks were. Had the broccoli dogs - so good! We shared the brussel sprout tacos, I have never enjoyed them until I tried them at Dirt Candy. Not to be missed as a treat for vegetarians looking...More

Thank F_Lauts
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Its a difficult review as i'm not vegetarian and i didn't really enjoy any of the food, however my wife who is vegetarian absolutely loved the food and the restaurant. I really enjoyed my evening which says a lot about the place, and the staff...More

Thank James O
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

I absolutely fell in love with this place. The service was awesome, the food delicious and the restaurant modern. I will definitely be back! ♥️

Thank evemaechler
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
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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.