When I heard this conic East Village vegan staple was closing, I knew I had to come. I had been meaning to try Angelica Kitchen for years but life gets in the way....
On a cold and rainy day, I came in for lunch and the place was packed. I came in alone and was able to get a spot at the communal table. The overall feel of the restaurant is homey and laid back. They have newspapers around for people to share and read while they eat, even some books.
The menu is very extensive with so many different vegan options. There are tons of choices for everyone. If you want tofu, you're covered. If you don't want tofu, you're covered. If you hate switch, don't worry there's other stuff! You can get gluten-free pasta upon request. I had a hard time choosing but I went with the pasta with creamy cashew sauce and a mushroom stew on top. It was the perfect hearty dish to warm me on the super rainy and cold day. My food came out really fast! It was absolutely delicious! The flavors paired so well together and everything was fresh and tasty and clearly high quality ingredients were used. I absolutely loved it.
I'm really sad to see this place go. It was a staple in NYC for decades, way before being a vegan was cool. It's really heart breaking when classic NYC establishments are run out of the city to make way for yet another Starbucks or another bank. This is just another example of the city loosing it's specialness.
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