Respond to Review of CLOSED: Zen Palate - Theatre District
Review: This place used to be the first restaurant I'd go to on a trip to Manhattan. I'd have given it a 5, easily. When we went last night, we were very disappointed to discover that not only had the overall ambiance changed, but so had the food. They were out of many standards, leaving me to wonder if their menu is continuing to change to more mainstream food. The curry that my hubby had was very lackluster - no spice, no sauce, just bland. My mushroom tempura was good, but the accompanying sweet potato puree was overly copious and just too mushy. On doing some research, i found that a former money manager has bought the chain. Not only did they lose their lease on their splendid Union Square location, now the new owner wants to compete with the fast food giants with his newest chain, Zen Burger. While veggie options are a very important and welcome solution to many many issues, i wonder if this is pointing to a change in philosophy where big business dealings are more important than quality, vegetarian food with integrity, I am so bummed.....
Posted by kindlizard on Thursday, September 18, 2008