Otarian

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 12 Reviews
Committed to making the smallest environmental footprint on the planet. All food is suitable for lacto-vegetarians with vegan options. Sample items include pea o spinach soup, kale and candied pumpkin seed salad, Tex Mex burger, vegetable biryani, choc o mousse, and panna cotta o berry. Also offers grab & go wraps, sandwiches, and cakes. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, International, Fast food, Take-out
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First Review by dandeliong
Ajolote
Ajolote
43

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  • vegan

worth checking out before your Broadway show

3 Posted on 09 / 22 / 2013

This place is not vegan, just vegetarian, but it has some good vegan options like soup and salads. Right now I am enjoying a Latska, which is nice and spicy. Do not expect big meals, just tasty bites with lots of flavor. It is a great veg option before your Broadway show. It has to go food, nice desserts and apparently they offset they do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint, but they do not use real plates, just compostable stuff.

Pros: close to theaters, quick service, to go food
Cons: serves animal secretions, no reusable plates
loloford
loloford
9

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  • raw

...

2 Posted on 08 / 17 / 2013

the emloyees where very nice, but the food....
i couldn't finish the fries and the vegan burger was dry and tasteless
this place is empty most of the time, there's a reason!
i wanted to give a try, i won't go again

Pros: cheap, nice people
Cons: bad food
manuelllaser
manuelllaser
1

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  • vegetarian

Not very happy

2 Posted on 05 / 23 / 2013

The good was the desert. Nice chocolate cake.
The bad one:
Burger too spicy and the salad was very bad, really it's look like quality went down.

Pros: good place, nice desert
Cons: salads are not so good, burger was very bad, the attention was not so good.
VeganYUMYUM
VeganYUMYUM
14

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  • vegan

ok

3 Posted on 12 / 26 / 2012

This place was fairly cheap and pretty quick, but the food was just so-so. If you are looking for yummy vegan food, this place probably isn't the best option. The menu looks exciting, but the food turns out to be fairly bland.

Pros: cheap, cute atmosphere
Poundie
Poundie
92

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  • vegetarian

Great fast food

4 Posted on 08 / 04 / 2012

Think McDonalds, except a million times better. This place serves nicely prepared, rather healthy, reasonably priced, and relatively fast food that you order at the counter. The place is clean, has a bathroom. Most of the food here is rather tasty, and the ingredients and calories are clearly labeled. It is not fair to compare this place to a gourment restarant--for a fast food place near Carnegie Hall/Columbus circle, this is truly a great find.
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 28, 2011

Pros: nice price, fast service, comfortable
ladyelaine
ladyelaine
9

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  • vegan

otarian

2 Posted on 07 / 24 / 2012

The concept image of Otarian is great: healthy "fast" food, eco-friendly, on a global mission. However, look behind the curtain and this "mission" has failed on all accounts. I would write a more detailed and full review; however, the owners are notorious for targeting negative reviews and slandering the writers, so I will leave it up to people to choose where you eat wisely. I'd suggest skipping the airplane food and going for quality veggie places where you can also trust the practices. There are plenty not far away, fast and slow dining options.


AnnieTheCelery
AnnieTheCelery
1

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  • mostly-vegetarian

Tasty-Quick/Friendly Service-Good options

5 Posted on 03 / 05 / 2012

This was a good find on Happy Cow and as my title explains, the restaurant had many food fusions that were creative and tasty. We received a complimentary chocolate mousse after ordering. (so smooth and rich- yum!) I ordered a Biryani dish that was good and my friends were happy with what they ordered. The seating is unique but there aren't many sets for larger groups. Afterwards, I needed to get something to go for a friend (who is a picky eater)and the staff was super friendly and helpful in choosing something to appeal to my friend's tastes. They were also talkative about their use of corn-based products for traveling/serving food and composting as well as the creation of the restaurant. Overall- it was a great experience and I would go back.

Pros: Inexpensive, Creative food fusion options, Friendly and Fast
Cons: Not much seating for groups
Meggie and Ben
Meggie and Ben
81

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  • vegan

yummy chiplets

3 Posted on 01 / 05 / 2012

Otarian has kind of a cafeteria-feel. Their meals are mix and match with combos all individually packaged. They are super environmentally friendly and they even analyze and can tell you the carbon footprint of all their menu items. When I first looked at the menu I was a bit surprised to see only 5-6 vegan entree options. There were no vegan desserts on the menu, but they did have some cakes in the pre-packaged food section.

I got one order of each kind of taco and a fruit cake, and my husband got the burger combo with sweet potato chiplets and a chocolate cake. I thought the tacos were pretty bland and I wasn't too happy with them (one was literally just corn, black beans, and lettuce in a tortilla shell--wtf). My husband's burger was really good and the chiplets were to die for. Both of the cakes were really yummy. Oh, and the prices were fantastic! The meals were filling and cheap.

Pros: Good burger, Chiplets are great
Cons: need more vegan options
Michael X. James
Michael X. James
52

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  • vegan

Excellent fast food

5 Posted on 11 / 03 / 2011

Vegan options are labeled and the service is very helpful when trying to decide what to get. I got the mushroom quinoa burger and the potato spinach burger. Both were delicious! (The potato spinach was a little better). The sweet potato frites are interesting so I would recommended trying them out if you haven't before. Good food to grab on the go...got this while waiting to see a taping of the David Letterman show and it was great (both the food and the show).


FUZZYGUY828
FUZZYGUY828
15

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  • vegan

Good value for a small shop

4 Posted on 09 / 19 / 2011

Place was fast, clean and good menu. It reminded me too much of a fast food joint but, the food was good as well as the help. I would definitely go back.

Pros: Food , Staff, Location
Cons: Fast Food feel, Need more options, More greens
kennyp353
kennyp353
52

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  • vegetarian

Surprisingly good

4 Posted on 05 / 13 / 2011

Having visited both London locations I didn't have high hopes for this one. But it wasn't as extortionate as London, and the food was surprisingly good. Today I had the lentil mushroom burger - the burger itself is kinda dry, but it didn't matter as it was swimming in a Big Mac Sauce substitute. French fries were perfect. Maybe I'll try the London one again now.

Pros: Amazing fries, Really filling, Good burger
Cons: Still kinda expensive, Closes early for NYC, You get to look at McDonalds as you eat
dandeliong
dandeliong
2

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  • vegan

First time, out of towner

4 Posted on 01 / 23 / 2011

Was visiting NYC for work and found this via happycow. Trekked through the icy streets for some good vegan food and wasn't disappointed. The counter staff was super friendly and explained my options for vegan food. They were out of the one vegan dessert, but I promised to come back for it next time I was in town. Had the portobello burger (vegan option) and sweet potato chiplettes. Very, very good.

Pros: Friendly staff, healthy cuisine, green-minded
Cons: Out of certain options

 

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