CLOSED: Strictly Roots

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 8 Reviews
Simple, no-frills counter service setting. Almost all vegan except honey is used in some desserts. A vegan version of Mama's home cooking and generous portions. Drinks made in-house include ginger beer and ginseng. Reported closed to HappyCow. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Caribbean, Juice bar, Take-out
2058 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (W 123rd St, Harlem, Manhattan)
New York City, New York 10027
212-864-8699

Open Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 12-8pm.

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First Review by tartarugafechada
coling
coling
  • vegetarian
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+76

excellent food

4
Posted on 07 / 12 / 2011

had a great meal here, tasty and ample serving, helpful staff, had food cooked fresh , a bit slow but was worth the wait, and cheap as anything, excellent range of home made drinks

Pros: Taste, Price, Ambience
Cons: Bit slow
miguelcolon
miguelcolon
  • vegan
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+21

Best Vegan Rest. in the Universe

5
Posted on 06 / 05 / 2011

If u r looking for a place to eat vegan food with lots of mouth watering flavor, well this is the place. ALL their food is rich with spices and herbs, just the right amount. I recommend this establishment to everyone, even non vegan. U do not have to be a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy this place that's how good they r [don't get me started with their desserts].

Pros: Very clean, good prices, friendly atmosphere
Cons: small portions
sgtravels
sgtravels
  • vegan
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+19

pot lunch style

5
Posted on 03 / 27 / 2011

I like this restaurant because they have a lot of options, and their food is always warm. The $8 dish, which allows you to pick 4 foods, is enough for two meals. The seating area is sunny and big, the food is always interesting, and delicious.

Pros: excellent food, good value, large portions

enRoute
enRoute
  • vegan
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+677

Harlem gem

5
Posted on 09 / 08 / 2010

this is one of north Manhattan's truly special food destinations... I've never, ever had a bad meal there over the years. worth taking the trip - not for the ambiance, but for the authentic, seemingly magically infused Ital food and fresh homemade ginger beer.

Pros: amazingly delicious, authentic
Cons: a bit far, small
markc7
markc7
  • vegan
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+63

Tasty food, otherwise mediocre

3
Posted on 04 / 13 / 2009

Strictly Roots sells excellent and mostly vegan (honey in some desserts and drinks) food. I was quite impressed by at how tasty it was. On the other hand, the service was just ok. This is a place where locals eat; I'm not going to lie, I felt a little bit unwelcome from the time I walked in the door. Prices are cheap but portions are fairly small. All in all, it's still worth a visit.

Pros: Very tasty food, Cheap
Cons: Portions on the small side, Service was just ok
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    It's very likely that the unwelcome feeling was completely imagined... these folks love to get customers from all over, they're just not in your face about it.

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piffelina
piffelina
  • vegan
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+203

so-so

2
Posted on 01 / 11 / 2009

the atmosphere was very friendly, but unfortunalety the food wasn't that great. i got something with beans and rice and it was pretty tasteless. i also ordered a lemonade, and either they accidently gave me an apple juice instead or their lemonade tasted suspiciously like applejuice.

when i get around again, i would like to give this place another chance.

Pros: inexpensive, friendly
Cons: food not great
condekedar
condekedar
  • vegan
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+1111

Cheap, friendly and tasty

4
Posted on 03 / 27 / 2008

Strictly Roots fills the need for a vegan soul food restaurant in Harlem. The service was friendly, but a bit slow. I was impressed with the taste of their buffet items, especially the tvp pasta and the fried tofu filets. Their vegan mac and cheese wasn't so great, however, and tasted more like bell peppers and water than anything else. Prices are extremely low (most items are under $4-5) and portion sizes are good.

Pros: Cheap, Location, Fills a food niche
Cons: Slow service, Ambience
tartarugafechada
tartarugafechada
  • vegan
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+62

Ital vegan food in Harlem

5
Posted on 01 / 03 / 2007

Strictly Roots is similar to alot of vegetarian Ital places in nearby Crown Heights - roots, organic, veg dining with an atmosphere that is more functional than aesthetic. there is a revolving menu that usually includes 4-5 entree selections, which may include peas and rice, tofu, seitan, and plantains, and is served cafeteria style. the homemade vegan cornbread is incredible, as are the vegan desserts and homemade ginger beer and sorrel. one of my favorite spots in manhattan, and definitely one of the more affordable ones. easily accessible via the A or C trains and a short walk.

Pros: atmosphere, affordability, healthy healthy healthy

 

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