CLOSED: Tiengarden

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 18 Reviews
Manhattan vegan kitchen serving Chinese food. Offers soy based items, vegan desserts, cheap lunch specials, and more. Simple set up, no Wi-Fi. No longer offering dim sum per Nov 2013 report. Confirmed closed, May 2015. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Chinese, Asian, Delivery, Take-out
170 Allen St (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
New York City, New York 10002
212-388-1364

Mon-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm

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Reviews

First Review by Bill K
Moe Bauno
Moe Bauno
  • vegan
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+16

NYC offers better veg options

2
Posted on 12 / 04 / 2014

We came here for a late quick dinner a couple of weeks ago and were pretty disapointed. The main dish was advertised as a full entree, but it hardly met this category. This rice dish with soybeans and ham little flavor and the size was medium at best. The biggest disappointment though has been a rice dish which couldn't even pass as a side dish, since it was served in a small bowl other restaurants use for their soy sauce only. On top of that it tasted bland and had nothing to do with Asian food.

The crowd this place seems to apeal to are not people who want to have a nice comfy meal but rather the skinny jeans hipster type of guy/girl. NYC offers far better veg options.

Pros: Nice staff, Centraly located
Cons: Bland food, Small portions, Rather pricy
longtimeveg
longtimeveg
  • vegan
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+16

Very tasty, prices have gone up since renovation

4
Posted on 12 / 04 / 2014

Very tasty food at Tiengarden although since their renovation the prices have gone up. However, nice service and the place looks updated. It's great to have a veg option in this area!


Nancy Cadet
Nancy Cadet
  • vegan
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+183

Vegan & Fresh

4
Posted on 08 / 22 / 2014

On a burgeoning restaurant row on LES' Allen Street, just 3 blocks south of the F train 2nd Ave station , community stalwart Tiengarden serves fresh, minimally processed , Asian-inflected vegan dishes. For a recent dinner date ,I had burdock dumpling soup, 5 grain rice bowl with ginger and kale, and cold marinated soy cutlet (that's "yuba" for Soy foodies). Everything was tasty& the soup had a delicious broth and those yummy dumplings. The service was quick and efficient, the ingredients were crisp & properly cooked --not too raw or overdone -- and I liked the new design of the restaurant space, minimalist and spare like the food preparation.

Servings and prices are moderate, but if you're looking for a really filling cheap meal, go to Himalaya Cafe 4 blocks north, on first street at 2nd Avenue, where there are lots of veg options.

Seating at Tiengarden is at counters & stools along the front window, or at communal tables , and the bathroom is behind the kitchen, so you can greet the cooking staff on your way. There are smoothies and locally brewed ginger beer for sale, as well as salads, noodle dishes and dumplings.
I recommend this for a light meal & if you're really hungry, my advice is to order at least 4 dishes .

Pros: Fresh, Clean , Gluten free options on menu
Cons: Smallish sized portions

steveveg
steveveg
  • vegan
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+227

Well worth dining

5
Posted on 11 / 24 / 2013

This vegan restaurant, reopened, offers a unique menu. There are a "Magic square of nine" appetizer sized dishes, five "Tien plates of five" entrees which highlight the 5 elements, plus sandwiches, soups and create your own dish. The dishes we tried were well done and very satisfactory. We had the burdock dumplings and gluten nuggets from the nine, and the "Golden White" (oyster mushrooms, soy cutlets and curry peanut noodles) and "Black Wisdom" (black bean tofu, black mushrooms, woodear and kale stew, buckwheat noodles) as entrees. Dinner was very enjoyable, although the entrees were moderately sized. The restaurant is small, with two tables plus a counter, but well lit, modern and pleasant. Service was excellent.

Pros: unique menu, tasty, pleasant ambience
Cons: entrees moderately sized
jerryh8
jerryh8
  • vegan
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+20

Under renovation/ hope to see them Sprint 2013

5
Posted on 03 / 04 / 2013

According to their website, Tiengarden is closed for renovation. I was in NYC on Saturday, March 2, 2013, and was disappointed that they were not open yet. I look forward to their return. I have been eating at Tiengarden for at least ten years. I like this place a lot. I have never gone wrong with the daily special. Please let us know when they are open again.

Pros: very good value
Cons: they are taoist: no onion, no garlic
Phil Papa
Phil Papa
  • vegetarian
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+26

My favorite restaurant in NYC

5
Posted on 10 / 25 / 2012

My wife and I have been going to Tiengarden for years (since before we were married) and now bring our son as well. The food is awesome! I especially enjoy the bean curd special, and the burdock dumplings are among the best foods I have ever tasted. The staff is extremely friendly (they recently purchased the place from its long time owner) and have not missed a beat. My wife loves the basil bean curd and you also have the option to create your own dish. I also love its location on Allen Street, in a vibrant section of the city near famous music venues such as the Living Room, Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall. The place is not as fancy as the famous places in NYC but it's "local"feel adds to its charm. We feel like we are eating at home there. We will continue to go there as long as it is there.

Pros: food, staff, location
Krsnamayi
Krsnamayi
  • vegetarian
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+54

Tiny and simple place

4
Posted on 03 / 15 / 2012

Tiengarden is a tiny little place, with about 4 tables. They have simple veg fare, sandwiches and stirfries. I had a sandwich, and remember thinking that it was ok, but a little on the plain side....and I kept wishing that I ordered a stirfry or curry instead. The staff is quite friendly. reasonably priced. There were some interesting sweets (like Goji cake) but I didn't try.

Pros: quiet, friendly staff
Sally Malanga
Sally Malanga
  • vegan
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+14

Boring depressing place

2
Posted on 12 / 15 / 2011

I am a devout vegan foodie and will go into any place, any where. However, this place was so depressing and the food was not worth the unpleasant surroundings. I hope the owners will add some joy to the environs.

Pros: Tried to please
Cons: Ugly, Depressing
veggiegoth
veggiegoth
  • vegetarian
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+123

pretty good hole in the wall

3
Posted on 05 / 08 / 2010

i have been to tiengarden a handful of times over the years. they have a nice menu with a mix of noodle dishes, soups, salads and a few other things. a couple of the items i have had were a bit bland but other times i have had tasty meals. it's small and cozy which i really like.


clashbabi
clashbabi
  • vegan
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+61

cooooozy.

4
Posted on 12 / 02 / 2009

Cozy. Vegan. Damn Good Food. Damn Good Service. Damn Good Smoothies. Me loves it.


keevegan
keevegan
  • vegan
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+45

I stop in whenever I am in the area.

4
Posted on 10 / 02 / 2009

I have always found this place to be a solid dining experience. Small, but I have never had to wait long, friendly service, genuinely good food at a reasonable price. I always ask the staff for their daily recommendations and have never been disappointed!

Pros: friendly staff, good food, good value
changoamable
changoamable
  • vegan
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+51

Cool place to grab crispy seitan and mild soups.

3
Posted on 02 / 01 / 2009

Have eaten at Tiengarden many times over the years and remember very few dishes - they're mostly very bland. The crispy seitan appetizer is really extraordinarily good - I go there just for that. Some of their desserts are good, too. Hot and Sour is okay but lacking the hot section. Always really friendly service and the location can't be beat...Mooshoes moved but is still nearby, Babycakes around the corner from that, and Bluestockings is next door.

Pros: servcice, seitan app, some desserts
Cons: mostly, lacking, flavor
kansasclark
kansasclark
  • vegan
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+26

Was here a couple of weeks ago.

3
Posted on 10 / 30 / 2008

I walk by Tiengarden all of the time and decided I would have dinner there a couple of weeks ago. I ordered spring rolls and then a soup with mushroom broth, seitan and vermicelli. The spring rolls were good, though there was nothing spectacular about them. The soup was entirely underwhelming, the mushroom broth was nothing beyond okay and the seitan was relatively near to vile (it was basically the same consistency as wet white bread). I will probably try again at some point, but there are definitely better places to get a bite to eat in the area.

Pros: relatively healthy food, good delivery service, responsive staff
Cons: food was just okay
Plattburger
Plattburger
  • vegan
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+22

Mixed bag

3
Posted on 08 / 25 / 2008

My friend insisted that this place was great, so we started a 7-person bachelor party out here, and I see a lot of satisfied reviews here, so I might try it again someday, but I have to say I wasn't blown away. There were some good items, the dumplings were decent, but greasy, the crispy gluten tasted pretty good, the curry potato was probably one of my favorites, and we tried some ice cream dish and the carrot cake which were both pretty good. The Satay had a weird taste and was disappointing, the spring rolls were a little greasy, I can't remember the other dishes we tried, but they weren't very impressive. The service was friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is lacking, it was a hot night and there was no a/c going which made it muggy even with the door open. I had read somewhere(supervegan?) that you can't bring in alcohol, even though they don't serve any, but my friend didn't know that and brought us all a beer and they didn't seem to have any problem with it. The prices were a little high, but most places in NY are. I'd say in NY there are many better vegan options, but if you're in the neighborhood, it's worth at least checking it out.

Pros: friendly, vegan ice cream, curry potato
Cons: lots of things didn't taste very good, price slightly high, atmosphere
philjdomm
philjdomm
  • vegan
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+361

closed on an open day

2
Posted on 06 / 23 / 2008

one thing i hate is when they close un announced.


jbuuck
jbuuck
  • vegan
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+24

Soup to warm the soul

4
Posted on 11 / 24 / 2007

The hot and sour soup rocks and right down the street from Mooshoes.

Pros: value , good food, friendly staff
jkohler2
jkohler2
  • vegan
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+55

Vegan Heaven

5
Posted on 10 / 15 / 2007

We had an hour before we could start the Tenement House Museum tour and their sales clerk recommended the Tien Garden for lunch. When we found the place we were greeted with friendly smiles and a welcome. We had the following: #3 Vegetable Steamed Buns(2), #13 Lotus Leaf Wrap (2) and S.5 the Veggie Ham Sandwich, fake meat with a terrific taste like ham. We both award 5 happy cows. A "Must Visit" when you are in New York, and special trip to the lower East Side.

Pros: Great Fake meat, terrific sticky rice , friendly manner
Cons: none
Bill K
Bill K
  • vegan
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+80

nice place

4
Posted on 11 / 02 / 2006

Tiengarden is a quirky little place offering tasty Asian dishes. This restaurant is vegan and an old menu notes that all dishes are "free of the Five Impurities: onion, garlic, leeks, shallot and tobacco." (Yes, you read that correctly.) But, for some of the dishes, they are not afraid of heat, so if you like things hot and spicy this is definitely the place to go. All the grains are organic, as are many of the vegie ingredients. No coffee here, but that's no problem. Just move over to Bluestockings book store, right next door, for a cup of organic Chiapas brew and perhaps a nice vegan sweet or pastry.

Pros: vegan, good food, and cheap, friendly staff

 

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