All Reviews by Kimmi
105 First Ave, New York City, USA
Great food, nice ambiance, good wine
I went here with two friends and has a great meal and excellent wine. We had between us pan roasted brussels sprouts, grilled sweet white corn as appetizers and for a main I had almond crusted tofu, spicy bok choy and farro-wild rice pilaf. The dessert was a trio of ice creams. The food was really very good for the most part -- I thought the flavor of the brussels was especially nice and the tofu was fantastic. It makes my crusted tofu look soooo sad.
The decor was pretty. I didn't notice the chairs were leather and while it doesn't change my opinion of the food I do think it is tactless and inconsiderate to use leather furniture in an almost vegan restaurant. JMO.
The portions for the appetizers and desserts was small -- especially compared to the price.
The wine ranges from 8 to 12 dollars a glass which is probably standard for high end Manhattan, but seemed a bit high for me.
I would go again, gladly, but be prepared for a hefty bill to go along with your good meal.
1789 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, USA
Decent selection, convenient
This is a health food store and the largest of the 3 that are reasonably close to me. Primarily a store with a take out counter and one table to eat at. The grocery selection is good -- they have the basics needed for a vegan or vegetarian pantry and even have, for example, Daiya, which is not noted on the Daiya website. A bit pricey compared to a store like Trader Joes and small in comparison to some of the much larger health food stores in Brooklyn and the city, but overall worth it if you are on Staten Island and need some basics and the convenience of local shopping. If buying prepared food and vegan probably best to ask questions. I passed on the food but had a nice fresh juice while shopping.
1491 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, USA
Nice food, nice people
The food at Talay is delicious. This is a family run business that has very fresh food. I came here many times prior to becoming vegan and was very happy to read the menu from a fresh perspective. They have a separately marked vegan and vegetarian section and most of the menu can be made vegan. I understand the preference for only vegan restaurants on this site, but Staten Island has no pure vegan restaurants and only a few that have deliberate vegetarian options.