CLOSED: Angelica Kitchen

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 58 reviews )



300 E 12th St (at East Village, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10003

Trendy Manhattan vegan restaurant. Western cuisine with a healthy focus. Menu features a wide range including starters, sandwiches, main entrees, sea veggies, noodle bowls, juices, tea, and desserts without refined sugar. Casual, bright space. Take-out and delivery available. Closed April 7th, 2017.

Categories: Vegan, American, Macrobiotic, Organic, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out

58 Reviews

First Review by bullcityveg

Absolutely Amazing! - Edit

From the fresh and delicious food to the calming atmosphere, Angelica Kitchen is sure to please. Angelica Kitchen is pure vegan - 100% plant based - and a minimum of 95% of all food used to prepare the menu has been grown organically. The ingredients used in the restaurant are grown ecologically and fairly traded. They use renewable sources of energy and a high quality backwash carbon system to filter their water. Best of all, they compost to ensure as little waste as possible.

My friend and I couldn't decide what to order so we split a few dishes (just a few?).

The walnut-lentil pate with tofu sour cream, rice crackers & crisp crudités was my favorite savory dish. The pate was creamy and the crackers gave a contrasting crunch.

The warm vegetable salad was a mix of grilled & roasted vegetables tossed in rosemary balsamic vinaigrette served on a bed of arugula. The vegetables were perfectly roasted, but it was a little overdressed.

The Angelica Pickle Plate was a array of chipotle carrots, marinated beets, garlic shiitake and pickled seasonal vegetables. It was the perfect acidic contrast to the other dishes.

The combo bowl of tofu, tempeh, and roasted vegetables with a dip of parsley, scallions, tahini & umeboshi purée was just ok. The tofu and tempeh were not marinated because it was supposed to be dipped into the sauce, however, the sauce had a very strong flavor.

My friend really enjoyed the mashed potatoes with gravy; she loved the rosemary flavor. I like the dish, but I wished the potatoes were creamier.

The desserts really wowed my friend and I. I liked how the desserts were perfectly sweet; we couldn't tell they were naturally sweetened.

The apricot kanten had a smooth texture and a sweet apricot flavor.

The warm double chocolate cookie with walnuts was thick and chewy. My friend and I agreed it was the best vegan cookie we've ever had! No kidding!!

The tofu whip really amazed me. I was really skeptical at first because tofu in a dessert sounded too healthy? However, it tasted like a vanilla pudding. It was so creamy and had an amazing vanilla flavor.

Pros: Great food--Best cookie ever!, Environment friendly , reasonable prices!

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good food - Edit

Nice place to eat, the portions are ok and fulfilling. The taste really is nice as it is a real restaurant, I mean: they cook! no fast food here.

Updated from previous review on 2017-02-11

Pros: Friendly staff, Nice portions, Healthy

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Ok, but not great - Edit

Went there because of their legendary status, not sure what to expect. The food was Ok as were the prices. Staff were friendly and the ambience chill. I'd go back, but I'd rather find something more contemporary instead.

Pros: Nice vibe

Cons: Standard food

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Historic Restaurant - Edit

Went there for lunch, I ordered a Fiesta Plate to taste different things and corn bread. The corn bread was good and most of my plate too... but not great. The salad of the day was a bit bland. My friend enjoyed her lasagna.
The atmosphere is nice and the staff very friendly.
It feels.
It is food that your grandmother could have made if she was a vegetarian: simple and confort food.

Pros: Atmosphere, Choices

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Quite tasteless - Edit

Such a disappointment. I had heard so much about this place, but once I visited it, I could not understand its phenomenon. We were three, ordered differented meals, and almost everyone was missing a taste. Also the dessert, was not special at all. The service was OK, but it is not enough.

Pros: nice staff

Cons: not my taste, if any

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Not so special food - Edit

Nice menu, but food tastes a bit flat. Service and ambiance are very good. Yummie desserts.

Pros: Large menu, Service, Ambiance

Cons: Food tastes a bit flat

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Enjoyed my Experience. - Edit

I had a good time at Angelica Kitchen. I had biscuits and mushroom gravy, soup, and a chocolate walnut brownie cookie that was excellent! They now ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS (Visa, MasterCard and Discover), just to update the info from previous reviews, as it used to be cash-only. I liked it cause it was spacious, and of course really appreciate the fully vegan and organic kitchen.

Pros: Organic, Vegan, Spacious and peaceful

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Nice restaurant - Edit

I'm not sure if it was what I ordered specifically or if it's just not to my taste but I didn't love my food. It wasn't bad or anything and the waitstaff were great and friendly. The waiter even noticed I didn't eat my food and offered to bring me something else which I appreciated. Great service but did not love my meal but it was average. I would be willing to go back and try other items eventually but wouldn't go out of my way.

Pros: great service , great menu selection

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Delicious!! Loved Angelica's Kitchen - Edit

I've heard about Angelica's Kitchen and was so happy to have made the visit during my recent trip to NYC. I got the New School sandwich - which was fantastic. We also got the cornbread (they have two kinds - one is gluten-free and made with some rice. Very good). My boyfriend got the tempeh reuben which was also delicious. Most of the vegan reubens we have had are made with seitan so this had great flavor and less of a gluten bomb in the gut. They also had a special (Masa of Puppets which my friend got and she also loved that). I plan to go back. One of the hardest things about traveling is that you eat all of your meals out at restaurants and we tend to eat really clean/healthy vegan food at home. This restaurants had so many great options for us. Oooh and get the vinegar elixer drink too!

Pros: Organic/healthy choices, Delicious food, cute casual atmosphere

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perfect - Edit

The staff was very friendly & the food was great!

I ate a small salad & vegan sushi. The price was a little to expensive for what they have served but the portion was perfect. Try the hibiscus cooler!

Pros: food was good & tasty, staff is very friendly

Cons: no wifi

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Disappointing Food and Atmosphere - Edit

CASH ONLY restaurant, old wood furniture and bland environment/atmosphere. interesting Asian style menu, but food is NOT special, I could make the same kale salad at home! The Japanese noodle bowl was presentable but bland except for overwhelming ginger that ruined the dish, couldn't eat it. They offered a free dessert but refused to take a couple of dollars off the bill instead of dessert. Would NOT RECOMMEND, say too many vegan. options in the city, spend your $ elsewhere.

Pros: All vegan, healthy-sounding options.

Cons: Dull design and atmosphere, unattractive decor. L

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Disappointing, below par restaurant - Edit

Despite being recommended to this restaurant by numerous people, I found Angelica Kitchen incredibly disappointing. The food was very average and the atmosphere was sad. The meals look exciting on the menu but nothing lived up to the descriptions. Although the service was good, the overall vibe was mediocre. My sister returned her first meal (which they didn't charge us for) because she didn't like it. There are much better vegan options in New York City that are worth going to.

Pros: Service

Cons: Food , Atmosphere

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Good comforting food - Edit

Our first dinner in NYC and a great pne. Fresh, organic and hearty food in a friendly casual environment. Good dimmed down warm lighting to enjoy the company. I tried their famous dragon bowl with black sesame dressing and it was as good as I hoped it would be. I'd love to have an Angelica Kitchen in Madrid.

Pros: Friendly casual staff, Excellent food, Good value

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simply delicious - Edit

My boyfriend and I love it here. Every time we eat at Angelica Kitchen we are satisfied. Easy prices, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Pick your own, creative bowls and dishes! Take out next door.

Pros: yum

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A rare thing - a veggie place I don't like - Edit

Myself and my wife used to come here reasonably regularly, but have simply stopped going. We didn't really like the feeling we got from the place. If I needed extra sauce with a meal, they would charge $2 or $3 for it.
One time I forgot the place was cash-only (which I respect by the way). So, no problem, I go to an ATM and get the money. The attitude of the waiter was far from understanding.
I don't like to give a veggie place a bad review, but in this case I'll make an exception.
The food was fine on average – sometimes nice, sometimes just okay.

Pros: Organic, They sometimes have nice food, Have shunned credit cards

Cons: Bad vibe from the place, Food is hit and miss

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After a second time, changed my mind! - Edit

Below is my original review, but now that I've gone to Angelica a second time, I've had a change of heart! It competes with Caravan of Dreams as my absolute favorite vegan restaurant in NYC. As I had noted the first time, I really appreciate the specials menu and the diversity of the menu overall. The plates are all varied but somehow very simple, with ingredients that you can see and not slathered in sauces. I do wish entrées were like, $3 cheaper, any event, GET DESSERT! I mean, I would suggest this at any vegan restaurant, but I'll be dreaming of the concord grape parfait that I had here last night for a good while.


After hearing so much about it, I finally went to Angelica Kitchen. I liked the atmosphere, and a lot of the menu items seemed wonderful -- the perfect warm, nourishing meals for a cold winter's day in NYC! I ordered an Indian-inspired curried vegetable cake dish off of the specials menu, which was just as diverse as the regular menu, and which I appreciated. The highlight was the peach chutney that mine came with (and my friend's cornbread!) but overall I wasn't super impressed, especially considering that the dish was $16! I could have made something perhaps simpler but just as filling and flavorful for much less. However, I will definitely return to Angelica to try other things...and the desserts! Remember to bring cash.

Updated from previous review on Saturday February 08, 2014

Pros: Diverse specials and regular menu, Simple yet varied dishes, Bright, warm atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced

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Cozy place. - Edit

Angelica's kitchen is a cozy place to go for some good "homestyle" comfort vegan food. Like others have said, the food is good, but not the greatest. Still, I would recommend it.

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Delightful, delicious - Edit

Angelica Kitchen is reliably excellent. The specials are well done and varied. The ambiance is comfortable, service is good. We had two special entrees: the Franken-Thyme (vegetable cakes with accompaniments) and the Edgar Winter Savory (a dishless cassarole), as well as the Ole Man Seitan. All were delicious. We had an interesting appetizer - the People's Polenta - which also has a charitable component. Desserts were a flavorful banana pudding sundae and a bland peach kanten parfait. Dinner was totally enjoyable.

Pros: vegan & delicious, reliable

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A pleasant place - Edit

I tried the japanese seitan with noodles, which was good but not exceptionnal. Accompanying food were a bit bland, however. Food is organic and healthy, the atmosphere of the restaurant is really nice and you feel rapidly at ease. It was a good experience on the whole even if there food could have a little bit more taste.

Pros: good food, pleasant atmosphere

Cons: food lacks spices sometimes

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Delicious, simple, leaves you feeling good - Edit

I love this place! Ever since I got to NY I can't stop going. I like simple foods, more on the macrobiotic side of things. This place has simple options and at the same time has delicious meals - including a changing daily menu.

On top of that, the atmosphere in here is really fantastic. My non-vegan friends love going here. I couldn't recommend it more.

Pros: delicious, new daily menu, great atmosphere

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Not a great experience - Edit

I'd heard great things, but I didn't have a great experience. The food was mediocre, certainly nothing to write home about. The little booth thing I sat in was bizarre and uncomfortable. I was in in the booth part on one side of a two-seater table, and my companion was in a regular chair. It was an awkward height, awkward slope. It was completely uncomfortable. (I'm a small guy, by the way, so size wasn't an issue.)

The dining experience was sub-par, and it wasn't entirely the restaurant's fault. A couple with three small children were there. Two were crying, and the couple seemed to think that the way to pacify the children was to walk them up and down the aisles and around everyone, all over the restaurant.

The staff was cordial, though not warm. I don't expect everyone to always go out of their way, but I'm just pointing out that no one did.

Then the bill came, and I learned two things. They're cash only. And they automatically include the gratuity into your bill -- even for a two-person meal. I went to an ATM around the corner while my companion stayed. I gave my waitress the cash. She brought back everything but the gratuity PLUS the coinage. So, they forced the tip on me and then took the change, too.

I just found it very presumptuous, and combined with the uncomfortable seating, not great experience, and unspectacular food, I won't be going back.

Pros: Vegan, Healthy, Artsy

Cons: Too expensive for quality, Cash only plus automatic gratuity, Uncomfortable seating/poor atmosphere

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Clean, healthy food - Edit

The food is very clean, but is very delicious. This is one of the few places you can go to and eat great tasting food that is healthy at the same time.

Pros: great food, helpful staff, nice decor

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Consistently good Vegan Restaurant - Edit

Been going to Angelica's kitchen for 8 years. Love the wee dragon bowl with soba sensation sauce.

Food is consistently good. The desserts are worth a try.

Wish they were a little more experimental with the desserts.

Pros: Consistently good, Hours are good

Cons: Cash Only!!!

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Nothing to Write Home About - Edit

The food was okay. Some was good and some was bad. The veggies I got were mushy, maybe over-cooked. The prices are too high for the portion & quality, and I found our server to be very snotty. For the prices I was surprised that they only accept cash. Not a place I plan on visiting again.

Pros: Location

Cons: Food Quality, Service, Prices

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AWESOME!! - Edit

the food was delicious, the service efficient and friendly and the ambience, decor and organization of the seating and the attention to detail in terms of the menu-design were all MORE than satisfactory. all-round, a wonderful experience for a vegan deprived of access to places where 1 needn't ask "does that have eggs, honey, milk or anything from animals in it?

Pros: delicious food, good value, friendly staff

Cons: slightly overcozy

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Healthy & Satisfying - Edit

Healthy, tasty, unprocessed foods that will nourish and satisfy.

I ordered Sunday's sushi and it was GREAT. I love it when I eat a fair amount and don't feel heavy.

I recommend this place for anyone interested in healthy (real) vegan food.

Pros: Healthy, tasty food, Nice atmosphere, Friendly service

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Loving their daily specials - Edit

I am getting so excited when I visit a place that has daily specials. I feel like I am going to enjoy something different that the usual menu and everything looks fresh. I had a pinto bean soup which was extremely amazing and a lemon tart which was so fresh! Absolutely loved this place!

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, daily specials

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