Caravan of Dreams

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    ( 49 reviews )
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405 E 6th St (at Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10009

New York vegan restaurant serving organic food, cooked and raw, also raw desserts. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-11:00pm, Sat 11:00am-12:00am, Sun 12:00am-12:00am, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, International, Organic, Raw, Take-out, Catering, Fusion, Kosher

Reviews (49)

First Review by bullcityveg

A Vegan Getaway - Edit

I love Caravan of dreams because of it's secret "hole in the wall" location in the east village. I live very close to here and it is a wonderful spot to take a friend or group for a fun evening or brunch date. They always have a live musician which makes it even better! The food is incredible, I have tried about everything on the menu and never been disappointed. The menu includes a great variety of items including raw and cooked, small and big plates.
The drinks are wonderful, kombucha, lots of teas, juices, coffee's, etc. And the desserts are to die for.

Pros: Atmosphere - live music , Lots of options , Excellent food and drink

Cons: Sometimes small portions , Pricey

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a classic spot - Edit

This was the first vegan restaurant I visited. I wasn't even eating a veggie forward diet at the time. Just wanted to try something out. And I was impressed. I love the ambiance of the spot, the beer selection, the elixers, the raw options, and even the sticker collection in the bathroom. I love every part of this place. This is a must visit spot for veggie lovers visiting NYC.

Pros: options on options, live music

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Love this Place - Edit

Im vegan and have been going here for around 15 years. It's somewhat mexican inspired but with many other international flavors throughout the menu. Large salads, many vegan protein options, great burrito, tacos, pastas, pate, juices, etc. Also many raw choices. The entrees are very complete and come with side salad and often sautéed greens.

I always leave here feeling great and full of energy from the quality of the food.

Pros: Vegan, Raw, great staff, sometimes live music, man

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Tasty food, cozy restaurant - Edit

Simple but tasty food. Yummie vegan desserts. Fine ambiance.

Pros: Good food, Friendly staff

Cons: Bit expensive

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Great vibe, nice food - Edit

Cozy old vibe. Friendly staff!

Pros: Breakfast burrito is great (and yuuuge)

Cons: Paella needs more salt to be taken seriously

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ok experience - Edit

Not my favorite while in NYC

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great menu and food - Edit

Ate today with my mum (meat/dairy eater) and boyfriend (vegan also) and we all loved our food! Great menu selection and high quality food. Will be coming back for sure!

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gret! - Edit

Very great restaurant - menue is amazing, interesting smoothie mixtures, people there really know what they are doing and what is good for you, your soul and the environment. I had a absolutly delicious meal with perfect seitan, avocados, self made vegan kefir cheese and it came with starter and yummy kale salad.

Staff was really friendly, music was great. Good place to go for dinner in the evening, but in the day is fine too.
Recommended!

Pros: food choices, friendly staff

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Delicious - Edit

This restaurant is just amazing! Great neighborhood, cozy atmosphere and very friendly staff. And the most important part; the food is awesome delicious! I've been there two times so far and always tried different dishes. Everything was always perfect!

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amazing food - Edit

We went there for dinner tonight with our children and it was amazing. Friendly service, delicious food and great atmosphere. Juliette's Kitchen highly recommends it

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this Place Rocks! - Edit

The only thing wrong with this restaurant is that it's not on my neighborhood! Please open one in kips Bay Area. It's great and had been for years. Bring back the piano player!

Pros: atmosphere , food

Cons: nothing

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Required Eating for Every NYC Vegan - Edit

Caravan of Dreams has a fantastic ambiance and truly delicious vegan food. The restaurant has been around for a long time, and the quality of service and food has remained stellar. The tofu scrambled for brunch and seitan taquitos for dinner are not to be missed. I had my first ever "live" dessert at Caravan of Dreams, a delicious pie that is among the best vegan desserts I have ever tasted. The standout dessert at COD was the Rice Dream Pie, which sadly I believe is no longer on the menu: Rice Dream Frozen Dessert, crushed cookies, house made berry sauce and a hard chocolate shell. My husband and I were last here on Valentine's Day; I highly recommend a visit and plan myself to go back to Caravan of Dreams in the near future.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday April 21, 2015

Pros: Atmosphere (live music), Live Entrees and Desserts, Service

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Don't miss out! - Edit

There are so many great vegan choices in NYC, but you really should try to get to Caravan.

Cosy, friendly atmosphere with an interesting and varied menu. The non-raw ravioli is amazing (I've not tried the raw version), but isn't always available.

The deserts on my last visit were a bit lack lustre, but still nice.

Pros: Lovely atmosphere, Friendly staff, Great food

Cons: Moderately expensive

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Great atmosphere - Edit

We had dinner at this location and really enjoyed it! Nice staff and really nice and casual atmosphere. The food was delicious! I'll go there again next time when I'm in New York...

Pros: Great atmosphere, Great food

Cons: Pricy

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Lots of choices - good portions - Edit

My friend and I split the beet "ravioli," Thai avocado salad, and risotto croquettes. Everything was great and flavorful. Huge avocado on the salad. There were a lot of other things on the menu I wanted to try. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because it seemed a little expensive.

Pros: atmosphere (cozy and warm), lots of menu choices

Cons: bit expensive

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Raw and wonderful! - Edit

I got the entree sampler and it was really amazing! Very satisfying! I want to go again!! Soon!

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Excellent!!! - Edit

Tasty & delicious :)))

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Disappointed - Edit

Writing this review saddens me. I went there because I'm a huge NY HC fan and John Joseph of the Cro Mags loves this place so I had high hopes (sorry to bore you with my love for hardcore at this point). It was a cold and rainy day so I thought a lentil soup would be perfect. It was good but honestly something I throw together on a Tuesday night when I'm uninspired and have some leftover broth suitable veggies. But ok, the far bigger disappointment was the Applewood Smoked Tofu which strongly reminded me of back when I first started using tofu and desperately tried to get some taste in that stuff. It was two pieces of (excellent bread) with giant and very greasy slabs of tofu. Not great, sorry. Not fun to eat either. The salad was the highlight of the meal for me. I do want to add though that from overhearing the conversation of the server with the people next to me I fear I might have ordered the wrong thing and that other dishes are far better than that greasy uninspired mess.

Pros: great salad dressing

Cons: stay away from the Applewood Smoked Tofu, not as creative as expected

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Great, but Could Be Better - Edit

I went here on Sunday Feb 2, 2014 for brunch. It wasn't too crowded and the atmosphere was quaint and comfy. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. I ordered their (vegan) Chai Latte as well as their (vegan) French Toast with in-house made Nutella. While both were delicious, for $25 (tip included), I wasn't thaaat impressed. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing because others in my group got the French Toast and felt the same way. Personally, the French Toast at V-Note on the UES is better and I've heard Blossom's is as well (although I have yet to try it).

The women who ordered different dishes seemed to enjoy them more. So if there is a next time, I'll know to order something else. I could smell other dishes cooking/what others were eating in the restaurant and they smelled delicious so maybe I just ordered the wrong thing.

SO I'm still giving them a four in hopes that it was just the dish I chose.

Pros: Not crowded, Friendly staff, Nutritious food

Cons: A little pricey, Not that impressed

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My favorite restaurant in NYC! - Edit

I wish I could afford to go to Caravan of Dreams every day and for every meal. Although I'm not a raw vegan, I love how many raw options there are, and always take advantage of their raw dishes -- last time split the raw sampler platter with a friend, and had the raw quesadilla (so much food!) and a raw acai pie for dessert. Every single thing was brilliant, including the atmosphere -- a warm, wood-grain, candle-lit, hippie's basement, complete with live music and an in-house tarot card reader! Worth every penny, and I can't wait to go back!

Pros: JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING

Cons: Expensive

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Great - Edit

A very diverse menu and all great tasting. Very casual and relaxed environment, nice way to unwind.

Pros: variety, casual

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Nice place! - Edit

Caravan of dreams is a good name for this vegan restaurant offering a very good vegan food. From main course to dessert, I enjoyed a lot my lunch (a stir fry and an mango-coco pie). Staff was friendly and the place has a really pleasant atmosphere. It could be a little bit crowded so you should reserve to be sure to have a seat.

Pros: excellent food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff

Cons: may be crowded

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Excellent place - Edit

I have been here many times over the past number of years and have always found the food to be excellent, and I have not had any problems with the service. This is one of the finest restaurants the area .

Pros: excellent food

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diverse menu - Edit

We went to Caravan of Dreams with two other couples (both vegan as well), so there was a total of six of us which means we had an automatic gratuity included. I don't know if that affected the service, but it was very slow in any case. I also never got a refill on my iced tea as they didn't really come around except to take our orders and drop them off. The menu is quite diverse with both raw and cooked food of different ethnicities. We all shared the seitan nachos and sampler appetizer plate to start. I got the soyrizo quesadilla and my friend got the raw one. I enjoyed mine more than she did hers. Dirk got the coconut curry special and was pleased. Also, at the table was raw tostadas and raw pizza. Most of us were happy with the food although it wasn't the best we'd had or anything, but the inattentive service did take away from the overall experience.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 24, 2013

Pros: diverse menu, raw and cooked

Cons: inattentive service

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Great Lunch! - Edit

I went with a group of friends to Caravan of Dreams, and everyone loved the food. It's a really cute place with a low ceiling, and it made for an intimate setting. There was a live piano player during lunchtime on a Saturday. 2 out of 5 in our group were vegetarians, and everyone was raving about the food. I had the reuben sandwich which literally knocked my socks off! Other friends had the breakfast set (with amazing chipolte sauce), the polenta with veg (HUGE portion) another reuben and a salad. Great service, moderately priced...expect $12-15 per entree.

Pros: TASTY!!!!, lovely atmosphere, great service

Cons: NONE!

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Wondeful vegan food - Edit

I visited here recently and I really enjoyed the meal. I had the Pizzetta and it was delicious. Full of toppings and a massive serving. The pumpkin seed crust was really yum with the pesto and cashew cream. My non-vegan bf had tofu scramble and was very shocked at how good it was and wants me to make it at home now :)

Pros: Excellent food, Great atmosphere, Large servings

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changed for the better and pleasantly surprised - Edit

my husband and I have been going to C of C for many years now, but about two years ago we realized it was too stressful to bring our kids there and just stopped going altogether. Part of the problem were the very nice but supremely slow and often incompetent wait staff who made every meal an agonizing experience.
Anyway, a few weeks ago we tried it again with my slightly older children and it is apparent that some changes have taken place. The whole operation is much more professional. The wait staff are pleasant yet efficient.
The menu is slimmed down a bit but many old standbys remain. I always order what used to be called Angel's Green Garden Platter--I think it's called the macrobiotic platter now. It is sauteed kale and seitan served with carrot polenta and gravy. My children like the unchiken nachos. Every green salad on the menu is outstanding. There is not another restaurant in NYC that serves such fresh and thoroughly washed greens.
The downside is that it is expensive. It is also true that sometimes dishes disappoint. A few years ago we decided it was better to stick to the menu rather than going with the specials, which sometimes had kinks that needed to be worked out.
It is not the greatest restaurant to bring children, although they are tolerated. This is partly because the seating can be close together. If you go with kids, ask for a table in the back because there is more room to spread out there. Also bring paper and crayons or other amusements as they will have no such thingds to offer. And be prepared to have the only children in the restaurant. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen other children there.
We usually don't order the raw food, but there is an extensive selection.

Pros: fresh organic food

Cons: more 'spence than vegan fast food places

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