Franchia Vegan Cafe

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12 Park Ave (at Midtown, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10016

Sister-restaurant to the venerable Hangawi vegan restaurant, Franchia offers a casual take on refined Asian fusion cuisine. Decor is traditional Korean architecture contrasts with elements of modernism. On the menu are dishes like vegetable sushi, Korean dumplings, and a selection of noodles, rice dishes, and main entrees. Teas and gifts available for purchase. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 1:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Take-out, Asian, Korean

103 Reviews

First Review by Poundie

Love love love this place - Edit

when i tell you that this place has the best vegan sushi. My favorite is the Dragon roll sushi. i went there a few weeks ago and i had 42 pieces of Sushi. i ordered the Dragon twice and one order of everything else.

The coconut blueberry cake is also rocking.

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One of the best! - Edit

Highlights were the pancake combination, the spicy crab cakes and the Peking Buns... this place blew us away - phenomenal!

Pros: Creative !, Perfectly presented , Sooo tasty

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Delicious variety - Edit

We called for a reservation but it wasn’t completely full on a Wednesday evening. Large variety of choices in many different Asian styles. Food was hot and tasty. Portions were just right for us.

Pros: Entirely vegan , Friendly service, Delicious food

Cons: Pricey. But it’s Park Ave in NYC!!

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Seriously delicious - Edit

Atmosphere, food, drinks and service are all A !!

Pros: try the Peking buns

Cons: close quarters

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Delicious! - Edit

As a huge fan of Hangawi, I simply had to visit its new sister restaurant on my trip to NYC. I expected to be impressed, and I certainly was.
To begin, the Pekin “duck” steamed bun entree was phenomenal. I’ve been vegan for over five years and have always avoided any sort of faux meat, so it was an experience to eat something that tasted just like one of my favorite Chinese dishes from my pre-vegan days. It was seasoned beautifully. I also tried their asparagus sushi, and while this was tasty, it was underwhelming for a place like this. There are better dishes to order. As a main I had the rice noodles in bean sauce topped with kale and tofu. It sounds like a strange combination, but their sauce is absolutely amazing. Tangy, and with a clear umami taste. Amazing! Dessert was the coconut blueberry cake, a favorite from Hangawi, and it was as tasty as I remember it.
My only issue with Franchia is that I am not a fan of faux meats or seitan and it was hard to find dishes on the menu that that did not feature at least one of these. That is not to say that these dishes will not be delicious, I just prefer vegan food that is not filled with processed soy products and that is trying to be something it’s not.

Overall, though, eating here was a great experience and I would certainly return.

Pros: Tasty food, Patient and friendly staff, Nice decor

Cons: Menu features lots of faux meat

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Highly recommend the lunch specials - Edit

Varied menu with lots of choices, cozy interior that's warm and comfortable.

Pros: Good value lunch specials, Delicious kim chi fried rice, Nice decor and atmosphere

Cons: Spicy things not that spicy, get xtra hot sauce, Dinner can be pricey, Some of the noodle dishes not that flavourful

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Love it - Edit

Went there once. We loved it and went again in the same trip.

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LOVE IT - Edit

CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!

Pros: FRESH, DELICIOUS

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Absolutely Amazing! - Edit

While on a quick trip to NYC we used the app to help us find dinner. This place was simply amazing. Great service, great ambiance, and obviously amazing food. Would highly recommend it.

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Our favorite place to visit - Edit

Franchia has a fantastic vegan menu. We come all the way from NJ to eat at Franchia and we leave very please. Their Pekin buns and their Spicy ramen noodle soup are our favorite.

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I scream for Franchia! Best Vegan Lunch - Edit

I had wonderful vegan lunch with my non vegan friend.
I not vegan, but I'm vegan food addicted and I love eating vegan foods mostly on meatless Mondays, during animal rights protest and vegan meeting.

Pros: Excellent service., No complaint., Delicious vegna food

Cons: No Cons for me., No Cons for me., No Cons for me.

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Average - Edit

Maybe I went on an off night, but I just didn't dig the food. Now the reason I decided to try Franchia is because I've been hearing, from both vegans and omnivores, that it is top notch. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel the same way.

Came here with my husband and a friend. The place was very busy (definitely would recommend a reservation) but they managed to seat us. We ordered a bunch of appetizers, as well as the chicken and meatball dish. We tried the Bao Buns, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Steamed Dumplings, Dragon sushi, and Scallion Pancakes for apps. The only app that had any flavor (to me) was the Bao Buns. Everything else tasted extremely bland, minus the side of buffalo sauce that came with the wings (why aren't these wings marinated in the sauce??). The meatballs were this strange tofu mush inside, not at all realistic, or like any other vegan meatball I ever tasted.

The service was friendly and the food came out fast. It is a loud restaurant, so I would not recommend coming here for intimate conversation. Overall, it's decent, but I won't be running back anytime soon.... there are just too many vegan Asian fusion places in the city that have a tastier menu.

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Excellent Food - Edit

New York is not yet up to par with Los Angeles in that it is heavily lacking in vegan ethnic cuisine and diversity. Franchia is a real gem... I am not familiar with the flavors but they are always so delicious and different. I have never had a bad meal and always look forward to trying something different from the menu. Highly recommend to even non-vegans who want to experience delicious, healthy, Korean food.

Pros: delicious, menu has good variety

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amazing Korean vegan food - Edit

This place has amazing food, drinks and atmosphere. Love going here for a lunch during work hours. I recommend the tempeh stone bowl with chilli sauce as well as the mock duck buns.

Pros: all vegan, delicious

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Amazing food. - Edit

After experiencing this restaurant 3 months ago, my family decided to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner here and it was a wise decision. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Pros: Blueberry Coconut cake is a winner , Dumplings were amazing , Ambience is quite pleasant

Cons: Gentlemen serving were not very attentive

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amazing - Edit

Delightful service, fast, and AMAZING food as well as a wonderful atmosphere ❤️

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One of my family's favorite places to eat! - Edit

Franchia and their sister restaurant Hangawi have become staple eating places in my family. We have been nearly 10 times all together and I have taken clients and friends here for a nice dinner as well. What I love is that there are so many options to choose from. Two of the must haves are the Crispy Duck Rolls which are baos and the Dumpling platter. The staff are always very lovely and attentive. The ambiance is nice too and I have never been disappointed!

Pros: AMAZING food!, Attentive and kind staff, Many food options

Cons: Can get a little crowded sometimes , It's usually necessary to make a reservation

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Great!! - Edit

It is a cozy place, well decorated.
We ordered three dishes, all great
Korean fusion food, organic wine, not

cheap but worthy. Very good!!

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Ama - Edit

I loved this place! It had a wonderful atmosphere and all sorts of great vegan foods!

Pros: All vegan, Great variety

Cons: It gets busy so you probably want a reservation

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nice option in midtown - Edit

This a good option if you are close to penn stations or midtown. It is a Koran and Thai menu all vegan. I have steamed dumplings and vegan pad thai accompanied with kimchi . They were good. Stuff very attentive and helpful. Nice atmosphere. I will comeback next time in NY

Pros: good food, friendly and attentive stuff, nice atmosphere

Cons: portions may be a bit bigger

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soju - Edit

We loved their pancakes, dumplings, tempeh with mushrooms. So lovely. Team is attentive and nice,
We did not know their Korean soju and had a mini sip just to be able to recognize the flavor in the cocktail. So nice, like a blend between sake and vodka.
The corn pancake was amazing!

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for kimchi lovers - Edit

Beautiful take on Korean dishes! Very interesting drinks menu - though my personal favourite is lotus tea.
Really enjoyed my dumplings with kimchi and crepes with sweet corn. Good service

Pros: drinks, kimchi

Cons: i don't really appreciate lots of meat-mocking opt

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all vegan Asian fusion - Edit

Had a delicious late dinner here. Atmosphere is easy-going and quiet, great for group dinner or a casual date.

Pros: delicious dumplings & sushi, cozy and calm feel in the restaurant

Cons: not serving ice creams when we were there although

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Amazing!!!! - Edit

The food here is delicious, a must for anyone visiting Manhattan.

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favorite in NYC - Edit

Friendly staff, nice setting, every single thing on the menu is delicious - always!!!!

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Superb Asian Vege Resto - Edit

We went there in the evening after I did a Google search at the time I did not know about Happy Cow.
What a pleasant surprise, I was celebrating my birthday so I had the vegetarian caviar. It was so real and so good.
I like the ambiance, the decoration, the nice restrooms; the little touches... The staff is very kind and efficient. I wished they could sell some of the cutlery.
The price is right.
I will surely go visit again when I go back to the opera, which is not too far by walk and cab.
What I like is the fact that they put the menu outside because how many times I had to leave a table and the restaurant because I do not like the food on the menu or the feeling of the place.
I am a bit shy and do not like to do that. But, it is my money and my body after all.
Anyway, there is a huge selection to choice from and will please most of all.

Pros: Selection, Caviar, Details

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Incredible vegan flavors - Edit

I've been to Franchia twice and I just the variety and flavor of the Asian fusion noodles.

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