New Harmony

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 47 reviews )
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135 N 9th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 19107

Vegan Chinese food restaurant. Open Mon-Tue 11:30am-11:30pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-11:00pm. Closed Wed.

Category: Vegan, Chinese, Delivery, Take-out, Asian

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First Review by squirrelgirl

Doughy "meat", always late - Edit

I hate to give a bad review, I really do, especially of places that specialize in vegan food. But this has happened a couple times now, so it's hard to brush it off at this point.

Our first issue is that "chicken" and "spare ribs" are both basically the same thing, which is basically a big ball of dough, mushy with no texture at all. We are used to mock meats with some kind of chew to them. These mock meats are just mush, and not a pleasant eating experience. They also don't give you the meat in the sauce, but instead package it separately, probably because if they did, it would be nothing but goo by the time it got to you. With other more solid mock meats, this would not be an issue.

The second issue is the price. It is over $10 per plate, which is average for a veggie place, but the quality does not match the price. If it was a lower price, or a high quality, I could understand, but the price just does not match the quality.

Finally, the last two times we ordered, they have been much later than it said online. Last time we ordered was 3:30 on a saturday, and it still took an hour and half to get here.

So overall, I appreciate what this place is trying to do, but it is just not for us, and we'll be looking for other options in the future.

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-11

Pros: All vegan menu, Some unique options

Cons: Poor quality overall, Unpleasant texture of some mock meats, Always deliver later than they say

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favorite Chinese food ever - Edit

Cannot say enough good things about New Harmony. I don't know why anyone would rate this place less than five stars. Their menu is HUGE! Dinner specials are a good deal - about $14 for a soup, appetizer, main course, and dessert. Their mock shrimp is extremely realistic and delicious. Came here for a birthday party last year and there were about ten of us so we ordered a special large dinner combo for about $100. They brought out about 8 different entrees for us to share. I've never been disappointed here. Try the walnut shrimp, any of the hot pots, vegetable pancakes, and finish it off with some pistachio ice cream.

Pros: extensive menu, friendly staff, large portions

Cons: no free parking nearby

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China Town Vegan - Edit

The restaurant is a traditional Chinese restaurant with the traditional dishes in a vegan manner. The soy beef bun was good and very hearty. The Kung Po Mock Chicken was traditionally prepared, but the soy meat was bland and rubbery. There is a very limited beverage selection, so I stayed with water. Overall, if you are in the mood for traditional Chinese in a vegan style, this place works.

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One of the best, and Classics!! - Edit

Positive always trumps the negative. And New Harmony is all about the positive. From the delicious choices, both healthy like Gluten-free items, brown rice and steamed dumplings, and the delectable vegetable pancakes, mock meats, drumsticks and other fried offerings that may not necessarily accentuate healthy eating (that some people may rather want to limit), but are treats for a night out.
One of the great classic Asian cuisines. The Dinner Box might be the best deal in Philly, hands down! Ming (the owner) is one of the nicest hosts on top of it. Highly recommended, and a must-visit for any true vegan eating in Philadelphia!!

Instagram- @onecheapvegan

Pros: Great value, friendly staff, delicious food

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Who would have thought? - Edit

I have several off the bat things to say about this place:
1, the location is great. It is really convenient and on the edge of Chinatown that borders Center City/Old City. It is easy to get to.
2, the staff is great and the food comes quickly.
3, now, I am not the biggest fan of fake meats, but I knew that I had to try things since I was here. It was not bad, but next time I will have a straight up veggie meal.
4, there are typical Chinese entrees here, some of them are traditionally greasy, therefore the vegan version will be greasy as well. A lot of people don't like greasy food, therefore they also have steamed options.
5, the turnip cakes may have been my favorite thing. Also, carrot dumplings.

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Pretty good - Edit

It's nice to have a good Asian place in the city. Food was good and plentiful. Staff weren't the best communicators. Could stand for some repair/redecorating. Street parking.

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Highly Disappointing - Edit

My husband and I went here after the Philadelphia Marathon and was really hoping for so yummy Chinese foods, but it was a big disappointment. We ordered pan fried vegetable dumplings, pan fried turnips, vegetable pancake, dumpling noodle soup, and walnut shrimps. Everything was really bad and excessively oily except the walnut shrimps. My husband is Chinese so we eat vegan Chinese food often, and New Harmony is one of the worst we ever had. I do not recommend this place for good Chinese food.

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ROBD 27 Feb 2016 - Most traditional American Chinese food is oily, especially when ordering "pan-fried"? Slandering a restaurant for complaining about it being "oily" when ordering fried food is quite a paradox. :-) Maybe try steamed next time?  


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DO THE BUFFET - Edit

If you ever feel the need to eat so much delicious vegan food that you want to pass out, this is your place (as long as it's Sunday night).

Pros: buffet

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Best Chinese food around and Vegan Burger - Edit

I'm vegan but have non vegan and vegetarian friends that agree that's it's the best Chinese food in Philadelphia. I personally love doing Dim Sum or the Sunday Buffet but everything is amazing, the Vegetable Pancakes are my favorite appetizer, Walnut Shrimp is my favorite with the Orange Beef coming right behind it but all the dumplings, noodles and everything are amazing!! Ming the owner is super nice and a fun guy to talk to. Also they have a private karaoke room you can rent downstairs for dinner party's, it's a blast and the menu for he party's is always the best stuff!! Almost forgot, they have the best vegan burger I've ever had, it's on the appetizer menu, do not forget to order it even if you're already stuffed!!

Pros: All you can eat Dim Sum, Vegan Burger!!!!!!

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vegan Chinese - Edit

Visiting Philly-
Had many appetizers....carni wife really enjoyed the pork buns and turnip pancake while I enjoyed the buns as well as spring rolls, spare ribs, and peanut chicken

Pros: all vegan

Cons: loud music

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Dark and so so ... - Edit

The restaurant was poor in lighting. We got sited at a dark small corner in the restaurant due to the pram. Had set lunch and it was so-so. The dim sum looked quite appetizing though, should have order that. It seems like, they have all you can eat buffet on Sunday evening at 12$.

Pros: Price

Cons: Ambience

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Disappointed... - Edit

I returned to New Harmony and 6 years later it just wasn't the same. Too bad I didn't find out until $70 later.

Lotus Cakes Studio no longer makes their cheesecakes (which I wasn't told until after I had paid. But to be fair, I didn't ask either.), so they were not as good. The chocolate cheesecake was pretty good, just not as good as what I was used to from them.

My "chicken" dishes (fried "chicken" and broccoli with a pineapple sauce; General Tso; "chicken" satay) were just ok. Nothing inspiring or memorable about them. The broccoli that accompanied 2 of the dishes was really good though.

My Scallion Pancakes and Sesame Balls were very good as well. I should've saved myself $60 and just got that.

Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed this go 'round.


Updated from previous review on Friday January 23, 2009
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I was in town for a family function and based on the reviews here, I decided to give New Harmony a try. I ordered (to go): Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Fried Sesame Balls, Scallion Pancakes, Spinach Pancakes, General Tso's 'Chicken', Moo Shu Veggies, String Beans in Szechuan Sauce, Broccoli with Garlic Sauce, and Raspberry Cheesecake.

The Moo Shu Veggies, String Beans, and Broccoli dishes were good. Everything else was SUPERB! SO delicious beyond my vegan belief, b/c at the time, we didn't have anything that came anywhere near close to this back home. (I couldn't keep my non-veg*n family members away from my food!) The food was fresh, perfectly seasoned, and exciting. The staff was very friendly and helpful during all of my questioning. To top it off, everything was reasonably priced as well.

And that vegan raspberry cheesecake was to die for! Never would've guessed it was vegan. I craved it so badly once I got back home that I had to look up the lady who makes them for New Harmony.

Pros: 100% vegan food, decent prices, hours

Cons: food quality has declined over the years

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vegan hangover food - Edit

I consider New Harmony a cheat day! Yes, they have multiple delicious dishes-- all vegan, but it does have a lot of salty fried food. So, of course it's yummy!

Pros: cheap, yummy, casual, byob

Cons: not very healthy, dingy

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All vegan Chinese - Edit

Before we went vegan my husband was a huge fan of Chinese food. So when I saw there was a fully vegan Chinese place in Philly we had to check it out! The place was pretty dead when we got there, but it was early for dinner. Our waiter was very nice and kept our water full the whole time. We both got the dinner that came with a soup, appetizer, entree and dessert. It was a great value. I loved my wonton soup and the vegan ice cream at the end was wonderful! I had noodles for dinner and an egg roll, both were fine, nothing amazing. My husband got the general tsao's and liked it. The food at New Harmony didn't knock my socks off, but it was fun to get that same little Chinese restaurant experience without having to worry about what to order.
Updated from previous review on Friday November 07, 2014

Pros: good service, fair prices, vegan ice cream

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vegan dim sum - Edit

shabby vegan Chinese place with an extensive menu including dim sum options which is what we ordered. some items were outstanding. some only fair. but overall, a good all vegan restaurant worth visiting and returning to.

Pros: a few outstanding & unique items, all vegan, not a big detour off the NJ TPK

Cons: shabby, a few items were only fair

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Yummy Vegan Lunch! - Edit

This was my second time visiting New Harmony. I don't live in Philadelphia but made sure to visit New Harmony on a return trip. This time I visited for lunch. The $6.95 lunch specials were great! I had the curry with mock chicken. I know a lot of vegans and vegetarians don't care for mock meats but I tend to like them, and I did here as well. The curry had a nice homestyle flavor. The lunch also came with a choice of spring roll or soup and rice. I was definitely happy for $6.95! The service was also very friendly. Thanks, New Harmony!

Pros: Delicious Vegan Food, Great Lunch Specials, Friendly Service

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Typical chines mock meat place - Edit

This is like your standard Chinese restaurant--except that it is vegan. I myself am less into mock-meat foods nowadays, but of this type of restaurant, this is a pretty good one--I enjoyed the food here, and have no complaints.

Pros: Tastes good, reasonably priced

Cons: not over healthy

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Love, love, love this place - Edit

I love New Harmony. The most amazing dishes are their walnut shrimp, incredible cheesecake, and hot & sour soup. I love their buffet and think it's an excellent value.

Pros: great flavors, walnut shrimp, cheesecake

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Amazing cheesecake! - Edit

My cousin and I met in Philadelphia when I traveled there for a meeting. We found New Harmony and had lunch there.

My cousin is an omnivore and was surprised that she enjoyed the food so much.

There was so much that we had the rest boxed up and they kindly refrigerated it for us while we walked around.

We came back, grabbed the leftovers and bought a piece of cheesecake each, to enjoy in a nearby park.

It was great! So good in fact, that we went back on our way to the hotel and bought more cheesecake for later!

Pros: Nice, helpful people., Have vegan donuts!, Cheesecake is amazing.

Cons: Can't think of any....

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Sunday vegan buffet! - Edit

What good luck! We went to this place on a Sunday where they had a vegan buffet! I think it was $7. Pretty dang good. This place reminds me of The Loving Hut chain, but a little better. They have a lot of mock-meat. It's not meat substitutes, but imitations. I don't particularly like that, but you might be down for it.

Other than that, I really liked the food and the service. It was a nice place and they seemed like good people. With the buffet, I assume I tried most of the menu. And it's all good!

They are also orthodox kosher so they've got that going for them if you care.

Pros: consistently good across the menu, fair prices

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Excellent Chinese food - Edit

Their vegan Chinese food is AMAZING. I get the Dim-Sum. Try the Sunday night buffet. I never had shrimp, but my mom said their fake shrimp made her remember the decades ago when she last had shrimp.

Pros: GREAT Sunday buffet

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New Harmony, Philadelphia - Edit

I went in here yesterday around 3.20 in the afternoon. Its a few mins stroll from the Greyhound bus station and with an hour to kill, this was perfect.

I went for a meal deal type thing they had on offer. A choice of 3 soups (I went for tofu and sea weed), a spring roll with sweet & sour dip, around 10 mains (I went for lemon chicken, the mock chicken was in bread crumbs and was just like fry's chicken burger) with rice and a scoop of peppermint and walnut ice cream. Also a pot of chinese tea. This was a bargain, I was stuffed at the end.

Staff was helpful and efficient, I was ready in planty of time for my bus.

All vegan and nothing cooked in garlic the guy said to me. Going by the marketing propaganda they are also targeting kosher customers.

Pros: All vegan, Great value meal deal

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vegan chinese takeout - Edit

we order from here once a month or so, randomly picking menu items with pork, duck, jumbo shrimp etc with gleeful abandon. the shrimp vegetable fried rice is a given. we always get it delivered, but if you aren't too lazy or happen to be in Chinatown, can't go wrong with New Harmony or Singapore. haven't tried Veggie Lovers yet, and it would seem Kingdom of Vegetarians has closed.

Pros: mock everything, delivers

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New Harmony - Edit

I was very excited to try this place while traveling. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted too. I don't like the taste of meat and my soup was fishy smelling. The spring roll was good, the tofu eggplant in black bean sauce I found bland. Maybe I'm spoiled by having Delicious Vegetarian in Winnipeg where I'm from. The bar has been set too high. Still the owner was very nice and accommodating, I wish I liked it better!

Pros: nice staff

Cons: tastes too meaty

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Can't say enough good things - Edit

By far the best place in Philly. Go here. And then go again.

The staff are super friendly, the food is great, the prices are good. There's nothing bad to say about this place.

Pros: All-vegan, all-around amazing

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So glad we tried this place!!! - Edit

My husband & I are not very good at planning ahead. We ended up in the area & I found New Harmony on the Happy Cow mobile app. So glad we tried it out! The menu is overwhelming - there are a lot of dishes that sound good. He wasn't very hungry so he had a ginger chicken soup. I had the Walnut Shrimp. They were both very good, but the meats seemed almost too realistic! If it wasn't an all vegan place I would have been afraid we were given the wrong things. Can't wait to go back for a Sunday night buffet so I can try lots of other things! It is not a fancy place and the severs were not overly friendly, but it fits right in with Philly's Chinatown. You have to go for the food!

Pros: Portions are big, Good Quality, huge number of selections

Cons: hole -in -the wall atmosphere

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Delicious! - Edit

Absolutely love the food! My personal favorite is the Seasame Chicken with a side of spring rolls. Myself or my friends have never had a bad experience. The service is great and the prices are very good as well!

Pros: Large Portion Sizes, Delicous

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