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Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2011
This is the first time I have ever written a restaurant review in all my years of dining, simply because my complete disappointment in this establishment warrants one. I had planned a lovely birthday dinner for my sister and was so excited to have a different dining experience. We arrived ten minutes late due to traffic and we were literally told by the server that we only had until seven and she had to turn the table. I have never been to a restaurant and told to leave by a certain hour. I was beyond appalled at the complete lack of restaurant etiquette. In addition, they seated us next to the bathroom and the kitchen. I realize this restaurant is tiny, but there were at least five unoccupied tables after all it was 5:45pm not prime time dining. When asked to change seats twice the server told us she would see what she could do, then proceeded to give the next comfortable seats to the new couple that walked in the door, completely avoiding our request. I suggested that the birthday girl sit next to me in the booth and the server said that would be highly uncomfortable for us. But I guess being bumped by every single person heading towards the kitchen and the bathroom wouldn’t be. So we decided to leave. I was so upset, because I wanted my sister to have a lovely birthday dinner and I had even indicated this was a birthday celebration on my reservation request in open table. While we voiced our requests to the server, we noticed the owner of the establishment looking on, but nothing was done to accommodate us, instead I felt we were not welcome, literally treated like “Dirt”. Now I know the reason for the name.
Posted by Maria on 04/24/2011
Dirt Candy is innovative and fun - and everything tastes great! We were a party of 6 women (35-45) and everyone agrees that of the 5 dinners of this New York Easter vacation, Dirt Candy was by far the best. The atmosphere is very personal and the food tastes great. Everything is beautifully presented. Some thought it was a bit too hard to guess what the food would be like from the descriptions in the menu but some of us really enjoyed being surprised. Can't wait to go back!
Posted by Pammy on 10/24/2010
Health reasons require me to eat more veggies (ack! choke!), so I thought this would be worth a shot. It's so-so. Your mileage may vary. But just the name was enough to put me off : you might want to rethink that, folks...
Posted by Anonymous on 10/11/2010
Loved the food! Being a vegeterian, this was a great find. The tomato dish was outstanding. The flavors were so unique and refreshing. However, I was very disappointed with the dessert - the red pepper cake. It was dry and there was nothing outstanding about it and not worth the money. But overall I enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere. I am definitely going back.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/31/2010
I have traveled all over the world and this IS the best place on earth for food. This place is so amazing you don't stop smiling the entire time you are there. My boyfriend is a meat eater and he loves this place!! I am so happy knowing that Dirt candy exists.
Posted by Detour on 04/23/2010
I'm a die-hard carnivore, and wasn't really sure what to expect from Dirt Candy - and then I walked out having eaten maybe my favorite meal of the last year. The food is INCREDIBLE, like stunningly well thought out and top notch - the parsnip gnocchi is incredibly creamy and sweet, but that's cut through by sour red cabbage that's the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness. If you hadn't told me that the barbecued carrot buns were carrot, I'd have guessed they were pork - the perfect smoky, meaty chewiness. And dessert! Everything was great! Our server, too, was incredibly attentive - it's a teeny tiny space, just 9 tables, and she was handling all of them like a pro. We had a truly phenomenal time. I do think the prices were a smidge high for vegetarian food (we paid $75 each after tax/tip for three courses + a glass of wine), but the super chic atmosphere and fab service made it feel worth it.
Posted by kb on 03/14/2010
I like this place if you have to take a Veg friend somewhere "cool." Too expensive unless you need to go this route. And eat before.