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Posted by Leon on 06/03/2010
We found this place strangely located, on the part of Park Avenue where it starts to become residential, but once we stepped in, we felt transported. The multi-tiered dining area feels so theatrical, and yet authentically Asian. The food is incredibly fresh and packed with flavor. We especially loved the vegetarian duck salad, that was sweet, spicy, salty, had a satisfying crunchy texture, and crispy lettuce. An earlier review complained about the high prices, but what it failed to mention was the portion sizes--they're huge. One appetizer/salad and one main dish was easily enough for the two of us.
Posted by anonymous on 09/13/2009
This place is awesome. It's all vegan, and it all tastes really good. They have like 10 different kinds of vegan sushi! The entrees are a little spendy for lunch (11-13), but sushi is a good deal (~6). This is definitely a place that you should give a shot. It's a cool, calm atmosphere too!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2009
Great vegetarian food. Very creative. Peaceful atmosphere. Prices are quite high though, otherwise I would dine there more often.
Posted by Julie on 09/15/2008
I consider it a treat when I have the money to afford this place. A meal with appetizers for two will cost around $60, if not more. But it's absolutely delicious! I love the imitation sushi. I even got my carnivore boyfriend hooked! I'm sure the food cost comes from a combination of rent, high-quality produce, and fake meat (that stuff ain't cheap!), but it would still be nice if they could somehow knock a couple dollars off some of the entrees. Aside from that, you really have to go out of your way to get some water, because they rarely refill your glass. But honestly, it's worth the slight frustration for amazing food! I can't wait to (have the money to) go back!
Posted by Murray Hill Vegan on 10/01/2007
Presentation was better than the food itself. Mock meat was some of the least appetizing I've had, compared to numerous restaurants around NYC. Avocado dish featured less-than-ripe avocado. Service was quite bad, especially towards the end -- waited an hour for the check (even though we were one of the few patrons left in the restaurant). Prices far too high for what you get.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/07/2007
This place is one of my favorites. I come here quite often and love the food, atmosphere and service. The atmosphere is very zen-like and peaceful. The tables are very spaced out, and I like the different levels. It's great for something more quiet and relaxed. My favorite dishes include some of the sushi (spicy chicken roll and tofu skin roll are particularly good), franchia veggie meatballs, asian pear and mango salad, the sate appetizer, kimchi pancakes, tofu in in spicy saute and the sizzling spinach noodles with mock chicken. I love going back here and trying new dishes. The juices and teas are really good here as well. If you like cheesecake or have a vegan friend, try the soy cheesecake. It's amazing. I eat cheese, and prefer the soy one over real cheesecake. It's absolutely amazing.
Posted by Gastronomical Liz on 08/23/2007
I should never get my hopes too high up, because they are usually let down. I had been wanting to go to Franchia for ages, and, while I found myself in a very peaceful, pretty atmosphere, was not too fond of the prices. My friend and I shared a mango and Asian pear salad, which was nice and light, and I followed it up with pumpkin noodles. For some reason, I thought the noodles contained pumpkin, rather than the dish consisting of regular noodles with a pumpkin sauce on it. It was pretty good though. One thing that irritated me was the lack of interest the waiters had in simple things like water, for instance. Oh well.