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Posted by Ann & Pete on 09/06/2009
We found 'Kate's Joint', online, in Ireland, before our 'big' New York trip. Our server, FRANK was wonderful. Food was yummy (thanks to the chef/cook) & well priced. Everything was super fresh. We can't fault anything. It was a hot day, so, we had a shandy each, (done with freshly made lemonade, the lemons squeezed that morning (thanks again Frank). Hope to go back, next year, it was THAT good!
Posted by Frankie on 05/13/2009
I've been here twice. Once, I wandered in randomly for a drink and ended up having an hour long conversation with the bartender about the music he was playing via his iPod. (A lot of obscure 60s and 70s rock.) The second time, I ate there and had an incredibly delicious "buffalo burger"--actually, it was a vegan buffalo "chicken" sandwich. Amazingly good. I'm not a vegetarian, but I do eat vegetarian occasionally, though I tend to avoid meat-shaped veggie foods when I do (it's unnecessary). The food was excellent and the service was great. It seems to be a bit of a dive, i.e. there weren't many people in there, but it was 6pm, so I'm sure it gets a bit more lively later on. Overall, a nice place to eat and drink. For vegan bar food, this place hits the spot.
Posted by danny b on 04/23/2009
ok, i like some vegan junk food. and the service was not so bad. the atmosphere, however, was really uninviting and seemed rather dead. i also am not sure about having to listen to bob dylan while trying to enjoy a meal, just not very hip in my oppinion. what really gets me is that i left a cash tip, crossed out the tip line on the receipt, yet someone ran my card for an additional $3.08.
Posted by noyank11 on 04/19/2009
Sunday night,getting hungry...Kate's Joint came to mind,hadn't tried for a while.The MPages reviews reminded me why,I called and as the specials played the recording mentioned the date as November 14 or something,SEVEN MONTH OLD MESSAGE??..I'm thinking here we go,hit another button to order from a live person and -POW- hung up on...Nice.Call back again and reach a person,she takes my order, including a special request for some of their excellent focaccia,and asked about dairy/non-dairy and 30 mins later an excellent dinner arrived @ my door.The Southern Dinner for 2 rocked,each of the items included were very tasty,cooked right..
Posted by Produce on 04/15/2009
This is not a health food restaurant, it's a down-home diner with a bar for veggies and vegans who want flavorful fare that doesn't involve dead animals, but are not so monastic in their tastes as to reject comfort food. At Kate's Joint, you're allowed to pour the fake maple syrup you grew up on over multi-grain pancakes, or to have your tofu cutlets southern-fried with mashed potatoes and steamed collard greens (a signature dish that is as excellent as it is enormous.) As for service and vibe, this is the East Village -- meaning your server may be the nice bass player, or the lead singer's mean girlfriend. Have a drink, listen to an ironic rock mix, eat something good. Popular weekend brunches.
Posted by NYC Vegan on 03/30/2009
As an almost 10-year NYC vegan, I've been to nearly all of the vegetarian and vegan restaurants this incredible city has to offer, including at least 6-10 previous visits to Kate's Joint over the years, which have ranged from okay to great. I've generally been a Kate's fan, and have gone out of my way to eat there several times. The 'atmosphere' continued to be exceedingly bland and unwelcoming. The chairs were terribly hard and uncomfortable. The bathroom was filthy. The service was absolutely appalling - I don't think I've ever been spoken to so condescendingly and rudely in any restaurant before, especially when trying to clarify what is vegan and what is only vegetarian on a menu that is sloppy, confusing, poorly formatted, etc. I was snapped at repeatedly for trying to clarify which of the cheeses were vegan. I was first told "everything on the menu is vegan". I then said, "you mean, except the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, which are said to contain caseinate?" to which she replied "all cheeses have caseinate, that's what makes them cheese!" (definitely untrue -- I buy truly vegan cheese every week) I then said, so what about the menu's "vegan ricotta? I'd assume that's vegan, since it's referred to as vegan and doesn't have the caseinate modifier". She checked with the kitchen, and NOPE -- IT HAS CASEINATE AND IS NOT VEGAN. I'm so sorry for all the vegans who have eaten this falsely labeled cheese. To top it all off, the white wine was warm, and we waited nearly an hour and a half from the time we arrived until we received our main course, which was so-so and cold! We did not get an apology but we did get snapped at repeatedly, with the server saying "there are only two cooks here tonight, and they've been slammed all night", although the restaurant was only ever 1/3 full during our nearly two-hour stay.
Posted by Mel on 03/17/2009
The food at Kate's is amazing if you're looking for veggie/vegan alternatives. Even if you're not, it's pretty damn good. I have liked everything I've eaten there. Especially the spinach and black bean quesadilla. It's a fun atmosphere, but can get noisy. Also the service is extremely poor. They are very casual there and that leads to really slow service. That's the only downfall in my book.