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Posted by Kris on 10/25/2007
Truly some of the most disappointing vegetarian food I've had in New York, including what was quite possibly the worst miso soup, ever. Nothing special.
Posted by Emily East Vilalge on 09/15/2007
I've loved Kate's for the past 5 years, and was devestated with my unpleasant experience there last night. As a party of four, we waitied close to an hour for our food - even though parties ahead of us were given their food first. No attempt was made to bring appetizers or drinks out first - I had to remind my server twice over half an hour just to bring out a can of beer. Our waitress was sullen and unhelpful, particularly when the food was less than the steller quality we expected from Kate's. I've ordered the TLT fo over 5 years - with good results. Last night it was soggy, bland an inedible. After we mentioned this politiely to our server, she refused to offer any remedy, stating only that she would "tell the kitchen" - but nothing was done. From a spot like Kate's I would have expected they would offer to take it off the bill, serve up a new one, or at least offer something like a side to compensate for the poor food. FInally, we paid the bill and left. At that point the manager actually followed us out the restaurant and about 15 feet from the door, loudly asking why we didn't leave a "good tip." In fact, we had left a full 20 percent - she simply hadn't taken the time to realize we had left part of the tip in cash at the table. But now, I wish we hadn't left the "standard" tip - because after I explained how dissapointed I was as a Kate's regular to have such an all around unpleasant experience, she barely even awknowledged the complaint. I've spent year convincing my friends, family and business partners to join me at Kate's Joint. I've even spent important holiday's, such as Thanksgiving, at this restaurant. But it wasn't the quality of the food last night that has turned me off forever. It was the lack of service and managerial skill that made me feel like after years of being a loyal patron, my experience didn't matter at all. I will not be returning to Kate's, and I encourage my friend - and the readers of this blog - to think twice before going.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/17/2007
This isn't the place to go and have a light vegetarian meal that makes you feel healthier for the rest of the day. This is the place to go when you want vegetarian junk food. In that mood, it's quite excellent. The un-chicken cutlet sandwich is excellent, potatoes and gravy are well done, and the un-chicken wing appetizer is good and spicy. Deep fried, stick-to-your ribs vegetarian food. Yum!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2007
This place was great. The food was great, the prices were not bad at all for NYC especially for a veg restaurant, and the service was spot on. Maybe they have improved or something, but we had a great experience.
Posted by nyc on 07/17/2007
the delivery was slow because he couldnt figure out how to get here. the veges burger was overcooked and the bread was soaked. i order out all the time but not at this place. they even charged us for bread...i mean wth...it comes with bread. will not order from this place again
Posted by din on 06/22/2007
basic diner grub, people. comfort food has it's merits! it's greasy, and it will probably give your heartburn, but you waaaant it! that's kate's. it's been getting a little pricier lately, and they're trying to make the place more trendy as well, which annoys. but the place is relaxed and slow paced (not a bad thing in my mind). service can be sketchy, and not everything on the menu is good. i've had good luck with the sandwiches and burgers. i love the disco fries (even though the cheese is not vegan). still a personal favorite, despite any shortcomings mentioned.
Posted by Alyssa on 06/19/2007
I Went to Kates Joint for the first time last night with my girlfriend and it was AMAZING! We both started off with the fake calamari - which was deliciously fried seitan - CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S VEGAN . Then we both had the double bacon cheese burgers - one vegan and one veggie (with the cheese that our waiter informed us wasn't vegan). They were both so tasty! we ended with the chocolate cake (even though there were so many vegan desserts to choose from). Everything was too good to be true! A real veggie/vegan paradise - I will definitely be back.