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Posted by Vegan Food Critic on 02/10/2007
Overall the food at this restaurant is a big disappointment. It was not organic. It was not homemade. It was not healthy. The veggie cheese contains casein. It was not presented well. It was slow and unorganized. The wait staff seems unhappy and was not excited or helpful. I have been traveling around New York City, Manhattan and the five boroughs searching for the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants. I have tried and loved many. This was not one of them. I ate the “famous” chili and had fries with gravy along side of a McKate’s burger. The chili was mostly made of very dry and very tough textured, processed, isolated soy protein. The chili was so thick and chewy that I could not finish it. It tasted like it was probably in the same pot sitting there for a few days. The veggie patties that came on the in the McKate’s burger were thin, flavorless, and obviously not home- made. They were like two pieces of cardboard. I am used to vegetarian restaurants that take pride in presenting healthy, conscious, fresh, organic, and tasty food. This place did none of those things. The root beer and lemonade that we ordered obviously came from a soda gun and were a blend of unfiltered water and syrup. This was not a very big step up. Recommendations: Try using ingredients other than textured isolated soy protein; everything ends up tasting the same—it all just looks different.
Posted by Timothy on 01/15/2007
My meal was great. Kate's features more comforting vegetarian fare as opposed to many other vegetarian places. Service is so-so, but not unacceptable. Give Kate's a try.
Posted by KKP on 01/13/2007
I've been a vegetarian since 1988. This place is the best. I've eaten here around a dozen times and have always loved, not just liked, the food. The casual atmosphere is perfect for my tastes. If they had delivery I'd probably order 5x/week.
Posted by veggie gourmand on 12/14/2006
I would love to be able to be supportive of this place. I love the concept, the fact that it's practically vegan, and the idea of a "comfort food" kinda place -- I was really excited to go. But the food is disappointing. The fried unchicken is just plain, unseasoned tofu inside with a tasteless breading. The texture is nice, but I found myself using ketchup for the first time since I was a kid just to give it some flavor. The caesar salad tasted much too strongly of lemon and the cheesecake tastes just like sweetened tofu, a bit beany. They were out of two beverages I tried to order. Maybe I was there on an off night. This is exactly the kind of place I expected to love, but I don't expect ever to go back there.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/22/2006
Food is great, would never have even guessed its vegan/veg. Prices are good as is the atmosphere.
Posted by nothing on 10/21/2006
I have been going to Kate's Joint for years. Sometimes I go into NYC just to go to Kate's. Why? I think its a combination of the food and the local feel. In NYC, there are so many high end, pretentious restaurants that personally I feel are lovely but not relaxed. You cannot relax there. At Kate's, you sit with total relaxation, kind of a local town diner feel. The food is solid. I like the banana pancakes. They are great for a vegan pancake. My personal favorite is the vegan club, which is by far the best vegan sandwich going. The cesear salad is good and garlicky, and the veggie burgers are hearty. My friends say that the Buffalo chicken wings are the standout. I say give Kate's a try if you want a simple meal that is in a relaxing environment.
Posted by EastVeggie on 10/01/2006
doesn't mean it can be subpar. After reading the reviews I thought I'd give it a try. I have been scouring the city looking for good veggie buffalo wings. They were greasy and unappetizing. I also ordered the McKate which was OK. Not wonderful, but average. I am not sure what level of quality the rest of the reviewers up here are accustomed to but I have never been so disappointed. Not to mention that it cost me nearly $19!