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Posted by Anonymous on 09/13/2006
We just ordered from Mana, hoping for a yummy vegetarian meal... we did not get one. Here are some words to describe the food we got... brown, bland, unappetising. Yeah, it wasn't good. Do not go to this restaurant!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/10/2006
The food is so delicious here. I just wish it was down by me - downtown, I'd eat there every day if I could. A lot of people do. The food is very healthy, unless you like all the fried stuff like me. the adzuki dessert is the best!
Posted by Raquel on 09/03/2006
Mana, is situated right across a huge radiology dental office that advertises in huge letters. The good news is that the food is terrific, their weekend brunch's are wonderful. I love their tofu scramble and tempeh bacon with toast ( the best in NYC). They also have a delicious vegan chocalate cake. Mana attracts a liberal crowd with fledging models and artists sprinkle in the mix. Highly recommended.
Posted by Foodie by night on 07/28/2006
This restaurant suffers from what many vegetarian restaurants in New York do, namely to sacrifice taste and imagination for health. The food here was entirely adequate, but every bite left you thinking how healthy the food was rather than how wonderful it tasted. We tried the burrito, which was bland, and the teriyaki seitan which was better. The service was phenomenal however, friendly and efficient. All in all, not a bad option, but left me longing for the innovative vegetarian cuisine on the west coast.
Posted by chriswess on 06/01/2006
So do not get the vegetable tempura, they charge you 1.25 per piece of tiny broccoli or mushroom and the sauce isn't right, it's like a bland soy sauce water broth. I got the seaweed salad and it was basically neatly arranged piles of seaweed with nothing on it. no flavor. the waitress brought some 'light dressing' for it when asked and it didn't taste like anything, kind of like watered down syrup. The mixed greens with shitake seemed healthy enough and was a better portion, but again, very bland, and didn't seem to be put together with much flair or care. The place is clean, service is okay, but the food was bland bland bland. The high point was the daily grain, but only because I don't make quinoa wild basmati often at home. We actually ended up going to a real Japanese restaurant afterwards... Go here if you want some organic veggies and brown rice and to lazy to make it yourself at home. this place sacrifices seems to think that one must sacrifice flavor for the sake of 'health'
Posted by Anonymous on 02/24/2006
I have eaten in the restaurant once and had a very good experience. Their lunch special is a very good value, well prepared, fresh. The servers and management are all fantastic and the atmosphere is fine. However, I just ordered delivery and am very disappointed. Firstly, they charge a 15% delivery fee. Secondly, the food came soggy, not very hot, and in very small portions. For almost $20 i got a tiny portion of kale (looked like it was two leaves perhaps), a small piece of seitan and a small piece of tofu (the dish was advertised as having seitan and tofu). i also ordered a $5 wakame/cabbage salad and was sorely disappointed both by the portion and quality -- it was very soggy and had very little wakame! I don't know if this is just a fluke, but I doubt I will order from them any time soon, considering the high prices and how easily these dishes can be made at home.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2006
Extremely friendly staff and excellent food. The waitresses were available to offer honest recommendations and positive advice about eating healthy.