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Posted by Adam & Mari on 04/28/2009
After searching for the best of the best vegetarian restaurants in NYC we found RED BAMBOO in the heart of the village. The wait for a about 30 minutes was worth it.. Not only was EVERY dish from appetizers to main courses great but the service was great.. The mock meats were as good as it gets served in huge portions. Overall a great experience..
Posted by Anonymous on 01/22/2009
this is the place to take your non-vegan friends to convince them that vegan food can be delicious. the mango chicken, the chicken parm, the soul chicken.. the food is consistently well-done, well-presented and reasonably priced.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2008
Great food, and the lunch specials are always a steal. Good service. It's a bit small inside, but everything else is top notch!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2008
I recently moved to NY from FL for college and I was very excited to eat at the all veg. restaurants in the city. After reading so many great reviews, Red Bamboo was the first restaurant I visited with my BF and it did not disappoint! We went on a Friday night around 7pm and waited about 1/2 hr for a table. The seating arrangement at the front of the restaurant is a bit cramped: small tables with chairs at the front and a long bench along the wall that's shared by all 6 tables at the front. If you go at a better time or have a bigger party, the tables in the back are a nicer. Overall the atmosphere is good and cozy, not too fussy but not overly casual. The service was excellent. Our waitress was very polite and attentive but not annoyingly so. She refilled our drinks frequently and took a moment to ask how we were enjoying our meal. Now, onto the FOOD! Our meal was absolutely delicious! We ordered two appetizers, the famous creole soul chicken and the Buffalo Wings. The soul chicken was out of this world. My bf commented several times that it was "better than meat!" which is VERY high praise for him, as he used to be very turned off from mock meat. It was fried perfectly, very crispy, but not at all greasy and the meat was tender and "smooth" (as my bf described it) in other words, it wasn't stringy or dry. The buffalo wings were superb as well. We were expecting a spicier/tangier sauce a la traditional hot buffalo wings these are more like BBQ wings but still superb! I disagree with a prev. reviewer that the "bone" stick was somehow un-vegan. I thought it was an excellent idea that allowed more freedom to eat the wings with your fingers! We split an entree of the citrus beef with asparagus. I tried a few other vegan places over the week (VP2, Buddha Bodai) and had something beef-ish from both. RB definitely wins in the mock beef department. The only thing I didn't like so much about this were the veggies cut into small sizes. They didn't necessarily taste frozen, but it gave me an image of frozen veggies. I'd have preferred this with whole asparagus spears and slices of pepper. This entree was great and I'm sure they have other entrees that are better (the man next to us was eating a delicious looking sandwich!) but for us the real stars were the appetizers! I'll definitely be coming back to Red Bamboo and I highly recommend it!
Posted by Adrienne on 08/27/2008
I'm so happy to have found another vegan restaurant in the city that's not all "twigs & berries". We started w/ the buffalo wings, which were awesome - spicy w/ vegan bleu cheese dressing. I thought the stick in the middle to simulate a bone was weird & unnecessary (kinda anti-vegan if you asked me), but that's just my opinion. Then had the "beef" medallions with sweet corn mashed potatoes & veggies. My friend had the beef stew. We shared the carrot cake for dessert. Everything was great and the portions are big. We both took home the leftovers. Looking forward to having them tonight!
Posted by Amanda on 08/26/2008
Been there a couple of times. Really find food tasty, especially becasue I do eat meat. Tastes like the real thing. Service is good and staff is friendly. Great place to go!
Posted by Shera on 07/08/2008
I finally stopped in and ordered the Buffalo Barbecue Wings....these are slammin' they have vegan blue cheese dressing which is very tasty. I ordered the Bamboo Club for my entree which had tasty vegan bacon, all was good but it was disappointing how they just browned and threw on a chunk of tofu. To eat it without falling apart I had to cut the chunk myself in 4 thin slices to make it feel like a real appetizing meal. I won't order that again unless they slice it a bit. The Fruit punch is delicious. I've been there twice and on both occasions the bathroom was unkempt. The bathroom is near the kitchen, there is soap, paper towels and tissue stacked which is great but it always smelled of urine and the floor was always wet. They really need someone to keep up with that...very disgusting. Otherwise this is a great change from Vegi Paradise 2, the place is smaller and cozier. I would go back to try something else.