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Red Bamboo

Vegetarian Soul Cafe
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  • Vegan, Vegetarian-Friendly, Health Food, Eclectic & International, Southern & Soul
  • 140 W 4th St, New York NY10012 40.731328 -74.000257
  • (Btwn 6th Ave & MacDougal St)
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  • (212) 260-7049
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User Ratings (Based on 117 reviews)

Food 4.5 Value 4.2
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 260-7049
(212) 260-1212
Major Credit Cards Delivery Hours Mon-Fri: 12:30pm-11pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-11pm
Mon-Fri: 12:30pm-11:30pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-11:30pm
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Delivery, Lunch, Lunch Special, Take Out
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
14th to Canal St; W Side Hwy to Ave A

User Reviews

  • Red Bamboo

    Posted by GypsyJourno on 08/03/2009

    Great food, subpar service

    I love the food. I hate the service after tonight, and will start looking to satisfy my vegan palate elsewhere. With a party of seven, two rounds of drinks, apps, entrees, and desserts for everyone, I was pretty taken aback when one of the waitstaff asked us to leave after an hour and forty-five minutes. We were ordering throughout our time there, the bill was a few hundred dollars, no one was being unruly. They just wanted to seat other people. It was really poor form as the last of the beers were still being finished. It's a shame, really. I love(d) this place. The food is amazing. But the attitude was really irritating. Moreover, we were seated under a sweaty AC unit and had to dodge water drops the whole night. Come on, Red Bamboo. If only the service were up to the quality of the food.

  • Red Bamboo

    Posted by SUPERHUMAN on 05/26/2009

    Smells GOOOD

    Been here about a handful of times and every time the food was satisfying. they have awesome buffalo wings and chicken dishes. ALL their house made sauces are amazing. This place is always packed so expect a brief wait but its worth it. Now i want some of their chicken... drools*

  • Red Bamboo

    Posted by Hopeless Visionary on 05/19/2009

    Love the ribs....

    I absolutely love this place. So far the only meal that doesnt really make my taste buds happy is the spaghetti and meatballs just because Im not used to the sauce. Other than that the food is awesome! Oh and the shirley temple....YUM! Would so recommend this to everyone! Even to non-vegetarians/vegans.

  • Red Bamboo

    Posted by Adam & Mari on 04/28/2009

    Red Bamboo Satisfies cravings

    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..

  • Red Bamboo

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/22/2009

    almost perfect

    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.

  • Red Bamboo

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2008

    Love it!

    Great food, and the lunch specials are always a steal. Good service. It's a bit small inside, but everything else is top notch!

  • Red Bamboo

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2008

    Loved Red Bamboo!

    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!

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