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Posted by Sri on 09/19/2007
This is THE place to take your friends who think being vegan is crazy and that all you can eat as a vegan is celery and twigs. Its a nice calm chill atmosphere, you don't feel like you're eating in a fanatic environmentalist guerilla compound like some vegan spots - this is the place you can take your carnivore friends to and be proud. its almost always packed and you may have to wait for a seat but its worth it as they do it right. you wanna eat healthy tonight? get the grilled faux-chicken on a salad, you wanna eat like a maniac, get the faux-chicken parm hero. good luck finishing that and good luck not getting the sauce on your shirt. its a mess. this place is legit. definitely highly recommended. a bit overpriced but then again someones gotta pay the holier-than-thou waitstaff to spin sigur rós off their ipods. also, this place is a punk rock sightings dream - all the touring bands stop here to eat from good charlotte to green day to sick of it all to most precious blood to no doubt and goldfinger.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2007
I went here for the first time while I was visiting friends in NY. I was so pleased! I've been a vegan for 7 years, and I never thought I'd be eating anything that tasted like a fried chicken sandwhich ever again, but the soul chicken sandwhich was amazing. I also had the jerked seitan satay, but that wasn't as good (seitan was very very chewy), but it was still flavorful, and I finished most of it. And there's no law that says vegan/vegetarian food ALWAYS has to be light and healthy. After years of being vegan and not getting to eat a heaping serving of french fries and onion rings with my friends at a diner, because of god knows what they're battered with or fried in, or going to a restaurant and having no other options but a simple green salad, I want some tasty fried food damnit! And while the 'chicken' in my sandwhich was fried, it wasn't at all greasy and neither were my fries. Anyway, my point is this place rocks if you're craving foods you've missed since going vegan!
Posted by angella on 08/22/2007
We go to Red Bamboo whenever we are in NY. The food is well worth seeking out - as vegetarians, having so much chopice is a real treat and gets us away from bread, cheese, eggs and potatoes, which you often end up settling for in most places. Good location, neat decor, great food.
Posted by picky on 08/08/2007
I've heard really good things about it from my boyfriend and so we went there today for a weekday lunch. It was pretty empty when we got there. The ac was nice to go into from the hot summer icky. We got this super friendly waiter who served drinks and such quickly and helped us with all food questions. The food came relatively quickly and the chicken satay appetizer was absolutely delicious! I'm completely addicted to the peanut-chili that came with it. Dip anything in and it turns wonderful! The food was cheap and came in big portions. We had a lot to take home. Great lunch place. According to the other reviews it gets a little hectic at night so go for lunch! I'm definitely going back again and again..
Posted by Vegan1 on 06/25/2007
Some reviews have been unkind to this restaurant. We were only in New York a few days but have not come across anything like Red Bamboo in the UK. It was so good we went back twice and my meat eating husband was happy to return. The vegan shakes are fantastic - my husband could not tell his shake had no dairy in it. Portions are huge. The soul chicken burger has to be tried. The tempura vegtable starter was fantastic. The second time the staff were a little slower but it was packed out and they were very friendly still. My only criticism is that the music on our second visit was very loud for a sunday lunchtime - not good if you had a late night out the night before. But the food is fanstastic. Next time we go to new york we'll certainly be going back to red bamboo.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/05/2007
Although the dishes were well-prepared as far as presentation and not being greasy, the taste of everything was unfortunately very bland. For instance, the "fried rice" was just rice with tons of green onions in it--and although these green onions lended some flavor to the rice, it was an unpleasant one. There seemed to be no soy sauce, carrots, egg, etc. Furthermore, the "teryaki sauce" was a mildly sweet gel substance that made me feel sick after a few bites. I've had teryaki many times at other restaurants, and this was not at all similar.
Posted by fro boy on 05/25/2007
Great vegetarian and vegan food. That's it. Cramped, tiny and loud. The waitresses were incredibly loud and gossiping among each other, ignoring tables. The noise was incredible (mainly from the wait staff gathered at the register) and the restaurant was only half-full. The air conditioning was not working and the beer was warm. It took forever to pay our bill. Never ever going back there again.