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Posted by Anonymouse on 03/15/2009
Went here about a year ago (and I have heard they renovated since). I had the Fried Vegetable Rolls and Garden Vegetables. Food: The rolls were tiny but delicious. The Garden Vegetables came on a rice mix which was delicious and perfectly cooked. The vegetables themselves were a little undercooked but the bean sprouts were delicious. Service: We were the only ones there (kind of frightening) so the service was great. Atmosphere: This was about a year ago, and I have heard that they renovated since. But we were sitting on what appeared to be Suede in an all vegan place, which was just funny. The bathroom was in a closet with a huge step down that also made me laugh. One of the workers was smoking right outside the door and it was kind of gross. Overall I would go back, but the overall experience was funny!
Posted by Christina on 01/14/2009
I went to Tiengarden today with my boyfriend. We shared the vegetable steamed buns, wonton soup, and garden vegetables. We also ordered a China Cola & an organic Ginger Ale. For dessert we shared the banana sundae. The dough of the steamed buns was really delicious and sweet. The wonton soup was very fresh and healthy tasting. We added tofu to the garden vegetables. The broccoli, tofu, cabbage, carrots, and rice in it were really great. I have never had such tasty cabbage before. Honestly, I did not like the seitan - I had one piece and my boyfriend finished the rest (so I guess he enjoyed it). Personally, I would recommend just substituting tofu for the seitan. The banana sundae was vanilla soy ice cream with a split banana and chocolate syrup and nuts. It was very good, but I think it was too cold a day to be eating ice cream. They had a pumpkin pie today too, so we took a slice to go. The total was under $40 including tax and tip. Very good value for the money. The man who served us was very nice. It did take a while for him to come check up on us, but he was the only waiter in the place. I would not, however, complain about the service. It was a nice experience overall, and I would definitely come back to this restaurant in the future.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2008
The pan fried bean curd sandwich is the best! Don't eat inside, but great to order out or delivery.
Posted by JC on 07/16/2008
This place is great for cheap, fast, amazingly tasty vegan fare. It's small, so best for at most 4 people. Great to eat there by yourself. I prefer to do a dim sum thing and order a few starters, but the entrees are incredible too. You gotta try the yam cookies...taste exactly like shortbread!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/05/2008
I used to eat at this restaurant or order to-go all the time when I was living in LES. My favorites are Braised Wheat Gluten, Spinach Dumplings, Wonton Soup, Zesty Gluten, oh, and their noodle soups! They are all so yummy and without the cruelty of regular Chinese to-go. Can't beat that! I've recently visited NYC, hanging out in my good ol' neighborhood. I'm glad to know that they are still in the same location serving the tasty food just as the same as back then. Wish they'd open in another location outside NY, though...
Posted by Denis on 08/08/2007
I am not a vegan or a vegetarian but the food at this small LES restaurant is great. The best dumplings I've ever had, plus great sandwiches, soups and desserts. It's not decadent, indulgent food, but it IS healthy and it IS tasty. I'm particularly fond of the curry noodles w/ veggies and tofu strips. The three downsides are 1) it isn't cheap - though these days, it's starting to seem so in comparison to everything else except pizza - 2) the atmosphere in the restaurant is not much better than a chinese take-out, 3) and it's not open seven days a week.
Posted by hi on 04/10/2007
This is one of the places I eat regularly on the LES. The food is yummy and consistent. They recently renovated and it looks so warm and inviting now. I may actually leave my apt to eat there now. Highly recommended! Nice staff and fast delivery!