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The "pierced and tattooed" staff at Red Bamboo draws culinary inspiration not only from the spicy flavors of Caribbean, Creole, and Asian cultures, but also from the ethical and health benefits of a meat-free diet. The result is a menu of soy and vegetable-based entrees, which mimic the flavors of traditional dishes such as oxtail stew, Southern-fried chicken, and Szechuan beef with the restaurant's signature soy protein, which is made in-house. The chefs prepare most dishes to vegan specifications, with the optional addition of dairy cheese or an egg noodle sculpture of your favorite animal upon request. "Don't rush out before sampling desserts," New York Magazine warns, as vegan ice cream, floats, and cheesecakes crown meals with a conscientious splash of sweetness.