Adhering to a plant- and seed-based diet can help to keep your body lean, lower your cholesterol, and significantly increase the number of compliments you receive about your lush head foliage. Fertilize your inner green machine with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of vegetarian fare and drinks at Vegetarian's Paradise 2.
Vegetarian's Paradise 2 draws inspiration from Asian and soul-food traditions its quest to suit herbivorous hankerings with eclectic vegetarian and vegan delights. Unlike some veggie-centric eateries that force diners to subsist solely on leaves, twigs, and photos of beef wellington, the restaurant's epic menu proffers a collection of thoughtfully constructed dishes that feature surprisingly meat-like provisions made with soy protein, wheat gluten, and vegetables disguised as popular proteins. While you deliberate on your lunch and dinner picks, consider the avocado crab tartare, a lime-wasabi infused avocado commingling with red peppers, veggie mock-crab, and soy-protein ($5.95), equally delicious when eaten with table utensils or puréed and sucked through a straw. Crispy soul chicken mimics the traditional fried foul by encrusting soy chicken in panko bread crumbs and serving it with a hickory-smoke mustard sauce ($11.95), and General Tso's Supreme Chicken, uses a savory seitan stand-in for the bird, marinating it in lemon and orange juices, and tossing it with crisp veggies and roasted cashews ($9.95). The chefs also flex their green-loving guns with a selection of exotic vegetable dishes, including a stuffed lotus leaf wrapped with vegetarian duck, chestnut, mung beans, shiitake mushrooms, sticky rice, and soy protein ($8.95) as well as taro nest platters––edible baskets gathered after the baby taro have all flown, and then filled with mushrooms and cashews, sweet and pungent "pork," or soy chicken and broccoli ($10.95–$12.95).
Chug fresh libations from the juice bar while your lunch-date pokes tofu and olive skewers into a brunch cocktail. As an added health perk, the restaurant uses only 100% natural sucanat sweetener into all its dishes, delivering a smaller dose of sucrose and a better down-to-earth attitude than its so-called refined relatives.
All dishes that may contain egg or dairy are stated on the menu. Ask the staff if you have special dietary needs that require special preparation.
Vegetarian's Paradise 2
For more than a decade, Vegetarian’s Paradise 2 has lavished vegetarians, vegans, and curious carnivores alike with a meatless mélange of Asian-soul-food specialties. Tapping an eclectic range of culinary traditions, skilled chefs transform soy protein into kung pao chicken, textured bean curd into zesty paella, and broccoli into treehouses for frolicking rice grains. The eatery also treats vegans to a flavorful array of nondairy ice cream, banana splits, and soymilk shakes.
144 W 4th St.
New York, New York 10012