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Hello! My name is Dena Cheng, and I am currently a first year student in Columbia College. I hope to double major in Political Science and Comparative Ethnic Studies. Watching Food Network, making pasta, and finding delicious eats have always been my passions. As a vegetarian, I am always searching for new, exciting things to eat, and I hope that I will be a great resource for other vegetarians out there!

Doable Doaba

Just 10 blocks south of Columbia, Doaba Deli is a hidden gem serving delicious Indian food. This family owned restaurant is small, but the food is certainly excellent.

Doaba Deli Info

945 Columbus Ave

New York, NY 10025

b/t 106th St & 107th St

Manhattan Valley

Sun-Sat. 6am-5:30 am

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When you step in, you only see about three different tables and a glass display case with various foods. Though this eatery is small and easy to pass by, the food is both affordable and tasty.

I ordered the palak paneer, which consists of spinach, a tomato gravy and paneer (a type of cheese). It was spicy and delectable. Although the dish is not served with rice, you can order the various types of breads or rice on the menu. This is a bit of an inconvience, but the food that I tried was still appetizing.

 

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I also ordered the mango lassi (of course) and it was a bit thinner than some other lassis I have tried before. Though it was not my favorite, it was still tasty.

Everything is under $10, so this place is perfect for those of us who do not have too much money to spend on outside foods. Doaba Deli is also not that far from campus, so it is easy to stop by if you have some time during the day. Though it is not a fancy sit-down restaurant, it is an excellent option to consider when you want to eat some no-nonsense foods.

Most of the food on the menu is vegetarian, and they make it very apparent when you look at the available dishes.

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Therefore, I would give Doaba Deli three and a half Bobby Flays.

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I’ve Never Felt Grater: Mac N Cheese

Ah. Yes. Comfort food.

I have found it difficult to find vegetarian options when considering this type of food. So I went to Kitchenette this week in order to find some eats that would be suitable for my special diet. Although not everything was vegetarian/vegan, I still looked at some great options.

Kitchenette Info:

1272 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027   |   8am-9m

When you first walk into this restaurant, you see polka-dotted tables with mismatched chairs. It’s absolutely adorable, and there is really a sense of home when you step inside. I feel like this atmosphere makes the restaurant all the more unique. This off-kilter nature made me feel so welcome and warm.

Kitchenette is often a great place for brunch, even if I went for dinner. The menu is extremely extensive and holds many kinds of comfort food (many of which do not contain meat).

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I ordered mac n cheese, and it was HUGE. The portion is so large, considering the price. My friends ordered kale salad, biscuit sandwiches, and meatloaf, and they were all satisfied. Although there are foods that are non-vegetarian, there are still so many options for people like me. Here are some of the vegetarian/vegan options available.

Vegetarian:

Kale and Brussel Sprout Cesar

KMC (Mac n Cheese)

Rigatoni

Herb and Goat Cheese Omelet

Plain/Blueberry Pancakes

Fancy Grilled Cheese

Cookie Jar Milkshakes

Vegan:

Griddled Cornbread

Veggie Eggplant Meatballs

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Field Green Salad

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Vegan Veggie Club

Vegan Chickpea Burger

And many many more 

I ordered the KMC, which contained three different types of cheese. It was crispy on the outside and crunchy on the inside, which was exactly what I needed. Since the mac n cheese was very gooey and heavy, I just wish that it came with a side of veggies of some kind. However, the meal was overall a success, and I would still recommend the food!20161118_18054320161118_181000

Kitchenette, located on 123rd street, gets a solid 4 Bobby Flays!

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Before I start this review of Ayurveda Cafe, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Dena Cheng, and I am currently a first year student in Columbia College. For the culinary blog, I will focus on great vegan and vegetarian eats you can find throughout the city of New York. I am so excited to share my opinions and excitement for food with you this year. I hope you enjoy!

Ayurveda Cafe 

 706 Amsterdam Ave   New York, NY 10025

Monday thru Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm

Sunday 11:30am-10:00pm

Located just past 95th street, Ayurveda Cafe is a great location close (ish) to the Columbia campus. If you are looking for some delicious Indian food, look no further! With a serene ambience, delectable foods, and welcoming staff, the cafe does provide you with a wonderful eating experience.

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A dinner dish filled with beans, yogurt sauce, rice and more!

One of the most unique parts of the restaurant is that there is no set menu. The food constantly changes everyday, and you get to pick and choose from, essentially, a sampling platter. There is a range of different dishes within little bowls, so you can taste different types of beans, rice, and cooked vegetables. The price is very fair, with lunch at only $9.95 and dinner at $15.95. Moreover, one serving can feed more than one person. 

 

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The papadum (a crispy lentil treat)

I personally shared a dinner plate with two other people and was completely satisfied. The wonderful staff even offered papadum, lentil wafers, with various sauces beforehand. Servers also provided warm naan and a free chickpea dessert at the end. This was more than enough food for me.

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A very satisfying cup of mango lassi

I also ordered one of my favorite drinks, a mango lassi. Although it was not necessarily the best lassi I had ever tasted, it was quite delicious and sweet. The yogurt based drink was creamy and tangy without being overly syrupy.

Finally, I would probably rate my experience 4 Bobby Flays out of 5.

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Overall, my stay at the Ayurveda Cafe was pleasurable, and I would definitely go again. Check it out!