140 W 4TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.731322 -74.000250
Mon-Thurs 12:30 pm-midnight, Fri-Sun noon-midnight
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Such a dissapointment... – If I wanted meat entrees I'd eat meat. The fake meat entrees neither impress meat eaters or vegetarians. I was dissappointed by both the service, food and decor. They took one of the most incredible spaces in Fort Greene and did very little with it. Following an Ital diet for 7 years now, I can't count how many other places I'd rather eat then this one - even if the selection is one vegetarian entree alone. If you want to cook for the non-meat eater set - don't develop a menu that looks carniverous. Feature and flaunt fruits and vegetables.
I love you, but why is the wait an eternity!?!?!? – i must say, i ate at Red Bamboo even before i was a NYC resident and instantly became hooked. In fact, the thought right now makes my mouth water. The vegetarian/vegan cuisine is excellent, the portions plentiful and the price is just right. now that i live in new york, i bring all of my visitors to Red Bamboo to experience the delicious cusine, however, DO NOT go when you are on the verge of starvation. The wait is looooonnnnngggg. My friend and i waited for about 3 hours once - NO JOKE! once we reached the 1.5 hour wait we felt for sure that our party would be called at any moment. unfortunately, it didn't end up happening for another 1.5 hours. I thought i was going to die, i was so hungry at this point. Other than the wait, i suggest you try Red Bamboo, you won't be disappointed, except if you have to wait for more than 3 hours.
cozy vegetarian soul food, open late – red bamboo is consistently good. the atmosphere is warm, comfortable, and relaxed and the music is usually excellent. highlights include the buffalo "chicken" wings appetizer and the philly cheese "steak". the focus here is soul food, but there are very tasty healthier options available as well. staff is usually friendly and if there is a wait, it's never *too* long. it is another excellent new york vegetarian/vegan option.
Vegitarians...welcome to paradise. – This restaurant is a vegitarian's dream. The food is almost completely vegan soul food...something you never dreamed could exist. I don't really like doing a lot of the fake meat, but this place is amazing. My steak loving boyfriend loves this place and the first time we went here he thought the crispy soul chicken was really chicken. My recommendation is that you either go for lunch during the week because they have lunch specials, or you go with a group and try a bunch of things. My personal favorites include the Soul Chicken and the amazing vegan shakes and deserts they have!
Bad Service, Good Vegan Food – Although the service was probably the worst I've had, I'll go back because as a vegan, good food is hard to find. I went with 2 friends, for a total of 3, at 6 PM on a Friday. We were told 20 minutes for wait, which we didn't mind. But after an hour and constantly being skipped over while they seated other parties, we were very upset. We finally got seated in a small table, but a larger table immediately became available. They initially refused to sit us there, but finally gave in. If only they could match the quality of their service to the quality of their food!
Small place, great food – So good, it's always crowded. I've had to wait an hour on a Wednesday night. That said, I was perfectly willing to pass the time down the street at the Belgian beer garden in anticipation of Dante's Cuisine and a soy milkshake. The only thing I've ever had that wasn't good was the Unagi Don, a dried-out fake fish that defies the description on the menu. I can't say the service is always great, and last time I went there was a very rude, ditsy hostess. The tables are too close together and it's awkward to get up and down without disturbing the folks next to you, but the food is still the best around.
this place is great – I have been here twice now and i just love it!! I am a meat eater, but this is a great place to brin your vegan friends. give it a try, you wont regret it
Wonderful! – Wonderful food, wonderful service! Went w/2 meat eater friends who couldn't believe it wasn't real meat. Only downfall is the size and wait. However, I was complete prepared for the long wait after reading the reviews, so it didn't seem too bad.
Can't Get Enough!! – I recently visited the new branch of Red Bamboo in Ft Greene, Brooklyn, but it was my first RB experience. I am absolutely addicted. Everything on the menu is delicious and well-catered to the tastes of craving-stricken vegetarians and vegans, or health-conscience meat-eaters. The Soul Chicken and Bourbon Chicken dinners are fantastically done, accompanied by sweet corn mashed potatoes (almost as perfect as the "meat" itself). I can't wait to go back!
Nice! – Great food here, but be prepared to wait if you go in anytime during the weekend or weeknights. It's a tiny little place, and can feel a little cramped. The food is great though and one of the most inventive vegan/veggie places I have ever been to. Never had a bad dish here. It is not that affordable, but not that pricey either, somewhere in the middle. Leave your name with the host, give them your cell number, and go walk around W4th to waste time and wait for the call...
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