Ever since asian-fusion restaurant Zen Palate opened its third location in my Upper West Side neighborhood, I have become a devout costumer. The fare is equally delicious as it is health-conscious, a rare combo. And the atmosphere is laid-back, clean and modern inside, with the addition of two outdoor spaces, weather permitting. Did I mention they have a full bar? Always a plus when convincing a wary friend to tag along – after their meal, they’ll be hooked! A meat-loving friend of mine couldn’t believe how savory the dishes were. She’s now a regular costumer too.
Still not convinced? The Zen Palate restaurants have won numerous awards including Awards of Distinction by Zagat Survey and AOL CityGuide‘s #1 Best Vegetarian Restaurant and #1 Best Healthy Dining Restaurant in NY. It has also been listed in Food Networks’ top 5 Best of Far-East Favorites in the U.S.
Recently my go-to dishes have been the Taro Spring Rolls, the Sweet & Sour Sensation, and the Zen Burger with Yam Fries (my delivery favorite!). My friends have also boosted about how delicious the Scallion Pancakes and Molten Hot Chocolate Cake are. Although the menu is primarily vegan, a few contain egg – the scallion pancakes, autumn rolls, Singapore-style curried rice noodles, and the molten hot chocolate cake – something to be conscious of if you adhere to a strictly vegan diet. But don’t worry, these are only a handful of dishes from their extensive and lengthy menu.
I’m a regular at the Upper West Side location (239 West 105th Street) but you can check out their website for more locations (Union Square and the Theatre District) and a complete menu.
- Erin Marino
Zen Palate, 239 West 105th St., (212) 222-2111, 1 to 103rd St., Mon-Thurs: 11:30AM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 11:30AM-11:30PM, Sunday: 12PM-11PM.