Tuesday, July 04, 2006


We recently went to Radha at 173 Ludlow St between Houston and Stanton in Manhattan. Radha is a vegetarian (mostly vegan) restaurant offering dishes from a wide range of cuisines.
UPDATE: We're very sad to announce that Radha closed down. So enjoy the review, but unless the owners open up another restaurant (we hope they do!), we're sorry to say you'll never have a chance to eat any of this or any of the other yummy food that Radha offered.

Savory Samosas
So yum! These Samosas were savory indeed, as the amount of potato was less than your average Samosa. These were mostly filled with fake meat and peas. The outside was wonderful- soft golden layers perfectly fried so they flaked a little when I bit through. Also the tamarind sauce was delicious; it had that perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. -Ev

East Indian Dahl
The Dahl at Radha is different from the Dahl you get at Indian restaurants. In fact, the Dahl at Radha is more like a Mulligatawny Soup. It was a lentil-based soup with a very rich, complex flavor: spicy and salty and sweet all at once. It was very tasty and perfect for a rainy day (and it was a very rainy day). Also, For five bucks, you get a lot of soup. So much, in fact, that it could probably be a meal on it’s own. -Jim

American Classic Veggie Burger
Radha makes the best veggie burger in the city, if not ever. The burger itself was thick and firm and had great bite to it. I’m always disappointed when I go to other places and get some thin, mushy patty or a Boca Burger on a bun and everything falls apart in your mouth. This was a burger you had to open up for and chew. They topped it with lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and vegan mayo, and I stole some of Jim’s yummy ketchup for dipping. Another nice touch was that they toasted the bun so there was even more chomping pleasure. It normally comes with fries, but I asked them to sub veggies. They gave me a small bowl of the spring green salad which was incredibly delicious. It had mixed greens, tomatoes, sprouts, pine nuts, and an amazing almond dressing. The contrast of creamy and crispy was beautiful. -Ev

Soychicken Tortilla
You can’t really go wrong with this combination of ingredients. They started with very tasty and nicely-textured soychicken, and put it in a wrap with sauteed peppers, onions and a vegan mayo. It was a very simple dish but it totally hit the spot. You also get some fries and ketchup. I wasn’t wild about the fries (they weren’t bad, but plain fries tend to bore me a little bit). The ketchup, on the other hand, was really good. I don’t know if they home-make their own, or they get some really good pre-made stuff, but it was very fresh and sweet. One warning about this dish: it might not look like a lot of food, but it’s deceptively filling. -Jim

The Bottom Line
One of my favorite dinners. I get the veggie burger almost every time I go to Radha because it’s that good (and consistently so). The staff is really nice too, which always is a plus. -Ev
I was sooo full after this meal! Radha is just a bit pricier than the average restaurant we visit (the entrees range from $10 to $13), but you get a lot of food and it’s very filling so you can easily bring some home for lunch the next day. I like Radha a lot and everything we ate this visit was delicious. -Jim


Anonymous Big Ees said...

I always get the bowl of plenty, which is essentially steamed veggies and grilled tpu with tahini sauce. I don't know why their steamed veggies are so good.

10:41 PM, July 04, 2006

Anonymous mumb said...

So good. I love Radha. I think they put some kind of crazy Hare Krishna drugs in the food. To make you crave it fortnightly.

11:00 PM, July 10, 2006

Anonymous terry said...

They do indeed work some kind of voodoo into humble steamed kale. It's dressed up with this lemony sesame sauce and the whole thing just melts in you mouth, if kale could ever do such a thing.

Their thali platter is the bomb too, everything in it is super flavorful and unique-tasting and probably a meal for two if you're not a pig like moi. You can get it either vegan or a little bit lacto.

4:35 PM, August 04, 2006

Anonymous Mala said...

Yummy!!!!! Since you'd mentioned about price, why dont you try to check out the KrishnaLunch here in Gainesville,Florida (whenever you visit) it's eat all you can for only $3 with it's famous salad almond dressing and it's very popular too at University of Florida. You can visit this site:Mala108.wordpress.com for more about Krishanlunch.

7:44 PM, March 30, 2007

Blogger pinkberry said...

Hey guys...I'm gonna be in NYC soon and can't wait to try some of the eats you've both been reviewing. Besides Candle 79 what other top 3 places would you put on the ultimate 'don't miss' list?

I'm travelling with non-vegans and unfortunately I can't try every place you guys have written up though I wish I could.

Have you tried Mogador at St Mark's Place? Supposedly their veg pita is great.

Thanks for the help:)

9:19 AM, April 05, 2007


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