06 December 2010

Otarian restaurant in NYC: 'food fast, not fast food'

I attended a day-long conference in Manhattan Friday. I knew I didn’t want to eat the “boxed lunch” that would be provided so I checked out Happy Cow: Compassionate Eating Guide to see what vegan options may be near by and found that Otarian was just a few blocks away.

I started following Otarian on Twitter and Facebook when they announced the opening of several NYC locations but somehow I have never had lunch there.

At noon I left the conference (after a highly entertaining keynote address from New York Times tech columnist David Pogue) to grab a quick lunch at Otarian on 8th Avenue.

I perused the menu.

Otarian offers lacto-ovo vegetarian options and vegan options (and some of the lacto-ovo options can be made vegan upon request.)
Did you know that in New York City chain restaurants are required to provide calorie information? I ordered the Indian Chutney burger and the Sweet Potato Chiplets anyway :)

The burger was delicious. Spicy and hearty.

I’m a sucker for a sweet potato

and these did not disappoint.
For $10.83 I got the burger, fries and a bottle of water.
Does $11 for fast food seem steep to you? First, it’s Manhattan! Second, it’s vegan! Third, it’s food fast, not fast food!

and worth every penny.
I will definitely eat at Otarian again.
947 Eighth Ave
New York, NY 10019
154 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

Originally posted on JL goes Vegan: Food & Fitness with a side of Kale

JL | @JLgoesvegan
Post-40 JL became a marathoner and triathlete, changed careers and transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. She now blogs about vegan cooking (and wine!) and fitness. JL is a community college administrator and teaches nonprofit management at a local university. Follow JL on her blog and Facebook.

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