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“Bland and disappointing.”

Franchia Vegan Cafe
Ranked #451 of 13,936 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Korean
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Midtown
Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

We had high hopes for this place from the reviews online. As 2 vegetarians of over 18 years we've had some good meals and some bad. But this has to be the blandest, greasiest vegan meal either of us have ever had! Very attentive service but nothing can get past how boring the food was.

Vegan food can be really flavourful, so there's no excuse for this place. Every dish we had was disappointing.

Greasy scallion pancakes,
Bland eggplant roll,
Worst tempura vegetables (fritters galore) I've ever had!

No idea how this place has got such good reviews.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

The restaurant offers an elaborate menu with an assortment of interesting and unusual all-vegetarian options. The food was tasty, flavorful and well prepared. However the service was quite pitiful. Our waiter was disinterested, sullen, unenthusiastic and was very reluctant to offer any suggestions and/or recommendations. As our group of 7 perused the menu and tried to decide on the best options, he looked completely bored and impatient and was quite unhelpful. Lucky for him the service charge was automatically added on, otherwise he would have been tipped accordingly.

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Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

Super friendly staff. Super fast service. The food was great. We.had some traditional food served on stone bowls. Prices are fair. Nice atmosphere.

Thank globetrotter1515
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I visited Franchia for lunch last week and was very happy with the food.
The decor is nice and cozy and there were plenty of tables available. We were seated right away.

I ordered some iced green tea while deciding on the menu.
We started off with crispy scallion pancakes - These were off the hook, so delicious, i couldn't stop eating. Unfortunately there were only 3 small ones in a place. They were filled with flavor, cooked perfectly and the sweet and tangy sauce complemented well.

For Lunch we shared:
Vegetarian curry hot pot - is a big pot of vegetables in coconut milk. It was good and tasty but nothing very special. Almost reminded me of thai masaman curry with chunky pieces of potato.

Spicy Franchia noodles - nice and spicy. They were filled with vegetables and went quite well with the curry hot pot. Not hot at all in terms of the spice levels.

Overall the meal was good, the service great! They were courteous and prompt. I love that fact that this place is vegan and still has such delicious food. It's great for groups. Their pancakes seem to be a hot item on the menu. Almost every table had it :)

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Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

Kind of discrete even when is located in Park Av. Lovely place, healthy freshly made meals and fairly priced

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