We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Dirt Candy

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Lower East Side
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
86 Allen St, New York City, NY 10002-3014 (Between 1st Avenue and Avenue A)
+1 212-228-7732
17:30 - 23:00
Closed now
See all hours
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

233 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 220: English reviews
Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed how inventive the food and drinks were. Had the broccoli dogs - so good! We shared the brussel sprout tacos, I have never enjoyed them until I tried them at Dirt Candy. Not to be missed as a treat for vegetarians looking for something different.

Thank F_Lauts
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a difficult review as i'm not vegetarian and i didn't really enjoy any of the food, however my wife who is vegetarian absolutely loved the food and the restaurant. I really enjoyed my evening which says a lot about the place, and the staff who were very knowledgable and friendly. Oddly even though i didn't enjoy the food, i... More 

Thank James O
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

I absolutely fell in love with this place. The service was awesome, the food delicious and the restaurant modern. I will definitely be back! ♥️

Thank evemaechler
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Level Contributor
39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Great deal for only $30 per person. Started with a Jealous Mary (green tomato juice) and a Bloody Carrie (grilled carrot juice and Mezcal) One of us had a squash biscuit with pumpkin butter and red pepper jam the other had chocolate onion croissant which is more like rugelah than a croissant. Dark chocolate and a mild onion flavor. It... More 

Thank cykw
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Was thrilled to finally plan a NY trip with enough lead time to secure a brunch res at DC. Spectacular food, kind and cheerful staff, notably excellent cappuccino. Highly recommend everything we tried: tempura poached eggs, chocolate-onion croissants, corn french toast, layered omelette. Am not usually tempted by restaurant cookbooks, but this one is something very special--entertaining as a read... More 

Thank RoamATW
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We were excited to finally go to Dirt Candy having read a lot about it. We were there for brunch--maybe dinner would have been a better option. The one outstanding item was the squash biscuit. The tofu sandwich was okay, not wonderful. The waffle with egg and cheese was bland and soggy. And it looked awful--bright orange and yellow with... More 

Thank Back-in-Bklyn
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Arrived at opening time for brunch, and already lively. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Emily, our server was so lovely, and we had a Canada conversation.We mainly came because the chef, owner is a Toronto woman, and I hoped to say hello to a fellow Torontonian. Alas, she was not in that day. Wonderful service and... More 

Thank rozst
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
522 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

whole family went out - we did the tasting menu - all vegetables was very good - the desserts were excellent - we made reservations 4 weeks in advance !

Thank badbaruch57
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

I have been to most of the vegetarian and vegan restaurants in New York and have been living that food lifestyle for over 30 years but the menu at Dirt Candy is unique. It is not unusual to find vegan takes on omnivore food but here they take it to a new level of surprise. Carrot sliders on carrot buns,... More 

Thank Robert T
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

5 star service from the moment you walk in. I also want to point out this is a no tipping restaurant; this has an incredibly positive effect on all of the staff. Innovative and exceptionally fresh food. Dirt candy is a very interesting place to take anyone for a meal, but particularly someone who has not thought much of a... More 

Thank Thorner H

Travellers who viewed Dirt Candy also viewed

New York City, NY
New York City, NY

Been to Dirt Candy? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 86 Allen St, New York City, NY 10002-3014
    (Between 1st Avenue and Avenue A)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Astor Place, L train to 1st Avenue, N&R train to Eight Street and F train to 2nd Avenue. The M8 bus stops in front of the restaurant. Banquet Facilities: We are willing to close the restaurant for private events. Please contact us for details if you're interested.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-228-7732
Cutting edge vegetarian food with added flavor and no politics in this sleek and stylish restaurant that's a showcase for crazy, pop-tastic dishes from award-winning chef, Amanda Cohen. A below-the-radar wine list, raves from Gourmet and Bon Appetit, and vegetables presented in all their earth-shattering, gob-smacking glory.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Dirt Candy staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lower East Side

Neighbourhood Profile
Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving immigrant past and its modern transformation into a beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city. The blocks of tenements that represented the promise and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience now command top dollar for new residents. Right next to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment shops of Orchard Street, you’ll find hip clubs, fashionable bistros, and luxury hotels beckoning at all hours of the evening. If you love nightlife and live music, it’s hard to beat the scene here.
Explore this neighbourhood