It’s funny… I lived in NYC for almost 3 years. I travel to NYC at least once a year, but there used to be a time where I went there on business travel almost every 2 months… and I have never before hung out in 14th street as much as I did on this last trip. To be honest, I do not remember ever being on Union Square. I recognized the Subway stop, but I have always been a girl who roamed from 23th street and above…
Well… on this trip I actually got to know the area a bit, and all that walking back and forth visiting the Union Square Green market made me hungry… so I went to eat somewhere nearby.
On 14th street between 1st and 2nd Aves you can find Curly’s Vegetarian Lunch. It’s a very small but quaint place… It opens for lunch and dinner. I have read on the internet how they serve breakfast items all day long, so I actually tried to eat breakfast there the first time I went by… Ooops!!! It opens at 11AM. I had to satisfy my hunger with a bagel with cream cheese… darn.
So when I came back, I was ready for lunch… I ordered Honey Ginger lemonade, a Suna Salad sandwich with onions on a whole-wheat Hero with Curly Fries and a Crabfake, a vegetarian version of a crab cake. Everyone raved sooooooo much about them on the internet, that I had to try them.
The staff was super helpful and very patient… I am the one who looooves to read the whole menu after I ordered to make sure I didn’t miss anything I might like.
My sandwich was excellent. I ordered the onions and the hero bread because the original on the menu was on sliced bread. (I have issues with mayo based sandwiches and sliced bread…they turn soggy and I do not like that.) The fried were good too… as good as any dinner, but better… because I know that nothing animal based was fried in the same oil, and that makes them taste soooooo much better.
The Crabfake… another story. But I should not be one to judge. I have never really eaten a proper crab cake to compare. What I do know… it was good, but did not rock my world.
I would definitely recommend Curly’s to my vegetarian and even non-vegetarian friends… I am actually looking forward going back to have that breakfast I couldn’t the first time…