13 BRIGHT VEGETARIAN DISHES YOU’LL WANT TO EAT RIGHT NOW

Gone are the days when the idea of "vegetarian cooking" conjured up hippie vibes and bland dinners. There's a new breed of produce-forward, health-conscious food that goes way beyond kale salad and carrot juice — with new dishes and new restaurants entering the fold at a rapid clip. http://grb.st/1E920aV
  1. Peachy Toast at Dimes
    Dimes has quickly become the go-to choice for healthy eating, but that doesn't mean you're stuck with things like raw-vegetable salads. This seasonal toast includes lavender goat cheese, honey, and basil.
  2. Roasted-Mushroom Taco at Seamore's
    Local fish is the speciality here, but there are a ton of vegetarian options (and the impressive soft-serve, made by OddFellows, is vegan). Try the mushroom taco with eggplant, coconut, and cumin sauce.
  3. Lemon-Roasted Beets at El Rey
    Chef Gerardo Gonzalez's newest dish is comprised of lemon-roasted beets, yogurt, housemade granola, coconut, honey, and black pepper. Like all of the food here, it feels like the right thing to eat, any time of day.
  4. Green Tomatoes at Superiority Burger
    This is the move: In addition to the veggie burger, order any vegetable special that chef Brooks Headley offers on any given night. Come Thursday, he's making a green-tomato salad with bruised Thai basil, "the tiniest little squirt of the fancy olive oil," and chunky creamed corn, which comes with sourdough toast.
  5. Buckwheat Pancakes at Alta Linea
    The High Line Hotel's outdoor, seasonal restaurant launches brunch this weekend with a menu that includes (slightly) virtuous buckwheat pancakes. The stack comes topped with cherries, brandied maple syrup, crème fraîche, and ... chocolate!
  6. Asparagus With Egg Yolk at Grand Army
    Don't forget that this new-ish Boerum Hill spot has a dinner menu, and it's filled with fresh, light dishes. With an egg yolk, Pecorino, and a sprinkling of bonito flakes, the asparagus dish manages to feel like a modern update to a classic preparation.
  7. Golden Farro at Nourish Kitchen & Table
    The dishes at Nourish always look like something you could whip up at home — only they're executed perfectly with the freshest ingredients. This new grain salad combines satisfying farro with peaches, yellow beets, scallions, and Pecorino.
  8. Toast With Melted Cheddar and Green-Tomato Jam at Studio Café at the Whitney
    Wells just awarded Untitled two stars, guaranteeing the restaurant will book up fast. The good news: Chef Michael Anthony is also overseeing the vegetable-forward food at the more casual upstairs café, where this not-so-simple toast is a menu highlight.
  9. Verdure Verdi at La Pecora Bianca
    This brand-new Italian restaurant offers plenty of pasta, of course, but there are also intriguing vegetable dishes like this salad with sugar, snap, snow, and green peas; fava beans; asparagus; Pecorino; and goat-milk labneh.
  10. Heirloom-Squash Pizza at Upland
    This brand-new Italian restaurant offers plenty of pasta, of course, but there are also intriguing vegetable dishes like this salad with sugar, snap, snow, and green peas; fava beans; asparagus; Pecorino; and goat-milk labneh.
  11. Watermelon Gazpacho at Cafe Clover
    This slightly sweet chilled soup, with avocado and fine herbs, is super-refreshing.
  12. Vegan Caesar Salad at Narcissa
    Chef John Fraser's at his best when cooking vegetables, and this salad — with Belgian endive, snap peas, and nori bread crumbs — is an excellent riff on a classic.
  13. Tofu-Mushroom Rice Bowl at Lumpia Shack Snackbar
    With brown rice, an herb salad, pickled radishes, fried garlic, and a choice of protein and sauce, Lumpia's rice bowl makes for a bright, well-rounded meal. Grub suggests the tofu-and-mushroom topping with the creamy Bicol coconut sauce, if you can resist the siren song of the pork belly.