Sandwiched between Union Square and Washington Square Park, Nix is the vegetarian restaurant we never knew we needed. Narcissa Chef John Fraser teamed up with former Condé Nast exec James Truman and Chipotle CEO Steve Ells to open Nix in late February of this year. As you’d expect with that all-star lineup, Nix isn’t any old veggie place—their menu boasts creative and flavorful spins on traditionally meaty dishes that may leave you wondering why you’d ever craved meat in the first place.
Here are a few of our must-try, meatless menu selects:
Hummus & Tandoori Bread
This chickpea hummus, made in the classic style with a sprinkling of za’atar, turns the simplistic into the decadent. Pair this spread with their toasted tandoori bread, and you’ve got the perfect overture for the rest of the menu.
Mint & Avocado Spread
Another killer spread: This avocado, mint and curry concoction is like an elevated guacamole. The avocado is pureed with mint, and layered with curry and a host of other exotic spices. With this spread, we suggest the pappadum—a light, flaky lentil cracker—to balance the richness of the avocado.
A take on the classic pork buns, these fluffy creations come with tempura breaded cauliflower that we almost mistook for chicken. The dish also includes house pickles, which you can place in the bun or munch on on the side as a palate cleanser.
Shiitake ‘Cacio e Pepe’
As the name suggests, this dish is a spin on the classic Italian pasta staple that swaps pasta for layered mushrooms in a creamy, spicy sauce. In this variation, Fraser incorporates salsify, a root vegetable, and heirloom polenta for added richness.
Brown Rice Stir Fry With Seaweed & Tofu
Like classic fried rice, but with a combination of umami flavoring and subtle sweetness. The crispy rice is cooked with a variety of delicious veggies and tofu, and then topped with small sheets of seaweed. Think a deconstructed sushi bowl, minus the fish.