58 Ave B, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.723439 -73.982606
Sun-Thu, 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-1am
Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Downtown, East Village
The best down and dirty – I went there with a vegan friend who had these claims the place was amazing. When I got there, I found a cute little bar with limited seating, and a menu with practically every vegan comfort food you can think of. I got the McKate burger - and it was delicious. It's so good, my meat-eating husband loved it! The day after I went there with a friend, I went back with a vegan co-worker - and he loved it too!
The place where vegans go to die. – In a nutshell, I have been here 3 times. 2 out of 3 times I did not tip the waiter which I have NEVER done at a restaurant.
We asked for mimosas they came back ten minutes later and said they had no champagne. We asked for breakfast said they didnt serve it anymore. We asked for orange slices in our sea sbreeze seltzers (since they didnt have mimosas) and they didnt have it. We drank our drinks as fast as possible decided not to eat there and then decided to wait at the register for the bill and payment since we realized they would never be coming back to our table. The service are angry hung over old hipsters who play the most depressing music and keep the lights so dark you assume you must be in vegan hell.
SKIP THIS. try the organic grill or quantum leep.
Great on Sunday for All Kinds of Music and Drinks – Look everyone on
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Awful! – I went there for a friend birthday and opened a tab. Two hours later I go to close my tab after ANDRE has been charging me up until 15 minutes prior, just to find out he gave my card to someone else who charged $70 on my tab of what should have been $12. Then, I find out another $544 was charged within the hour...they said "sorry, nothin we can do" . I will never go back to this place with idiot bartenders and a manager who shouted at me for telling her what happened. Thanks Kate Joints for running up a $556 tab on what should have been $10! never again!!
Highly Over-rated. – I've been a vegetarian for about two years. And from the start all of my vegan and vegetarian friends have recommended Kate's Joint. Either because of its gentrified location, overpriced Boca burgers, or displaced lower-class citizens, I never went. Nevertheless, my girlfriend finally convinced me.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed; the food was over-priced, boring, tasteless, and the waiter added tip to his already 20% tip. (Side Note: the waiter was one of the owners.)
For vegetarians and vegans that understand the complexities of tofu and seitan this place is not for you; Most of their food is pre-packaged Boca, Morningstar, and Nomeat products; which you could buy for a quarter of the cost at the KEYFOOD supermarket around the corner.
Best Downscale Veggie – Im not even a strict vegetarian and this is still one of my favorite neighborhood places especially for brunch. (get the tofu scramble) Good value. The food ranges from good-great. I've always had good service, even during weekend brunch. I was nervous about the renovations, I liked it the way it was, but I admit it looks good now. Note: this is a casual downscale place, grungy (but not dirty), and funky, in keeping with the neighborhood. If you like to be fawned over, care about how your food is plated, and like to pay a high price for upscale ambience maybe this isnt the place for you huh?
Always a disappointment – I am vegan, and I like to sit at a bar, alone, and enjoy a meal. Naturally, Kate's seems like it would be a good fit. However, I have eaten here four times, and it is always a disappointment. I am done giving this place "second" chances. The ambiance is awful (lights too bright), the food is the equivalent of vegetarian "junk/fast food"-- nothing noteworthy in the least, they have a crappy wine selection, and when I am the only person sitting at the bar, I don't feel I should have to waive the bartender down to ask for another drink...nor do I feel that when I place an order and the bartender mistakenly packs it "to go", and I say no, i am eating it here, that they should sloppily scrape the dish out of the to-go container onto a plate right in front of me... go back to the kitchen and plate it properly!
I gave the place the benefit of the doubt at first, but no more. Kate's is consistently bad, and I will not be going back.
Worst Veg Food I've Ever Had – This place was terrible. My friends and I had always wanted to eat there as we had been to the bar a few times before and regularly eat on the block. The chili cheese fries were okay. Our entrees were truly disappointing. I ordered the fried unchicken. It turned out to be batter-fried unflavored tofu. It's like they didn't even try to make it "chickeny." My friends ordered the country fried steak and meatloaf. We did not even get close to finishing these dishes. The food lacked any flavor or depth. Salt and pepper could never save. The prices are also rather high for how bad the food is. For much better vegan/vegetarian faire go to Red Bamboo in the West Village. Their food is incredible and unlike Kate's fried unchicken Red Bamboo's is passable for real chicken in flavor and consistency. Highly unrecommended (unless only going to the bar). I will not return.
Still one of my fave LES hangouts – I've been going to Kate's since 2003 with my girlfriends and it's still one of my fave places to go. Though I'm not a vegan, I love vegan and tofu cuisine. The veggie burgers and the popcorn un-shrimp are my favorite things to get there! I don't know what they put in Abijah's secret sauce, but whatever it is, it's utterly o r g a s m i c. Goes great with almost everything I've ordered from there! The vanilla bean cheesecake is also great, it's both delicious and vegan. Drink prices are so-so, but I prefer to catch happy hour at another bar a few blocks away rather than spend it on booze there. Service is ok, not the best I've seen but better than at other places I've gone to. I like the casual relaxed atmosphere and it's a great place to meet friends, grab a quick bite, or have a casual business lunch.
Simply Overrated----Falls Well Below In Just About Everything but Atmosphere – Kate's Joint came to me as a highly recommended restaurant not just from Citysearch but also from a dear vegan friend. Needless to say I was completely excited to go there. Upon walking in, the restaurant had a hip laid-back atmosphere that was very welcoming, it was busy but still good enough that my large group where able to come right in and sit down. The menu description of the dishes were exaggerated as I was later going to be presented with food so plain, generic, and tasteless. The nachos and some of the appetizers were tasty but just average. It was my main entree and the entrees of the rest of my friends that was truly disappointing. When I received my plate of Fake Steak, it look like I was being served straight from a high school cafeteria and it tasted as dull as the lunches I had in middle school. The service was mediocre. By the end of the night it was apparent to me that this place is relying mostly on its hip atmosphere to attract people and truly neglecting the eating experience. The way the food was put together it felt as if the cooks in the kitchen were over worked and tired of preparing the same dishes that they no longer put in any effort in presentation or taste.
Everyone in my 5+ group was disappointed with our dinners and vowed to not return.
Sorry Kate's Joint, I just did not get it.
Be aware in case you decide to venture into this overrated joint.
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