Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shop the Season: A Vegetarian Oasis, Indeed

If a solid, meat-free meal is what you're looking for, Vegetarian Oasis at The Holiday Shops has you covered: the food is fresh, healthy, and tasty. It's common to see a small crowd around the kiosk, as customers wait for made-to-order wraps and burritos.


To me, the best thing about Vegetarian Oasis is that the actual food doesn't stray from the descriptions on the menu. I had the Samosa Burrito for lunch, and as advertised, it was filled with potato, spinach, chickpeas and cauliflower that were cooked together in an Indian sauce, tomato, and garlic.

All the ingredients worked well together, but each one tasted equally fresh and flavorful. Since the grill plates are front and center in this kiosk, you can see exactly what goes into your meal.

$7 for burritos and wraps puts Vegetarian Oasis slightly lower than typical midtown-lunch prices, and it has quickly become a favorite for some of my BPC colleagues. Martin loves the Jah-Makin Curry (coconut milk, butternut squash, sweet potato, cabbage, and kale over brown rice) and Black Bean Burritos (black beans, cheddar cheese or avocado, corn, baby spinach, brown rice, and garlic in a whole wheat tortilla). He also recommends sampling the impressive selection of hot sauces (pictured below).

Next time I'm trying the Falafarrito.

Vegetarian Oasis
Booth H09 on the 42nd Street side of the park (map)
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park 
Official hours*
Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

*Look for special extended hours during the holidays. Some shops may be open on Christmas Day.

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