Upscale vegan dining in New York City has a new addition thanks to the opening of Coletta. A part of the City Roots collection that includes Beyond Sushi and Willow, Chef Guy Vaknin’s newest endeavor celebrates fresh, fun Italian cuisine.
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Located in Gramercy, Coletta’s menu is a hearty experience rich in flavor. A sexy dining room that starts with floor-to-ceiling windows and high tops before giving way to the bar and more seating makes the perfect date night restaurant.
New York City Vegan Restaurant: Coletta
Coletta serves everything from brick oven pizzas and pasta to innovate new dishes like the “Tuna” Crudo with “tuna” from Current Foods.
What to order at Coletta
It looks like tuna. It has a very similar texture as tuna. And, it’s dressed with enough flavoring to actually make you think you’re eating tuna. Only, it’s definitely not tuna. Using Current Foods tuna, this crudo is a perfect light starter. It features the tuna along with pickled red onions and capers. It comes topped with a healthy drizzle of EVOO, cracked black pepper and seaweed caviar. Oregano flatbread accompanies the dish.
This appetizer steals the show. Vegan meatballs cooked in a lemon brown butter sauce come with melted mozzarella. It’s served in a sea of gorgeous puttanesca sauce with capers, kalamata olives and roma tomatoes. To make this dish even more perfect, there’s pillowy garlic knots.
We’re always going to try vegan calamari if it’s on the menu. And, this calamari didn’t disappoint. It’s made with King Oyster ‘shrooms that are lightly breaded. A parsley lemon sauce and marinara come alongside it for dipping.
Fig Jam and “Prosciutto” Pizza
Next is the 12″ pizza. There are a handful of pizza offerings but this one stands out the most. The ‘za is topped with melty (it’s even got a little pull!) cheese with a housemade fig jam, fresh slices of Mission figs, crispy “prosciutto”, baby arugula, vegan parm and aged balsamic. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory on a pizza.
The star of the show is the “Steak” Marsala at Coletta. Smothered in a marsala suace is a seared seitan steak that’s divine. In fact, it’s one of the best seitan dishes we’ve ever had. Baked lemon potatoes and grilled asparagus spears come on the side.
Finally, save room for dessert. Espresso liquor-infused ladyfingers with Madagascar vanilla cream make up this creamy goodness. Shaved dark chocolate and cocoa powder top it off.
365 3rd Ave., New York City, 10016; 646-861-2889; Mon. – Thurs.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Fri.: 4:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.