I Eat Plants: China Garden in Rye

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More vegan Chinese food in the Lower Hudson Valley!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about an all-vegan Chinese restaurant in New City.  I recently learned that there’s a Chinese restaurant in Rye that also has a vegan menu!  That was very exciting.

China Garden in Rye is a small restaurant; it appears that they are mostly aimed at the take-out crowd, though the inside is very pretty if you do want to dine in.   Indeed, they do have a vegan menu with a number of mock meat dishes.

 

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There’s 3 or 4 tables inside.  Cozy!

The mock meat itself is pretty similar to what they use at Veggie Heaven, but the sauces are a bit different, and of course, the whole menu is not vegan.  Of note, the menu says “New Vegetarian Menu” but it notes all of the mock meat dishes as vegan.

 

I wasn’t in love with some of the sauces, but they were definitely serviceable, and if you’re going to be in Rye and looking for vegan takeout, this is definitely the place to go!

The menu online looks a little different from the printed menu/menu in the window.

 

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Look!  It says “Vegan” right in the window!

The menu online appears to add all of the veggie dishes in, as well.  I didn’t ask if they were all vegan, but they seem to be.  I do wish they would note which other dishes in the other sections were vegan as well, like in appetizers.  I can’t imagine what wouldn’t be vegan about edemame, but it would be nice if they said, right?

I tried three of the mock meat dishes (and had leftovers for days!): Vegan BBQ Boneless Ribs, Vegan Orange Chicken, and Vegan General Tso’s Beef.

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Vegan BBQ Boneless Ribs

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Vegan Orange Chicken

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Vegan General Tso’s Beef

 

Bear in mind, this is takeout.  I was too hungry to plate the dishes myself- Rye is a bit far for me for takeout on a regular basis, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do when it comes to finding vegan foods!

I liked the orange chicken the best.  The BBQ spare ribs were not what I was hoping for, but the leftovers were pretty good in some “pork fried rice” that I made up a day later with leftover brown rice and some veggies.  Speaking of veggies, did you notice from the menu that they use organic veggies?  Not bad for a take out place!

While I would love for more all-vegan restaurants in our area, I definitely like the idea of omnivorous restaurants serving veggie fare, because I think it’s an awesome way to get people to eat more pant-based meals.  After all, if you were part of a group that ordered from here and someone ordered those Vegan BBQ Spare Ribs, you might dig in without even realizing!  Before you know it, you’re eating plant-based food and not even complaining about it.

Like with Veggie Heaven, this is not really “health food” and I’m maybe a little glad it isn’t so close to home/work, because I might be a little too willing to eat this far too often, and I’m really trying hard to clean up my eating act.  But if you’re nearby to Rye and you want to eat some veggie Chinese, you should definitely check this place out!

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I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan.

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