Sunday, March 11, 2012

Artichoke expands on East 14th Street

Just two weeks ago, we noted that Curly's Vegetarian Lunch moved on, and the similar-menued 14 Carrot Vegetarian opened in its space on East 14th Street ... and just like that ... @SamStorer is back with this news: 14 Carrot is gone, and neighbor Artichoke has expanded...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was all calculated. They have been trying to bully their way into the space. Much thanks to Curly's. We supported them for a beer and wine but it was all just an escape tactic. I saw it coming.

LvV said...

Artichoke could not exist without the noob-EV lemmings who do whatever, I don't know, Time Out New York or Yelp or whomever tells them to do. I did try Artichoke back when it first opened; its pizza is sloppy and greasy and I'm sorry, I'm just going to say it: it's shitty, suburban, idiot food. The hype for that place is insane.

I get a simple plain cheese pizza with whole-wheat crust from Vinny Vincenz about once a week (and an eggplant parm -- OMG, the VV eggplant parm is heaven itself), and it is sublime. Vinny's understands actual food, not drunk-eating and "I like to wait on lines."

EV Grieve said...

@LvV

You've reminded me that I need to get back to Vinny Vincenz ... been to long...

LvV said...

Ha, I'm glad that that was your reaction ... I was a tad angry before, heh. But seriously, Vincenz's is the bomb. And it's *right there*, a stone's throw from Artichoke. I just want to yell at all the people always on the pathetic Artichoke line, You do realize 10x better pizza is a half-block away? But I know they wouldn't care anyway. These are the suburban dipshits who dip their pizza slices in ranch dressing.

Anonymous said...

I've never understood the compulsion to put salad dressing on pizza...If if you are dumpster diving, it might be a reasonable option, but otherwise...

Anonymous said...

Did Curly's even have beer and wine yet. Even if Curly's or 14 Carrot were to transfer their beer and wine licence artichoke would have to go before the Community Board.

They tried to get a beer and wine licence at led Zeppole but people came out and complained about their establishments. Anybody know?

Crazy Eddie said...

@LvV-You are spot on re Vinny Vincenz, it's family friendly as well. Major Rube gridlock at the 14th street Artichoke.I also tryed one of their slices at their 10th Ave location, it was inedible.

"You come from Staten Island, you back to Staten Island!"

Kiki said...

Hey, the owners of Curly's have a new place at 246 East 14th Street , I had a great Mexican brunch there today- you can request any dish to be vegan or veggie....

Anonymous said...

@Kiki
so they have moved further west off of 2nd ave. is it still vegetarian/vegan, the same menu? Also, they were just awarded a beer and wine licence. Do they get to keep that to sell, or perhaps transfer to the new place? Glad to see that they are still around. Can't stand Artichoke.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks, Kiki.

I should have mentioned the fact that Dave and company are now at Hotel Tortuga up the way on 14th Street...

I didn't think that they had a liquor license...

Anonymous said...

Curly's was on the docket for a beer and wine but scratched.

Tortuga is realy delicious. It's Mexican serving meat, fish, veggie,vegan. free chips and salsa.

Anonymous said...

I cringe when I see these idiots waiting on line. There are a million pizza places. Their regular pizza is OK, a bit rich for me, but WAY WAY overpriced. And the "famous" artichoke slice tastes like microwaved fettucine alfredo slopped on crust. Gross.
Plus the dudes are dicks.

Anonymous said...

I'm always suspicious when a business (as Artichoke does) runs a "cash only" policy. I wonder why they don't want to show a paper trail of their incoming cash ???

Anonymous said...

Curly's didn't have a beer and wine license? Strange.. I remember them serving sangria.

Sad to see them go. I liked Hotel Tortuga until they removed the soy chicken from the menu.

And in regards to Artichoke being "cash only," there are many restaurants in town that are cash only. There's nothing shady about it. It has to do with not wanting to give a percentage of the restaurant's profits to credit card companies.

Lisa said...

I finally tried Chelsea's Artichoke branch.

We ordered the namesake pizza-- a whole pie. The first bite was great, the second bite was good, by the third bite we were remarking how RICH & heavy it was. For the FIRST time in our lives, my husband and I couldn't finish an entire pie in one sitting.

Took the leftover half home and reheated it the next day. We couldn't even finish THAT in one sitting-- WAAAY too rich!

At least we got several meals out of it, but I'll never order another-- that thing should be an hors d'oerve portion, not an entree. (On the other hand, the Sicilian pie, at the next table, looked interesting--).