to the gentleman from Brookline, MA who wrote asking for vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Manhattan that are not Zen Palate, there is this:
Grand Sichuan International
9th ave and 24th Street
Not strictly vegetarian, and very low-key, but very very good. Order off the poetry menu, with dishes inspired by a popular Chinese soap opera screened last year in its 9 million hour entirety on the tiny little TV above the dining room.
Specifically: order "flying green parrots with open red mouths."
If I remember correctly.