I love finding soulful places in Manhattan. The city can be extremely hectic if you allow it to be. I am very mindful to always stay connected to the deeper truth and keep the energy of the city at a healthy balance. When used correctly, the energy can propel you to new amazing heights beyond your wildest dreams. My evening at Mahayana Temple followed by eating at Wild Ginger was a perfect example of type of soulful experiences I seek.
When I lived in China, I visited many temples. So it was a real treat for me to speak some Chinese and enjoy the beauty at Mahayana Temple. The temple was experiencing some construction but it still offered a peaceful break in my day. The happiness of Buddha was inspiring… I had been feeling ‘stuck’ in my own mind and this was a reminder to just breathe. And for a dollar donation, you get a good fortune : )
After some mindful quite time, I was starving… After realizing how close I was to Wild Ginger it was a MUST I had dinner there! I’ve heard rave reviews about this Pan-Asian vegan delight.
The ambiance was very cool. Low lighting, quite, intimate seating, calming music and good energy. There was a glowing pregnant woman sitting next to me. Her passion for mindful eating and the experience of sharing that with your growing baby was so beautiful.
As for the food, I’d say 99% of the menu is vegan with a vegan exceptions of whey protein in a few dishes. Don’t worry though, they are clearly marked on the menu which is always helpful. The waiter was so kind and answered all questions thoughtfully. I went with their rose tea and Chinese noodle dish with lots of great spice. Needless to say, I ate the WHOLE dish up!
Overall, if you’re looking for peace and soul in Manhattan, check out Wild Ginger and Mahayana Temple!
380 Broome St
New York, NY
133 Canal Street
New York, NY