The gourmet vegetarian food at Dirt Candy is relatively politics free and is all about making vegetables (dirt candy) the stars of any meal. Many options are either vegan or vegan-able and there is a rotating vegan desert.
The chef at Dirt Candy, Amanda Cohen, won Star Chef's 2009 Sustainability Award. From Star Chef's site: "When Amanda Cohen opened her 18-seat vegetarian restaurant in the East Village, she decided to build it green from the ground up. She found that it wasn’t that much more expensive to green things up in her build out, so she purchased sustainable building materials; made sure that all her equipment is LEED-certified; and brought in an induction range for her tiny kitchen; low-energy lights and green cleaners keep the space light and clean. Sustainability is even built into her menu, which features Cohen's high-concept meat-free cuisine, like her cube of portobello mousse—it leaves old school vegetarian food in the dust."