773 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Dine-in/Delivery/Take out ($$)
This is a great find. My sister and brother in law found this spot after moving into the up and coming Ditmas Park neighborhood. Good for both delivery and dine-in, Zen Vegetarian makes their own faux meat dishes and sauces. You can call for delivery or use Grubhub. For dine-in, the seating is small as a regular establishment focusing on take out usually is but the staff is friendly, appeasing and they keep everything clean.
The entire menu is vegan and is extensive enough to bring out the nostalgic meat eater that is possibly buried deep inside of you. Though their chicken and beef are pretty much the same in texture and taste, their dishes are not disappointing. Order or stop by. The visit will be the first of many. Here is a brief list of menu items that I and my omnivore friends/family sometimes crave:
5924 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Hand Pulled Noodle
Will summer ever come? Well, whether it does or not, get some soup. I found this spot a few years ago while walking around China Town late at night with my friend. We were hungry and this hole in the wall was the only place open. Our expectations were low but had they been high, we would have still been impressed.
This place is small. Some chairs are broken. The menu items are misspelled. But, the people that work there are incredible. Although with a limited English vocabulary, never have they gotten our order wrong. They use the limited space efficiently and are more than willing to accommodate a group of 8. My friends and family visit here often.
The hand pulled noodle are made from a dough that is produced right in open view. This dough is hand spun and kneaded in the air right in the open as well. The same chef is always doing the kneading while the others cook. With friends that have been to china backing me up, I can suggest this without any doubts. This will be one of the best if not the best hand pulled noodle soup you will get.Not only is it delicious but it is cheap. A soup is large, full of vegetables and will cost you about five dollars. Be sure to tip. They deserve it.
Most items are centered around meat but Here is what I get:
140 W 4st
New York, NY 10012
Vegetarian Soul Food
This is another post for the faux meat lovers. Red Bamboo is a small restaurant in Greenwich Village that provides a rare choice of vegetarian cuisine. They take aim at meat free soul food. The menu has a few items that contain dairy products but they are clearly labeled and the staff is happy to provide you with information on how they can present it to you vegan. Their seafood is convincing and their faux meat is both crave satisfying and inducing. The menu is asian inspired but delivers in its southern style dishes. The food was good enough to satisfy the omnivore relative that I went with. Below are some vegan food options that I had and would recommend:
Other menu items I noticed:
7717 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
This was a pending post from last year. I have finally been able to visit this restaurant and now I wish I had done it a very long time ago. Rooted in the heart of Bay Ridge, Green House Cafe is a restaurant that many locals visit. Being vegan, I have always walked by it without any expectation that they would have something for me to eat. My parents one day told me that they offered vegan options after dining there with their friends. This piqued my interest. I paid their website a visit where I once again thought that they would not have anything desirable for me to eat. Do not trust the website. Trust me.
The restaurant has a server that is vegan. Years ago the server started passing ideas and thoughts to the chef. These ideas have become regular dishes. Not only do they have many vegan options but they are continuously experimenting with new desserts and entrees. Vegan culinary experimentation in Bay Ridge? Yeah, it blew my mind too.
Vegan items are not on the menu.
The regular vegan entrees include:
I look forward to seeing what else they come up with. So should you.
For good this time. I return with weekly posts and a few modifications to the blog to make it more practical. Previously, I had it planned to highlight vegan friendly locations one neighborhood at a time. Now, the locations will not be localized to one area or organized into a pattern. The posts may be localized in New York or another place entirely since I travel at times. For those who are searching for a vegan spot in a certain area, simply search #Veganyte and the area of interest(ex. #VeganyteWilliamsburg). Thanks for following. I’ll see you next week.
I return on May 2nd with new reviews and vegan spots. Sorry for the delay. And thank you for following.
752 Union St
Chinese dine-in ($$)
Discreetly resting on the corner of 6th avenue, finding this location proved to be a delight. Being a big fan of vegetarian meats, I was excited to see that this restaurant had not just a vegetarian selection but a complete vegetarian menu. The contents of the menu are delivered to you by fast friendly service and you have the choice of sitting cozily inside or at their street side seating. There has never been a wait or problem when dining here. Try some of these vegetarian delights found on the menu:
156 5th Avenue
Vegan Latin Cuisine
“I do not know where to begin”. “I am speechless”. These are the words that I used when I had my first dining experience here. The V-Spot will always have a place in my heart. Whilst an up and coming vegan, V-Spot was the first completely vegan restaurant that I visited. The first visit satisfied my lingering cravings. This mattered a great deal to me because I did not yet have the will power to ignore such cravings and find full satisfaction in the vegan food that I was taking in on a daily basis. Years later, I return to V-Spot regularly not because of the cravings but because of the fantastic dining experience. Every time I return I bring family and friends that are not vegan. If there are people that believe eating vegan is not for them, this is the place to take them. I say this because after taking omnivores initially, they have wanted to return themselves because of cravings that they have for it. Omnivores craving vegan food!
V-Spot was built up in every way by young brothers Alex and Daniel along with their father. Their hard work and obvious talents are no doubt the reason why they have seen such success. Supplying pre made food to cafes, festivals and even Fresh Direct, V-Spot is a flower that will keep on blooming rapidly. Visit. Bring Your appetite. Bring your friends. Bring your cravings. I am confident V-Spot will become a favorite of yours too.
Highlights from the menu(all homemade):
Incredible Desserts, Shakes, Juices and Drinks are available.
Also, be sure to check out their brunch on weekends, special events such as pizza parties and comedy shows. For more details, message me or “like” The V-Spot on Facebook.
295 5th Avenue
Advertising itself only with blue spot lights at its entrance, Song is a popular place to dine in the Park Slope area. Attracting people with their low prices, quality ingredients and modern interior, Song has become a regular spot for locals as well as my friends and family. Becoming Vegan required that I look at the familiar menu differently. In the past I ordered a Tofu dish and on two occasions I found CHICKEN in my food. A few free meals and discussions with the manager later, this problem has not reoccured in years. Over the course of time they have started serving brown rice, vegetarian specials on occasions and now even serve vegetarian duck. Avoid weekends to avoid the crowd.
Some menu times to consider:
Freshly baked hand rolled New York Bagels cannot be beaten. The only other thing to ask for is a dairy free cream cheese option. Ask no more! The locations below have variations of tofu “cream cheese”.
339 5th street
La Bagel Delight
284 7th avenue