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Does anyone know of any good vegan restaurants in Brooklyn?

libellule Aug 22, 2006 10:46 PM

Looking for good vegan friendly restaurants in Brooklyn.

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  1. bigmackdaddy RE: libellule Aug 23, 2006 06:35 AM

    I believe there's one on Union Street between 6th and 5th Avenues. Can someone help me here?

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      bhill RE: libellule Aug 23, 2006 11:05 AM

      Cafe Kai, i believe is most if not all vegan food. There's a menu here:


      151 Smith St.

      It's a very simple place but I like it. Kind of reminds me of college;)

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        Bob Martinez RE: bhill Aug 23, 2006 02:05 PM

        And it's not between 5th and 6th Avenues.

        There are 3 restaurants on that block - Rosewater, the mediocre Hunan place, and Union Hall, primarily a bar which serves apps.

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          Patkay RE: bhill Dec 18, 2006 07:06 PM

          I always get the feeling at Cafe Kai that they are "put out" to have to wait on anyone. Has anyone else gotten that feeling? The owner is also very rude sometimes. Won't ever go there again.

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            gaiadi RE: Patkay Dec 19, 2006 03:51 PM

            I completely agree. The few times I've gone in for a salad it takes ages to make, and in the meantime people who came in after me were served coffee/beverages, stalling my order.

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          HWiley RE: libellule Aug 23, 2006 02:12 PM

          Crave has added some vegetarian friendly items.

          1. wleatherette RE: libellule Aug 23, 2006 02:23 PM

            i'm not sure if it's still open, but there used to be a pretty good vegetarian/vegan asian restaurant on montague street called the greens.

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              brooklynbee RE: libellule Aug 23, 2006 02:31 PM

              Foodswings in Williamsburg serves vegan food - it's not fancy, more like comfort food done vegan style - burgers, sandwiches, etc. I had their 'turkey' club and liked it. Tiny place.

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                Huffy RE: brooklynbee Aug 23, 2006 06:28 PM

                there is also "Bliss" on N7th and Bedford in Williamsburg.

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                erikka RE: libellule Aug 23, 2006 03:04 PM

                Any neighborhood in particular? I like Veggie Castle on Church Av. quite a bit--it's a bit of a hike but they have lots of good offerings and I see crusty punk bike messengers with PETA patches on their bags there so there must be at least a few vegan offerings.

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                  FullPlate RE: libellule Aug 23, 2006 05:27 PM

                  Well, there's this place in Park Slope called V Spot on 5th ave btw Sackett and Degraw that is 100% vegan. However, it's also been called the worst restaurant in the neighborhood. Most everything seems frozen or packaged. But you can always give it a shot and see if it suits you!

                  I go to 2nd Helpings on 9th Street and 7th ave in Park Slope for good vegan meals. They have a "four sides for $10.50" plate that is great. You can load up on grains, beans, veggies and the food tastes great. Depending on who's behind the counter, you get a REALLY generous portion that's enough to feed two people.

                  happy eating!

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                    JanetG RE: FullPlate Dec 19, 2006 12:54 AM

                    VSpot has expanded their menu and improved (also raised their prices, but it's worth it). I'd recommend giving them another shot.

                  2. shindiganna RE: libellule Aug 24, 2006 12:18 PM

                    Veggie Castle is great, but there is another place on Church Ave, between Troy and Utica called Pride of Zion. It's Ital/Vegan. Great food & kind people. Its cash only. If you go early in the day bring small bills.

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                      Brooklyn Boy RE: libellule Aug 24, 2006 03:52 PM

                      I second the recs for Veggie Castle and Foodswings. Both tasty, affordable restaurants.

                      1. leikvold RE: libellule Aug 25, 2006 05:14 PM

                        There are some great places in Fort Green: Red Bamboo (almost 100% vegan), Rice (lots of options) both on Dekalb.

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                          Cara RE: libellule Aug 27, 2006 04:14 AM

                          I second Second Helpings in Park Slope at the corner of 7th Ave. and 9th St. I notice that LOTS of folks stop in there on their way home from work to pick up a healthy and generously portioned dinner. One of my favorite aspects of this place is the selection of gluten-free baked goods, although they have gluten-loaded baked goods as well. Eating there makes me feel very righteous and hippy-dippy. In a good way, of course.

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                            zorgclyde RE: libellule Dec 19, 2006 03:32 AM

                            I like veggie castle too, their serving is a little skimpy for me, but gots lots of different options. It's a casual place, also good for juices/smoothies.
                            Vegetarian Palate on Flatbush is a convenient place, esp for lunch specials. Not high end, but it's cheap and it's all veg.
                            Frankly I am still surprised why park slope doesn't have more real vegetarian places given the demographics there. Not a takeout joint, but a true restaurant with consistent food and high quality ingredients.

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