Buddhist Vegetarian Chinese/Taiwanese in Sunset Park/Bay Ridge or elsewhere in Brooklyn
- Condimentality May 24, 2010 08:21 PM
Is there a Buddhist Vegetarian Chinese/Taiwanese place on or near 5th Ave in Sunset Park/Bay Ridge? I'm looking for the type of place that one can find all over Taiwan.
If not, are there any Chinese (any region) places in that area that are particularly vegetarian friendly?
Failing that, are there any places elsewhere in Brooklyn that would fit either of the previous descriptions?
I am taking some friends who were big fan of the Greens restaurant in Brooklyn Heights before it closed down. I read somewhere that a new restaurant called Vegetarian Ginger opened in the same place, but it seems to have mixed reviews. Can anyone who has been to both Greens and Vegetarian Ginger give a rundown of how the two compare?
128 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hi fellow Vegetarian Chinese lover. There are three places on Flatbush Ave. that I know of offhand. There is Dao Palate which is vegan pan-asian cuisine. Their address is 392 Flatbush Ave. Also, Vegetarian Palate more of a traditional Chinese restaurant that serves an entirely vegetarian menu. Their address is 258 Flatbush Ave. There is also Zen Vegetarian House, they are a Chinese takeout joint and the deliver all over Brooklyn, I think they can cater also. Their address is 773 Flatbush Ave. in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood.
258 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
329 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Zen Vegetarian House
773 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Many practicing Taiwanese Buddhists are vegetarian, so there are many restaurants here that cater to them. Most neighborhoods that are near a Buddhist temple will have a vegetarian buffet restaurant or something more formal. They are actually a great option for non-vegetarians as well, as the food is quite cheap, tasty, and relatively healthy.
The only one that I can really recommend is located next to the big Foguang Shan building in downtown Yilan. I often got bento boxes there, and they were consistently very good. As far as bigger cities go, I can't really say as I have spent most of my time in Taiwan up to this point in Yilan.
Taiwan? Well, yes and no. There are many hole-in-the-wall vegetarian restaurants, clearly marked. They tend to be pretty standard fare, centered around fake meats (soy, wheat gluten). Much of is is simply to oily/greasy for me. There is also some that is attractively spiced and quite enjoyable. It's all cheap, so, you win a few, you lose a few. Most of these places are clustered around large temples.
There are also a FEW nice, elegant, large (all relatively speaking) restaurants. These are geared toward visitors who may be Buddhist. More money, of course; nicer surroundings. Not a long, unsteady table in a sweat house, shared with 30 fellow diners as with the holes-in-the-wall.
Panama is another place with similar restaurants, albeit without the religious over- unter-tones.
I bring Wild Ginger on Smith St. to your attention because it....is there. I've never been there and I'm not sure if the Pan-Asian thing fits your bill. There is surprisingly little discussion of it here but there is one mention of its being someone's favorite.
112 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
By the way, Fifth Avenue Vegetarian Delight, at 718 5th Ave. in Sunset Park, has a vegetarian menu but is not a vegetarian restaurant. Not unlike many Chinese places in Park Slope and environs, it does have a "vegetarian" menu but some vegetarians (don't judge) tend to avoid places where the sauces and prep and cooking surfaces might not be as vegetarian as they'd be in a totally vegetarian place.