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Really delicious and new to us in Brooklyn with vegetarian options/tasting menu? River Cafe? Something else?

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Olive123 Oct 7, 2010 12:58 PM

We are looking for something new to us for a nice dinner on a Friday night. We live in Carroll Gardens, but don't have to stay super local. We've done Grocery a few times, Lucali is an informal but delicious standby, like Lunetta very much but haven't been really recently, enjoyed Brucie, Prime Meats, don't care for Chestnut. Outside of Carroll Gardens, we quite liked Stone Park Cafe, Benchmark, Tempo (rest in peace), Ici, General Greene, Luz, don't love al di la. I know that is a pretty big range in terms of kinds of food and formality, but wanted to give an idea of what we like and don't like. Di Fara is probably my favorite of the bunch, but I don't feel like waiting in the line for a special night out. Maybe for lunch the next day. Anyway, I have a reservation in the meantime at River Cafe, but not sure if it is actually impressive food-wise, especially for a vegetarian. Somehow we have never made it over there. I can never remember if Saul does vegetarian food (I think they don't). I have heard good things about Applewood, Farm at Adderley, Aurora but don't know anything specifically about options for vegetarians.

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Ici
246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Lucali
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Applewood
501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Stone Park Cafe
324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

The General Greene
229 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Prime Meats
465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

  1. jen kalb Oct 7, 2010 01:41 PM

    You might want to look into Purple Yam. Its food is very interesting , the place is stylish and while there is a lot of delicious meat they do have enuf choices for a vegetarian to have an enjoyable meal.

    We havent visited Applewood, but weve vetted it in the past for veg choices and they were adequate.

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    Applewood
    501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Purple Yam
    1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

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      chorosch Oct 21, 2010 06:48 AM

      I would second the recommendation for Purple Yam. It is an excellent restaurant and truly something you will not find in any of the other neighborhoods listed on this thread. Forget the River Cafe, save that for a special occasion when you care more about ambience than food.

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      Purple Yam
      1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

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      brooklyn to paris Oct 8, 2010 12:15 PM

      We are vegetarians--we had brunch at the River Cafe last year, and it was outrageously good Iand very expensive) but there were not many choices for us. We have always been able to find things to eat at Saul's. Most of the other places we like are places you mentioned. We recently "discovered" Enoteca, next door to Marco Polo, which I like to say is like Frankie's without the attitude. It's not fancy but it's very pleasant. We also really like Chance on Smith St.

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        Geo8rge Oct 8, 2010 07:03 PM

        These places might work for you, although I am not sure if they serve dinner:

        International Society for Krishna Consciousness on Schermerhorn St has a restaurant, I know they serve lunch, not sure about dinner.

        Scoops Ice Cream on Flatbush serves Ital meals. Small place, only counter service, no bathroom, near park so a picnic is possible. IMO, The food is the best all vegetarian and probably even vegan in Brooklyn. Not sure if Ital is Vegan.

        Mitchell's Soul Food on Vanderbilt has the usual sides you would expect at an African American Southern Soul Food place.

        Many of the Caribbean roti places have vegetarian options. On Church avenue near Flatbush there are 2 vegetarian restaurants. Four seasons and Strictly vegetarian. The interiors may not meet your standard of 'nice'. Sugar Cane on Flatbush is upscale, and you probably can put together a nice vegetarian meal. www.sugarcanerestaurant.com/

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        Mitchell's Soul Food
        617 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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          jenspeed Oct 20, 2010 10:36 AM

          I wasn't so impressed with Scoops when I went there, but I really like Natural Blend up on Washington. I tried one of the spots on Church - I think Strictly vegetarian, and it was great. I'm also a big fan of Gloria's on Nostrand for veggie roti.

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          Natural Blend
          769 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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          Olive123 Oct 19, 2010 12:54 PM

          Thanks for all of the suggestions! I am still thinking it over and have held onto the River Cafe reservation so far. I have a little more time to make a decision.

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            jenspeed Oct 20, 2010 10:34 AM

            I'm a vegetarian. In addition to some of the great options you mentioned, I'm a fan of Flatbush Farm, Olea, Buttermilk Channel, and Frankie's. I've only gone to brunch at Rosewater but I assume that dinner has equally awesome veggie options. Let us know where you go as I'm always looking for new veg-friendly spots.

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            Flatbush Farm
            76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            Olea
            171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

            Buttermilk Channel
            524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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              Olive123 Oct 20, 2010 04:38 PM

              I forgot one more we quite liked - Ici. They had really tasty veggie options when we went (husband eats meat but I don't). That place turned us on to celeriac.

              We are still on the fence. I did cancel River Cafe for now because of the very limited veggie options and made a reservation at Falai, but not sure we are keeping that one; I'm still perusing menus and checking the board. It would be kind of nice to stay in Brooklyn.

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              Ici
              246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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                selenster Oct 21, 2010 09:01 AM

                while baci & abbracci isn't a vegetarian restaurant, it has an amazing vegetarian dish that i think everyone should try - beet root gnocchi w/ a goat cheese sauce. it goes exceptionally well w/ a tuscan white. it's not light, but you won't want to share it with anyone else!

                oh, and don't bother with aurora. if you're going to williamsburg, save your time/money and go to baci & abbracci.

                i also recommend M shanghai because my vegan friend and i can both eat there happily. i get soup dumplings and he has the shanghai style noodles.

                both of these places are inexpensive, casual and always reliable. i did live a block from both restos though.

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                  Olive123 Oct 21, 2010 09:35 AM

                  I now have a reservation at Scarpetta, which has a new-ish all vegetarian menu. I am pretty excited about it, but it requires us to move our babysitting time up, which might not be possible. If that doesn't work out, there are some great options here. I have been meaning to try Olea - thanks for the reminder!

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                  Olea
                  171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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