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Oct 7, 2010 12:58 PM

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

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.

246 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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

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  1. 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.

    501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Purple Yam
    1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

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    1. re: jen kalb

      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.

      Purple Yam
      1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

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

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        1. re: Geo8rge

          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.

          Natural Blend
          769 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

            Flatbush Farm
            76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

            Buttermilk Channel
            524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231