Hippie home cooking restaurants in NYC
I guess the Moosewood in Ithaca is almost the definitive case for this type. The best I know in nyc is Angelika's Kitchen. But there used to a solid, almost diner-like version. Bean, rice, tofu, tempeh, stir fried vegetables, various yam and squash dishes, great imaginative varieties of sauces to pour over vegetable, whole wheat bread. Before Court and Smith Sts went all upscale there was a great one in that neighborhood. Don't remember the name of it. Finding one of these in Brooklyn would be nice. But I would make some effort to get to a classic.
You're on the wrong forum for Brooklyn suggestions, but in Manhattan, you can check out Dirt Candy. It's not exactly the home cooking vegetarian you're looking for, but I'd think you might find a dish or two to excite you.
430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009
Just a note from recent visit to angelika's kitchen:
I was not feeling well and had a new menu item, the miso tofu soup with massaged kale- very comforting with excellent miso flavor, enough tofu and kale to make a light meal. My friend really enjoyed his "thai me up" raw entree, had a tahini dressing and great textures.
Previous visits the massaged kale salad is tender and flavorful, walnut lentil pate is rich and a great app to split. Very reasonable prices but note its cash only
I was not limiting my question to Brooklyn. Of course, the Candle on 3rd Av is precisely the type. Beans, rice, greens, tempeh and so forth. Souen is in the ballpark. The Souen that closed--I think it was 12th St--was considerably better. I have been intending to go Angela's Kitchen again. It used to be excellent, but I haven't been there in a long time. It always seems to be in the wrong part of town. But I am really tired of so called veg places that have "chicken" on the menu.
How about Vegetarian Paradise or Quantum Leap.
A million years ago in EV, used to be The Caldron and The Paradox. These were the only two macro biotic restaurants. It was before the word vegan existed. Angelika was just a health food and herb store back then. In the hippie days. A lot of seaweed and brown rice were eaten back then. And moo tea was the most relaxing tea you could find.