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Good special occasion restaurants for vegetarians in Brooklyn?

Chrissy123 Oct 2, 2011 09:41 AM

I'm looking for a nice restaurant to go for a birthday dinner with my parents. I am a strict vegetarian (no meat/fish), and they are more lax vegetarians (they eat fish regularly, and occasionally poultry). The problem I'm having is most vegetarian restaurants in Brooklyn seem to be pretty casual (V Spot, etc.) and most of the nicer places I've been wanting to try tend to be fairly meat heavy (Vinegar Hill House, Flatbush Farm, Rosewater, Convivium Osteria). Does anyone have any recommendations? It doesn't have to be 100% vegetarian, but I would like to find a nice place with at least a couple of vegetarian entree options. I live in Park Slope so that would be ideal, but I am also willing to go to Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill, DUMBO, Carroll Gardens, etc.

  1. jen kalb Oct 5, 2011 10:54 AM

    Neither are specifically oriented to the vegetarian, but my vegetarian daughter likes both Convivium and Al Di La. Convivum has good fish too.

    Al Di La
    248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    1. Miss Needle Oct 3, 2011 04:16 PM

      Maybe Thistle Hill Tavern could work. They have a couple of vegetarian entree selections (not super creative -- burger, pasta). But all of their starters are vegetarian, so you'd have loads to choose from.

      Thistle Hill Tavern
      441 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      1. c
        Chrissy123 Oct 3, 2011 03:30 PM

        I like Al di La a lot, but I've been there a few times and was hoping to try someplace new. I would love to try The Grocery's veggie menu, but sadly the dinner is on a Saturday. From what I could see, their regular menu has a few veggie appetizers, but no veggie entrees. I may try calling to see if they can do any veggie entrees on a Saturday...

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        1. re: Chrissy123
          missmasala Oct 4, 2011 08:19 AM

          The couple that own/run the grocery are really nice and it would def be worth calling to see if they can do that.

          1. re: Chrissy123
            straciatella Oct 5, 2011 10:48 AM

            The Grocery is awesome! I recently ate there for my birthday and had two vegetarian appetizers instead of an entree, and it was great. The roasted beets and goat cheese ravioli were delicious and a huge portion.

            The Grocery
            288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          2. missmasala Oct 2, 2011 04:54 PM

            I think that the grocery on smith street offers a 3 course vegetarian menu. I've never tried it, but it should be good.

            The Grocery
            288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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            1. re: missmasala
              missmasala Oct 2, 2011 07:47 PM

              just checked the website and it's a 4-course vegetarian menu at the grocery. but it's only offered tues-thurs. however, they seem to have a lot of vegetarian dishes on the regular menu.

              also I second the rec for Al di La. The food there is delicious and there is plenty for vegetarians—my vegetarian daughter loves going there.

            2. t
              The Cookbook Addict Oct 2, 2011 12:50 PM

              Hm, if you like Italian and eat dairy Al di la is always delicious (but maybe not as upscale as you are looking for?).

              Do you like Japanese? I'll bet some of the better sushi places (we adore 1 or 8) would do some kind of vegetarian omakase for you if you called ahead to ask...

              Al Di La
              248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              1 or 8
              66 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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