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Jan 30, 2013 04:09 PM

Brooklyn Heights Vegetarian

Staying at the Marriott Bklyn Bridge (Adams St) for NYT Crossword Tournament in early March. I've been to Vegetarian Ginger on Montague a few times, and was looking for alternatives. I noticed a place called Wild Ginger on Smith St. Does anyone have any comparisons or opinions on Wild vs Veg Ginger?
As far as other veg options, I've been to Teresa's, which was OK - particularly as Polish restos aren't common in Westchester, where I live.
I have access to an abundance of Italian, Mexican and Indian restaurants at home, as well as being a pretty fair veg cook myself, but if anyone has suggestions as to good/unusual veg friendly (doesn't have to be strictly veg, but must have veg options - no fish) places near the Marriott, I'm all ears (and stomach!).
Thanks in advance!

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  1. It's not a restaurant but for fairly decent sandwiches, good soups, and some well made vegan deserts try Perelandra on Remsen near Court. It's a natural foods market, take out only.

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    1. re: Bookistan

      Thanks, Bookistan. Will def keep Perelandra in contention.

    2. There's a handful of Middle Eastern options on Atlantic Avenue between Court and Henry St. Of them, I would say that Tripoli on the corner of Clinton/Atlantic probably has the most interesting vegetarian options.

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      1. re: fishermb

        fishermb, I very much appreciate the suggestion. I will for sure do a recon of Tripoli. My son, who is going to the contest with me, isn't veg, so this might well be an appropriate option. He's a go-along guy who humors his veg mom (has been to Vegetarian Ginger with me multiple times and enjoyed it, or at least claims he does!).

        I'd really love to find an upscale place within walking distance of our hotel, where we both could enjoy a lovely meal. Money is not an issue, and since I only get to see my son a few times a year, and we are both foodies, a really great meal which would accommodate our geographic and gustatory requirements is my goal. I know that differs from my original post.
        Thanks in advance!

        1. re: mrsdebdav

          if money is no object would you be willing to take a short cab ride to an adjacent neighborhood? as someone whos looking at living very near your hotel soon, id say its not exactly in a culinary hot zone (but its not far from loads of options)

      2. Wild Ginger is "pan-Asian" and serves mostly if not exclusively vegetarian and vegan fare. I've eaten there many times and have always found it delicious and reasonably priced, and the service tends to be unobtrusive and pleasant. Otherwise, there are plenty of places with ample vegetarian options in the area, along Court and Smith, as well as along Atlantic as has already been noted. There are fine pizzas to be had at Sottocasa on Atlantic between Hoyt and Smith; and Colonie on Atlantic between Clinton and Henry--while its large plates are meaty--have plenty of delightful vegetarian sides and small plates from which a satisfying meal could be assembled.

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        1. re: tempehtempeh

          Thanks tempe - you answered my question about Wild Ginger. I think it will be the top contender. Also appreciate your other suggestions!

          1. re: mrsdebdav

            The pumpkin soup at Wild Ginger is delicious. Many of entrees are on the sweeter side. Jade Mushrooms (battered fried mushrooms in a sweet/spicy sauce) is one of my guilty favorites. My husband likes the Kim chee noodles and bibim bop bowl. We like the pad Thai- no idea if its authentic.

        2. Siggy's on Henry Street is as close as the restaurants on Montague Street. Plenty of veggie options there but it's not really a "nice" restaurant.

          With "money no object" I'd think you'd enjoy Colonie on Atlantic Avenue. I've been over 20 times and it's always delicious. Google up their menu (note the spelling) and I think you'll see many vegetarian options.

          You might also take a look at Grocery on Smith Street. If you're willing to take a 10 minute cab ride, I highly recommend Applewood on 11th Street in Park Slope. Also not a proper vegetarian restaurant but certainly capable of feeding you well.

          And good luck in the tourney! I "competed" 2 years ago. Not that I'm any good (I came in just above the bottom 10%) but now I can say I'm a "nationally ranked crossword puzzle competitor." ;-)

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          1. re: Peter

            Hi Peter!

            A fellow competitor! My second contest was in 2011, so we crossed paths. Cool.

            I've investigated Siggy's. You're right - it just doesn't tick the right box.

            I hadn't considered cabbing around, but your and tex s toast's suggestion to go outside the immediate area is a really good one. I will have to give that further consideration.

            Much appreciated.

            1. re: mrsdebdav

              depending on where you end up your looking at between 8-12 dollars. in this part of brooklyn hailing a yellow cab can be a challenge, but thats no biggie since car services fill in the gap (many folks think the words "car service" are synonymous with fancy cars and high prices, but really they are just an alternative to yellow cabs). They dont have meters but the fare will be based on distance, starting at 7/8 bucks - we took a car home this weekend from crown heights to south park slope (further than you would have to go to get from the hotel to most nearby neighborhoods) for 10 bucks plus tip.

              1. re: tex.s.toast

                Tex, I know about the "gypsy" type car services, and have no issue. They've worked for me in other cities. Just curious, do you establish a rate before you start out or rely on the driver's price upon arrival at your destination?
                I wouldn't expect to have a problem getting a yellow cab from the hotel; it's just the return which, depending on where I wind up, that concerns me.

                1. re: mrsdebdav

                  These aren't gypsy cabs -- they're legit companies. Usually a fare will be quoted on the phone or when you get in. And font worry about the return -- most restaurants, if you ask them to call you a car, will have several services handy and can usually have a car there in 5 minutes.

                  1. re: mrsdebdav

                    in brooklyn they are called "car services" and will normally quote a price when you call.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      Thank you, jen, and to all who responded to my queries. I am looking forward to some great meals, which will be a major consolation for my assuredly painful performance at the tournament.
                      If I had to choose between a high score or a great meal, believe me, meal wins!
                      Thanks to everyone and will report back.

                2. re: mrsdebdav

                  I haven't been there myself, but I've read good things about Maimonide of Brooklyn. It's vegan, if that matters to you.


                  It's a little bit of a walk from the hotel, but if you're feeling spry it should take you about 15 minutes.

                  1. re: egit

                    Hey egit,
                    I'm pretty spry (love that word!). It's the cold that does me in. Hate it mucho. I def know about Maimonide and remembered when they opened. It sounds kinda hipster, which I am most def not (not that there's anything wrong with it). Vegan not important. I was actually thinking I should investigate the logistics of Paulee Gee. Love me some good pizza!

                    1. re: mrsdebdav

                      it's not a long walk from the marriott to two good pizza places on atlantic ave (one just reviewed in the NY times): sottocasa and krescendo. I've been to sottocasa and the pizza is very good. haven't been to krescendo, but you could look up the NY Times review and make your own judgment.

                1. re: botrytis9

                  Appreciate your response, botrytis9, but have to ask, what's so interesting about Siggy's? Believe me, if they offer something unique and wonderful, I'm totally there. I'm in Bkyn now and hope you see this and respond!
                  We had dinner tonight at Theresa's ( veg and non veg options) and all delicious.