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For Veggie Restaurant Expansion By Maureen C. Wyse
When examining the restaurant choices in New York City
the only word that comes to mind is spoiled. It seems like I cannot walk
a few New
without running into a veg restaurant. You name the fare and we’ve
got it. Everything you dreamed you would never find the vegan version
of you’ll find in NYC. Pizza, chicken wings, soft serve, crepes,
cheesecake, cheese steak, scramble, cupcakes, nachos, ice cream sandwiches,
buns, chicken parmesan … do I have you drooling yet? And while
I spend a great deal of my time talking about food, NYC gives me those
When people bite into a mock meat dish or a stunningly perfect slice
of cheesecake, they’re wowed. I am thankful for being able to introduce people to veganism
via their taste buds. And because one of the most common reasons people eat meat
is out of convenience, New York’s variety of vegetarian restaurants gives ’em
a run for their money.
Now I could stop here, but I must also express thanks to the recent expansion
of veggie restaurants. My hat is off to those restaurants investing the time
and capital into extending their excellent fare to feed even more New Yorkers
and open more minds and palates to vegetarianism. Thanks for continuing to
make New York a vegetarian heaven.
Every vegetarian’s go-to place for all day delicious eats. Their regular
menu has expanded to include more vegan sandwiches, crepes, salads and soups.
Atlas also carries the largest selection of Vegan Treats delectable desserts
as well as vanilla soft serve frozen tofu with your choice of mix-ins. They are
now introducing: Little Atlas, an absolute gift to New York City. A small hole
in the wall near the NYU campus, this is the perfect quick stop café for
your favorite Atlas eats and treats. Manhatttan: 73 2 Ave (btn 4 and 5 Sts), (212) 539-0966.
New Manhattan Location: 6 W 4 St, (btn Bway and Mercer), (212) 253-5535.
Our extraordinary vegan fast food joint is going to show Manhattan what real
soy milk shakes, chicken wings, and Vegan Heart Attack Burgers are all about.
After two and half years of serving unbeatably delicious and greasy vegan eats,
Foodswings is expanding to the big city. Manhattanites rejoice! No more riding
the L train for midnight munchies, and an even quicker way to convert your
fellow city dwellers. No one can turn down their Chicken Caesar Sub Sandwich
Tank Shake with chocolate ice cream, cookies and peanut butter.
Brooklyn: 295 Grand St, (btn Roebling and Havemeyer), Williamsburg, (718) 388-1919.
New Manhattan Location: Lower East Side (Stay tuned for exact location) www.foodswings.net.
New York’s famous vegetarian diner complete with a full menu, brunch and
favorites like the Un-Turkey Club sandwich, Disco Fries, Buffalo Un-Chicken Wings
and old fashioned diner coffee served in cream colored ceramic mugs, has recently
opened a small café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Brooklynites are lucky
to have this staple comfort food joint right around the corner. Manhattan: 58 Ave B, (btn 4 and 5 Sts), (212) 777-7059.
New Brooklyn Location: 295 Berry St at S 3 St, Williamsburg, (718) 218-7167.
Everyone’s favorite veg show off spot has expanded to Brooklyn, and with
flying colors. With the same delicious favorites like their Creole Soul Chicken,
Cajun Fried Shrimp and Barbecue Buffalo Wings, Red Bamboo Brooklyn spices things
up with a full bar, upstairs lounge, outside seating area and weekend brunch.
Also, keep in mind this restaurant has high hopes to go beyond the Big Apple,
so non-New Yorkers, keep your eyes peeled. Manhattan: 140 W 4 St, (btn MacDougal and 6 Ave), (212) 260-7049, www.redbamboo-nyc.com.
New Brooklyn Location: 271 Adelphi St, (Corner of DeKalb Ave) Fort Greene,
(718) 643-4806, www.redbamboobrooklyn.com.
With delicious Asian vegetarian fare, Wild Ginger serves up some of the best
mock meat dishes we’ve ever had, like their Black Pepper Seitan with
Chinese Broccoli and their Sesame Sweet and Sour Soy Protein. The perfect place
dates, Wild Ginger has hopped on the hipster train adding a Williamsburg location,
sure to delight all Brooklynites. Manhattan: 380 Broome St, (btn Mott and Mulberry Sts), (212) 966-1883.
New Brooklyn Location: 212 Bedford Ave, (btn N 6 and 5 Sts), Williamsburg. www.wildgingernyc.com.
What else could I be thankful for? I am never more than a 10 minute walk or
train ride from a veggie restaurant I love. Thank you to veggie franchising,
it even easier to avoid the consumption of animals in this big vegan city I