Brooklyn Greenery

Review: NY Vegan Eats [Part 1]

My husband and I recently took a trip to NY for his younger cousin’s graduation. Although I would have wanted to be in attendance for this event regardless, I had a secret agenda: FOOD! On Instagram I follow vegan restaurants and people from all over, one of the main places being New York. In doing my research, it seemed that a lot of these places were in the Brooklyn area so I knew I HAD to stay here! This whole trip was like living out my Instagram dreams, making my timeline come to life! Unfortunately I left after four days with some places that had yet to be checked off, but I’ll most certainly be back! Check out where I ate below!

 

Clementine Bakery:
299 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY
www.clementinebakery.com

 

I was super excited to try out this spot! I’m always in the mood for sweets, so this was a no-brainer for me. Stepping into a place that offers a totally vegan menu is so refreshing. Especially vegan desserts! It’s always nice when you don’t have to ask questions about the ingredients. Ordering was a tough decision for me. I must have stood in front of the glass case for at least 5 minutes (which feels like forever). They offered everything from muffins, to cupcakes, to brownies and I was here for it ALL! I finally settled on a cream cheese brownie and it was a good choice! I’m always interested in what non-vegans think, so of course I asked my husband to give it a try and he agreed that it tasted “normal”. WIN! 🙂

After I finished my brownie, I walked around the corner and found the ice cream shop I had seen so many pictures of on IG (pictured below). If only I had room for the ice cream too! I told myself that I would come back, but didn’t have a chance to. Brooklyn is a lot bigger than I thought it would be!

Overall, I would rate this place a 9 out of 10, only because the edges around my brownie were a little tough (I got a corner piece, but a center piece probably would have been perfect). The ambiance was great, and I can’t wait to go back and try their ice cream!

Clementine Bakery


 ByChloe:
185 Bleecker St
New York, NY
www.eatbychloe.com

 

I’ll be honest, I had reaaaally high hopes for ByChloe. I love their marketing and overall look. Following them on social media made me really excited to try them out! Again, another place with a totally vegan menu = WIN! I went to the location over in Greenwich and before I even walked in, I could tell it was packed! Of course I went in anyway, because I had been dreaming of this moment for what seemed like forever! I walked in and there were people everywhere! It was hard to tell who was in line, versus who was waiting for their order. Oh, the confusion! Anywho, I made it to the register and ordered the Guac Burger (more pictures below). While my order was being prepared, I quickly hurried to find a seat. I’ve never felt so much pressure to find a seat so quickly! LOL Take your time if you want to and that seat you were eying was bound to be taken by someone who was quicker on their feet. I found a seat at one of their community tables (basically a free for all where strangers sit with other strangers) and sat my things down, only to be called to get my order a few minutes later. This was a task! I had to leave my bag at the table (risky, I know),  make my way through the crowd of hungry customers crowding the front area of the store, get my order, and then figure out a way to get through the crowd once again, this time trying not to have my tray accidentally knocked over by someone’s elbow. I sat down only to realize that I didn’t have any ketchup. The beet ketchup at ByChloe is a “thing” so I knew I had to try it. I got it and sat back down, took a few photos and realized there was no possible way I could eat comfortably. Did I mention it was HOT?! It had to be at least 80 something degrees outside, and somewhere close to that (if not hotter) inside as well. I don’t know if the A.C. was down or what, but it was SO HOT. I took my photos and walked over to the nearest park bench.

Now onto the food… The fries were less than great. They actually were pretty disappointing. Some of them were crisp, some of them were soggy. Some of them were crisp and soggy. Epic fail 🙁 On the bright side, the burger was really tasty! Peep the toppings on the pictures below. Because I don’t live near a ByChloe location, I can’t wait to try and recreate it (wish me luck)! Oh, and the beet ketchup was pretty tasty too! I was pleasantly surprised.

Would I go again? YEP! Maybe next time I’ll do some research on their off-peak times or try a different location. I would rate this place a 7 out of 10. The customer experience wasn’t all that great (you can’t control the crowds, but you can control the temperature in the restaurant) and the fries were a huge loss. I LOVE fries! You can’t mess this up! If it wasn’t so crazy in there, I would have asked for a new order.

Have you tried ByChloe? What did you think??

 By Chloe


Zen Vegetarian House:
773 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY
www.zenvegetarianhouse.com

 

This was my very first stop in Brooklyn. What made it so great was that it was only a 4 minute walk from my Airbnb! I kept it simple and ordered the Mango “Chicken” with brown rice and a spring roll. It was pretty good! I wish the mango was a little softer, but the dish reminded me of my old meat eating days. Yum! So good! I wasn’t a fan of the spring roll, but you do have a choice between that and soup as your side.

I enjoyed this meal so much, I ordered take-out for dinner on another night! This time I ordered the General Tso’s “Chicken”, served with broccoli, roasted walnuts and a side of brown rice. Again, yum! I couldn’t even finish the whole meal. There was so much! Definitely worth the money.

Would I go again? Absolutely! I’d rate this place a 9 out of 10 only because of the spring roll. Not sure what went wrong there! They also offer ice cream, which I heard was pretty good too. If you’re looking for quick take-out, delivery, or want to dine in this is the place for you!

 Zen Vegetarian House


Cookie Do:
550 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY
www.cookiedonyc.com/

 

I first learned of Cookie Do via Instagram. A place that sells edible cookie dough?! How could I pass it up?! When you arrive, be prepared to wait! On the day I went, the weather wasn’t all that great (cloudy and on the verge of rain) and there was a line outside the door (pictured below).

It turns out that they offer two different vegan options: Peanut butter snicker doodle a classic chocolate chip. I tasted the snicker doodle, but decided to go with the chocolate chip. Yum! My husband decided to join in on the fun and went with the regular chocolate chip. Unfortunately I misheard him and ordered the wrong thing (he actually wanted chocolate chip ice cream), but we tossed the dough in the oven later that day and learned that it makes for great baked cookies! WIN! I ordered the smallest size ($4) and I have to admit, I couldn’t even finish it! I ended up saving it for later and made cookies out of mine as well.

I would rate this place an 8 out of 10. Can we get some more “fun” vegan options?! And how about some coconut milk based ice cream to go with that?! I’m willing to be patient 🙂

 Cookie Do


Chez Alex:
72 Ralph Ave.
Brooklyn,NY
www.chezalexbrooklyn.com

 

I know, I know. At first glance your wondering what in the world your staring at below. It’s what they call a “Red 2”. The Red 2 is a meatless meatball sandwich with cilantro, pickled red onions, spicy tomato pineapple sauce and vegan cheese. It was soooo good! Their vegan menu had 4 options to choose from and to be honest, it was a pretty tough decision, but I’m confident that I made the best one! I’m so excited to try and recreate this sandwich at home! Something else I liked about this restaurant was that they offered a variety of vegan treats as well! I had to pass on them because I had had my share of sweets for the day, but they sure looked good!

I’d rate this place a 9.5 out of 10, only because of presentation. This sandwich was amazing and I’m so excited to visit again and try more tasty food!

Chez Alex

Champs Diner:
197 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
http://www.champsdiner.com/

 

Champs was another one of those places that I had really high hopes for. I follow them on Instagram and all of their food looks so amazing. They offer a completely vegan menu with tons of options. I’m a brunch kind of girl, so I went with the French Toast Slam: 2 French Toast Wedges, Tofu scramble, Soysage, Hash browns, and Seitan Bacon. Let’s start with the french toast… It tasted good, but I was a little confused as to why it wasn’t cooked on both sides. Imagine making french toast but not flipping it over. Who does that?? Perhaps it was a mistake? I don’t know. The hash browns were slightly overcooked and they soysage was a little too sweet for me. On the other hand I did enjoy the seitan bacon (something I didn’t enjoy as a meat eater) and the tofu scramble was REALLY good! I don’t know what they seasoned that tofu with, but it was like no other! After my meal, I decided to try one of the donuts that are made by Cinnamon Snail which was perfect because on the day I went to go find their food truck they were gone 🙁 I ordered the raspberry and lemon cream cheese doughnut and it was a winner! There were so many other things that I wanted to try on the menu, but I’ll definitely have to come back for a round two.

I would rate this place a 7.5 out of 10. Excited to try some items off of the lunch menu!

 Champs Diner


The Brooklyn Greenery:
560 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY
www.bkgreenery.com

 

This place is a Brooklyn gem! It was about a 9 minute walk away from my Airbnb, which made it super convenient to get to. They offer some really good smoothie, juice and even food options! The vibe is super chill and relaxing. They even had great background music and played some of my favorite artists like Solange and Chance the Rapper. During my first visit I ordered the “Brooklyn Green Smoothie” that included Kale, Spinach, Pineapple, Mango, Banana, and Pineapple Juice. YUM! The consistency and texture was amazing, truly perfection!

On my second visit i decided to try a fresh juice. I’m a novice juicer so i wasn’t really sure what to get, but I enjoyed getting to choose from options with names like “Queen Bee”, “Redman”, and “Mos Def”. I ended up choosing the “Illmatic” which included green and red apple, strawberry, lemon and ginger. Not bad! I was recently gifted a juicer and now I’m excited to begin experimenting.

I would rate this place a 10 out of 10. Not one bad thing to say about my experience there!

Brooklyn Greenery


Gandhi Indian Restaurant: 
2032 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226
gandhiindian.com

 

I strolled into this place on a whim, as my husband was headed next door for pizza. I wasn’t sure if they even offered vegan options, but Deryle encouraged me to go in and ask. It’s not often that I have authentic Indian food, and this place seemed legit. The cashier was so friendly in going over what items on the menu could be “veganized”and what options I might enjoy the best. I ended up going with the Spicy Veggie Chettinad Curry that is originally made with cow’s milk, but they were able to sub with coconut milk. It was ready in about 15 minutes and smelled SO good! I was really excited to walk it back to my Airbnb so I could dig in! I was so excited I forgot to take pictures of the actual food!

I’m typically a fan of spicy food, but sadly this was just tooooo spicy. I tried to mix it with the rice, but it didn’t help much. I really wanted to enjoy this meal, but I just couldn’t! I ended up eating the rice, and throwing most of the veggies away. Because I don’t eat authentic Indian food regularly, I didn’t know what I was in for! I’m used to going to restaurants and ordering spicy food and it not being spicy at all. That certainly wasn’t the case here. Word to the wise: when in doubt, go without. I should have stuck with the mild version.

I rate this place an 8 out of 10. I was SO appreciative of them being able to accommodate me as a vegan and being so willing to do so! My only issue was the spice level. My Lord! It should come with a warning label! LOL I’d love to meet someone who is able to finish that meal without a gallon of water near by!

Gandhi Indian Restaurant

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