Some people may roll their eyes at the thought of vegan cuisine, because they immediately think of these three things: The granola guy who brings his kitchen-sink salad in a mason jar to the office, or that friend who never wants to try new restaurants because there is no vegan option, or the Soul Cycle lady who is only a vegan for bogus dietary reasons. The vegan stereotype can assume many different forms, but at the end of the day, the rise of Veganism has absolutely contributed to an increased attention to food sustainability and consequently, the upsurge of some delicious vegan restaurants, that I, the ultimate carnivore, approve of. Though at times their limitation can be frustrating, I must attribute my new love and appreciation for vegan cuisine to my two best friends, who are both hardcore vegans. Many of the places I write about below, were introduced to me by these two Veg Heads. Because the ingredients for such a cuisine are so restricted, the creativity in these kitchens is not only impressive, but finger-licking good. 

Here are a few restaurants with entirely vegan menus or with delightful Vegan options. 

1.) Champs Family Bakery

Since the first time I ever ate at Champs, it was love at first hesitant bite.  Champs Family Bakery is a 50's diner-themed vegan restaurant and bakery located in Brooklyn off of the Lorimer L train stop. Champs is dedicated to making vegan food, look like non-vegan food and making it taste better. Their menu is luxuriously expansive and has yet to let me down. They have sandwiches, salads, entrées, sides, deserts, and smoothies. They even have a "build-a-burger" section on their menu! Unlike the vegan restaurants we are used to, they do not limit their menu to just raw kale and sunflower seeds. In fact, the reason why this place is so tasty, is because they do not hold back on flavor. Some of my favorite dishes are, the "country dinz," the "drunken cowgirl," and their pancakes for breakfast, or dinner! Also, Champs plays great music and the art on the walls are hilariously funny.

176 Ainslie Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Open Seven Days a Week (9:00am-11:00pm)

2.) 983 Bushwick's Living Room

983 is another great spot located in Bushwick. The majority of their menu is NOT vegan. However, they offer several vegan options and substitutions for all of their local Brooklynite hipsters. In addition to their plethora of farmer's market sides, 983 makes a killer vegan Huevos Rancheros, breakfast scramble, tacos, and bomb salads. This restaurant satisfies the carnivorous vegan because they offer tasty and substantial portions, pumped with flavor. Also, the vegan option always looks very similar to the non-vegan option, making the tension at the table less apparent. They also serve breakfast all day! I recommend the Huevos Rancheros.

983 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Open Seven days a week 10:00am-2:00am

3.) 'Snice Cafe

'Snice Cafe is a 'snice place for the hungry non-vegans in search of some vegan lunch options. Not only does this place have many delicious dishes, like wraps, sandwiches, and salads, but they also serve La Colombe coffee, which definitely brightens up one's morning. The main reason why this cafe falls into the Carnivore/vegan category is because the sandwiches and wraps are just as tasty as any other non-vegan ones. My favorite dish at 'Snice is the "Kale and Sweet potato wrap" which you must add avocado to, because its amazing. 'Snice has locations in the West Village, Brooklyn, and Soho. 

http://www.snicecafe.com/

4.) Hana Grocery

This place is actually a super fancy market in Bushwick that opened a few years back. Luckily, its transformation included a new and improved deli with some amazing vegan-friendly options. Though any sandwich can be made vegan, I am including this option because their protein substitutes are incredibly creative and delicious. Some of the best sandwiches on the entire menu include things like, eggplant cutlets, vegan bacon, veggie burgers, tofu patties, portobello mushrooms, vegan cheese, hummus, and a lot of avocado.

5) Souen

Souen is a quaint, organic macrobiotic restaurant located in the East Village and in Soho. This place is great if you are craving Asian flavors. They have ramen, curry, bento-boxes, and salads filled with all of the yummy stuff inside of the granola guy's mason jar-ed kitchen-sink salad mentioned above. The menu is entirely vegan, except if you really want some fish, they can provide that for you too.

http://souen.net/

6) Lula's Sweet Apothecary

Lula's is a vegan ice-cream shop located in NYC's East Village. After stepping inside of this place, you feel like you've traveled back in time 10 decades and have landed inside of a 1920's ice-cream parlor. The faint sound of Louie Armstrong plays as you try flavors like, "peanut butter and jelly" and "earl grey." You also have several ice-cream sundae options that do not look or taste like they've been vegan-ized.

516 East 6th Street New York, NY, 10009

Open 3:00pm-11:30pm

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