Avant Garden’s name isn’t exactly doing it any favors - but this restaurant does make some very good vegan food. They just opened a new location in Williamsburg with a setup that’s very similar to the original in the East Village: fancy (but not pretentious) plates of vegetables that won’t make you miss the presence of meat, in an intimate space that would be good for a low-key date. Skip the cocktails and try something off their interesting wine list instead, and get the eggplant toast - which is excellent, and one of the new menu items that’s only available at this location.
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Gertie is an attractive all-day spot in Williamsburg, and it’s a great place to eat breakfast or brunch and pretend you’re living in a PBS cartoon.
Grimm Artisanal Ales
Grimm is a big brewery in East Williamsburg where you can drink an imperial stout and mingle with beer nerds.
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Beyond Sushi is a counter-service spot in the Garment District that specializes in sushi rolls that don’t actually have any fish in them.
Ital Kitchen is a vegan spot in Crown Heights where you can pretend you're vacationing in the French West Indies.
Hangawi is a Korean vegetarian restaurant where you check your shoes at the door and eat some vegetables in many different forms.
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In 2021, Llama Inn in Williamsburg has loosened up into a laid-back Peruvian spot we’d visit on a random Tuesday night.
Lighthouse is our go-to spot in Williamsburg for a casual, kind of healthy, but still impressive meal.
Hartbreakers is a casual vegan spot in Bushwick where you can get a good fried “chicken” sandwich and a side of waffle fries.
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