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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Ainslie Enoteca e Birreria
Ainslie is a huge bar and restaurant in Williamsburg where you should eat wood-fired pizzas while day drinking with a group.
Ace’s Perfect Pizza
Ace’s in Williamsburg is where you should go for the best Detroit-style pizza in the city.
Toby’s Estate Coffee
Toby's Estate is a coffee company based in Williamsburg, and this is a quality coffee shop attached to the roastery.
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Superiority Burger is a tiny vegetarian counter-service place in the East Village with great seasonal specials and gelato.
Renegades of Sunset
If you’re looking for some fun vegan food in Industry City, go to Renegades of Sunset.
Peacefood is one of our favorite vegan spots in town (and especially in Union Square). Go, but beware that the chickpea fries are addicting.
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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.
Everything on the vegan menu at P.S. Kitchen is pretty good, which means this Midtown spot is a solid option near Times Square.
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