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Category Archive: Obituaries

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  1. SuperVegan's Presidential Debate Party at Red Bamboo Brooklyn in 2008

    SuperVegan’s Presidential Debate Party at Red Bamboo Brooklyn in 2008

    2010 was not only tough on the U.S. economy but also on the NYC veg restaurant scene. Some new restaurants opened last year, but in this post we’ll review all the sad (and not-so-sad) losses of 2010. Of those that closed, these are three of the biggest losses:

    Red Bamboo Brooklyn
    Closed in January 2010, it came as a big shock since the place generally always had a crowd. It was the lone veg restaurant in Ft. Greene in its time, and one of the few 100% vegetarian restaurants anywhere that had a large space great for a crowd along with a full bar. It held many poignant veg memories-the Satya farewell party as well as the SuperVegan-sponsored presidential debate and election night parties in 2008, and the biggest reason why it’s such a great loss? Well, because the closing seemed rather….senseless-the owners at the time cited the rising expense of soy (huh?) so the place is still a restaurant with the same owners but serves meat and retains a few of the Red Bamboo menu items.

    Cosmic Cantina
    Many of you may not have had the enjoyment of trying a burrito at Cosmic Cantina in the East Village. They specialized in fresh, mostly organic ingredients, served cocktails, and were open until 4am. The owner had a compassionate epiphany at the beginning of 2010 and converted the place from conventional to 100% vegetarian. With its closure in June went the only strictly veg, delicious, close to authentic Cal-Mexican place in town.

    Madras Café
    Last but not least, Madras Café–also in the East Village, a veg staple for 20 years. While there are many Kosher vegetarian Indian places in the city, Madras Café was a standout. They designated all the vegan items on the menu, welcomed large parties, and most importantly made a good vegan mango lassi (which can be surprisingly hard to find in this city of plentiful vegan dosa and curry offerings).

    Other 2010 closures include:
    24 Carrots Organic Juice Bar
    Caserta Vecchia
    D’Ital Shak
    Eskimix
    Green Melody
    Ghenet Ethiopian (Manhattan)
    Karen’s On Astor
    Little Buddy Biscuit Company
    The Lucky Cat
    Quantum Leap (Queens)
    Rice-Lexington Ave
    SproutCraft Cafe
    SuRa
    Victory Bhavan

    Closed but replaced by other veg establishments:
    Blossom Bistro (replaced by V-Note )
    Organic Heights replaced by Sun in Bloom
    Tamilnadu Bhavan (replaced previous veg Indian restaurant Saravana Bhavan Dosa Hut and rest assured the location still has a veg Indian restaurant by the name of Bhojan

    While not exactly gone, these restaurants went from 100% veg to serving meat but still retain some vegan options, alas they are added to the mourning list too:
    Chennai (UES)
    Dang Lai Palace
    Hummus Kitchen(UES)

    Benny’s Pizzeria no longer has vegan pizza options-all crusts have butter in them and overall the place is no longer very vegan friendly.

    Last call, Counter is preparing to shutter it’s doors in February 2011 so be sure to get in one last trip.

    Be sure to visit The Graveyard and share your memories of your now closed favorite veg restaurants.

    What places closed this year that you miss the most? Which will you miss the least? Did we miss any in our list? Tell us about it below!

  2. Haven't had one in ages, but I just started missing their Route 66 and Lost in Austin burritos.

    Haven’t had one in ages, but I just started missing their Route 66 and Lost in Austin burritos.

    Earlier this week, all of the dozen or so Burritovilles left in the city abruptly closed. Yesterday, The New York Times’ Tina Kelley quotes an owner of a jewelry store next to the Burritoville on Water Street: “A couple of days ago the workers, the chefs and delivery boys showed up around 10 in the morning and were waiting on the stoop out front. Eventually they went home because no one showed up to open the store.”

    If you think you’ve heard of something similar happening at another veg-friendly establishment, you’re right.

    Burritoville was founded and later sold by Steve Lynn and David LaPointe (who, now with his wife, Jean LaPointe owns Curly’s Vegetarian Lunch). They (and another partner Bob Salamack) also started Veg-City Diner which had a 14th Street and Sixth Ave location and another at Third Ave off 9th Street.

    The Third Ave location opened just days before the 9/11 attacks and shuttered weeks after. The remaining Veg-City Diner on 14th Street remained open for another couple years and had quite a following before it abruptly closed due to a reported kitchen fire. (It was Veg-City Diner, with its incredible revolving vegan cakes display, that made Danielle Konya’s VeganTreats famous.)

    Strangely enough, some waiters and chefs who worked at the Veg-City Diner reported that they had not been paid for weeks before that fire. Continue Reading…

  3. Victimless Leather, part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit at MoMA.

    Victimless Leather, part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibit at MoMA.

    Some things that raise interesting questions have been collecting in my browser tabs bar. I thought I’d share them with you.

    • There’s a thorough post over at U.S. Food Policy about the scope of meat in rising food costs. It takes into account the rising cost of animal feed (and competition from the biofuels industry) and also the dramatic increases in meat consumption, especially in developing nations.
    • A turtle named Myrtle, who was well known in the backyards of her block in Williamsburg was painted pink, presumably by some construction workers. It became quite a local “human interest” story. It seems like Myrtle will be OK, which is great, but I’m sure that most of those sympathizing with her story would have no moral qualms eating turtle soup.
    • I’ve been noticing a similar disconnect in regards to Eight Belles, the racehorse who was driven to her death last week at the Kentucky Derby. The mainstream seems sort of upset about the abuse and effective murder of Eight Belles, but not really enough to realize that horse racing can be just as evil as their favorite bugaboo, dog fighting.
    • And finally, Paola Antonelli, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art has “killed” a piece by artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr called Victimless Leather. The tiny jacket-shaped object/creature was made of mouse stem cells and was kept alive via a nutrient tube. It (I actually feel OK using an inanimate pronoun here) grew faster than expected and clogged its own life-support system. Says Antonelli:
      [It] started growing, growing, growing until it became too big. And [the artists] were back in Australia, so I had to make the decision to kill it. And you know what? I felt I could not make that decision. I’ve always been pro-choice and all of a sudden I’m here not sleeping at night about killing a coat…That thing was never alive before it was grown.

      I wonder how Antonelli thinks other “things” become alive?

  4. At Schnäck

    At Schnäck

    These are sad days for vegan hot dog fans. Dash Dogs on the Lower East Side has closed, and Schnäck (on the wrong side of the BQE in Carroll Gardens) is about to close. I haven’t eaten at Schnäck yet, but I hope get there before they’re gone for good.

    I’ve been burned a couple of times recently trying to find cheap, filling late-night food on the Lower East Side. “Let’s just go to Dash Dogs!” Nope. It’s strictly crappy falafel and potato chips from now on. Like I needed another reason to avoid that neighhborhood. Dash (and soon Schnäck) joins Broome Dogs and Sparky’s in our Restaurant Graveyard.

    So, looking at our Vegan Hot Dog Map of New York City, it looks like the main games left in town are Crif Dogs, Willie’s Dawgs, and I guess the various F&Bs. Lots of restaurants may have a veggie dog on the menu, but there’s something special about places where it’s the centerpiece. Are we missing any veg-friendly dog joints?

  5. Veggie Castle Closing!

    From reader Linda and also the New York Press via Brooklyn Vegan, comes news that Flatbush’s Veggie Castle will be closed after today, December 24, 2007. Today is the last day. And I’m out of town, so I can’t even go for a goodbye binge. But you should go swarm the place!

    The end of a 10-year lease is to blame, according to Cindy Bernard, daughter of owner Viburt Bernard. She said the landlord wanted to sell the lot to someone who plans to tear down the building and develop a new commercial space. In the meantime, “distraught” describes the mood among her regulars.

    Veggie Castle was truly unique place, and the novelty factor (a White Castle taken over by Rastas) was backed up by delicious, inexpensive, food. We’ll miss you!

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