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Kate's Brooklyn Joint
295 Berry Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
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Vegetarian (not especially vegan)
Menu did not indicate vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
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This location is currently closed, though it may re-open.
Kate's Brooklyn Joint did not deliver.
On July 1, 2008, dilly808 let us know they closed.
Review by Andrew Phillip Tipton on January 21, 2008:
- Alright, um.....I love it. Since we discovered this location we haven't been back to the other joint. I've been here about 5 or 6 times in the last four months, and loved it every time. In addition to the food being good (just as good as the other kates) the waitress is great. I'm sure you guys already know this, but the cheese isnt vegan. Favorites are the fried tofu dinner and the sweet potato hash (brunch). The tofu scram is just as good as everyone says. I love that its a hole in the wall.....just my style.
Review by xmotormanx on September 24, 2007:
- It is in such a random and seemly residential locale that it already feels like cheating when you get there. Then there will be the dietary cheating, the cheating on your own aspirations for a healthier lifestyle, as you will be powerless to resist the not-as-harsh-as-foodswings-but-viscious-all-the-same kind of diner slop that they are serving as the exclusive culinary possibilty. BYOB no less, thus the evening is slotted for total bodily punishment.
I like the fact that it's BYOB, concidering that the other Kate's Joint in Manhattan is not, and it sort of feels like an apology for being so ramshakle a version of its sister restaurant, even though it is probably just a product of its ramshackleness. Also this place is a little weird, but in a good way: you seat youself but there's no indication of that fact, it is truly tucked away on a dark street where it really the only beacon of light and activity, no one is ever in there, and all this totals up to it actually being better than the original Kate's in practically all ways. No wait, no expensive booze, no scene-y crowd, nothing except a place that feels like it is hiding from the rest of the world and now you get to have it all instead of fight for your chunk.
Service is lackluster but not to the point of sucking. It is just sort of airy and absent. I personally like bad service. Leave us alone, I say. Just bring me my food and let me hang out with my friends. They do this admirably.
There is no use in trying to penalize this place for not being healthier somehow, because that is not at all the goal it has set for itself. It says vegitarian diner, and there is goes. Most of it is vegan, but their soy cheese contain casinate, which once again begs the question, why the hell does anyone make or buy non-dairy cheese that isn't actually non-dairy. Vegetarians and omnivores won't want it and vegans don't eat it. Anyway it is wise to ask, when in doubt, about somethings veganhood.
All that being said the food is delicious. Holy moly. Way more veggies than Foodswings, but still full of your favorite evil soy thing. Perhaps I can sum it all up by saying that they have a pizza burger. Anyway, burgers, fake-steak, not dawgs, hashbrowns, etc - diner food, and they do it really well. They have totally captured the diner thing in such a seemless fashion that were I not so eternally stoaked to be vegan I might just forget.
It's really cool that you can go someplace in this area and hang out with someone with no wait. The only problem are, I think, the hours, which are limited to dinner only, and closed on Sundays. It's a double-edged sword because this is probably also what keeps the people out, the weird hours.
Anyway, go there! For fans of Atlas & Foodswings.
Review by Al on August 23, 2007:
- We had a lot of trouble when we were there. They had a new cook who couldn't seem to get our orders right, and their computerized order system wasn't working. We waited about an hour or more for our food, and when it arrived, we had to send some orders back because they were so screwed up. BUT, that being said, the waiter was trying his best to remedy the situation, and the food, once we got the correct orders, was tasty. I'd give it another try just to see if it was maybe on off day when I was there before.
Review by Olivia Lane on June 4, 2007:
- This place seems more like a hole in the wall than the Manhattan location! Still, it isn't quite as dirty and it's got much less of a pretentious grungy hipster vibe. As a bonus, I didn't have to wait for a table during weekend brunch hours. I like it!