NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu does not indicate vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
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Mon-Thurs 7am-10pm; Friday 7am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-4pm.
Breakfast Mon-Fri 7am - 3pm; Brunch Sat & Sun 9am-4pm. Close after brunch and re-open for dinner at 6pm.
At Java Street.
G train to Greenpoint Avenue.
Brooklyn Label does not deliver.
SV Reader Tiffany writes:
They have tofu scramble on the brunch menu and can make it with vegan soy cheese [no casein]. Be sure and ask for the hash browns to be cooked in olive oil or they will use butter! They also have tempeh rubens. I haven't been there for dinner yet because the menu looks totally meaty/milky. Do they think vegans don't eat dinner?Veggie burger is not vegan.
They carry Vegan Treats pastries.
Review by juls on August 6, 2010:
- pretty much every meal I've had here has been great. I've tried thier vegan entrees and they've all been really good. Would definitely go back.
Review by tofu_hunter on February 21, 2010:
- So I just thought I should leave a note telling everyone that the chocolate they use in all their hot chocolate (incl. the Mayan, ugh) is NOT VEGAN. After countless times in a row of asking for a Mayan "vegan, with soymilk and no whipped cream" this is the FIRST TIME a waiter thought to mention that the chocolate has dairy in it. Not cool!!!!!! :( I feel a bit gross that I got it a bunch of times already but I'm glad I know and won't be getting it again.
Review by alf-redo on October 14, 2009:
- bland and overpriced, though i was there for dinner so maybe breakfast is better?...maybe if it was really convienent and i was meeting an omni. i like the potential for outdoor seating though
Review by tofu_hunter on October 10, 2009:
- If the veggie burger isn't vegan, then the menu is lying to us. That's really not cool!
This place kind of annoys me. They've got a couple vegan entrees on the dinner menu, but not a ton of selection. The only things I can eat and feel like I'm getting a full meal w. protein are the veggie burger and the bbq tofu (which, granted, are good). The breakfast tofu is cubed, not scrambled, not really what I'm in the mood for at breakfast. Despite this, I will sometimes go with my non-vegan friends because it's close by, but if I can persuade my buddies to go to the city I'd much rather eat brunch at curly's or counter.
I also had an interaction with the chef in which I thought he was pretty rude. I casually mentioned to the waiter that if the biscuits and gravy were vegan, vegans would flock there from miles around because practically no one else has them. He said he'd tell the chef and came back telling me the chef had freaked out and said he would NEVER EVEN CONSIDER making vegan biscuits (wtf?) and also that "PEOPLE COME HERE FOR MEAT." Don't you like money, brooklyn label? Why you gotta be that way? If this place wasn't so close to my house I definitely wouldn't go there so often. Williamsburg/bushwick/greenpoint has yet to get a restaurant featuring healthy, tasty, vegan-minded home cooking, and that makes me sad.
Review by Tiffany on March 25, 2009:
- Brooklyn Label has really stepped it up in the last few months. They now label items on their menu VEGAN and have added a ton of new vegan items. I had BBQ tofu with "cheesey" grits, collards and hush puppies there the other night and it was fabulous. The fried avocado appetizer was so amazing as well. I highly recommend checking this place out any time of the day now, the only bummer is the service is still a little hit or miss.
Review by IsaChandra on March 13, 2008:
- Butter and eggs are never needed! Try adding some more vegan options. Also, leaving yourself 5 star reviews comes across as pretty tacky.
Review by blackhorserock on March 10, 2008:
- Hi to all our regulars and brunch visitors! We'd like to update everyone on what's going on at Brooklyn Label:
We're happy to bring Ed Bode on as our new Head Chef. Many of you have already recognized him from his southern fried days at Union Picnic. Once he gets settled in you can all expect some great specials coming your way.
We have recently changed our hours to a winter schedule. Our new hours are 7am-7pm monday through friday, 9am-7pm on saturday, and 9am-4pm on sunday. We will keep these hours until our liquor license is finalized (yes, we are still waiting..) and spring arrives.
We've brought in some great new desserts from Vegan Treats (www.vegantreats.com) from Penn. They are amazing! Deliveries come in on tuesday evenings. Vegan Treats is a great company with a cult following, and we can see why. Sinfully good!
We've also made some health conscious changes to our menu. We've switched to soy oil to cook our eggs, some of our breakfast entrees, and our hashbrowns, rather than butter. We're keeping the butter where it's needed, but trying to lighten up where we can.
On a personal note, to all of our regulars: Aaron and myself are on tour right now to support our first album, and will be on the road for 5 weeks!! the rest of our staff will be taking care of you all while we're gone. We look forward to seeing you all when we get back.
GM, Brooklyn Label
Review by msouthan on March 1, 2008:
- The food is actually very good. There's just an extreme shortage of vegan options. As noted above, make sure to ask for the tofu and potatoes dish vegan or it will be cooked in butter. The ruben is pretty bland sans dairy so I tend to avoid it and the veggie burger isnt vegan. They also have veggie (but not vegan) biscuits and gravy. Basically, come here if you want really good tofu/potatoes, good coffee with soy milk or one of the many vegan treats items they carry (which are worth the trip in themselves).