NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Mundo Café & Restaurant
31-18 Broadway Avenue
Astoria NY 11106
Mundo Café & Restaurant website
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu does not indicate vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
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$15 minimum credit card charge.
Mon-Sat 5pm-10:30pm; Sun 1pm-10:30pm.
N, W trains to Broadway Avenue.
Mundo Café & Restaurant delivers.
$15 minimum order.
Lots of delicious and filling vegetarian appetizers from around the world. Great assortment of wines too!
Review by Melissa Bastian on January 30, 2009:
- Ahh, Mundo. One of the more interesting options in Astoria menu-wise, they serve dishes that I've never seen anywhere else. While the entree selection is utterly lacking in vegan options, it matters not - you can eat makeshift tapas style to your heart's content from their array of vegan appetizers and dips.
They refer to the Red Sonjas as their "must-try signature dish", and it's absolutely true - you'd be cheating yourself not to get these awesome, formless, tasty, and somewhat indescribable treats. Just don't have too much of a good thing; I once thought it would be cool for me and my man to have a plate each, and it was total overload. Two per person is the perfect amount.
All three of the vegan dips are good, but I especially like the roasted eggplant variety. As for other appetizers, the stuffed zucchini is like a caramelized onion BOMB, so don't order it unless you're really into caramelized onions. The Egyptian artichokes are kind of good, but also a little bit bizarre - at least in the choice of accompanying vegetables.
And if all that doesn't do it for you, have a bowl of the red lentil soup. It's always a winner.
As for what's vegan and what isn't, the menu clearly marks what is vegetarian, which I do appreciate, but many of these items do contain cheese. It's not too hard to figure out, though, what has cheese as all components are listed for each dish, and it seems that the cheese could be left out of several dishes to make them vegan. And when in doubt, you can always consult your server.
I've found their employees to be well educated about the distinctions between vegetarianism and veganism, but they won't necessarily pick up on the fact that you're searching for a completely animal free meal unless you state it outright. That said, they are completely accommodating and give no flack once you mention that you're vegan. Occasionally their soup of the day will even be vegan; if the server isn't positive it's been my experience that they'll make sure of the ingredients before putting it down on your order.
As far as atmosphere, it's a somewhat typical Astoria establishment in size (fairly small) and seating arrangement (tables pretty darn close together). The decor is somewhat nice though; it's obvious that someone went out of his or her way to make the place look special.
On days with decent weather they open up the front out onto the avenue - which is honestly something I'm not terribly fond of, but I know that many others enjoy it. They also have live music on some evenings, in the vein of jazz trios and such. Again, personally I feel that it's much too small a space for that sort of stuff, but if you enjoy that vibe you might just love it.
Overall, if you're in the neighborhood and looking for a nice meal that's not the typical Indian or Thai so often found in these parts, Mundo is definitely worth a shot.
Review by PlomeekSoup on December 2, 2008:
- Two words: RED SONJA.
Review by Olivia Lane on March 1, 2008:
- I love, love, love Mundo. I live almost an hour away and think Mundo is totally worth the trip. The servers are all supernice, gorgeous, welcoming, chatty, and eager to help you navigate through the menu for vegan options. The small intimate, casual chic atmosphere (inc. sidewalk seating in warmer months) makes it the perfect place to bring a date. They have only one entree that can be veganized but they have many interesting and tasty appetizers that can be pulled together to create a satisfying vegan meal. As a side note, Mundo hosts cool events throughout the year. Join their mailing list so you don't miss any!