NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
999 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn NY 11222
Papacitos Brooklyn website
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
Monday-Thurs 11am to 12am, Friday 11am to 2am, Saturday 11am to 2am, Sunday 5pm to 11pm.
Between Huron and Green.
G train to Greenpoint Avenue.
Papacitos Brooklyn delivers.
"West coast style Mexican street food" served up in a hipster-safe environment featuring a large outdoor space.
They serve up vegan tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Filling options include Grilled Veggies, Spicy Tempeh, Seitan Asada, and SoyRizo. You can also add vegan cheese and sour cream.
Review by Melissa Bastian on November 21, 2010:
- I visited Papacitos for the first time last night - which just so happened to be their very first night of Karaoke! (Apparently this will be a regular event going forward - Thursdays and Saturdays, 11pm - be warned.) At first I thought ohdeargodmustleavenownownow. But guess who got up and sang? That's right - me! The sound system and dj are great, and the host is nothing short of infectious.
As for the food, the vegan options are relatively impressive compared to what I'm usually presented with at Mexican places. And they can actually melt the Daiya! Amazing.
There was only one server for the whole floor, and service was pretty slow once the singing started. But then, it was karaoke night - and good ol' Mark did take a break to do a little singing (totally awesome)! So it may have been a unique experience. We didn't care at all, because we already had our food and were enjoying rocking out. But it definitely took a minute to get the check.
I got the Papacitos plate, a nice melange of rice, beans, et cetera. At my table I could also observe a GIANT burrito, some nice looking enchiladas, and a positively enormous quesodilla. There is no hurting for portion sizes, that's for sure. I'm planning to go back soon and try the nachos... and see if they've got an y Billie Holiday on queue!
Review by halfie on March 8, 2010:
- I'm re-reviewing this place with a heavy heart. I was so into them when they first opened, and for a while after that, but they've really dropped the ball in recent months.
The food is now often luke warm when it comes out, the tempeh and grilled veggie fillings have both been blah when I've gotten them in tacos, and the service has been atrocious! Like, crazy frazzled waitstaff and occasionally surly to boot!
I think they did themselves a disservice when they doubled their space and expanded their hours. It seems the kitchen just can't keep up in terms of quality.
I've heard the original older sold Papacito's to new management, which could explain things. If I lived right in the neighborhood I'd probably still swing by every now and again, but it's no longer worth the effort for me to go out of my way to eat here.
Review by RichBeBe on February 26, 2010:
- I love Papacitos. Best burritos around, though if they used Daiya they would be even better.
There nachos are awesome, though a bit too much "stuff" to chip ratio in my opinion. I end up needing a fork to eat my meal.
There 4pm-7pm happy hour with $5 burritos, and either 4 or 5 dollar "meat" nachos is spot on.
Only complaint is the service is slow, they are great, but it can take a while just to get asked if we want a drink, or water.
Review by alf-redo on June 12, 2009:
- i love this place! the tempeh is good but the seitan is awesome! outdoor seating, byob right now, large portions, can use vegan cheese/sour cream on almost anything - my friend got the nachos - so awesome
Review by halfie on January 20, 2009:
- I don't think of Papacito's as "vegan-friendly" so much as I think of it as the hands down best Mexican food in nyc, with a proper selection of both vegan and meat options. After all, we can't all go out with other vegans exclusively all the time, and whether you're hanging with a mixed group or not, this place rules.
Their vegetarian (vegan!) burrito isn't just a burrito with extra veggies and no meat; theirs comes with tofu sour cream and soy cheese and your choice of grilled veggies, spicy tempeh, seitan asada, or soyrizo. Any of those vegan add-ins can go in their tacos or other dishes too. Rejoice! The flavors in everything I've tasted are incredible. Leaps and bounds above, say, Chipotle or Burritoville. Now maybe you're thinking I don't set the bar very high, but I'm sure you know as well as I do that vegan Mexican food is not so simple to come by in this city.
Also, they have vegan dessert items, including mini donuts and chocolate ginger cookies.
The prices are totally fair and the wait staff is real sweet! Perfection.
Review by PlomeekSoup on December 2, 2008:
- I go here on a regular basis for the vegan soyrizo burrito, which is awesome with just the right amount of spice (you'll want to get some of their homemade hot sauce on the side, too).
Their address is 999 Manhattan Ave, and they do indeed deliver locally.
Review by chelsey on November 22, 2008:
- First off, this place is around the corner on Manhattan Ave now. The garden entrance on Huron made me thing it was no more but alas there was hope.
I had been meaning to check this place out for a while and I don't know why I didn't any sooner. I was going to see if I could get the quesadilla made vegan but instead I opted for the very obvious vegan burrito with seitan in it. It had been a while since I had warm food since I work at a raw food place so it was the best thing in the world to me. It would have been cool if everything was distributed a little bit more evenly inside that monster burrito but I think that's how burritos work in general and I know I'm not going to revolutionize the burrito (I tried not to use the word burrito three times).
+vegan sour cream
+ridiculously sized portion
And my friend got to eat steak! Everyone won. They have vegan cookies too that I didn't try but I guess you can't really go wrong with that.