NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
- Cash Only
Monday-Thursday 7am-9pm; Friday 7am-10pm; Saturday 8am-10pm; Sunday 8am-8pm.
At Leonard Street.
L to Lorimer. G to Metropolitan Avenue.
Willburg Café delivers.
Available Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-8pm.
This cafe carries Vegan Treats and quite a few other vegan food options, including a tofu omelete for breakfast.
Review by Melissa Bastian on February 7, 2009:
- Brunching at Willburg Cafe today was a refreshing change from the utter chaos that is the Saturday Manhattan Brunch. Rather than waiting for twenty minutes for a table in a jam-packed restaurant and then being served (slowly) by an overwrought waitress, as is so often the case in say the East Village, at Willburg we waltzed right in during prime brunch time - 1:30 pm - and sat at a cute two-top next to a window in the back.
This cafe does indeed have food for vegans, but it's extremely limited. In fact the tofu "omlette" was the only vegan entree I spotted on the menu. Naturally this is what I ordered; it bears no resemblance to an omlette. Rather, it's soft tofu cut into cubes and sauteed with peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and colored with turmeric. Served with a side of roasted potatoes and toast, it is a satisfying meal - but nothing to write home about. They did note vegan desserts on the menu, the ubiquitous Vegan Treats cakes I believe. While I do appreciate the availability, it doesn't make up for the lack of real foodstuffs.
Service was prompt and friendly, and brunch and coffee (with soy milk) for two only came to about 20 bucks. Of course, if they sold booze (I was dying for a bloody mary!) it could have been a whole other thing - alas, they do not.
One note about sitting in the back room: due to lack of ventilation, it got pretty darn smoky back there. The front room had better ventilation and much more natural light. So if you have the option, I'd choose front. Perhaps if there are no tables available, you could sit at the adorable diner-style counter.
Like so many other non-veg spots, if you're in the immediate neighborhood to meet friends or some such it's not a bad place to stop - but I wouldn't go back just for the food. That meal is one I can make at home.