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Foodswings

Food: 4.084.08
Atmosphere: 3.643.64
Service: 44

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295 Grand Street
Brooklyn   NY 11211
(718) 388-1919
Foodswings website
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Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)

Accepted Payments:

  • Cash Only

Hours:

Now open Mondays!
Sun & Mon 11:30am-11pm; Thu-Thu 11:30am-midnight; Fri & Sat 11:30am-2am.

Directions:

Between Havemeyer and Roebling Streets. L to Lorimer, G to Metropolitan Avenue.

Delivery notes:

Foodswings delivers.

Notes:

In addition to very large menu of vegan fast food, they've got a selection of vegan candy.

Don't touch anything too skanky on your way there - or drink too much for that matter - cuz there's no bathroom. They got a bathroom! New owners as of late 2008.

Lunch specials change weekly. Call ahead if you're curious.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on November 3, 2010.

User Reviews of Foodswings

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.084.08
Atmosphere: 3.643.64
Service: 44
  • Review by lindafern117 on November 8, 2010:

  • If you are looking for a greasy, guilty pleasure this is the spot. My husband and child had an entirely fried lunch and I had an awesome gyro wrap (it's been 20 years since I had a "real" one). The fries were overly greasy but everything was super tasty, once in awhile it's a great treat.

    And they now sell Lula's ice cream in pints.

    Don't go there if you're looking for wholesome goodness or vegetables.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 55
  • Review by lucifly on June 23, 2010:

  • the vegan heartattack is awesome. i have been vegan for 4 months and you will not regret it if you spend an afternoon or evening making your way to foodswings. the ambiance is awesome, all the food was great, and the people were cool.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by turtledog on March 22, 2010:

  • Finally visited Foodswings after hearing all the rave reviews and ended up with mixed feelings. The girl at the counter was very nice to us. It was a busy night but our orders came pretty quickly.

    The drumsticks were amazingly good (the buffalo style), much better than we've had at other places. Very filling. The fries are also delicious - they are the bad, breaded kind. The fish stix were ok. The biggest disappointment was the mac and cheese which tasted like a bowl of pasta mixed with nutritional yeast. Since the place now has Daiya, we say put it in every dish that involves cheese even if they have to raise the prices.

    The bad part was that because we are such health-conscious vegans, all the grease had us sick all night. We are just not used to it. We were sorely missing veggies and should have gotten a salad or wrap. But if you're looking for a vegan-version of the unhealthy fast food and your stomach can handle it, we would definitely recommend the place.

    We'll go again; just balance the meal with a bit fried and a bit green.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by alf-redo on February 6, 2010:

  • It is going downhill fast. I really liked this place for what it was, but as of late it isn't even hitting the greasy/gross but good mark, just greasy/gross. I was really excited when they added onion rings, but they came out two different colors and were like little grease pockets (not exaggerating - it was squirting out and I couldn't eat them in the end)- I think some were old and some new. Last night was another disaster involving tempeh that was unseasoned and tasted raw. Kate's has better vegan onion rings (I never thought I would recommend Kate's over any place) and for this kind of food I now feel like I should wait until I'm in Manhattan for Curly's - where it tastes 10xs better, actually has a little nutritional value, and costs about the same. This is a shame because I want to support them and like that they connect with the activist community, but it is already prepackaged kind of stuff and isn't being prepared properly.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by Sam C on January 9, 2010:

  • Greasy, heavy, salty drunk food. Foodswings, you've gotta serve water with every eat-in dish!
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 44
  • Review by bicyclereporter on December 5, 2009:

  • Ate here last nite with some friends who have eaten here.

    I must say I was disappointed some. The Reuben Sandwich was okay, not great. The sauce was the wrong one. As a Jew, if you are going to make a faux Reuben, then use Russian dressing. The old VegCity Diner made better ones.

    They would do better to make sweet potato fries b/c the regular fries were overcooked and tasted like old college cafeteria textured fries. Really disappointing.

    Finally, the milkshake was tasty but it was warm! Geez. If it were chilled, it would have been a lot better.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 33
  • Review by Bisylisy on September 20, 2009:

  • The food is considerably deceiving or so my non-vegan associates have concluded. I like to go here when I feel like eating crappy food, crappy as in probably nutrient deficient and it totally urea the hankering. I have loved everything I've tried but I religiously get the pupu platter. Try the 4 skins. They are retardedly good and loaded with grease. The girl in there though is unpleasant with me and my friends more often than not so despite the fact that I love to have a vegan grease fest there, I feel totally bummed by her unfriendly manners.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by alf-redo on June 12, 2009:

  • I love them. It is fast food for veagans. I stick to basics - either some kind of burger and fries (and milkshake!) or the three piece with plantains or one of their two kinds of mac and cheese. Other stuff has been hit or miss (i liked the nachos, hated the jerk tofu? I think is what it was...) so I don't know if I would recommend deviation from what they are good at. Don't like that they don't have the wing competition anymore and the rise in prices...but oh well. Liked the environ a little more before it changed hands but the bathroom and not dealing with the bar across the street more than makes up for it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by shotzombies on May 23, 2009:

  • The only complaint I ever had with this place is that they didn't open early enough. Well, now they do. The new owners added a bathroom, a fresh paint job, and are now open for lunch. I saw the former owner eating lunch there the other day, which was nice. The food, as always, totally satisfies the urge for junk food that I occasionally crave.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by ryanxvxrage on April 18, 2009:

  • My all time favorite vegan restaurant.
    I have never had a bad meal from here.
    Love the environment, really nice people.
    Put it all together and you got, awesome!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by JamesR on February 3, 2009:

  • I was sad to see Freedom out of this place, but it still kills on several fronts. The tank and seymour shakes are epic, the buffalo stix and mac n cheese combo are great, and the staff is lovely. I especially like the new addition of the fiesta style reusable plates. Now everyone can stop being such damn crybabies about the paper plates whilst partying on the new plates!!! Keep this place going, we need wings for those tough times ahead.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by juls on January 21, 2009:

  • I've been a couple times and it's always been pretty good. However, the faux philly cheese steak wasn't that great and the shake I got wasn't really cold at all. But the next time I went I got a fake chicken parmasean and it rocked!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by PlomeekSoup on December 2, 2008:

  • It's all about the buffalo drumsticks!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by BankBank on November 27, 2008:

  • Just ate here for thanksgiving and really enjoyed it. The bird came out looking KRAZY, straight out of Eraserhead. The tofu had been molded just like jell-o would be. Tasted pretty darn good, with nice stuffing and mashed taters and collard greens. Had a yummy vanilla soda/coffee ice cream float, too.

    The place has a fun vibe, and the people working there (the ex-owners (founders?)) were super friendly. Their little daughter took my order and it was pleasing to see a family-run vegan place.

    I will be back to try some of the regular menu... here's to hoping that they'll bring back the wing eating contest :DDD
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by GenericInsight on March 18, 2008:

  • It blows my mind how uptight people get when they don't like a restaurant. Seriously, who cares? There's other, more constructive things to do than just be all "Oh Foodswings is terrible, don't listen to everyone else and don't go there!" That said, no, the food isn't healthy - that's the point of the place. I've been vegetarian for well over 10 years and sometimes I just need some un-healthy comfort food. Foodswings is one of my favorite places to eat at. The prices do get a little expensive depending on how much you order, but as someone stated, considering the neighborhood they are located in it's completely understandable. I understand the reasoning behind the complaints about the plastic dishes and such but there's really not much they can do about it, so I just suck it up and deal with it. All that said, I really do love the food and maybe it's because I'm a fairly frequent customer but the staff is always super friendly to me (and I'm far from being "friends with the owner" as someone stated before). If you don't like the place, big deal, don't go there and let the people who do love it talk about how much they love it. Viva la Foodswings!

    Now if only they'd get a bathroom on the premises, then all will be right with the world.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by sewster on December 20, 2007:

  • Oh the haters! The anger! Please, just don't go to Foodswings if it's not your thing. It's fun food. It's a low key place. When I am yearning for soy fish & fries I go there and it makes me sooo happy. If I want fine dining I go to a fancy joint like Counter. Sometimes you feel like a nut...sometimes you don't. Viva Foodswings!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by xmotormanx on December 19, 2007:

  • the the guy below: dude, it actually does cost around $20K to do things like that, especially if you don't already have the plumbing for it. I work in a restaurant and oversee things like this and it's huge money every time. Foodswings is located in an expensive area and they don't have the dough. Restaurant code goes that you've got to have a sanitizer, so you can't just install a sink and expect that to suffice, lest the health department shut you down. I think thats bullshit too, soap and water is fine by me, and I HATE waste, but it is a larger problem which involves the health department, not the laziness of anyone at foodswings. I am the sort of person who takes 3 minute showers specifically because I am disgusted by waste, but don't beat on a helpless man without the means to improve what he is apparently also dissatisfied with. The restaurant business is a really difficult one, and its a rare place that goes into it with any other mindset than making a buck off making food - vegan places are unique and they suffer financially because of it in an already precarious setting. If you wait around for perfection, it will never come to you. May as well open a place with your own standards or atleast recognize the privilaged position it requires to level criticisms like that, especially so thoughtlessly. Shitting on Domino's Pizza for giving to anti-abortion groups is one thing, but shitting on a place that is pretty much trying to be an ethically responsible business who falls short of perfection due to lack of funds is lame.
  • Review by knuckles on November 13, 2007:

  • 20K for a dishwasher? Listen "punk", get yourself a SINK and a BUSBOY. There is no excuse for all that waste. I'm not at all interested in health, but I am interested in not destroying the planet because y'all are too lazy to wash a dish.

    That said. The food has gone way downhill. The past few times I've been there it's been not cooked through and somehow just doesn't taste as good as it used to. The prices are climbing upwards, too. This place is punk in theory only. Expensive food and disposable everything cancels out the Misfits and tattoos. Also, the shakes are super watery. I am positive that all these 5 stars reviews are friends of the owner.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by BANU on May 1, 2007:

  • xmotormanx is completly correct. I really don't think I've been there without a beer, and that's the kind of place it is. The food - well, it's not upscale by any means, and it's totally greasy fast food. But that's a good thing! The shakes are TOTALLY worth it, and they inspired me to spike my own last time I was there (they sold booze shakes at their birthday party). I love the place. Go see a show and then go to Foodswings, still sweaty and drunk, and that's how to appreciate the place. And the people will be nice if you're not a dick to them. And if you give them tips - they deserve it, shit.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Freedom on April 6, 2007:

  • Ummm, did we ever claim to be healthy? nope. In regards to the "service"... what type of service do you expect from a fast food restaurant? You order your food, eat & go away. No servers, no nonsense. And as for the disposable issue.... we are not equipped with a dishwasher or the space/necessary plumbing to install one. If there is anyone out there that would like to give us $20,000 to re-structure our space, be our guest. We will gladly make the switch. Foodswings makes claims to many things, but our biggest claim that we we will always stick to .. is to make vegan food accessible to non-vegans. At this, we are pretty successful & in the end that's all that matters. We're reaching our goal.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by crispyheart on March 28, 2007:

  • there's nothing like walking down grand street in anticipation of a great meal, and then walking into foodswings. illusion shattered. apart from the general lack of atmosphere & (in my experience) "service", even what a "greasy - proves that vegan food doesn't necessarily mean healthy - restaurant" promises to deliver - delish comfort-y food - foodswings doesn't quite live up to the hype. i do rate highly, however, the cans of vegan spray "cool whip". i'm giving it a three because of that.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by xmotormanx on March 22, 2007:

  • I feel weird, being the only guy to give this disaster 5 stars on all accounts, but it just succeeds so well as what it is. What it offers you is so specific that there is endless room to fuck it all up but this place hasn't done it one bit: you are promised the most deplorable, ludicrous vegan slop from the soy-version-of-a-Kraft-single-half-melted-
    on-some-white-bread-and-mockmeat-with-Prego-on-top school of dining (see: no-meatball parmigiana; 'real winner) and it is served to you with a crucial/not uninviting additude which not only leaves you the F alone if you've come to do so but provides you with a place to go after the show to keep it going because its BYOB, bitches. Really, anyone caught entering Foodswings without a 40oz should not be trusted or loved. It is a character-building mineshaft; all the fine traits are there: cheapish eats, a sea of vegan punx loving on eachother in the harshest way possible, L7 raging on the stereo and the sense that the staff can more or less do whatever it wants. Food here is almost secondary, just like any place like this, but Foodswings holds things down particularly well by delivering you what I believe to be EXACTLY what they promised and exactly what you have envisioned. You came for the atmosphere and the magnified blazing glory of throwing all caution to the wind. You're a vegan, you've come to get down to the fullest extent you can by way of food and drink and late nights and well here it is, don't complain, no one is going to give it to you any better. It would really be impossible to do so.

    Better than a sharp stick in the eye.


    If you like:
    - the opportunity to drink your own cheap beer inside an establishment
    - screeching weasle
    - being trashy
    - being awesome
    - drunkfood
    - rad people
    - punx

    GET ON YR BIKE AND GET YR FOUL ASS TO FOODSWINGS WHERE IT BELONGS
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by animalfriendly on August 14, 2006:

  • I was warned that Foodswings is not as good as its reputation, and I'd have to agree after visiting today.
    I liked the atmosphere. Very punk and fun, yet down to business. The lack of bathroom is a bit of a pain. While they may be wasteful, moist towelettes might go a long way toward alleviating that issue.
    The food was the greasy stuff you'll expect from every review you read about this place. But what we did sample was not something I'd go out of my way to eat again. It wasn't bad, mind you, but I just couldn't see myself gorging on this stuff unless I had a serious craving for what basically amounts to junk food. I had to find ways to make up for my lack of fruits and vegetables at this meal.
    We tried the "beef" quesadillas, which were okay while still hot, but not as good after detouring into the sample Pu-Pu platter for a while. We left about 1/3 of the 10" quesadilla uneaten. The sampler was a mixed bag. The fish sticks were only so-so, too, but the chicken nuggets were much tastier, especially in the excellent BBQ dipping sauce. The various drumsticks were good, too. I think I've had variations on these at other restaurants in Los Angeles, and these were simply decked out differently. I can't remember which was best, but they were all good enough. Ultimately, it's a pretty cheap way to try different items Foodswings sells, and you can see for yourself.
    The shakes were all right, and would have been a real treat if I had not already had the best I've ever experienced at Red Bamboo Brooklyn so recently. I did find it hard to drink all the chunks of cookie and chocolate (or carob?) through the thin straws, so I ended up having to take off the lid, scooping out the whole cookie and bigger chunks, then drinking the rest right out of the cup. We tried The Tank and The Hurricane, both of which tasted pretty good, but still fell well short of the best vegan shakes I've ever had.
    The service was friendly but could have been more informative. I asked enough questions to make it obvious I'd never been before, but I was not told what any of the dipping sauces were for the sampler basket, so I did not know which went to what item. That said, it was fun to experiment. It was kinda like eating kids' finger food.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by Red Lurcher on July 24, 2006:

  • A lot of the grub at Foodswings is kinda disgusting, but it's not an accident. It's like McDonalds food for vegans - greasy and salty. They actually do have good, fresh salads, but it's hard to remember that sometimes. And you can always rely on them to source the latest and weidest ultra-Kosher dairy free desserts.

    The staff is friendly. And while I wish they had a bathroom, they have at least let me into the kitchen to wash my hands. The food does seem a bit overpriced, but there's not much competition in the neighborhood.

    Whatever I may forgive them otherwise, they should have reusable dishes! I don't care what excuses they make. For a place to have as much of a moral agenda as this place, and then serve on disposable dishes and cutlery is just pathetic and hypocritical. They don't compromise on veganess, why be so completely fucking backwards when it comes to environmental impact?!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by lizette on May 28, 2006:

  • Foodswings is pretty tiny - that coupled with the no-bathroom situation means that I generally either walk over and get take-out or order delivery. (Lucky for me, I'm just a few blocks away...)

    The french fries here are delicious, as is almost everything. The "mac and cheeze" is pretty good too (though not particularly "cheese-like". That said, whatever cheese they use in the sandwiches is amazingly good.) I also really like their reuben sandwich. The desserts, which vary, tend to be really good (love the cheesecake!).

    Two slight downsides: the menu changes considerably Friday and Saturday 11pm to 2am (only the "midnight munchies" section of the menu is available) and they're closed Mondays (I *always* forget this..).
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by Olivia Lane on May 21, 2006:

  • I'm a big fan of the pu-pu platter and the cheese fries. I wish they would just raise the prices a bit or hold a fundraiser or something so they could get a dishwasher already; somehow eating food to stay in take-away packaging is a little too ghetto-fabulous and un-eco friendly. But I haven't been there in months so this situation may have already been rectified. You may wanna BYO Plate, Cup, and Fork just in case, but don't expect to be able to rinse it anywhere cuz there's no bathroom. But again, the food here is really tasty, so it almost makes up these inconveniences.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 44

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