Empty Plates During Brooklyn Restaurant Week

Brooklyn Restaurant Week is running until March 29th. If you’re vegetarian or vegan looking to get out for a bite to eat in the upcoming days and benefit from “discounted lunches and dinners (for $20.12 and $25, respectively), plus two-for-one and brunch options,” the pickings are slim.

Of the 195 Brooklyn restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, 18 of these restaurants are Clean Plates approved. Clean Plates promotes themselves as a way “to make it easier and more enjoyable for you to eat healthy, sustainable food.” Of the 18 Clean Plates approved restaurants participating, 9 carry their Vegetarian seal.

Here’s my review of the options:

  • Al Di La Trattoria (The Winter Squash Ravioli sounds good…but they serve calf liver and rabbit…it’s your call.)
  • Applewood (All the veggie combinations sound delicious…then they muck it up with meats and cheeses. Pass.)
  • Aurora (Heavy on the cheeses. Prix Fixe menu not available to view online. May be worth visiting for restaurant week if they offer some substitutions.)
  • Chestnut (Website not updated since before Thanksgiving. Call.)
  • Lunetta (Likely not worth visiting for restaurant week; prix fixe menu not available online but general menu doesn’t seem well rounded enough to accommodate three veg courses.)
  • Miranda (One of the desserts expressly says vegan. May be worth visiting for restaurant week if they offer some substitutions.)
  • Moim (May be worth visiting for restaurant week if they accommodate some substitutions.)
  • Rose Water (Not worth visiting for restaurant week; prix fixe doesn’t offer a veg option in all three courses and there are no substitutions.)

Click to view the full restaurant listings.

If you’re really looking to join in on Brooklyn Restaurant Week, call ahead to confirm these restaurants carry sufficient menu options for your lifestyle needs. Otherwise, just patronize the places that treat you right…and don’t make you play this guessing. Maybe even encourage them to participate in the future.

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