Vegan Restaurants are a dime a dozen in New York. We are so lucky to have a plethora of options and different variations of cuisines – that are fully vegan.
I try to eat fully vegan twice a week for the whole day. I can’t give up charcuterie boards so there’s no chance of a full transition. But, I found Champ’s Diner on one of those days and boy, have I struck gold.
Champs COO Jillian Rothenberg says that “We think this inclusive shift is fantastic for veganism,” and goes on to explain that she hopes the familiar, diner-like setting will help convince even non-vegans to try its offerings.”
WHAT’S GOOD IN BROOKLYN?
One of my favorite vegan restaurants is Champ’s Diner. It’s located at 197 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They are open 12pm-8pm daily, and currently, they’re only open for pick up or delivery.
Champ’s Diner specializes in all the naughty foods you can imagine. From loaded breakfast burritos to burgers bigger than your head, and ice cream shakes – you’re bound to finish your meal ready for a nap.
Everything on the menu is vegan, and this offers a wonderful opportunity for consumers to try out classic dishes they thought they could never have if they tried a plant-based diet.
MAN, YOU GOTTA SEE THE MENU
The best pancakes you will ever have are vegan. There, I said it. Now before you give me side-eye. Check out these puppies. A stack of three starts at eleven dollars and goes up to thirteen dollars.
They have four amazing house specials: cinnamon swirl, cookie dough, classic, and my personal favorite – Bananarama. Bananarama is pictured above, a delicious combination of banana and chocolate. A match made in heaven.
I am a SUCKER for a chicken sandwich. Luckily, their menu has two amazing chicken offerings. The Nashville Hot Chik’n and the Buffalo Chik’n – both made with chik’n, a plant-based chicken replacement that you will mistake for chicken.
Chik’n is a great way for non-vegans to acclimate to a new plant-based diet. It is a great substitute that incorporates the great flavors of meat, without the hefty price tag of raising your cholesterol. Both sandwiches are sixteen dollars and you can add a side of fries for three dollars!
Another dish you need to try is the salchi papa. It is french fries topped with mozzarella, fried sausage, chipotle aioli, mayo. A dish that originated in Peru, it is a combination of the word ‘salchicha’ (sausage) and ‘papa’ (potato). At thirteen dollars, this is a great appetizer for two or three people to share!
As a Colombian-American, I feel so proud to see a well known South American dish being offered at a trendy vegan restaurant in Brooklyn. It is a great way to spread awareness of foods from different cultures to people who otherwise would not be exposed to it.
THE VEGAN EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
The owners behind Champ’s Diner are also the owners behind two other amazing fully vegan restaurants in Brooklyn. Screamer’s Pizza located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is a reimagined pizza spot serving up classic pizza combos for the vegan palate.
Hartbreakers located in Bushwick, Brooklyn is a 70’s themed diner with famous chik’n sandwiches and salads alike. Time and time again, they have proven delicious options for a brand new audience.