The Search For Vegan Fast Food
Luckily, New York City has some locations to satisfy these urges.
(348 7th Ave. between 29th and 30th Streets)
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Sat.
Loving Hut, in Midtown and serves an only vegan menu. The atmosphere is a bit stilted; there’s no music playing in the background and the chairs are fairly small.
The food, however, makes up for the environment, especially with plates such as the $9 protein quesadilla. It is essentially chicken fajitas smothered in cheese and wrapped in a tortilla. The marinated soy is meant to taste like chicken, and it’s seasoned with spicy chili pasilla sauce. The daiya, or soy-free vegan cheese, has the sweetness of mozzarella. The dulcet daiya balances the boldness of the sauce.
Curly’s Vegetarian Lunch
(328 E. 14 St. between First and Second Avenues)
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
The East Village’s Curly’s is a small and casual vegetarian restaurant, although all meals can be made vegan. Patrons can admire the medium-lit, crayon-drawing adorned walls in the restaurant while listening to the house playlist that includes The Magnetic Fields and Prince.
Their $8.25 sloppy joe sandwich is a juicy and messy vegan adaptation of the American classic.The meal consists of soy ground beef, onions and peppers with a sweet and tangy sauce. The plate includes a side of mildly seasoned curly fries. The remains of the sandwich filling can be eaten as a delicious dip with the fries.
For dessert, order a slice of their $5.50 vegan key lime cheesecake, which is soy and tofu based. The slice tastes like vanilla ice cream with a mild amount of lime, in contrast to the classic dessert’s usual strong tanginess
(295 Grand Street, Brooklyn, between Roebling and Havemeyer Streets)
Hours vary daily; check Foodswings.net for details
This entirely vegan Brooklyn hot spot is a popular late-night snack stop. Foodswings is covered with cult movie and band posters, and punk music can usually be heard blaring through the speakers. The fluorescent lights and folding chairs create a very casual environment.
Although mostly known for their milkshakes and “Midnite Munchies,” Foodswings’ Buffalo-style soy wings should receive praise. The soy “chicken” is fried and smothered in a fiery and tangy sauce, accompanied by their house bleu cheese.
Drumsticks cost $2 each, making it easier (and cheaper) to indulge and pig out. Each wing also contains a wooden stick inside, resembling the bone in a regular chicken drumstick.