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Organic, Healthy Restaurants and Cafes - Brooklyn, NY

Organic, Healthy Restaurants and Cafes - Brooklyn, NY

Dining in Brooklyn the healthy, all-natural way. This trendy, multi-cultural borough is also celebrated by foodies everywhere for its diverse, delicious, all natural and organic cuisine.

The flavors of the entire world are at home in Brooklyn. What's not as well known, though, is the undeniable fact that some of the finest organic, farm-to-table cafes and restaurants are located on Brooklyn's bustling, vibrant streets.

With young, creative chefs in charge of the kitchen, these restaurants prove that eating healthy can also be a delicious and enjoyable experience. Good for you greens, herb-dressed meats and salads as well as gluten-free pasta and desserts never tasted so good.

Champs Diner - Brooklyn

A fresh, contemporary take on classic diner favorites and comfort food awaits you at Champs Diner. They will satisfy your craving for delicious vegan dishes from early in the AM to late at night. At Champs, they like to say that you'll leave the premises with a full belly and a smile on your face. The kitchen here certainly knows how to keep their promises. Serving up vegan comfort food since 2010, Champs has a very attractive retro-diner look and feel. You simply feel comfortable and at home here.

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Start your meal off in a very appetizing way with an order of their signature Tempeh wings, (buffalo or BBQ) or the tasty Seitan asada fries with sour cream, cheese and chives. Entrees are innovative and taste-tempting. The cauliflower Po' Boy with cajun mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickle is one of their most popular menu items, closely followed by the Baja fish burrito. A meal in itself, your whole wheat  burrito wrap is packed with fish cutlets, purple cabbage, greens,avocado, salsa and chipolte dressing. It won't burn your mouth. The spice is just right.

Dig into one of Champ's delicious and filling bowls. It's a meal so tasty you won't even realize that you are eating healthy. Choose from the aptly named Awesome Bowl with quinoa, tofu scramble,bell peppers, home fries and garlic sauteed kale plus Hollandaise sauce, the Basic Bowl consisting if beets, rice, broccoli and black beans with a zesty dressing or the amazing Mac Daddy. This incredible bowl of goodness contains a generous helping of mac and cheese, veggie bacon, crumbled veggie burger, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and bread crumbs.

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Champs also has a full line-up of drinks designed to quench your thirst and satisfy those taste buds. They have a variety of fresh-squeezed juices and smoothie. Coffee drinks can be made with either Soy, almond or oat milk. But if you are a fan of old-school diner fare, then you'll want to try their absolutely fabulous egg creams and floats that are made with vanilla soy ice cream.

Location and Hours

197 Meserole street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 599-2743
www.champsdiner.com

Hours
Monday to Sunday 8 AM to 12 AM

V Spot - Park Slope, Brooklyn

This buzzed-about, extremely popular neighborhood vegan cafe is brought to you by a former math teacher, a stand-up comedian and an attorney. That's quite a diverse group. But owners Danny and Alex Carabano, who happen to be brothers, together with Steven Simicich are united by their love of food.

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V Spot has become famous for their traditional Colombian dishes and Latin-fusion cooking with a decidedly vegan twist. The ambiance is casual yet chic and, during the warmer months, you can enjoy your food outdoors in their backyard patio. They also serve a nice selection of organic wine, from boutique, family-owned vineyards. These tasty wines will go great with your meal. You never know what surprises will take place while you're enjoying your food. Alex Carabano hosts a weekly comedy show, every thursday, at V Spot's Saint Marks Place location in the East Village. Alex has  been known to command the room at their Brooklyn location, as well and tell a few jokes. Belly laughs galore and a full stomach. What more could you want?

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The service here is friendly and the staff, as well as the owners, really make you feel like part of the family.  Their menu has a great deal of variety ranging from empanadas, tacos and salads to entrees. They have a number of gluten-free options and are Kosher certified. You can't miss if you go for the house signature Arepas, traditional-style. It's a handmade grilled thick corn masa patty topped with vegan cheese. Their kale tostada is crunchy and hits the spot, if you'll pardon the pun. Your corn tortilla is topped with raw kale, red beans, avocado slices, V Spot salsa and vegan parmesan cheese.

Some of the most in-demand entrée plates include the quinoa curried kale and the plato casado with Caribbean brown rice, seasoned red beans with garlic and olive oil together with mixed veggies. You can add tofu or seitan, if you like for a small additional charge. You could, if you wanted to, make a meal out of two or three of their delightful sides. They are all good, but the best of the bunch are the sweet and soft plantains with coconut curry sauce, the quinoa that is flavored with ginger and lemon and the soy free Belgian-style fries, lightly sprinkled with sea salt.

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This is Latin comfort food at its best, made with the freshest ingredients.

Location and Hours

156 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 928-8778
www.vspot.nyc

Hours
Monday 5 PM to 10 PM
Tues.,Wed.,Thurs 12 PM to 10 PM
Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM
Sunday 11 AM to  9 PM

Sun in Bloom - Park Slope, Brooklyn

Sun in Bloom is about the sheer joy of good food. Though Chef Aimee and her team are extremely health-conscious at this charming restaurant, they don't take themselves too seriously. Food is fun. That's the philosophy here, plain and simple.

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Chef Aimee's menu is centered on organic, plant based vegan cuisine that integrates macrobiotic foods. But the food philosophy at Sun in Bloom is not exclusionary. Aimee's dishes are accessible to everyone, vegan or not. This is food that nourishes the body and soul with a whole lot of love. What's good here, you may ask? Well, most people agree that Aimee's lightly roasted vegetable lasagna with a ricotta cashew basil pesto and home made Marinara sauce is a can't miss dish.

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The miso-ginger scramble with chickpeas, tofu, garlic, caramelized onions, beans, roasted sweet potato fries, quinoa and fresh salsa is also a standout. However, by far, the most popular item is their signature Shitake lentil burger with cashew cilantro lime crème. You can get it served on a gluten-free bun, on a bed of crispy romaine lettuce or wrapped in collard greens. Those are unusual but inviting options for one of the best burgers, anywhere in the city. Chef Aimee has recently added a bakery which features melt in your mouth muffins, banana bread and other vegan goodies.

Location and Hours

460 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
( 718 ) 622-4303
www.suninbloom.com

Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30 AM to 9 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

Rose Water - Brooklyn

Comforting, Welcoming and delicious. Those are the words that best describe Rose Water, a farm to table restaurant that specializes in New American cuisine.

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John Tucker, who has a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry, opened Rose Water in 2000. John's goal was to bring the neighborhood seasonal American cooking with organic ingredients that are sourced from local family farms. John recently expanded his culinary vision for Rose Water by bringing chef Matt Bernaro aboard to head up the kitchen.

Formerly the chef at Daniel and Battersby, Matt has formed solid relationships with a wide range of farmers, foragers, fish mongers and meat purveyors. Chef Matt is not interested in getting the cheapest deals from a supplier. He is more concerned with the quality of the meats and produce being offered. If they are not of premium quality, then they won't make it into Matt's kitchen or onto your plate. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can indulge your senses with Chef Matt's tasting menu. This very special menu offers five courses for only sixty dollars. Some of the restaurant's most popular dishes, at the moment, include the duck breast in a delightful orange-coriander sauce, grilled loin of pork and seared scallops with bok choy.

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Also hitting all the right notes is Rose Water's scrumptious prix-fixe $17 brunch which includes an entrée and a beverage. The chef has used his imagination and come up with quite a few intriguing brunch dishes. His roasted pumpkin crepes with lemon ricotta and the Apple buttermilk pancakes topped with spiced butter are a delicious change of pace. The smoked wild coho salmon fishcake with poached eggs and cauliflower is a masterpiece on a plate. If you just want brunch basics with a twist, then go for the three organic eggs your way accompanied by roasted potatoes, bacon and a radish salad.

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Location and Hours

787 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 783-3800
www.rosewaterrestaurant.com

Hours
Monday to Friday 5:30 PM to 11 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM to 11 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM to 10 PM

Alice's Arbor - Brooklyn

This gem of a restaurant has been gaining a reputation that stretches well beyond Brooklyn's borders. Foodies from across the city flock to Alice's Arbor to taste the latest creations from Chef and co-owner Mike Franzetti. Wherever you are coming from, a delicious and bountiful lunch or dinner at Alice's Arbor is well worth the trip.

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The partners involved in the restaurant, Chef Mike, Stephen Gerville and Dimitri Vlahakis first met fifteen years ago when they were working in the lower east side. They have seen and done it all in the hospitality industry. Their collective experience is reflected in both the exemplary service, beautiful, eclectic décor and wonderful food that are the hallmarks of Alice's Arbor.
A visually striking and colorful menu board takes up most of one wall. With barn and pallet wood everywhere, the décor could be described as contemporary rustic. A bouquet of flowers is the centerpiece at every table, which adds a nice, warm touch.

The menu emphasis is on full-flavored, authentic farm to table fare, using organic ingredients whenever possible. Mike, Dimitri and Stephen have cultivated strong bonds with a wide variety of local farmers including Black Horse farms in Coxsackie NY, Bulich Mushroom farm in Catskill, Mead Orchards in Tivoli NY and Phillips Farm in West Milford New Jersey, which produces some of the best kale and beefsteak tomatoes to be had in the Tri-State area.

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Their dinner menu is not that extensive but rest assured that you will find something you like. Sometimes less really is more. Their cheese monger's plate of local cheese selections, fruit, nuts, truffle honey and bread is a very popular menu item as is the Mediterranean octopus salad with feta and olives. The pickles and fries combo is an extremely interesting appetizer. If you're craving something a little more substantial, then Chef Mike's entrees should do the trick. Rave reviews from customers are the norm for the Sullivan county farm trout with green beans, fingerling potatoes and brown butter as well as the wood oven roasted chicken accompanied by creamy grits.

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For dessert look no further than their signature cheesecake with raspberry coulis. This cheesecake stays true to a recipe from Chef Mike's grandmother. It is delicious.

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Location and Hours

549 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 399- 3003
www.alicesarbor.com

Hours
Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 11 PM
Friday 9 AM to 12 AM
Saturday 10 AM to 12 AM
Sunday 10 AM to 11 PM

Juicery Kitchen - Williamsburg

When you're busy and on the go, the Juicery Kitchen is the place where you want to be for healthy eating. Yummy and  satisfying doesn't even begin to describe the selection Juicery kitchen has of good for you meals, vegan options, refreshing juices and fruit-filled smoothies. There's a real sense of warmth and comfort about this small but high-impact café. With a modern rustic look, the Juicery Kitchen is a welcome oasis amidst the cool, trendy but sometimes gritty streets of Brooklyn.

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You can even do a little people-watching if you like. Just grab a table  by the windows near the entrance. At the Juicery, they are not about diets or fads. They are committed to preparing  wholesome meals with an emphasis on gluten-free ingredients as well as macrobiotic, vegan, raw and vegetarian options. Their food is delicious re-defined.

And, to top it all off, you won't find any sugar, chemicals or preservatives anywhere in their kitchen. Sandwiches are served on toasted spelt bread. Selections include baked tofu with romaine greens ,alfalfa , carrots, onions and pickles with a very smooth vegan spread. The grilled Portobello and hummus-tahini sandwiches are also quite popular with regulars.

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You can order your wild Alaskan salmon broiled or steamed. But do yourself a huge favor and choose either the Teriyaki or ginger scallion sauce to accompany your fish. For a healthy and hearty meal, turn to one of the Juicery's signature warm bowls.

All bowls are served with brown rice. Options include the Macro (Japanese sweet potato, collard greens, broccoli, wakame seaweed, beans of the day and kombu broth) the broccoli tofu bowl, tofu teriyaki, the veggie pesto bowl and the spice-up-your-day green curry bowl with white mushrooms and cauliflower.

You can wash down your meal with a fresh squeezed orange juice or organic coconut water. If smoothies are your thing then the Guavacado is for you. It's a wonderful blend of avocado, guava, mango, spinach, kale, lime and coconut water.

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The Red and Blue is a fruity blend of house made almond milk, strawberry, blueberry and banana with raw protein.

Location and Hours

568 Union avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-3680
www.juicerykitchen.com

Hours
Monday to Sunday 9 AM to 9 PM

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