You want French, Italian, Thai and good
old American bistro fare? Head to Fifth Avenue in Park Slope
and there are plenty of options to chose from. But if you’re
looking in this area for vegan dining, we wish you lotsa luck
finding a soy burger.
So what’s a poor vegan to do?
Dan Carabano, a vegetarian from Sunset Park, decided to come to the aid of his meatless ilk. In May, he opened The V-Spot on Fifth Avenue.
"I wanted to get exceptional vegan food to the area, and offer a diverse menu," says Carabano, who created the global menu. His offerings include greenmarket fresh salads and soups and a number of different "burgers," including the "bean" version, served with avocado, salsa and sour cream, and others, made with flavored soy or wheat.
There are also house-baked desserts using raw ingredients. The "boardwalk fudge," a chocoholic’s dream of moist chocolate cake, bittersweet ice cream and a crown of fudge, is the patrons’ favorite indulgence, says the owner. Other pastries are supplied by Vegan Treats, a well-known vegan baker from Pennsylvania.
The 38-seat dining room sports a brick wall, color photos that feature portraits of people and fruit, and cherry wood tables and chairs. Until the liquor license is approved, there’s a selection of fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies.
The V-Spot (156 Fifth Ave. between Douglass and DeGraw streets in Park Slope) accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $10. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Brunch is available on weekends, from 11 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays. For more information, call (718) 622-2275.