Places for non-meat treats? Here are five from Foer

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He’s a vegetarian and a Brooklynite — which means novelist Jonathan Safran Foer has pretty strong opinions about the best places to avoid eating animals.

“I’m a vegetarian, but I never eat in vegetarian restaurants,” he said. “Every restaurant in Park Slope has plenty of good options for non-meat-eaters. Chinese food, Indian food — these are easy places to avoid meat.”

Here’s Foer five top places and dishes:

Olive Vine

54 Seventh Ave. between Lincoln and St. Johns places, (718) 622-2626

“If I’m going anywhere in the vicinity of that place, I’ll go in and get a falafel and baba ghanoush. It’s insane. It’s as good as it gets.”

Park Slope Taqueria

74 Seventh Ave. between Lincoln and Berkeley places, (718) 398-4300

“I get the Berkeley vegetarian burrito, which has the roasted corn. It’s great.”


315 Fifth Ave. at Third Street, (718) 788-2121

“They have a Thai salad with edamame that I really like. I think all the food there is vegetarian.”


168 Seventh Ave. between Garfield Place and First Street, (718) 840-0099

“We used to get sushi there. But now I eat inari [tofu skins with rice]; vegetable tempura; avocado-and-cucumber rolls; the Japanese pickle platter; which I love, and the excellent miso eggplant.”

Bonnie’s Grill

278 Fifth Ave. between Garfield Place and First Street, (718) 369-9527

“Their veggie burger is f—king great! I remember what hamburgers were like, but, believe it or not, I would choose their veggie burger over a hamburger. I know that sounds just like what a vegetarian would say, but they are maddeningly good.”

Updated 5:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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JC from Athens says:
Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan:

Also see Gary Yourofsky:
Dec. 14, 2009, 8:10 pm
lk from Park Slope says:
The orange tofu from Red Hot on 10th st. and 7th ave. is absolutely the best.
Dec. 15, 2009, 12:51 pm
Andy from Park Slope says:
For someone who is so decidedly smug about his compassion for animals it would be nice if Foer was similarly inclined towards humans. Two of his five restaurant choices (Olive Vine and Taqueria) were recently revealed as severe violators of the city's wage and hour laws. If not eating meat is a moral choice then what does that make his decision to recommend businesses that pay workers as little as $2.75 an hour?

More info on the offending restaurants here:
Dec. 15, 2009, 4:09 pm
chalk from prospect heights says:
hey andy, stuff it!
hey safran foer, you too!
Dec. 15, 2009, 6:11 pm
z from prospect heights says:
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Bonnies cooks their veggie burgers on the same grill as they do the real ones. So it kind of defeats the purpose...

Check out Soda on Vanderbilt for an amazing Veggie Burger.
Dec. 17, 2009, 9:26 am
Anita from Prospect Heights says:
and not only does Bonnies use the same grill for veg and non veg, they also just toss the uncooked burgers in the same bowl for the seasoning.. gross.
Dec. 18, 2009, 12:16 pm

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