Champs is vegan, and it’s more fun than your average diner. They compensate for the fact that they don’t use animal products by putting sprinkles on pancakes and making tater tot nachos. You’ll wonder how everything is meat and dairy-free (including the mozzarella sticks), and you’re probably better off not asking. This is hangover food for vegetarians, but a meat-eater should find something to get down with here as well.
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Dough Vale is a small, sit-down pizza spot in Williamsburg that’s a good option for a casual date.
CJ Cafe Flatbush
The Flatbush Avenue location of CJ Cafe is one of the best places to get jerk chicken in the area.
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Spring Natural does healthy-ish food in Nolita with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
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A brick-walled, all-day Harlem spot for Jamaican, American, and British food that serves brunch every day.
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Anthony & Son Panini Shoppe
Anthony & Son is the place to go in East Williamsburg for a sandwich so filling you won’t eat for... ever again.
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