Brown rice, beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, cheddar, sour cream, salsa, and some garlicky special sauce. Those are the only nine ingredients in the gluten-free bowls at The Whole Bowl in Williamsburg, and together they taste like a nacho platter that turned in its cleats for a spot on the student council. They can be made vegan, and they come in three different sizes - 12, 16, and 24 ounces - which are all less than $12.
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Strangeways is a pleasant, outdoor-only restaurant in Williamsburg with a good backyard burger.
Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
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For good vegan food without pretension, head to Jungle Cafe in Greenpoint. It’s not hip whatsoever, and that’s why we like it.
Fire + Water
Fire + Water is a vegan restaurant in the East Village with a chef’s counter serving an omakase, and a separate space devoted to dim sum.
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The Mekelburg’s Williamsburg location is the kind of place you should go in a time of need. Or anytime you want fantastic sandwiches and beers.
Smile To Go
Smile To Go in the Freehand Hotel is perfect for when you want a sandwich, some vegetable sides, and/or a cookie with four big chocolate chips on top.
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