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5 Veggie Pub Food Options in NYC

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If you’re like me, you like to drink massive amounts of beer, have an unhealthy and inexplicable fetish for bearded and be-plaid-ed men, and are thus known to frequent various pub-type establishments.  Ok, well, maybe not the middle thing.  But, the point is: what to do if you’re hungry and don’t eat meat and/or are sick of eighty different types of hot wings and sub-par burgers?  Your gurl Anna G has gotcha covered:

1.  Blind Tiger Ale House


This was a recent summer discovery.  Hands down, this might have the best food of any pub I’ve ever been, with the exception of the delicious Monk’s Cafe in Philly.  Not only do they have an excellent array of beers (28 on draft), but their veggie sandwich and home-made hummus literally had me drooling.  They even have another one of my favorites– the Banh Mi sandwich, that you can easily get without pork.  Make sure you get there early during the week, as it fills up pretty quick around happy hour, and you definitely want to get those sweet seats by one of the corner windows.

2.  Trophy Bar


Technically, I guess this isn’t a pub, but it DOES have Micheladas, which, to paraphrase Little Edie Beale,  is basically the best thing to ever happen to Mexican beer in America. And they aren’t watered down, either.  But the exciting part twofold: 1) There is an excellent backyard beer-hall type space, and 2) every Tuesday, they have the “Asia Dog” event.  Basically, they’re $4 hotdogs– both veggie and non-veggie–served with an Asian twist.  And they’re AMAZING.  I could seriously eat 4 of these guys.

3. Roebling Tea Room


Yes, they do serve beer here.  And though my favorite plate there– the baked brie– is more of a winter dish, their outside space is really beautiful.  Also, their menu rotates all the time (which is why, I guess there’s like zero information on the website) with all sorts of great things that do include veggie options.  My fave brunch thing to get is the ricotta with fig paste, walnuts & arugula giant crostinis.

4. Radegast Hall & Beer Garden


This is really the go-to spot for beer in Williamsburg.  Though they have a fancier entree menu, you have the option of just getting something off the grill.  Yes, they don’t have very many veggie options– I mean, it’s a German place– but, what they do have is really fantastic.  For reals, their portobello burger from the grill is THE FUCKING JUMPOFF.  It’s served with arugula, tomato, goat cheese, and aoili.  I would go out of my way and not even drink beer to eat one of these.

5.  Galaxy


This also might be cheating, but they serve beer here, so whatever.  Again, this is a recent discovery of mine, all thanks to one especially cute fellow vegetarian.  So, dude– they have these faux chicken wings rolled in quinoa, in which the “bone” is a piece of sugar cane.  Amazingly good, not to mention very creative.  They use a lot of hemp oil in everything, which makes it all extra tasty, and word on the street is that the veggie burgers are unreal.  The entire menu is vegetarian and vegan, and frankly, I can’t wait to try every single thing on it.

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Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G. is a Southern California native living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn since 2005. Anna is constantly trying to unite her love of CA sunshine and the excitement of the New York urban jungle, all the while trying to keep her unwieldy credit card debt under control, and look fabulous at brunch, no matter how un-showered and hungover.

1 Comment

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    August 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Shhh…don’t tell everybody about Galaxy…just kidding…tell the whole world that Galaxy is the best!!!