Brooklyn >Food & Dining > The V Spot Cafe
156 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.678067 -73.979479
Monday 5pm-9pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
As good as it gets! – If I could take all my ideas of how my ideal vegan restaurant would be, you'd have The V-Spot Café in Park Slope, Brooklyn. They offer a diverse menu selection that includes everything from American cuisine, Spanish, Thai as well as healthy salads, soup, freshly squeezed juice, beer and wine. On top of just being a 100% vegan restaurant, which doesn't mean much if you don't know how to prepare vegan food, I feel V-Spot nailed it to a tee. Everything my friends and I have ever gotten has always been tasty and fresh. What I also highly respect about V-Spot is not only do they offer some of the best vegan food I've ever had, but more importantly, the owners care about the veganism principle and animal rights. They also offer books and magazines on the subject.
Since my first meal over 4 years ago, V-Spot Cafe has become, and still is my favorite restaurant in all of New York. Everyone should have the privilege of experiencing V for themselves.
Best Vegan Food in the city! – Delicious food! I'm not a vegan, i'm not even a vegetarian, yet I loved the food! it's a cozy venue, and the owner is really nice. There's a backyard too.
great empanadas – aamazing! i am not vegan but seriously like perfect. loved it loved it! the empanadas were delicious and could feel the love from it. met the owner sweetest guy ever
Excellent Eats – V-Spot has come a long way since they first opened. They are constantly improving their menu, trying new items and talking with customers to get feedback and make positive changes. I think the food it delicious, and I am not even vegan. I am however gluten-free, and their sensitivity to this issue has always kept me going back. They have even updated their menu to reflect all of their gluten-free items.
I really do recommend trying this place out for healthy and tasty options. The menu is extensive so you will surely find something you like. If you went two years ago and haven't been back, give it another try.
Bad Attitude - the perfect seasoning for Mediocre Food – I went to the V Spot today for the first time in months. The food was never that good, just okay, but they used to offer a $10.00 discount ticket for every $100.00 purchase, and since I had one of those tickets, I decided to give the place another try. But the situation just went from bad to worse. First, the woman behind the counter told me, matter-of-factly, that the restaurant no longer honors these tickets. I did not argue with her, but just ordered some food to go and, while waiting, ordered and ate a plate of french fries. Second, as I was eating, this terrible raucous music came on, played very loud. I went to the woman and declared that I was trying to eat. When she did not understand what I was getting at, I asked her to turn down the music. She replied that I should have asked her directly rather than in this roundabout way. Perhaps she was right, but her attitude still sucked, since the restaurant should have known better than to play such ear-devouring music in the first place, especially at such a high volume.
Anyway, when I got home, I called the V Spot to try to articulate the problems I'd had at the restaurant and reached the same woman. She insisted that the restaurant had no obligation to honor the tickets they had issued, oblivious to the fact that such dishonoring was a breach of contract as well as a violation of basic ethical norms. She would not even concede that it would have been good etiquette and good customer relations to at least have offered to let me have the french fries for free. She also insisted that I had improperly voiced my request to turn the music down. When I insisted in return that she should have known better than to play the "music" at that volume in the first place, she hung up on me.
In my opinion, this is not a customer-friendly place, nor is it one you should go to if you are seeking delicious food. On the other hand, if you like to be abused and enjoy mediocre food, this place is perfect!
HORRIBLE SERVICE AND FOOD! Want good Vegan/Veg - go to S'Nice up the street! – Firstly, I should say that I'm not vegan/veg, though eat and enjoy vegan/veg foods.
I've been to V-Spot 3 times over the years. The first time, I wrote off the bad experience as a new restaurant finding its feet and mistakenly hiring incompetent/unfriendly waitstaff and charging $7 for a bean burger consisting of a small bun and a handfull of beans.
The second time I went, I was equally unimpressed with the food, the staff and the pretentious attitudes that are oftentimes wrongly associated with places like this, though at the V-spot, the attitudes were present (i.e. hipster, lazy, egotistical, holier than thou attitude).
My sister, a vegan, was in town over the weekend and desperate to try V-Spot, despite my claims that I'd never go back. The waitstaff was beyond horrific. In addition to asking for menus, water, salt, utensils and the status of our food, the food took FOREVER to come (in a restaurant that had possibly 15 patrons). My friend is gluten intolorant and asked about ingrediants in an item, the waitress responded that she didn't know, but probably it was probably ok, though never checked or asked the chef. (She ordered something "safe," as she didn't want to risk getting sick with the waitress' guess about ingredients.)
I ordered pasta with marinara and veggies - the safest thing I could find on the menu (how can you screw up pasta?!) and home fries. The pasta was passable and light on the sauce means LIGHT, but at $12/plate, it should be passable! The homefries came after the rest of the food STONE COLD. I did get hot ones, though had to flag down the waitress (as she never once asked us how we were enjoying our meal, despite being the table next to the register/bar).
Now, I will never EVER go back. The food was sub par, the service was horrific and the scene was dull, at best.
The next day, sis and I went to S'Nice (5th Ave, 2nd St), also vegan/veg and both of us loved the food, staff and ambiance! GO THERE INSTEAD!
Great Brunch! – I've now been here 3 times for brunch and all 3 times I loved it! They have brunch on Saturday and Sunday which I really like. The best is the breakfast burrito and the tofu scramble. Get the bacon-but pass on the sausage. And you can order a side of pancakes-which I love. The mimosa was very strong so I only had one-but they do offer unlimited for $10. Take your friends here and show them how good vegan food can be. Trust me-you won't miss out on anything.
Food not so Tasty – My husband had the veggie burger and it tasted like fresh soil. I had a curry dish and there was somehting about it that made it taste unpleasant. The service was great and super nice -- we felt bad that we didn't like the food more. They even offered to bring us another dish, but we declined.
A little behind the times – I was so excited to find a vegan restaurant in nearby Brooklyn since I always have to wait until I'm in the city to enjoy a vegan dinner out. I have been to this restaurant 3 or 4 times, and have to admit I'm a little disappointed. Not enough to stop going, after all its great in a pinch, but I feel a little underwhelmed. I brought my mother here, who had not eaten vegan since the 70's and she was really impressed, but after having gourmet vegan food in Manhattan and knowing how well these sorts of dishes can be cooked and seasoned, I felt that the V-spot was a little sub-par. And I wouldn't have minded the simplicity of the food if it wasn't so expensive. If you want to charge $18 for an entree during lunch in Brooklyn, it should be damn good! Some of the things were too oily for me, and I like to think that vegan food is a little healthier, but not when its drenched in oil. Also I ordered tea, and they gave me celestial seasonings tea, i mean really! I don't agree with the other reviewers concerning the service. The service wasn't bad, but they seemed completely apathetic and I didn't feel all that comfortable asking questions. Over all i feel it is over-priced, but a sandwhich here and there can be pleasant enough.
creative vegan food that's actually GOOD – I have been eating at the V-Spot regularly for about a year now and have to say that the food only gets better and better. Weekend brunch is a special treat (the whole wheat pancakes are phenomenal) and the desserts can only be described as out of this world. The people who work there are friendly and will help you order something delicious. DO NOT leave without trying the buffalo chicken wings. I highly recommend the V-Spot to anyone and everyone, but especially to vegetarians and vegans who want something tasty and creative!
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