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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Runner & Stone
Don't make the trek down to Gowanus just for Runner & Stone, but if you want a reliable meal in the neighborhood, go for it.
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Blue Hill New York
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21 Greenpoint is a great neighborhood spot that’s not just a consolation prize if you can’t get into Paulie Gee’s across the street.
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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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