Table for You: Exploring Alternative Restaurant Options around Brooklyn

No matter what your preferences are in taste, Brooklyn is a dining mecca for picky-eaters, foodies, and one-flavor lovers as well as food allergy- and dietary restriction-friendly options. While more and more restaurants are offering specialty or alternative menu items in their establishments, here are a few of our specifically vegan, gluten-free, and/or farm-to-table picks near 363 Bond Street.

Wild Brooklyn, 340 Bedford Avenue
Offering a 100 percent gluten-free menu, Wild Brooklyn makes specialty pizza, Italian favorites and fresh salads with top-level ingredients and produce. Whether you order online or stay for the small, quiet ambiance of their restaurant, you’ll be sure to find whatever you’re craving.

A.W.O.L Eatery, 336 Graham Avenue
A.W.O.L, or All Walks of Life, Eatery is a family-owned, “farm-to-fork” restaurant that includes a little bit of everything for anyone’s palate. Touting flavors that may be a little off the beaten path, A.W.O.L’s menu offers options ranging from vegan to gluten-free, pescatarian to omnivorous and everything in between. All of their food, ingredients and wines (as well as their fresh cold pressed organic juices) are locally sourced whenever possible, bolstering the ties of community in addition to taste buds.

Friend of a Farmer, 76 Montague Street
Opened in 1986, Friend of a Farmer recognizes itself as a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. They are known for their use of seasonally fresh and local ingredients in a truly unique atmosphere among the bustle of the city. Carefully handcrafted wooden columns, ceilings, floors, and fireplaces welcome guests to step into the delicate farm life not so often found in the streets of Brooklyn. The family-operated business offers a wide-selection of wines, juices, and menu items sure to pique the interest of even the most discerning diner.

Vegetarian Ginger, 128 Montague Street
If Chinese food makes you happy, but meat entrees don’t, then Vegetarian Ginger is where you’ll get the best of both worlds. The restaurant mainly uses soy protein and seitan as the substitute for traditionally meat-based dishes, while boasting several plant-only options like Moo-shu Vegetables, Vegetable Medley Lettuce Wrap, and Jade Mushrooms.

Bunna Cafe, 1084 Flushing Avenue
A unique Ethiopian coffeehouse, Bunna Cafe has been offering culturally vegan food (gluten-free upon request) and coffee to Brooklyn residents since 2011. Bunna, which means “coffee,” drives not only the economy in Ethiopia, but it drives everyday life, the restaurant says. Guests can enjoy traditional Ethiopian dishes – made with such ingredients as split peas, cabbage, turmeric, carrots, ginger, and rosemary – while watching regularly scheduled coffee ceremony performances throughout various events hosted by the cafe.