Just steps away from Tompkins Square park sits Avant Garden, East Village’s latest answer to the vegan food craze. The 30-seat restaurant is rustic but cozy, with tables and a counter option with perfect views of an open-style kitchen. The newest restaurant for Chef Andrew D’ambrosi (of Bergen Hill), Avant Garden’s menu is split into three sections: toast (served on bread from Balthazar!), cold, and hot. Standouts include a butternut squash farro risotto and a colorful beet salad—Avant Garden is a fine substitute for your decidedly non-vegan diet.
Photos by Olivia Cohen
Pickled peach, tomato, almond ricotta, basil
Mango, Avocado, black sesame, tamari, tobanjan, lime
Apricot, couscous, onion, preserved lemon, pumpkin seeds
Frisée, jalapeno, radish, white soy ponzu, shiitake chips
Raisins, capers, pine nut, concorde grape
Avant Garden is located at 30 East 7th St.
For reservations, call 646-922-7948