While we were in New York earlier this month, I knew I wanted to spend a day in Brooklyn if possible. I’d heard so many rave reviews about the shops and eateries there, I didn’t know how we were going to squeeze it all in. Like visiting NYC itself, sometimes you have to just give in to the fact that you won’t be able to hit it all. Relish the moments you have and then add those missed items on the list for next time! So we weren’t able to see everything I wanted to see, but we came pretty close.
First up, Dun-Well Doughnuts. This adorable shop carries all-vegan doughnuts. I am always eager to check out a place that offers fried, yeast doughnuts, because oftentimes when it comes to vegan doughnuts, only cake doughnuts are on offer. I’m not really into cake doughnuts, and so for me, they don’t really count. I’m all about classic glazed and cream filled doughnuts.
David and I each got a glazed doughnut. Then David got a jelly-filled, and I got a chocolate glazed doughnut to go.
After the first doughnut, my willpower vanished, and that chocolate doughnut was no longer for takeaway…
The doughnuts were deliciously soft, pillowy, and fresh. That said, Donut Friend still reigns as the donut king for me; however, Dun-Well makes some terrific doughnuts.
We then took a taxi over to the street where Vaute, the Vaute Couture flagship store, is located. I have two coats from Vaute Couture, along with a couple of sweatshirts and a tank top. They have appealing designs, and their coats make a long winter more bearable. It was fun to see the dresses and shirts I’ve admired online in real life. I was chatting with one of the girls who works there, and she just happened to be from Iowa too. In fact, she grew up in a suburb of Des Moines, my hometown. Small world!
The little strip where Vaute is located also houses some cute shops, and so we did a bit of browsing before our next stop…
David only had one requirement for the New York trip. He needed to go to The Way Station. The reason? Right next to the bar area, instead of a typical bathroom, they have a TARDIS. (The TARDIS is what Doctor Who uses as his time machine.) They also have several novelty drinks that are named after the various doctors and their companions. They have screenings of the show on Sundays, along with themed karaoke.
After a couple of drinks, we ventured to Bunna Cafe, a vegan Ethiopian restaurant. Bunna started as a pop-up restaurant, but now they have a full-time location. The space was really cool and darkly lit.
The place was hopping when we got there, and there was a 20-minute wait. We told the host we’d be happy to sit at the bar instead, but as luck would have it, after a short wait at the bar, he came over and said they had a table for us.
We got the feast for two, but it easily could have been a feast for four. It included gomen made with kale, shiro made with ground chickpeas, a red lentil wot, Portobello mushroom tibs, a cool beet dish, fitfit made with shredded injera, and a kale salad with avocado in an olive oil dressing that worked surprisingly well with the dense wots.
I love it when a restaurant isn’t afraid to break out of the mold and do something unique. All of the food tasted really fresh, crisp and bright. Nothing was oily or heavy.
What was the price for all of this food? $28 for two! That’s a steal, especially in New York! They told us that they are now offering brunch on the weekends with totally different dishes. An Ethiopian brunch? Next time for sure!
What else did I miss in Brooklyn on this visit?
Champs, a vegan bakery and diner, Doctor Cow Tree Nut Cheeses Store, and Pine Box Rock Shop, a bar with vegan empanadas. Next time, Brooklyn!