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Earth Day eats: 3 places for vegans on LI
In honor of Earth Day, you might want to think about going easy on the environment by eating vegan — if only for 24 hours.
But finding something vegan to eat on Long Island can be somewhat of a challenge. To start, we've come up with three places — a restaurant, a market and a pizzeria.
That Meetball Place, 54 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-569-5888
At a restaurant whose raison d’être is the meatball, vegans can take comfort in the gluten-free vegetable ball made with wahini rice, lentils and fresh vegetables; try some on a sandwich or in a bowl with marinara or fra diavolo sauce. There’s also vegan polenta, as well as vegan soups. Bonus: The hip-looking place is built with sustainable, reclaimed materials.
The Purple Elephant Specialty Foods & Market, 81B Fort Salonga Rd. W., Northport 631-651-5002
David Intonato, former chef of the Mill Pond House in Centerport, offers a wide range of vegan items at this market in a Northport marina complex. Here, you'll find vegan “bacon” and “eggs,” as well as a vegan Reuben sandwich with kimchee. There’s even vegan mac ‘n' cheese. Although takeout is big here, you can also order at the counter and eat at a cafe table.
3 Brothers Pizza Cafe, 75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, 516-755-1100
Jay Astafa, whose vegan pizza was named best in the nation by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) back in 2011, still offers his prizewinner, a seitan bacon ranch pie topped with grilled seitan, tempeh bacon, tomatoes and vegan mozzarella, drizzled with ranch dressing. A vegan menu is also available, with oyster mushroom scampi with linguine and seitan scarpariello.