Monk’s Meats just successfully completed a crowd-funding campaign to open Brooklyn’s first vegan butcher shop. Monk’s has been a favorite at the Brooklyn Smorgasburg, the borough’s “food flea market,” but it hasn’t had its own brick-and-mortar building until now. The owners are looking to style it after traditional Brooklyn deli and butcher shops but with a twist: Everything is vegan.
Monk’s serves “modern American comfort food with a ‘Brooklyn’ sensibility and a healthy focus.” The menu includes asparagus and seitan steaks, meat-free meatballs, shiitake bacon, mushroom lasagna, and classic deli sandwiches.
Monk’s Meats isn’t the first vegan butcher stop in the U.S. In January 2016, The Herbivorous Butcher opened in Minneapolis, and just recently, it was named one of the best food and drink makers in the country by USA Today, proving that it’s loved by vegans and nonvegans alike. The Herbivorous Butcher also takes online orders and delivers anywhere in the country. With the popularity of vegan cuisine on the rise, more vegan butcher shops are sure to open in the future. In the meantime, check out some of our favorite vegan meat options that you can find at a store near you.
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