This is no longer the official website of V Spot, however we have set up this site to pay tribute to this unique restaurant on Park Slope Brooklyn. If you are a visitor, or just have an interest in vegetarian food and vegan restaurants, read on!
The story of the origins of V Spot is an interesting one. It all started back in 2006 with, of all things, a math teacher! Fed up of teaching math at Brooklyn Tech, Daniel Carabano decided it was time to do what he’d always wanted to do, and that was to open his very own restaurant. It was a big risk to take, but he took the plunge, which all of us who ever ate at V Spot are very grateful for!
Daniel spotted a gap in the market for a restaurant that played to his Latin heritage, but was also vegan. He told his family about his plans and they were keen to come on board and lend a hand. His father helped to deck out the building and the patio just the way Daniel wanted it, and his brother Alex used his graphic design skills and creative food ideas to help out too. Alex was a vegetarian at this time, and Daniel had been a vegan for six years so it suited them both well.
Their aim was to get rid of the stereotypes associated with vegan food. They didn’t want their restaurant to be a cliché, they were opening a gorgeous and stylish bistro. Vegan restaurants don’t have to be basic and rough around the edges!
The styling of the restaurant interior is very sophisticated, it is certainly a comfortable and luxurious place to dine. The large picture windows are a great place to sit and watch the world go by. The dark wood tables and bare brick walls give the room a contemporary feel. Artwork from local artists hangs on the wall, making the restaurant as much an art gallery as anything else! I remember the stunning abstract canvasses from Martine Silva hanging on the walls.
I love the sense of fun in this restaurant, down to the smallest detail. If you walk past when the restaurant is closed, the sign will read ‘Sorry vegans we’re closed’ but during opening hours it reads ‘sorry carnivores, we’re open’ - I thought that was pretty funny and quirky.
While the food is vegan, a lot of customers are not actually vegans or vegetarian at all. The food is so tasty, even those who normally eat meat with every meal will come to dine at V Spot.
They offer some amazing vegan versions of standard restaurant cuisine. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d entered the wrong restaurant as many of the menu items sound as if they are packed full of meat. But, this is not so. Everything served up in V Spot is 100% vegan. So any vegan or vegetarian spotting an item on the menu such as Buffalo chicken, burgers, chicken cutlet or BLT club can rest assured, no animals were harmed in the making of any of these dishes.
The chicken cutlet dish is especially popular and it’s no wonder. This was a collaboration of several traditional Columbian recipes, brought to the restaurant by the owner’s father and his brother. The cutlet of course is not made from chicken. Instead it is made from tempeh, which for those of you unfamiliar with it is a type of fermented soybean cake that has a lot of health benefits. The tempeh is mixed with lentils, carrots, black beans and peas. Then a special secret blend of herbs and spices is added. The cutlet is grilled, giving it a unique smoky flavor and it is served up with guacamole and red peppers, grilled to perfection. What a delight it is!
V Spot is also open for lunch and the breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros are to die for. The tofu scramble is also very tasty, probably due to the fact it is packed full of peppers, onions and broccoli.
If you are still hungry, then a plate of pancakes is a real treat. With a choice of toppings such as banana, blueberries or chocolate chips, there is something for everyone and they really are gorgeous!
Anyone who thinks vegan desserts are bland and boring obviously never ate a dessert at VSpot! Wow they have some amazing desserts! The macaroons are great as a dessert or as a treat for a snack with a cup of fine Columbian coffee. I like the mixed bowl of macaroons, you get one each of original, mocha, chocolate chip, mint and cocoa. They are utterly divine. But for a real treat, you really can’t go wrong with a slice of one of the many vegan cakes on offer.
You wouldn’t think a vegan cheesecake would be all that nice, but believe me, the pumpkin cheesecake at V-Spot is the best cheesecake I’ve ever had. They also serve up a really tasty brownie chunk cheesecake. Death by Chocolate is perfect for all vegan chocoholics, then there is the carrot cake as well as a peanut butter mousse cake. My best friend often orders this mousse cake and it looks spectacular. I have never tried it myself as I’m not a fan of peanut butter.
A brownie with ice cream is one of those options I choose when I need a pick me up. They also sell lots of beautifully decorated vegan cupcakes.
The V Spot serves up a small but special and well chosen selection of drinks. There are organic wines and beers, a wide range of fruit smoothies, natural sodas, soy milkshakes, protein shakes and even Sake mojitos! Tea and coffee of course are also served.
The soy milkshakes are really special, and come in several flavours, I remember vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry and mint choc chip, there may be more.
Visit at brunch and you can take advantage of the all you can drink mimosa special for just $10.
V Spot is the perfect casual dining experience. If you want a more sophisticated meal then dining indoors will work perfectly for a family gathering or a romantic meal for two. But if the weather is nice, the cafe style patio is the place to be. This outdoor dining area is cosy, comfortable and welcoming, with no airs and graces. Whether you are having a full meal, or simply popping in for a drink or two, you are always welcomed and will always feel at home there.
VSpot is open every day except Monday. During the week it is open from 12 until 10pm, and on Friday and Sunday it opens at 11am and closes at 10pm. They also have a mobile food truck, a treat for anyone who didn’t live close enough to Park Slope to visit regularly, the food truck will visit different events and areas during the summer months.
I’m always one to save money where I can and so I was always on the look out for special offers at V Spot and they didn’t disappoint. The best deal they offered, in my eyes, was the Sunday Night Special. What better way to spend a Sunday evening than at V Spot? In their Sunday Night Special deal you could get a small dish of soup of the day, a veggie empanada and the entrée of the day, all for $10! You certainly went home full and satisfied! Not only that, but you also got a great deal on alcohol too. I do like to treat myself on a Sunday. Wine was half price for any bottle, and beer was available at a reduced price of just $3 each. You really couldn’t go wrong!
The restaurant was so popular, people wanted to show their appreciation by wearing V Spot products. So in response to this demand, they launched a range of t-shirts and pins, all sporting the V Spot logo and a ‘100% vegan’ slogan. What a great way to spread the vegan message and good advertising for a worthy restaurant too. Even the tiniest members of the family could join in the fun with an ‘it’s a soy’ bib and there was even a doggy t-shirt! I wonder if there are many people out there who wear their V Spot clothing? I’ll be keeping my eye out for them on the streets of Brooklyn!