New café Vegan Love held its soft opening in New York City’s East Village neighborhood last week. Vegan Love’s short menu features several burgers (topped with guacamole and mushrooms), a selection of create-your-own salads, daily soups, air-baked sweet potato fries, and a squash-based mac and cheese, along with smoothies and desserts. The café occupies the space of restaurant Quintessence—which closed its doors in June without explanation after operating as a raw-vegan mainstay in New York City for 17 years. In addition to Vegan Love, the East Village is home to a growing number of vegan eateries, including Mexican-inspired Bar Verde, Japanese eatery Arata, and pizzeria Double Zero—which are all owned by acclaimed vegan chef Matthew Kenney.
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