New vegan Caribbean cafe Aunts et Uncles recently opened in Brooklyn, NY. Created by husband-and-wife team Michael and Nicole Nicholas—known to many as Uncle Mike and Aunty Nic—Aunts et Uncles is a hybrid cafe-bar-retail space that aims to celebrate Caribbean culture with books, art, music, clothing, merch, and vegan food. The couple’s goal with the space was to extend the warm, loving, and welcoming feeling that occurs in their own home—where friends, family, and colleagues are often hosted for big dinners and holidays—to the community.

Healthy vegan food

Located in the Flatbush neighborhood, known as Little Caribbean, Aunts et Uncles offers an all-vegan menu because both Michael and Nicole are vegan, and they knew it was the healthiest option for their neighborhood. Dishes include the Lobster Roll (hearts of palm, vegan mayonnaise, fresh dill, on a pretzel bun); Wild Flower Salad (roasted purple cauliflower, wild rice, sauteed greens); E Classic breakfast sandwich (Beyond Meat sausage, JUST Egg, smoked gouda cheese, on an English muffin); and Mac and Cheese (made with almond and coconut milks and cauliflower, topped with white truffle oil).

“The community—Mike & Nicole’s neighborhood for well over a decade—inspired to have a gather-and-chill space that gets their creativity flowing and that is also in their neighborhood,” Aunts et Uncles posted on its Facebook page. “Aunts et Uncles’ goal is to harness and incubate a vibe where creatives and visionaries and the everyday neighborhood family can exchange in a genuinely hospitable atmosphere that also features clean, plant-based, vegan meals. The concept is family that listens and supports; the lifestyle is curated, creative, visionary excellence that has a West-Indian heritage.”