Woohoo my own personal MoFo! This means I win all the giveaways, right?
Anyway, (re-)starting a vegan tour with an eatery with the word "Dairy" in its name might sound a little odd, but it seems the full name is B&H Dairy and Vegetarian Food. Vegetarian food I can get down with.
B&H is in the heart of the East Village on 2nd avenue just south of St. Marks Place (where I was born; holla!) and has been around since the late 1930s, so it has long served "alternatives" especially since the prices are pretty cheap. I won't give you a long history lesson about the place, though it is pretty interesting. Rather, I will direct you to this informative comic by Greg, and just show you some photos. He turned me on to this place and walked me through the vegan parts of the menu. They serve no meat in the restaurant, so the soups are safe, though a lot of the menu is definitely dairy-heavy.
Greg and I have been here a couple times. I've previously gotten the mushroom barley soup, lentil soup, and split pea soup. Tonight I took a walk on the wild side and ordered the borscht! I have never had borscht before, but I've been intrigued for a long time. Check out this color:
It was really delicious! I expected it to be sweeter, which is why I hadn't ordered it previously, but it was mostly vegetable soup with a slightly sweet beet flavor. I definitely want to try to make my own.
Greg also likes to walk on the wild side. He ordered half lentil soup, half split pea. The guy behind the counter asked, "You sure?" and then served it up:
We've also previously shared a plate of spinach pierogies. You can get them either boiled or fried - we got them boiled to be safe, but next time I might ask if they're fried in butter or oil. The place is very small and they cook everything right in front of you so I'd trust the preparation.
This last photo cracks me up. I wonder if the mashrum knish is vegan?
I don't know how you guys feel about patronizing restaurants that aren't super vegan-friendly but I think this is an interesting diner, the vegan food they do have is cheap, tasty, and filling, and it seems like you could come here with an omni and they'd find something they'd like as well. It's a good drop-in place if you find yrself in the area, even if not on the must-hits list of a vegan destination vacation.