The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
In honor of Earth Day, you might want to think about going easy on the environment by eating vegan if only for 24 hours.
But finding something vegan to eat on Long Island can be somewhat of a challenge. To start, we've come up with three places a restaurant, a market and a pizzeria.
That Meetball Place , 54 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-569-5888
At a restaurant whose raison detre is the meatball, vegans can take comfort in the gluten-free vegetable ball made with wahini rice, lentils and fresh vegetables; try some on a sandwich or in a bowl with marinara or fra diavolo sauce. Theres also vegan polenta, as well as vegan soups. Bonus: The hip-looking place is built with sustainable, reclaimed materials.
The Purple Elephant Specialty Foods & Market , 81B Fort Salonga Rd. W., Northport 631-651-5002
The Purple Elephant, formerly a market cafe, is now a full-fledged restaurant. Chef David Intonato souces ingredients with an eye to the organic and offers a separate menu for vegans. Choices include a rainforest burger made with brown rice and black beans, souvlaki-marinated seitan skewers and a vegan version of mac and cheese.
3 Brothers Pizza Cafe , 75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale, 516-755-1100
Jay Astafa, whose vegan pizza was named best in the nation by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) back in 2011, still offers his prizewinner, a seitan bacon ranch pie topped with grilled seitan, tempeh bacon, tomatoes and vegan mozzarella, drizzled with ranch dressing. A vegan menu is also available, with oyster mushroom scampi with linguine and seitan scarpariello.