Long Island is no longer a culinary wasteland for vegans. Choices are expanding all the time. Check out these four restaurants, each putting its own culinary spin on meatless, dairy-free eating.
TASTE OF AFRICA, 1747 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park
The cuisine of West Africa is the focus at this friendly little place offering a roster of vegan options, among them curry vegetables, jollof rice, spinach stew and fried yams.
LITTLE FU'S, 1739 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett
Tucked into a busy supermarket strip mall is this friendly Chinese-Japanese-vegetarian restaurant with a separate vegetarian menu with many vegan selections. Get a protein fix from faux meat (made from soy and wheat protein) when you order Sichuan-style beef or chicken with hot peppers and peanuts.
VEGE FAVOR, 496 Main St., Islip
At this counter-service Asian spot, soy-based meat substitutes work well in classic Chinese preparations. Standouts include pepper steak, kung pao chicken and Japanese eggplant, either with spicy garlic sauce or with tofu.
3 BROTHERS PIZZA, 75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale
In this modestly appointed pizzeria-Italian restaurant, you'll find two separate menus -- a conventional one, plus a vegan roster featuring dairy-free cheese substitutes and soy-based products in place of meat.