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 d’être 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. There’s 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 café, 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.