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Vegan restaurants on LI: 4 picks

A vegan pizza with

A vegan pizza with "the works" at 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale includes seitan meatballs, seitan sausage, soy pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, daiya mozzarella and tomato sauce. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

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.

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