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What You'll Get
Veganism is more than eating healthy and ethically—one weekend a month, vegans must aid the secret, underground root-vegetable resistance army. Taste veganism's true colors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of vegan fare and drinks at The V-Spot in Park Slope, Brooklyn. As the leafy-green outgrowth of owner Daniel Carabaño's desire to meld his Latin heritage with vegan philosophy, The V-Spot delivers a healthy harvest of Latin-inspired meat-, cheese-, and egg-free fare. Reap the myriad health and taste-bud benefits of herbaceous entrees such as the bandeja paisa, made with sautéed seitan, vegan chorizo, brown rice, black beans, avocado, and plantains ($16), or branch out to American-style vegan cuisine such as the breaded "chicken" cutlets with mushroom gravy, sautéed spinach, and garlic mashed potatoes ($12). Those who cannot bear the thought of a meal sans meat any more than they can bear a morning commute without a break-out dance number can still lounge with friends on the outdoor patio and imbibe a salubrious selection of organic juices, smoothies, beer, sake, and wine ($2–$8).
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Promotional value expires Aug 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in and carryout only. No cash back or cash value. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
It's nearly impossible for anything in New York City to be one-of-a-kind, yet VSPOT just may have accomplished that feat with a menu that is all at once Latin, vegan, and kosher certified. Though seemingly random, the combination of culinary styles was a natural choice for founders Alex and Dan Carabano: they are vegetarians of Colombian descent who were born and raised in Brooklyn.
The menu stays meat-free through an artful balance of veggies, tofu, and seitan, blending them in dishes such as a chipotle wrap with seitan, avocado, and vegan cheeses. The empanadas are quite popular, including the Philly with mushrooms, peppers and housemade seitan, as are buffalo "chicken" wings that garnered a nod from the New York Times. Traditional seasonings such as authentic Mexican salsa, seitan, and adobo are made from scratch in-house, lending flavor to cholesterol-free dishes that can be enjoyed amid the dining room's exposed brick or on the warm-weather patio.