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Maimonide of Brooklyn Brings Vegan Flair to Boerum Hill

New restaurant bridges cultures with peaceful (and tasty) food.

Vegan cuisine can be a tough sell to those who've been brought up on a steak-and-potatoes diet (or in old-school Carroll Gardens, meatballs and Sunday gravy). But a new restaurant in Boerum Hill has taken up the challenge, and by this reporter's account they make a solid case for eschewing animals once in a while.

Named for a medieval Jewish-Spanish philosopher who famously exalted the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, Maimonide of Brooklyn (MOB) is the brainchild of hotelier Cyril Aouizerate and partner Alain Senderens, a former Michelin three-star winner. To add to that pedigree, MOB's chef Neal Harden honed his skills at Manhattan's Pure Food and Wine.

But instead of fine dining, what customers should expect to find is simply a super hip, seriously delicious vegetarian pizza shop.

Well, it's not "technically" pizza. The menu is centered around seven MOBs ($10 each), which are essentially house-baked dough shaped like the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge and topped with a seasonal combination of farmer's bounty.

Reluctant types could go for Smiley, which is most reminiscent of a red-sauce slice. But those who want to dive in would be wise to order the Iron Man, a mix of roasted shiitake mushrooms, sautéed kale, horseradish aioli and parsley. The ingredients were expertly cooked, coaxing a toothsome bite from the mushrooms and a delicate earthiness from the kale. Still warm from the oven, the dough had no char but made up for it with a dense and pleasantly chewy texture.

Other side dishes range from meatless sausages, yucca fries, chick pea nuggets, soups and salad. Equally eclectic is the decor, which can best be described as street-art meets world-instruments. That and a generous outdoor seating area seem to be attracting a similarly diverse clientele. So if you have an open mind, mosey on over to MOB and try some philosophical fare.

Maimonide of Brooklyn is located at 525 Atlantic Avenue near Third Avenue; (718) 797-2555.

Jim Corcoran March 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
It must be all the great vegan food available that the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years. Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org
Troy Farmer March 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Just ate a couple of their MOBs today. So good. Can't wait to get back to have the new burger again.
Troy Farmer March 30, 2012 at 07:45 PM
PS—Got some picks from one of our visits here - http://kindness.ravenandcrowstudio.com/2012/01/find-maimonide-of-brooklyn.html
Joanna Prisco March 30, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Thank you for sharing, Troy. Looking forward to your next blog post for Patch!
Troy Farmer April 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
...gotta get on that....

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