"A few decades back it would have been hard to conceive of Avant Garden, which opened days ago in the East Village, with the chef Andrew D’Ambrosi in the kitchen whipping up dishes like potato cannelloni with pine-nut ricotta, arugula pesto and eggplant."
"With a decor evoking the great outdoors—if the great outdoors came with cozy fabric chairs and elegant votive holders—the restaurant celebrates the bounty of nature while preserving the lives of our animal brethren. Sorry vegetables—it's time for your slaughter."
"Opening a vegan restaurant and launching BEAST has been something I have wanted to do ever since I got into this business ten years ago. I live with four cats and two dogs, and they are the best part of my life. I see their traits in every other species on the planet, and it has brought a huge awareness to me that all living creatures are conscious and feel the same pain that we feel or that our family pet feels."
"Turns out that’s totally vegan. We’ve never eaten anything exactly like it in a restaurant, meat-serving or not. And that’s the case with the dishes throughout the menu here: they’re legitimately original. They’re also legitimately extremely tasty."