Food Swings

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295 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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718.387.1919

Cuisine: Vegan Fast Food
Our Rating: ★★★ Good
Cards: Cash Only
Price: under $10
Hours: Monday 11:30am to 11pm, Tuesday 11:30am to 12am; Wednesday 11:30am to 12am, Thursday 11:30am to 12am, Friday 11:30am to 2am, Saturday 11:30am to 2am, Sunday 11:30am to 11pm
Booze: None
Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or Lorimer St.
Menu/Website: www.foodswings.net
Delivery: Free Delivery Mon – Fri 5pm – 11pm, Sat & Sun 1pm – 11pm (Within Zone, $10 Minimum)
City Guide says:

The online manifesto of this vegan restaurant is stuffed like a punching bag with utopian slogans. It pledges, for example, “to provide free food for workers on strike.” It would be funny to see a picket line of hungry Teamsters take these idealists at their word. There’s nothing like a mock beef quesadilla or a no-chicken cutlet sandwich to take the edge off a hard day spent fighting the man. But whatever your tastes, there’s no denying the good intentions behind the solid vegan cooking at this cheery, brightly painted Williamsburg cafe. The menu warns that the faux bones in their faux chicken are not for eating and “may present a choking hazard to children and the elderly.” More importantly, the owners recognize that though meat can be murder, it also has unbeatable texture and mouth-feel. They do their best to replicate the joys of fast food, skimping only on the milking and the slaughtering.

NY Mag says:

Imagine the snack bar at the local ice rink in the town where you grew up: the friendly bar where you ordered; the garish décor; the plastic trays and baskets; the laminated tables and booths; and the greasy fried food, too-sweet soda, and impossibly thick milkshakes. Now imagine that spot without any signs of actual meat or dairy products and situated in dripping-with-irony Williamsburg and you’ve got yourself Foodswings, the greasiest vegan spoon in town. They manage to create some convincing deep-fried favorites out of soy products. The typical snack bar fare—hotdogs, hamburgers, nachos—is augmented by salads and lighter sandwiches, and the novel “milk” shake flavors, like peanut butter and jelly and pistachio, give McDonalds a run for its money. The “chicken” drumsticks in Buffalo, barbecue, and Southern-fried versions particularly impress, approximating their free-range equivalent in taste and texture—though diners should beware the chopstick-like bone at their center.

Comments

  1. It’s unfortunate, as I enjoy sodium-dense, fat rich food as much as any meat eater, but these people finally managed to alienate me with their “I really don’t give a **** about you” attitude. I ordered for delivery, followed up an hour later about the whereabouts of my food (“The delivery guy has it. It’s on the way.”), called again a half hour later only to be told I had never ordered. Instead of any sort of apology for losing the order (or whatever happened), the young lady on the phone argued with me for the next 10 minutes that I had not actually ordered and that I had imagined it!! My cell phone has the times and durations of the calls, but not good!

    I hung up, ordered elsewhere, and my Thai food arrived 15 mins. later.

    Thanks for the aggravation, Food Swings.

  2. This place always makes me feel like my organs are about to explode, not to mention the staff is pretentious chicks who think they are waaay hotter than they are. seriously, you work in food service. get over yourself.

  3. I actively boycott this place. It is very dirty and would only recommend to someone i didn’t like. After many awful experiences getting delivery i decided to go in and give it one last shot. when i went up to the cupcakes there was dosens of tiny flies covering everything. When i brought this to the attention of the rude girl working there she was very, very bothered by the extra work it took for her to empty the cupcakes into a tupperware box and place it in the back. WHy would they place BUG RIDDEN cupcakes in a box? why not throw them away. I’m sure as soon as i left they put the infested sweets back out. DO NOT GO HERE.

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