Neighborhood Eats: Latin Vegan food in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Lauren Glassberg with the report from 'The V Spot' in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
April 11, 2014 3:06:34 PM PDT
In this week's Neighborhood Eats, Lauren Glassberg takes a look at a Latin Vegan restaurant in Brooklyn.

Danny Carabano is a vegan but he and his brother Alex aren't just serving up vegan food in park slope. The V-Spot is also Kosher with a Latin twist.

They pay homage to their Columbian background with dishes like empanadas and arepas.

And there's quite a kick in their salsa fresca.

Aside from those Latin inspired dishes, you'll also find Italian dishes like Vegan Lasagna and Asian style entrees.

And if you really want to laugh, the V-spot offers a comedy night.

Vspot arepas (makes 4)

  • 2 1/2 cups masarepa cornmeal (found in any supermarket typically in the Latin aisle or baking aisle)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 & 3/4 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons melted smart balance vegan butter (found in all supermarkets)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sweet corn nibblets
  • Directions:
    Mix cornmeal & sea salt in a large bowl. Stir in hot water. Then stir in butter & 1tsp oil. Drop in corn nibblets & mix all together. Let sit about 15 minutes. Grab a small hand full of dough, roll it into a ball. Flatten it into a thick patty. Add remaining tsp of olive oil to pan or griddle. Heat over medium heat and cook each arepa until crisp and lightly browned.

    VSpot Salsa Fresca:

  • 3 tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 jabanero pepper sliced (seeds removed)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (stems cut off)
  • 2 TBLS lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • Directions: put all ingredients in food processor or blender and pulse to desired consistency