Champs Diner

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 96 reviews )
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197 Meserole St, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11206

Vegan bakery and diner making a range of sweets like vegan donuts, croissants, cookies, cupcakes, scones, and brownies with gluten-free and sugar-free options. Serves vegan diner food. Est. 2010 as Champs Family Bakery on Ainslie St and moved here in 2014. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-12:00am.

Categories: Vegan, American, Take-out, Bakery

96 Reviews

First Review by andreacarioca

decent food. nice atmosphere - Edit

So I went to Champs on a cold NY winter day and the place was packed. I was seated quickly which is a plus and customer service was pretty good. The menu had a pretty large selection so I went off the breakfast menu and ordered the cappuccino, loaded hashbrowns and strawberry doughnut. The cappuccino and doughnut was good but the hashbrowns were just ok. It didn’t taste bad but it wasn’t amazing either. I think this spot is good if you want the diner experience without having to stress over locating vegan items on the menu. Will I go back? Probably not because there are so many vegan options in NY.

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Eh - Edit

Was super disappointed in this place. We came over to Brooklyn just for this experience, and it was so incredibly disappointing. Staff weren't very friendly, food was underwhelming (not flavorful and just felt like stuff I could do at home much better)-I know most people love this place, and I SO wanted to, but I definitely won't be back.

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SOOO GOOD! - Edit

We were staying in Times Square but when we saw the menu for Champs Diner we just knew we had to splurge on taking a Lyft out there to try it - and it was SO WORTH IT! Even though we were there for a late breakfast, we couldn't pass up mozzarella sticks because that's one of those dishes that we've both missed in the years we've been vegan - and they were AMAZING. They use Violife cheese which is coconut based and it was crazy good! We ate two and kept the other two for later - and when we ate them late at night, the cheese STILL pulled apart in a stretchy kind of way! Our minds were blown. The chicken and waffles was awesome, the tofu scramble was a bit boring (would be nice with some veggies like mushrooms and onions and peppers) - but still good. My fiance got the Croque Madame and loved it. If you love naughty vegan food, go here immediately with an empty stomach!!

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Awesome Place - Edit

I love Champs Diner, it’s a hidden gem in BK. The staff is nice and friendly and everything I’ve tried has been amazing. I’ve even brought non vegans and they have enjoyed it. Don’t leave without trying the Seitan Asada Fries as an appetizer. Coffee and Cappuccino are amazing.

Tip: There’s always a wait so get there early.

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Diner food for all - Edit

Okay so sadly no pics cause i got it delivered and doesn’t look so nice. But food was awesome! Chocolate shake was so good and gave me all the feels. The SAG sammy was to die for. I felt like I was actually eating an sausage egg and cheese. I added hollandaise, I advise you do the same. Got the mozzarella sticks because I heard so many good things and they are probably one of my most missed non vegan foods. They were good, not sure what cheese they use but i wish they were better. My bf got the biscuits and gravy. That was good as well but I would have ordered something else before that. I had a dilemma this morning trying to decide what to eat. It was almost painful trying to decide. When I’m back I’m brooklyn I’m going here again to try something else I was eyeballing.

Pros: Reminiscent diner food

Cons: Expensive , Take out isn’t as nice as dine in, expected though

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big menu and amazing food!! - Edit

I love this diner and all the food it has to offer. Ate breakfast here twice so far and it’s been delicious, even my non-vegan friend absolutely loved the “hashbrown hangovers”. Super nice and polite staff and can’t wait to eat here again!

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so much choice - Edit

This place is the ultimate place for vegan comfort food - an all American diner offering massive portions of vegan goodness!! I was so full when I left I thought I may cry!! The buffalo tempeh wings are amazing, hash browns and Reuben sandwich all good too! Would love to go back and try more. Quite expensive but worth a visit if you're in NYC!

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Great service and short wait - Edit

Considering how small the space is and how many people were there the wait was relatively short. Tons of options as well

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Nice vibe and good food - Edit

I liked Champs - the staff were nice and it felt like the kind of diner you see in films. They had vegan versions of lots of classics, and I had the vegetable hash which was delicious. I also got a milkshake which was pretty good but not the best I've had.

I got mozerella sticks too but didn't like them as much as ones I've had elsewhere - it was also a small portion for the price. I really recommend the hash though!

Pros: Staff and atmosphere, Food

Cons: Price, Portion size for certain dishes

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Just great - Edit

The milk shakes alone make Champs Diner worth a five star rating.

Pros: Everything!

Cons: You need to visit them quite a lot to eat through

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Pancakes to die for! - Edit

I ordered online the night before for a birthday cake pancakes delivery to eat for breakfast the next morning however they ran out of what I ordered and so cancelled my order which really upset me to be honest. But I was so desperate for those pancakes I ended up going to the restaurant myself!! It took about an hour too but I was so desperate for the pancakes - in the end, I got a tall stack of cookie dough pancakes. I couldnt even eat all of them because there were just so many of them!! They were so filling but so good, with cookie dough bites and chocolate chips embedded in them as well as decorating the plate. There were syrup on the table, ready for my pancakes, and stickers decorating the walls and windows about veganism which made me feel at home.

Pros: amazing food, filling, big portions, great decoration

Cons: problems with ordering, ran out of food, i dont have an endless belly volume

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aoooo gooooood - Edit

Everything was amazing.

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OMGGG - Edit

What an awesome place!!!!!

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the food is so good - Edit

I wish I was closer by so I could come here every day! I could eat a million of the mozzarella sticks ❤️

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huge portions! - Edit

This is my daughters favorite place to eat when we visit NYC! You sometimes have to wait to get a table, but the food is well worth the wait! Everything I have tried is very tasty and the prices are good. They give you so much food. We all shared a few desserts as well. The only complaint is that you are squished in. Not a lot of elbow room. Staff is very friendly.

Pros: huge portions, great food!, reasonably priced

Cons: cramped space, sometimes the wait, such big portions, too full for dessert!

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Get it on yer list ✏ - Edit

We went here twice, TWICE.

The first time we went, we had the Philly Cheese Steak which was pretty good and the Buffalo Chik'n which was super good. The fries were nice but unfortunately a little cold on arrival. We also had a side of Buffalo Tempeh Wings, which were sooooo good, and pretty spicy so watch out, though if you're into Franks hot sauce, they're pretty much smothered in that.

The second time, I wanted breakfast, namely vegan pancakes with bacon which I have been dreaming about so I ordered the Pancake Slam. The pancakes were fantastic though unfortunately, the bacon was a little overdone. I had the seitan bacon, though apparently if you want it a little softer go for the tempeh bacon. Tofu scramble and hashbrowns with this were very good.

We also had the tater tots with bacon and cheese, delicious but could have done with a little more cheese, and we also had more buffalo tempeh wings 😂

All in all this place has a huge menu and is absolutely worth a visit. Be prepared to queue though, or at least pop your name down and head for a beer across the street at the Tradesman.

I only dropped a star 'cause of the overdone bacon and the chilly fries, other than that great, service was great too. Enjoy!

Pros: Tasty tasty food, big portions, cool vibes and nice staff

Cons: Be prepared to wait, but that's cool with me!, overdone bacon on the pancake slam, cold fries

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Amazing vegan eats - Edit

Great hangover grubby food with options for a healthier bite if needed. Loved it!! Will be back again :)

Pros: Vegan junk food, Great service

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Favorite - Edit

This was top of my "to eat" list while on vacation. Everything was so delicious. Even my cheese obsessed sister loved the vegan cheesy options. The tots with chili cheese are a must.

Pros: good food, great options , awesome service

Cons: cramped , pricey , long wait

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Dude this place is crazy! - Edit

This is ideal post-bar-hopping food. Do yourself a favor and get a milkshake, fries, and taternachos. The mozz sticks were awesomely cheesy but I was kinda iffy about it since it tasted like Daiya which, as we all know, is narsty. Buuutt... It worked.

Ok but the frieeeeessss! are actually PERFECT. Literally THE MOST PERFECT FRIES.

Also A for it being a safe space for everyone, complete w gender neutral bathrooms (bc being vegan is an intersectional issue and they realize that!)

They are the champs of the vegan diner game.

Pros: dank af, filling, big portions

Cons: do I need to even say this? pricey., heavy food, not for light eaters

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Loved this Place - Edit

I loved this place. I wish I lived closer to dine there more often. They do tend to be very popular, so expect to wait for a table, especially in the morning on the weekend.

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amazing - Edit

Visited Champs Diner today ! Had the best egg Benedict !!! Milkshakes are great ! Buffalo wings are pretty spicy . Even though I love "spicy" it was too spicy for me . So if you order make sure you tell them if you don't want it to spicy . Love everything there ! Thank you !

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LOVE THIS PLACE MORE THAN LIFE 😂😅 - Edit

The BEST selection of vegan food I've ever seen, and the milkshakes were TO DIE FOR!!! I almost wanted to get two shakes per meal. I travelled all the way to Brooklyn from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to eat here twice on my two free days in NYC. SO worth the trip.

Pros: amazing food, best shakes in the world, super friendly staff

Cons: not the healthiest food, but who cares!!! love it!

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We need Champs Diners everywhere - Edit

No vegan place I've ever been to has had this wide a selection of vegan foods that you actually want to eat. I want to eat everything on the menu. Great for all meal options, breakfasts are filling and delicious, try the breakfast burrito or any of the pancakes or slams.
Any time I'm in New York you'll find me here more than a few times, loving the vibe and service, and working my way through the menu.

Pros: Amazing food selection, All meals covered, Price is decent

Cons: None

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it was ok - Edit

I had the mozzarella stick the mac and cheese. They were ok not amazing but ok. Then I had the philly cheese steak nope didn't like it i did enjoyed the pulled pork it was really good.

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THE BEST BEST BEST - Edit

Wow! Just Wow!!! I followed champs on Instagram and dreamt of going. I went to NY this month and one of my top things to do was to go to this place. I dragged my ovni friends along. We all had amazing food! The philli cheese steak sandwich was amazing! My ovni friend said it was one of the best he had tried and he is very picky with his meat - they were all very impressed. We had hotdogs and mac and cheese. All great! Can't wait to be back in NY and eat there again!

Pros: amazing food - all vegan , traditional dinner

Cons: far from the traditional touristic spots , not possible to book in advance

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Best Vegan Restaurant on Earth!!! - Edit

As I lay dying, my last mental energy available will be devoted to eating at Champs in Brooklyn with my children. Their Reuben is unsurpassed, their shakes are divine, their breakfast satisfied a 15 year old vegan-food skeptic and the service is inscrutable. This is beyond comfort food, this is so damn comfy, I fell asleep and floated up to Nirvana and had *dream food*. I am looking for an arpatment on Meserole St, so I can be here more often. If time and space collapse, I'll let out a final gasp for Champs. You are certainly number one. You win at Vegan. Please franchise.

Pros: All vegan., Awesome Music/Staff (Hipsters)., Perfection.

Cons: Ruined me for all other Vegan spots., I am prone to overeating here., I will cry if it ever changes.

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Yummy - Edit

Great pancakes with choco chips, shakes, etc. Friendly efficient service, very clean too.

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