CLOSED: Foodswings

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295 Grand St (at Havemeyer St, in Williamsburg), Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11211

Brooklyn vegan fast food restaurant. Veggiechicken cutlet parmesan hero, mac n cheese, buffalo wings, philly cheezesteak, and other vegan fast food. Reported closed to HappyCow.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out

41 Reviews

First Review by slack_scholar

noooo why close - Edit

Supposedly a problem with the landlord . Maybe they will relocate

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comme ci, comme ça - Edit

I *love* that this place exists, but not all dishes hit the mark. I was excited to see vegan 'sliders' on the menu, for example, but cannot understand why they put *chipotle* sauce on them! The tank shake, on the other hand, was fantastic. I did not experience the rudeness that other reviewers reported from the staff, but I've only visited while on vacation or on weekends, when I can let my freak flag fly. I can imagine the staff not being so pleasant if I came in wearing my boring office attire.

Pros: all-vegan, comfort food, cool stickers

Cons: unhealthy, spotty quality

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Best vegan junk food - Edit

Everything tastes great! I have been coming here for years and always leave satisfied and full (usually with extra food to bring home). It is pretty far from healthy vegan food but absolutely DELICIOUS!!

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Best vegan comfort food - Edit

There's no better place to get a vegan milkshake or gravy fries. Seriously, if you're looking for reasonably-priced vegan comfort foods, this is the place for you. LOVED it.

Pros: Tons of options, Super tasty, Fast

Cons: Not open for brunch

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Very Happy - Edit

I was pleased with my experience here, I had the Foodswing burger, and I loved that it was huge and tasty. A little greasy, but I am okay with that, (actually perfer it sometimes) so if you have a sensi stomach, be careful. Ordered the punk fries (cheese & bacon), they were alright, not amazing, the bacon bits were a little soft for my liking, and the cheese (the 'wiz') had that oily flavor that I try to avoid with the cheeses...the actual fries, though, were really good, really crispy. Also had the chicken bacon ranch, I only had a bite, but it was really good, chicken patty was hearty and I am a fan. The gyro was probably the best thing I tried on that menu though, tasty, great texture and ingredients! Overall, I recommend this place as the food was really good and there should be more places like this around NYC.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday May 21, 2013

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Cool Place - Edit

I had been "dying" to go here, but I hate to say that I didn't love it like I had hoped. I liked my food and general experience, but it didn't live up to the high standards I had. Also, I did end up getting a bad stomach ache like others who have posted about that! My stomach is very sensitive if I don't eat healthy, and the greasy food at Foodswings did affect me.

Food: 7. I had the bacon chicken ranch sandwich with the punk fries (cheese and bacon bits on them). The chicken patty was extremely realistic in texture and was very crispy. It didn't seem too flavorful to me, though. I didn't care for the ranch dressing. The bacon wasn't as crispy as I would have liked. The sandwich was pretty huge. Overall, I liked the sandwich a decent amount but probably wouldn't get it again. (I like the similar sandwich at HipCity Veg in Philadelphia much better). The fries were good but not great. I also had a Butterfinger milkshake, and that was my favorite item by far! I tasted a piece of a friend's cheesesteak sandwich, and I've had much better ones... this one had too much of a smoky taste or something.

Price: 8. Seems about average for an all vegan place.

Staff: 9. Very friendly.

Atmosphere: 8. Cute and cozy. Decently clean.

Pros: All vegan, Great variety, Great for v*gans and omnis

Cons: Not the healthiest of options, May cause stomach aches

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fast food fix! - Edit

Last time out in New York, we missed food swings as they were already closed.

This time, we popped in for dinner with a few friends and enjoyed a variety of dishes family style. My favorite was the chili. Mac n Cheese was good, but not great. Fried chicken was also very good.

All in all, a must stop if you want to get you fast food fix!

Pros: inexpensive, bargain, tasty!

Cons: close early, cash only

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great vegan fast food - Edit

The cheese fries are the best! Love the butterfinger shakes and the grilled BBQ chikin drumsticks. Fast and friendly service.

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Never a let-down - Edit

I have been to Foodswings several times, always when traveling to NYC. In fact, friends and I have made special trips to the city, just to visit Foodswings. It is THAT good. Over the years, recipes with which I wasn't that impressed have been improved, the menu has expanded, and they just keep getting better and better. There is nothing I've ever ordered here that I would say isn't good. The hardest thing at Foodswings is deciding what to order, because it's all so amazing. Just pick something and enjoy - it's all delicious.

Pros: All-vegan, variety, milkshakes

Cons: cash-only

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BBQ drumstix - Edit

Brooklyns only vegan greasy spoon! Okay, I don't know if that's true, but it's the only one I've been to. I had the drumstick trio. Vegan 'chik'n drumsticks, battered and fried, then coated in bbq sauce, buffalo sauce, and some other sauce. Served with ranch dipping dressing. I also tried mac n' cheeze and fried plantains. Everything was exactly as one would expect from a vegan junk food place, fried and delicious, but unhealthy. I wouldn't eat here everyday. It's nice on occasion.

Pros: bbq chick'n drumstix, mac n' cheeze, fast

Cons: 'fastfood'

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Great vegan comfort food - Edit

If you are in the mood for some serious comfort food, Foodswings is the place to go. Love the vegan chicken wings!!

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vegan fast food - Edit

Pretty damn unique spot.... It's a bunch of unhealthy fast food like cheese steaks, burgers, milkshakes, wings, etc. Only vegan! Never seen anyplace like it. A little expensive but hey if you're vegan you're probably not eating like that often! Pretty psyched I work in the neighborhood.

Pros: wangs, cheese steakz, open late

Cons: a bit pricey

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Nice people and place - Edit

This is a good restaurant if you want vegan fast food. The people was really nice when I asked several questions about their food. I was mainly interested on some ingredients from their burgers and I ended up knowing that they used olive oil to make them, great no?! Burgers were really nice and tasty. We also ordered some chips with "cheese" and "bacon" bits and they were nice as well. One thing that you have to keep in mind, the food in this place is not expensive. Then, don't expect fancy things. The quality of the food is way better than any other fast food but keep in mind that it is rather greasy.

Over all, we loved it. Greasy food, once in a while it is fun!

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Vegan fast food - Edit

If you want vegan chili cheese fries or baked potato skins with cheese, sour cream, and "bacon" then Foodswings is the place to go in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Definitely satisfies your greasy fast food urge, but certainly not healthy. But, we all need naughty food sometimes!

Pros: Vegan fast food, Lots of vegan options

Cons: Greasy

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the worst food ever - Edit

I stopped going there 4 years ago, because food was so bad, but I decided to give them another chance... - big mistake. The french fries are from the cheap key-food frozen section and the frying oil wasn't changed for weeks. The "home made" chili was the worst chili I had in my life and I am not young... I ate some because I was so hungry, but I got sick right away. All the kids working in the cafe probably write good reviews for themselves in spare time, but please beware or just go somewhere else...

Pros: none

Cons: bad food, old frying oil

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Milkshakes! Yum! - Edit

We had lunch there, which was great, but I could live on the milkshakes! Yum! If you are going there you must try one.

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Crispy, Greasy, Fried Heaven - Edit

So crispy, so greasy, so fried and I can't stop thinking about their chikn wings. I dont' think I could eat there every day - I really am a health nut - but it's soooo delicious and such a treat for vegans.

Pros: greasy

Cons: greasy

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American Comfort Food - Edit

I was craving a Gyro one day and Googled "vegan Gyro NYC" and this place popped up. I was thrown back with all menu choices that were just plan, comfort food. I was not disappointed. The Gyro was great and just as authentic as you could ask for. The chicken wings were awesome as was the Chocolate Shake. I place to go back there and eat my way through the menu. It's great knowing we have these options in a vegan setting.
It's not a healthy-raw vegan establishment and they know it. I think it's silly to criticize them for having "greasy" type of comfort food. Go somewhere else. This type of food is fun, comforting and has spirit. It uniquely connects vegan dining with mainstream America. Worth a trip if you live in NYC. If you are visiting NY,..leave Manhattan for a couple of hours and try this place, you will be happy you did.

Pros: Food, friendly staff

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The place for vegan junk food - Edit

Amazing selection with choices unheard of especially between 11pm and 2am ready for people leaving the bars - everything deep fried and called midnight munchies.

very much a vegan mcdonald's equivalent with seating simply to eat food and leave.

funky vibe and staff.

Ate the Vegan Heart Attack Burger and woke up with chest pains - lives up to its name but worth it!

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Greasy, sloppy heaven - Edit

I've been to a handful of vegan junk food restaurants, and this one is the creme de la creme without a doubt. If you're looking for something light and healthy, go elsewhere. But if you're looking for a vegan chicken cordon bleu sandwich that tastes like [edited by staff] chicken cordon bleu, this is your place. The "vegan heart attack" and the "wings" were very tasty also. The staff was super friendly and the price was quite reasonable.

Pros: best vegan fast food I've ever eaten, friendly staff, good prices

Cons: fattening and addictive

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eh, give or take - Edit

I went to Foodswings over the weekend for the first time. A lot of online sites had said it was a must-visit. I got excited at the prospect of vegan fast food, but I wouldn't classify this place as fast, and the prices were much higher than typical fast food prices. As with most vegan restaurants, I was completely overwhelmed by the menu and just asked what was the best. When I sat down to eat my vegan chicken parm sami, it was awesome!! But not so awesome later whent he greasy-ness of the sandwich and fries (delicious!) finally caught up with my stomach. I had some cake as well, and it was incredible. The icing was amazing! So overall, good place to visit, but I don't know if I will be rushing back there.

Pros: menu, cake, service

Cons: price, speed, greasy

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greasy vegan fast food - Edit

i haven't been to foodswings in a couple of years now and don't plan on going back. a good size menu that has food that takes a long time to digest. a couple of the items i have had are pretty good but others were just to greasy and reminds me of real fast food. the staff consists of gutterpunks so that gave me some concern. no interest in easting there again.
Updated from previous review on Thursday February 18, 2010

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Melody13 27 Jan 2011 - Since gutterpunks are homeless or transient individuals I can ASSURE you we have NONE of those working at Foodswings! Half the staff do have some tattoos though, sorry.  


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Greasy Spoon - Edit

My wife and I visited New York for a week and this was one of the places we decided to visit for a meal. We are both vegetarian and the last Vegan meal we had in a Parisian restaurant was absolutely dire. Anyway, we needn't have worried as the meal was excellent and great value compared to Manhattan. I had the Vegan Heart Attack and my wife had the Chili Con Seitan. With regard to the decor, in England this would be called a greasy spoon as it is just like a typical small town cafe. This however, is part of its charm, and if it had been closer we would have been back every night to try the rest of the menu. I know our Vegan friends would kill for a place like this in the UK!

Pros: Great menu, Excellent value

Cons: Distance from Manhattan

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So good! - Edit

The first time I went in there I spent about $60 and got like 2 sandwiches, an amazing milkshake, a root beer float, the best vegan chick'n wings, and I believe I also got some Mac and Cheese out of the deal. It was all amazing. So I went back recently feeling really depressed over a sick cult ritual that involved swinging chickens and slicing their necks, folks were performing around Crown Heights. It cheered me up pretty instantly I had gotten the butterfinger shake (wow) plus a decent sausage and peppers sub and the pu pu platter along with more chicken wings. Then I went back and bought two more sandwiches and mac and cheeze and it was so so so good. Those chick'n wings brought me back to a nice happy place and the sauces they put on them are liquid gold so tasty and fitting.

If you need a pick me up (and slow you down) Foodswings is number one. The food is amazing and the prices are pretty decent. The only problem is if you sit facing the menu you get really really really hungry and order more...errr at least I do. If you have a chance to visit Foodswings do it and do it again.

Pros: great food, good prices, butterfinger milkshake

Cons: not available where I live, hard not too want too order everything, a bit fattening

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Go for the Food - Not the Atmosphere - Edit

So many people my age (late 60s) and even younger will only eat in a place with atmosphere of classy decor and well-dressed customers where wait-staff come to your table. I go for the food. I don't care who else goes there or what manner the decor. The food here is not only delicious - it's fun. It's not meant to be a classy restaurant. It's a sandwich shop with a wide variety of really good stuff. I came from Detroit to the other end of Brooklyn for a few days but I stopped here to eat on my way in and on my way out.

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Amazing junk food - Edit

It is great to sometimes visit a nice junk food restaurant. I visited this place in july 2009. I shared a portion with 4 different kind of meat sticks (drum sticks?) and then we had meaty salads with thick and tasty sauces. The shakes are great, especially the mint chocolate one.

Don't go there if you don't ever like to eat junk food, even creamy shakes. This food won't be good for you. We looked more ladylike than punks and the place was really welcoming and laid back.

Pros: Tasty!, Meaty!, Good selection

Cons: Not good for you, Silly posters on the wall

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I'm lovin' it. - Edit

I love the cheese steak, delicious.

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