Modern Love Brooklyn

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 29 reviews )
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317 Union Ave (at Williamsburg), Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11211

Vegan cuisine by chef & book author, Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Open Wed-Thu 6:00pm-10:00pm, Fri 6:00pm-11:00pm, Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Fusion

29 Reviews

First Review by Parasol

reservations recommended other wise sit at counter - Edit

I was told I had to sit at the counter even though there were many empty tables when I sat down and when I left because they have a reservation only system. For that reason alone I don’t recommend going there in less you’ve made a reservation deafly don’t waste your time

It’s not the receptionist fault but it’s a real turn off and breakfast can’t compare with champs but either way I will gain 20 pounds if I need it like that I can no longer go out and have these breakfast then have so much oil in them it was good food but it’s a turn off to walk in and spend all that money and be sent to our counter when there’s empty tables. The staff was very nice and kind

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Beautiful plates - Edit

Let me just say I love this place. Everyone was so nice and so accommodating about changing my reservation last minute on a Friday night. The ambience was cozy and upscale and the place was busy which I love to see!
I have to say that the apps were the star of the evening. We got the autumn Brie plate, which I wouldn’t call it Brie but it was still delicious. The apples with the balsamic drizzle and the rosemary cracker. Was so good and the figs combined did taste like autumn. Then we got the poutine, which I wasn’t interested in the beginning but I’m so happy we did. This was so amazing. The fries were perfectly crispy and not too dense and the gravy was the best gravy I’ve ever had. It was salty and warm and I want to dip everything in it. The cheese curds were so good too. I’d order an extra side of gravy as I felt my stack of potatoes needed a little extra love. For dinner we got the hen of the woods picatta and the Mac and shews. I like both but I won’t be dreaming of them later. For dessert we got the pumpkin cheesecake and the tiramisu. Both were really good but I didn’t feel bad not finishing them

Pros: Friendly staff, Apps , Ambience

Cons: Move to manhattan

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hip and busy restaurant - Edit

Brunch was delicious (tofu benedict) and the staff was really nice. Only minus was that I waited a long time for the food, but it was worth the wait.

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AMAZING - Edit

I was blown away by Modern Love. The drinks, the dishes, the deserts: everything was amazing. It is pricey but it is worth it. The ice cream was one of the best if not the best I had ever had.

Pros: Tasty, delicious, incredible

Cons: a bit noisy

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AMAZING! - Edit

I was so excited to visit Modern Love for dinner on my most recent trip to NYC and it did not disappoint. The highlight of the night is that I got to meet Isa!!

The food was amazing. I ordered the Kale Avocado Ranch salad. This salad looked small but was dense and hearty. The waitress told me that the chef did not like the look of the avocado that they had for the evening so they asked if I wanted a substitute and I got the tofu. Perfection. My daughter ordered the Mac & Shews. She was thrilled and ate every bite. She is not a pecan fan but spiced pecans won her over. Her boyfriend ordered the Hen of the Woods Piccata. OMG! I wanted to order this but decided on the salad because of the large lunch that I had. This was right up my alley. The white wine lemon sauce was remarkable and the entire dish was scrumptious. We ordered the Brussels & Bacon as an appetizer. It was tasty but a little small in size. For dessert, we ordered the Warm Brownie With Peanut Butter Ice Cream. We devoured every bite of it.

This will be on my must visit list on future visits!

UPDATE with visit in October 2017

This was amazing yet again! We had the BBQ cauliflower "wings" as an appetizer. They had a thick smoky sauce and included delicious kimchi. I ordered the chickpea parmesan sandwich for my entree. It was on a delicious crusty roll, had abundant tomato sauce and cashew ricotta. OMG, yum! There was a scoop of potato salad that was just perfect. My daughter had the pot pie. It had huge chunks of seitan, the gravy was perfect and it was loaded with vegetables. Thank you Isa!

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-07

Pros: Delicous food, Creative options

Cons: None!

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Delicious Brunch - Edit

Three of us shared three amazing dishes and I really wanted to save room for dessert but I just couldn’t do it. Next time! I ordered the Tofu Benedict because the guy at the next table recommended it when I couldn’t decide what to get. Omg so good. I want to say that the smoked tomato is what made it, but I’m not going to sell the tofu & cashew hollandaise short. My husband ordered the biscuits and gravy, and was extremely happy for an omnivore. My daughter, a vegetarian, ordered the shrooms & grits, and that was the clear winner. Flavorful and extremely satisfying. I’ve made Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipes at home, but having these dishes prepared to perfection was everything. Happy vegan.

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Sadly, disappointing food - Edit

I’m currently visiting NY to celebrate my 30th birthday, and as Isa’s book ‘Isa Does It!’ was the one to really open my eyes to veganism, I knew I needed to experience ML for my special birthday meal.

We made a reservation the morning of, for 7pm. We arrived ten minutes before, and were seated straight away. Our server gave us a couple of menus, but came back less than a minute later to take our complete order. When we said we weren’t ready, she said “not even for a drink?” (No, not even for a drink - give us a chance to read the menu!) We each ordered sangrias, which were refreshing but incredibly watery. We then ordered our starters - I went for the arancini which was really incredible, and my boyfriend went for what I can only describe as chunky chips (I forget the name, sorry!) which were less impressive and very salty. My stater arrived 15 minutes before his, and when we asked why there was a delay, the staff member we asked was rude and said “it’s coming, okay?” We ended up eating at staggered times and I was already way finished before his food showed up.

The same thing happened with our mains; there was a ten minute gap between our food arriving (at the time, we joked that it was because it was my birthday, so they were feeding me first) and it didn’t really feel like a special dining experience. If this is standard practice then we’d understand if someone took a moment to tell us, but no one did. I had the seitan chops with applesauce and sweet potato mash - the seitan was really tough and rubbery, just like my poor attempts at home, and there was barely a dollop of mash on the plate amidst tonnes of applesauce. My boyfriend went for the linguini, which was very watery and not very flavourful.

The only redeeming factor was the dessert - a warm brownie with cookie dough ice cream. I couldn’t place what they’d used in the brownie but it was so gooey you’d swear it wasn’t vegan! When we reserved we mentioned that it was my birthday, and someone put a candle in it before they brought it to the table - a really cute touch. When we left, though, my boyfriend told me he’d used a decoy toilet break to ask a member of staff if they could sing happy birthday, and although they said sure, no one did.

All in all, this place was a huge let down for both of us on what should’ve been a special night. We found the majority of staff unfriendly and looking like they didn’t want to be there, and the quality of the food didn’t reflect the prices.

Pros: the brownie was to die for, lovely location, easy to find

Cons: the food quality isn’t amazing, service was disjointed, staff were unhelpful, overpriced

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Love This Place - Edit

You can't go wrong with Modern Love. I am biased because I have been cooking Isa Moskowitz's recipes from her cookbooks for 10 years now, so any time I get a chance to eat her food in her restaurants, it's a real treat. Having visited the Omaha location, I was very excited to try Modern Love Brooklyn.
While visiting NYC, my husband and I had dinner and brunch at Modern Love. I enjoyed brunch especially, but both meals were tasty. From what I can tell, the menu changes very regularly, and I suggest following them on Instagram. This was helpful in making our decisions!
The dishes are all very creative. For instance, I had seitan brisket for dinner, which included a tomato lentil sauce, greens, cabbage, and mashed potatoes. Dessert was tiramisu. For brunch I had grits with breaded mushrooms, black eyed peas, and greens, all smothered in a tasty sauce, along with a side of sausage. So good!
The space is roomy and lovely, although definitely try and make reservations.

Pros: Creative, delicious menu, Menu regularly rotates, Excellent brunch

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Hands down best vegan food in NY! - Edit

Wow this place does not disappoint. While we did wait a while for food as they were super busy, the food was totally amazing and tasty!! We had brunch which was scrambled tofu and an open burrito. We savoured every bite. Very excited to go back for dinner!

Pros: tasty, big portion sizes

Cons: long wait for food, expensive

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Perfect !!! - Edit

This place is amazing ! Very colorful dishes . Great combination ! Beet hummus dish is so good! As well as mozzarella and tomatoes! I don't know where they get their veggies ... but it tastes super delicious the same as you would get from the farm if not organic farm . My favorite spot ! Atmosphere service and food of course

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It was awesome - Edit

The soundtrack: Isa's fave high school love songs from the 80s.
The ambiance: a nod to the former era of sappy romance with baby's breath and a flower on each table, punky style, adorable animal paintings, and cohesive colors and textures. Families and couples out to have the brunch of their lives.
The food: sumptuous and indulgent, no frills, caressing and comforting, romantic in the way where you walk away in total bliss, just wanting to cuddle with your lover (or food baby) for the rest of the day.

We went for brunch. The benedict was excellent. Scones were quite good, too. Fresh fruit bowl was perfection.

Pros: everything is delicious , MASSIVE portions, worth the price, lovely staff

Cons: not for those on a tight budget, more gravy on the scones!!

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loved it - Edit

Great ambiance delicious food! Very large portion sizes so I got to take home leftovers!

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True Love - Edit

This recent visit was my second this year and I was not dissappointed. The food remains excellent and creative. Located on the Williamsburg-Bushwick border it has an energetic vibe that is contagious. That said, the clientele are diverse incliding young families, hipsters and us (a middle-aged couple).

Also, the staff are competent, well informed and helpful. Did I mention that the food is terrific??

Pros: All vegan menu, Gluten free options, Creative menu

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let's hope for post modern - Edit

Celibacy I will choose over Modern Love any day
Disappointing at many levels -service ,fare and ambience the hype was so high for this place that the reality is a nose dive crash
As soon as we walked in we were not greeted but accosted by the hostess without the mostest
She berated us for being late and proceeded to unceremoniously seat us right under a loud speaker spewing bad top ten 80s trash,on top of that the waitress,though,pleasant was slower than an alimentary tract digesting a raw rutabaga
The acoustics were such that every sound was amplified including the flatulence from the table next to us
Well,we figured ,the food must be good -NOT it was the same old hackneyed vegan fare disguised as haute cuisine the only haughtiness we experienced was from the staff
$$$$$ get ready to sell some stock options for a dinner with wine and dessert
Really don't waste your time and money go to Champs and then have a donut at Dun wells around the corner

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Beautiful restaurant - Edit

I was so excited to go to dinner at a restaurant run by Isa Chandra Moskowitz herself! The restaurant is lovely, very romantic and adult, perfect for a date or a special occasion.
The food selection is great, really hearty meals and desserts.

Pros: Great food, Lovely setting, perfect for dates

Cons: Higher in price, but great for special occasions

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so loud I couldn't stay - Edit

Guess my title says it all. I post this as a warning for others who are noise-sensitive, not to knock this restaurant or dissuade others from trying it. I gave it a five star rating, because I can't post a review without choosing a star rating, and I don't want to ruin its perfect score. But I never even tasted a bite of the food.

So I'm a huge Isa fan. I own every one of her cookbooks. Veganomicon was my first vegan cookbook. No exaggeration, that book taught me how to cook. I've even seen her cooking live, in Napa County CA. (If she ever does more of these shows, don't miss them; they're great! She's as funny and charming live as she in her books.)

I was so excited to visit her Brooklyn restaurant. It sadly was so loud (combination of blasting music and diners shouting over the music) that I couldn't stay.

Sad.

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Really good - Edit

We tried the deviled potatoes, kale cesar, mac & shews (cashew mac & cheese) & poutine. Everything was really yummy, though perhaps leaning on salt a bit more than it really needed, The food lives up to its moniker of swanky vegan comfort food. We've been fans of Isa's cookbooks, and enjoyed her restaurant very much!

Pros: Delicious

Cons: Pricey

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Best meal I've ever had - Edit

By far the best meal I've ever had and I've dined at some of the best vegan restaurants. Every plate is delicious. Can't wait to go back!

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Planned a Trip Around This - Edit

Visited New York with the intention of eating here (as well as all the other amazing vegan options I kept hearing about). Like most, I consider Isa my vegan goddess. I swear by her recipes and I knew her restaurant would be amazing.

Even with high hopes, I was not disappointed. The cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and desserts were all delicious. My only regret was only making time to eat here once. I will say that I thought the dishes were expensive, but that wouldn't stop me from returning.

I wish more vegan places would consider upping their game like this. I've been to quite a few that were good, but didn't stand out. Every dish was well thought out - playful and unique. The presentation was top notch and the flavors did not disappoint.

As usual, Isa proves that vegan dishes can be just as rich and beautiful as their counterparts. Highly recommend.

Pros: cozy, romantic, friendly staff, inventive dishes

Cons: pricey

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Great Food! Cozy/Romantic Environment! - Edit

My husband and I throughly enjoyed our meals at Modern Love. Everything was fresh, flavorful and creatively put together. Definitely one of the top vegan restaurants in NYC in my opinion. I'm definitely going to come back and bring guests in the future.

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as brilliant as I hoped it would be - Edit

As a devotee of Isa's vegan cookbooks the food was everything i hoped it would be! The service and atmosphere made it feel extra special. We enjoyed our drinks (beer, mulled wine) too.

Pros: creative, cozy, completely delicious

Cons: very filling - wish we'd had room for dessert

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Best vegan dinning option in Brooklyn - Edit

Isa is the best and her restaurant is simply fantastic. We're so glad we carved some time out of our trip to New York to take the metro to Brooklyn to check out this new place. The food is fantastic. We're big fans of Isa, we have all of her recipe books. We were not disappointed. The experience was marvelous. We recommend to all vegans visiting New York.

Pros: great tasting food , beautiful restaurant and atmosphere

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Love Modern Love - Edit

An incredible new vegan restaurant featuring the recipes of Isa Chandra Moskowitz (vegan queen/chef extraordinaire, for those who don't know), in a funky, and yes, modern setting. Our server was helpful and friendly, and everything we ordered was crazy delicious (Me: matzo ball soup, Hen of the Woods Piccata, & Apple Pie a la mode. My husband: Caesar salad, Seitan Pot Pie, and Coconut Creme Pie. Spiced mulled wine for both of us). Isa served us our dessert! A bit pricey, but totally worth it. We drove in from Princeton, New Jersey, and again -- totally worth it.

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-12

Pros: Awesome food, Friendly staff, Nice vibe

Cons: On the expensive side

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Didn't live up to my expectations/price - Edit

I was very excited to try modern love on a recent trip to Brooklyn. I love Isa's recipes and we have been to an event where they served her food while she gave a demo and it was all incredible. Our food at Modern Love was just ok though. The best things were the handmade blackberry vanilla soda, and the chocolate cheesecake with the brownie crust! Both were very yummy! For my entree I got the Mac and Shews, which should have been perfect for me! But it was SO bland. Almost no flavor. And for $22 mac and cheese it should have been great. I did like the greens with it, but the main part of these did was just blah. My husband got the truffle poutine and it was the same thing. Pretty bland. The restaurant is pretty New so maybe we just got a bad preparation? Honestly i probably won't give if another try because it was our most expensive meal while we were in town, and also the least delicious.

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-28

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Amazing comfort food - Edit

We arrived without a reservation and they managed to sit us at the bar. The bartender was lovely, the beer was tasty and the food was incredible. I got the butternut gnocchi and my husband got the Mac and shews, both were amazing. the décor was super cute and it was cool to see Isa in person running around doing her thing. We bought shirts with their adorable logo and will definitely be going back next time we're in the hood. not cheap but so worth it.

Pros: all vegan, cute decor, liquor license

Cons: make a reservation!

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Full of flavour! - Edit

Had a great meal here - so many amazing flavours in one dish - my only regret was going here still full from an earlier meal elsewhere which meant I stuck to just a main dish - I looked on the surrounding tables' diners with envy as each dish came out - the devilled potato in particular were getting rave reviews from the table next to us. Definitely one to try next time I am in New York!

Pros: Great food , Nice decor/fittings

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Delicious food - Edit

Great Friday night spent at Modern Love. Service and food met all my expectations. As a native New Englander, I was excited to taste the 'Glam Chowder', part of the Surf and Turf entree, and it was extraordinary! Also tried the Pot Pie which tasted exactly like a homemade chicken pot pie (minus the cruelty) -- very savory and filling! We also ended the meal with a warm brownie and ice cream, sweet perfection.

Love the food, but definitely a bit pricey for portions. The cocktails also need to come way down in price... they're good, but not $12 good. I do think they have enough unique offerings that will drive people to the restaurant, but unfortunately I will not be able to afford to come here more than once or twice a year (maybe three times if I drink water rather than sangria). With that said, the physical space itself is amazing... clean, modern, and shiny! Great addition to Brooklyn!

Pros: Space is clean and modern, Unique food

Cons: Price, especially apps and cocktails

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