The Shop

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135 4th St, Troy, New York, USA, 12180

Serves meat, vegan options available. An upbeat, funky, hip restaurant and bar housed in a converted hardware store. Clearly labeled vegan choices include the quinoa salad, the 44th street seitan, vegan charcuterie sandwich, sweet potato steak fries, fried plantains and basmati rice. More items are clearly labeled as vegan with modification. Open Mon 5:00pm-11:00pm, Wed-Thu 5:00pm-11:00pm, Fri 5:00pm-1:00am, Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm, 3:30pm-1:00am, Sun 11:00am-3:00pm, 3:30pm-9:30pm. Closed Tue.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Western, Beer/Wine, Fusion, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by Timbobbin

Fancy drinks and solid vegan options - Edit

Neat atmosphere. Had the "I'm vegan" sandwich - an interesting combination of flavors that work really well together. Garam masala spiced tofu, carrot hummus, pickled veggies, on chibatta. It was fantastic! Fries are extra, but pretty good too.

Pros: Multiple hearty vegan options, Neat atmosphere

Cons: French fries cost extra

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Food is ok, but it’s great to have a sit down restaurant option - Edit

We went and had the McRibs and the “I’m Vegan” sandwiches. They were very hearty options, large portions. Ambiance is very cool and location is great. Fancy drinks with Moscow Mule specials weekly! Shoestring fries seriously on point.

However it seems like the chef is not experienced in making seitan from scratch or how to make Tofu really yummy. He seitan was not a good consistency and was very puffy and soft almost like a bread. The Tofu was not evenly seasoned and it was just a slab of Tofu thrown in a sauté pan. I appreciate the menu options but the chefs need to actually eat their own creations before letting them out of the kitchen.

That being said, this is a great full service restaurant that’s just a notch above casual dining which is great to have as a vegan. I’d happily go here with my in laws or a group of friends and everyone would be happy.

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woodshop w/ plant-food - Edit

This woodshop-themed restaurant has a lot of unfinished edges (literally), but far better vegan options than I would've expected in Troy, NY.
I didn't try anything on the normal menu as my friend & I opted for the Vegan Chinese Takeout special (see photo in main listing), which was a feast. Miso soup, fried rice, vegan crab rangoon, a seitan dish & a few other items. I liked all the options but one (& my friend liked & ate that).
The staff seemed knowledgeable about what vegan means so that was nice. I'd happily stop here again on a future visit.

Pros: Decent vegan options, Tasty food, Extensive drink selection

Cons: Mostly common seating, Rough edges (intentional)

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Great Beer Great Food - Edit

My husband and I love going to The Shop! I had the jackfruit tacos special. Was spectacular!

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Enjoy Troy! - Edit

Its a cute slogan, but The Shop can help you "Enjoy Troy" The decor is cool, the staff are cool even the urinal is cool! There are plenty of vegan choices on the menu. Try the 44th Street Seitan, the menu changes but this dish is a mainstay and rightly so. There's an excellent selection of beer to suit even the most discerning palate. The crew behind the bar really know the business. They will even top off your pint, a sign of a true professional.

Pros: Atmosphere, Varied menu, Good value

Cons: Drafty near the door

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