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Tchefa report--new vegetarian on the east side of Prospect Pk.

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Tchefa report--new vegetarian on the east side of Prospect Pk.

JC | Oct 19, 2003 04:16 PM

I stopped for lunch at Tchefa (512 Flatbush, nearest the Prospect Park Q/S train stop) today. The "new" signs are still up, so I think it opened pretty recently. The sign says juice bar and sandwich bar. No sandwiches in sight though. It's a strictly veggie (though not vegan) place. The food seems at first to be Caribbean like so many others in Crown Heights and Flatbush, but it turns out to be a Southern (American) inspired. You order a combo plate and they fill it with a variety of dishes.

Is it really satisfying comfort veggie food, great if you're in the park or at the Gardens? Yes. Is it worth a trip? Probably not. Veggie patties are slightly better than average. The best dish is probably the cornmeal crusted BBQ "shrimp." That's saying a lot for me, because I usually find fake shrimp to be repulsive. The jerk "chicken" wasn't bad either. But there was a dull tofu dish in a strange fruity sauce, and the side dishes were boring too. The mac & cheese was just bad.

I almost forgot to mention that there are actually seats and tables here. Anyone who has been to places like Caribbean Delicacy or Ras Diggi knows what a rarity that can be for Brooklyn veggie food. The place is clean, comfortable, and safe.

Wish I had better news to report. But there are just too many good vegan places in Brooklyn and Queens to go out of your way for this one.

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