Those of you who eat exclusively “vegetable-based” food may have already heard of Young’s, the veggie enthusiasts best known for their stand at the Hester Street Fair. On March 6 and 7, the meatless masters will be hosting a pop-up restaurant at The Old Bowery Station in which guests can enjoy four courses of vegetarian fare with the option of beer or cocktail pairings. “All our food is made with alcohol in mind. That’s how we really win people over,” says chef and co-founder Jessica Young.
Dishes include roasted carrots with black rice risotto and smoked hen of the woods mushrooms with bourbon hummus. Bourbon in hummus?! We’re sold.
The pop-up, which is the first of several Young and co-founder Alexander Meyers plan to undertake this year, offers diners a preview of what to expect from a permanent Young’s restaurant in terms of both cuisine and aesthetic. Though they have yet to lock down a location, they’re considering several options on the Lower East Side and hope to be open by year’s end.
Before you non-vegetarians scoff at a meal without beef or bacon, you should know that Young and Meyers source their fruits and veggies from local farms and everything on their Instagram looks absurdly delicious. “Once [carnivores] try our food, they usually don’t have any regrets,” says Young. “Our food is not wimpy.”
Tickets are $65 (with cocktails or beer) or $45 (without) and can be found here.