Our first day in New York was a long one. We walked around for more than six hours, taking time to play with the iPad at the Apple store, explore the Union Square Farmers Market and Whole Foods, wonder around Soho, grab a treat at BabyCakes NYC and check out the footwear and accessories at MooShoes. After all this, we still found the energy to walk across the Williamsburg bridge to Foodswings. We ended up eating there because it was close to a pub where we were meeting a friend. Regardless of its location, we probably would have ended up there anyway. Several people recommended we pay them a visit to try their popular buffalo drumbsticks.
After all that walking, we managed to work up an appetite. I’d read online that Foodswings’ portions were generous, so we exercised some restraint and decided to split a root beer float, gyro sandwich and two drumsticks.
I can’t remember the last time I had a root beer float. I’d bet it’s been at least 10 years. A new can of Blue Sky Natural Root Beer was cracked and mixed with a generous portion of vanilla ice cream. The result was a fizzy, sweet, creamy cup of awesome. The gyro sandwich brought back memories too. Modeled after the notoriously over sized Greek sandwich made with rotisserie meats, vegetables and a yogurt-based tzatziki sauce, gyro sandwiches are what Canadians know as donairs. I definitely remember having these in my pre vegetarian days. I’m not usually a fan of imitation meat products, that’s more so John’s area. I could appreciate the gyro sandwich but it wasn’t my favourite. The drumbsticks on the other hand, they were an exception.
Foodswings makes it easy to sample their drumsticks. You can buy one for $2.00 US dollars, or a combo plate with three and a side of salad, mac n cheese, fries, plantains or mashed potatoes for $8.75. There are four flavours: buffalo style, BBQ, southern fried and sweet south fried BBQ. We choose the buffalo style and sweet southern fried BBQ. I liked the southern fried BBQ the best, the buffalo was too spicy for me. The drumsticks, which had a texture similar to some of the better gardein products I’ve tried, were smothered in a generous amount of sauce. We had fun getting messy and licking the extras off our fingers.
There’s a nice dessert counter at Foodswings with some items supplied by Vegan Treats. However, by the end of the meal and long day of eating, we didn’t have any space left to try any of the vegan cookies, cakes, whoopies or brownies.
If you’re in the Williamsburg area in Brooklyn or like classic diner food that’s been veganized, Foodswings is the kind of place you’ll love.
295 Grand St (between Roebling St & Havemeyer St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Neighborhood: Williamsburg – South Side
Tel: (718) 388-1919