Brooklyn’s Modern Love: A Modern Vegan Food Love Story

September 10, 2020

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Modern Love was founded by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who hails from Brooklyn, NY. Moskowitz has written several bestselling vegan cookbooks and opened up her first restaurant, Modern Love, in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2014, and then in Brooklyn in 2016.

Moskowitz has been an activist and author for animal welfare, opponent of “humane meat” for many years, and has used her cooking skills to raise money for animal rights organizations. The Modern Love in Omaha, Nebraska, serves as one of the few entirely vegan restaurants in town. It represents a contemporary and high-quality dining experience for vegans and non-vegans alike. It’s nestled in midtown, its walls lined with inviting floral wallpaper, minimalist style lighting, and an approachable yet elevated dining experience.

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The Omaha and Williamsburg restaurants share similar decor themes, both offering dozens of tables, which are oftentimes filled to the brim. The menus at both locations reflect deeply delicious, thoughtfully made recipes. The Nachos Molo features one of the most flavorful walnut chorizos out there, fresh guacamole, and tangy pickled onions. The chimichanga or seitan shawarma are similarly hard to compete with. The impressive portions of chickpea parmesan, mac and shews, and the modern cheeseburger leave guests more than satisfied.

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Not only are the portions hard to beat, but the non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks are innovative and enticing. Every drink and dessert at Modern Love has been crafted with many of Moskowitz’s vegan baking books in mind. They reflect artfully layered sundaes, milkshakes, and ice cream floats — one even with strawberry kombucha and strawberry ice cream. The house cocktails are ever-changing with the seasons, and reflect spins on the classics as well as creative new crafts.

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For vegans, Modern Love offers the opportunity to enjoy fine dining with a clear conscious and full belly. For non-vegans, Modern Love offers the bridge between what people think vegan food is, and the highest potential that Moskowitz cultivated it into.

If you want to bring part of Moskowitz’s genius into your kitchen, you can purchase one of her many cookbooks: Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Cookbook List

*COVID-19 Response: Modern Love in Omaha has been providing take-out to its guests through an online ordering system. The lovely employees place the wonderfully smelling food in a recycled brown paper bag on the roof of your car, with cutlery if specified. In Brooklyn, one can order Modern Love takeout on GrubHub, or receive take-out in a similar style.