Famed chef and restaurateur Ravi DeRossi opened his newest vegan restaurant in New York City this week—this time at a bigger location thanks to his latest investor, Moby.
Ladybird, open daily from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., launched in the East Village between First Avenue and Avenue A on Tuesday night. Relocated from a smaller Greenwich Village space, the small-plates bar can seat up to 50 people. This larger restaurant joins DeRossi’s three “vegan sister restaurants”: Avant Garden, Mother of Pearl, and Cienfuegos.
Created in consultation with Michelin-starred chef Derrick Styczek, the menu includes three types of vegan fondue, a smorgasbord, and several desserts. The entire menu can even be made gluten-free.
Musician and avid animal rights activist Moby told Eater New York:
I've been vegan for 30 years, and promoting animal rights is my life's work. Luckily not everything involving the promotion of animal rights and veganism has to be grim and tough; sometimes one of the best ways of promoting plant based eating is by serving people wonderful food in a beautiful space.
And this isn’t the first time the famed artist has invested in a vegan restaurant. Two years ago Moby opened Little Pine, a beautiful restaurant in Los Angeles, which not only is all vegan but donates all proceeds to animal rights organizations.
With more and more vegan restaurants opening across the country, it has never been easier to enjoy an evening of dining on plant-based meals.
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