Best Vegetarian New York 2013 - The Queens Kickshaw
When it debuted, The Queens Kickshaw rapidly garnered praise for its grownup grilled cheese sandwiches, made with offbeat ingredients like gouda on brioche with tangy pickled jalapeños, creamy black bean hummus, and a sweet, tart spoonful of guava jam. Next, it was the pour-over coffees and rare java that percolated hype, followed by a suavely edited selection of craft beer, cider, wine, and mead. When Chef Youngsun Lee joined the team, he brought with him an Asian-influenced yet fully nouveau American component with dishes like cold-poached eggs with miso butter, bibimbap, crispy stuffed squash blossoms, and even a kimchi lasagna. From a booming weekend brunch to eclectic late-night menu, TQK seems to have it all. Everything, that is, except meat. But browse the reviews online, and most people don't even seem to notice.