Ok, 3 Brothers isn’t in Brooklyn. It isn’t even in New York City. But it is so special, and it is not hard to reach from Brooklyn, especially if you have a car. Even without a car you can get there, though! I will tell you how! Take the Far Rockaway Branch LIRR from Atlantic Terminal to Jamaica. Then take the Babylon-bound Babylon Branch train to Rockville Centre, Long Island, home of the illustrious 3 Brothers. From the station you can catch the N14 bus which will take you almost to the front door. Aren’t you up for an adventure? Involving lots of public transportation? Don’t say I never did anything for you.
There’s also a store across the street devoted almost entirely to Sanrio, if you go for that sort of thing.
Brooklyn is buzzing about this place though, for serious. You want to go.
So what are devotees all worked up about? How about mozzarella sticks? Dipped in marinara sauce, just like you used to love before you forsook dairy? Caeser salad? Every kind of creamy, ricotta-stuffed, baked pasta delight you might desire? All the classic pizzaria heroes, rolls, and calzones? Any kind of pizza you want?
For real. 3 Brothers features Daiya, Teese, and their own cashew-tofu ricotta and a million toppings. Build your own, or go with one of their suggestions. I tried “the works” featuring olives, mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs. All vegan. All delicious.
3 Brothers is half traditional family pizzeria and half vegan paradise. The restaurant opened four years ago, but introduced their extremely extensive all-vegan menu a year ago, inspired by the owners’ vegan son. While i’m sure their nonvegan options are tasty (it wasn’t just the fake meat and cheese that impressed me, the pizza crust was lovely, the veggies delish, and everything was cooked to perfection) almost all the diners around us seemed to be going the dairyless route. Kudos to 3 Brothers for beating the curve in such a spectacular fashion, and let them be an example to other pizzerias. And let us not forget who was there for us first!