It's a great time to be vegan in NYC and it's always been a great time to love pizza in NYC, so disciples of both will be pleased to hear there's a new spot to get a 'za fix without a single iota of animal. Champs Jr., the Greenpoint outpost of the popular East Williamsburg vegan diner, has been reborn as Screamers Pizzeria, the borough's first completely vegan slice joint. The pizzeria, which officially opened yesterday, is a collaboration between the Champs folks and a contingent from Blackbird Pizzeria, a vegan spot in Philly.
"There’s a pretty noticeable lack of authentic New York style pizza, done vegan and done well, here in NYC," a rep for Champs said to Brokelyn, a nice jab to nearby Vinnie's Pizzeria, who are known for their vegan offerings. Co-owner Brad Baker acknowledged the competition to Brooklyn Magazine, offering that "there is no place that is just a vegan pizza by the slice."
The smallish spot will turn out classic cheese pies; a white pie with garlic oil, vegan cheese, broccoli rabe, caramelized onions and homemade almond ricotta; and their namesake "The Screamer" with garlic oil, vegan cheese, cremini and oyster mushrooms and parsley, topped with homemade almond parm, among others.
Baker says the name is a "pizza slang term" for mushrooms, because "when canned mushrooms hit the stove, all the water evaporates so they scream." Mmhm, that's definitely it.
620 Manhattan Avenue, website. Open 11 a.m. to midnight.