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Vegan Take-Out from Raiz NYC & Dinner in Tompkins Square Park

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT-0400

**Come any time between 7:00pm and 7:30pm to pick up your dinner.**

Join us to pick up our dinner at Raiz NYC in East Village, a new vegan Mexican inspired restaurant. After picking up our dinners we’ll head east to Tompkins Square Park. We will find some sturdy benches to enjoy beautiful evening.

Recently opened in January of this year by founders Nick Johnson, a former Wagamama GM, and Jesus Villafan, a former Dirt Candy cook, “Raíz has already generated a buzz among vegan foodies and even had a ‘celebrity’ stop by in the person of Sen. Cory Booker,” per Apple Eats.

VegOutMag: “An idea born through the pandemic, the founders of Raíz created the concept for the new restaurant when a spotlight was put on global health and environmental issues. Understanding that much comes down to the way we eat, the team created a concept with the goal of changing individuals’ perceptions of vegan food by showing them they don’t have to compromise taste or flavor by ditching meat. With that, the menu was created with meat-eaters in mind, featuring items customers would recognize from their favorite taquerias.”

Grub Street: “… Villafan, a Mexico native, has been cooking vegan and vegetarian food in New York for over 25 years, notably at Pure Food & Wine and with Amanda Cohen at the original Dirt Candy. In 2010, he helped Cohen beat Masaharu Morimoto in ‘Battle Broccoli’ on *Iron Chef,* and for most of his career he has dreamed of creating a vegan concept based on traditional Mexican street foods. He got his wish when Johnson enlisted him to come up with the menu for Raíz, which means “root” in Spanish.”

Have you tried a birria? Villafan, per Grub Street, “…embraced the jackfruit. The result is a terrific brick-red broth redolent of chiles and warm spices, well stocked with chunks of jackfruit that soak up the sauce like a sponge. Corn tortillas get dipped in this vegan birria, then sloshed with more of the saucy stew and folded into tacos.” Of course there many many other options to select from.

To pick up food, please order online [https://app.raiznyc.menu/](https://app.raiznyc.menu/) . It is fine if you place your order when you get to the restaurant.

For those of you who have never attended one of our Meetup events: this is an incredibly friendly & welcoming group. It will be easy to find our group: we will be congregating in front of Raiz NYC. Also, everyone pays for their own meal. Easy!

Where to Meet: Please meet us right outside the restaurant after you have picked up your take-out dinner. After ordering, we will walk over to Tompkins Square Park as a group.

Train Directions: The closest trains are the (L) to 1st Av, (6) to Astor, (N) (R) to 8th Street and (C) (F) to 2nd Ave. Please note any MTA reroutes during the day of event.

**Come between 7:00pm and 7:30pm**

Join us for a delicious Raiz NYC takeout dinner in Tompkins Square Park on Tuesday, April 26th.



April 26
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT-0400


Raiz NYC
120 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10009 us


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