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Inspired by the über-popular, cheap bodega eats of New York’s Spanish Harlem, Harlem Bodega is North York’s newest pop-up. What sets this spot apart is a dedication to 100% vegan ingredients and Puerto Rican flavours.
Opened in August, Harlem Bodega is a takeout-only restaurant owned by New-York expat Justin Segar, known as Juss, and his wife. After moving to Toronto in March, the couple had a hard time finding the type of high-quality, vegan comfort food they craved and decided to open Harlem Bodega. Operating out of a ghost kitchen, the restaurant now provides North York diners with the types of vegan Puerto Rican dishes Segar and his wife love.
On the menu, you’ll find chopped cheeze sandwiches and sliders, made with plant-based beef, American cheeze, lettuce, tomato, pickles and bodega sauce. There’s also Titi’s “Puerto Rican Style” spaghetti and baked or fried pastelillo’s, featuring gluten-free pastry filled with plant-based “picadillo beef.” A selection of vegan desserts, including banana walnut bread, jumbo chocolate chip walnut cookies and arroz con dulce, made with coconut milk, round out the offerings. Though there’s already plenty to love, Segar plans to add items to the concise menu every few weeks.
Open for pickup and delivery from Tuesday to Sunday, Harlem Bodega's dishes are best paired with an imported Puerto Rican drink, such as Coco Rico, Malta India or Kola Champagne. Enjoyed together, they make for the ultimate, comfort-food fiesta.