For anyone in the New Haven area- there’s a new vegan restaurant! It’s called Elaine’s Healthy Choice, and it’s on Whalley Ave across from Shaw’s (near Broadway). It’s an easy walk from the Yale campus. I went there today, and unfortunately I don’t have pictures, but the food is pretty awesome, and cheap! The staff seem really nice, too.
The cuisine is essentially vegan soul food, making it a completely different kind of restaurant than the nearby vegan Ahimsa (upscale/Indian/juice bar) and vegetarian Claire’s (soups/sandwiches/salads). Today I got the barbeque chick’n, which comes with red beans and rice (and a salad, I think if you get the dinner size) and a side order of mac & cheese. I’m not sure what cheese product they’re using, but it’s not nutritional yeast, and it’s very good. I’d actually guess that it’s cheddar Teese, but I’m not positive. I’ll have to ask next time- and there will definitely be a next time!
They also give you a lot of food- I couldn’t even come close to finishing. It’s primarily a take-out restaurant, but there are a couple of small tables inside. Check it out!