Moby is an iconic name in both music and animal rights. But the DJ is making his name known in the restaurant industry. Co-owner of the now shuttered New York vegan restaurant Teany, he's been an active force in the LA vegan scene with his current endeavor, Little Pine.
“I've been vegan for 30 years, and promoting animal rights is my life's work,” he said in a statement. “Luckily not everything involving the promotion of animal rights and veganism has to be grim and tough; sometimes one of the best ways of promoting plant based eating is by serving people wonderful food in a beautiful space.”
His latest venture into the vegan restaurant industry brings him back to New York with the reopening of East Village eatery, Ladybird. Founded last year by Ravi DeRossi in the space of the former Bourgeois Pig, it now moves to a bigger location. With the reopening, Derrick Styczek acts as consulting chef on the new menu with cocktails by Jane Danger and Alla Lapushchik.
With 50 seats, the new location is adorned with white, gold and teal embellishments and ornate lighting. The new menu features vegan tapas such as brussels sprouts with endive, apple, quinoa, and a soy-truffle vinaigrette and a tapioca, garlic, and white wine fondue for two, a callback to a signature dish at Bourgeois Pig. The menu is complemented by cocktails infused with vegetable juices and garnishes.
Ladybird is now open at 111 East 7 St, between First Avenue and Avenue A. Find more info and make reservations online.