Save Kate’s Joint: I Need My Buffalo Not-Wings

Stef’s Team Pick:

via yelp user Dani V.

Today’s team pick regards an urgent matter of delicious veggie burgers.  Since 1996, vegetarian diner Kate’s Joint on Avenue B and E 4th St has been providing a safe haven for compassionate weirdos to get drunk and eat brunch at odd hours. I have been gratefully inhaling their mashed potatoes for years – Kate’s was even the site of our very first NYC Autostraddle Meetup Brunch (which was apparently so successful that two brunch-goers are currently dating).  Suffice to say, this diner holds a very special place in my heart.

That said, the Lower East Side is becoming a massively expensive place to maintain a business, and it looks like Kate’s Joint will have to close unless they can raise $30,000 by the end of TODAY.  Kate is even willing to throw in incentives for various sizes of donations, including cooking classes and a personalized four-course meal at your home.  This seems overwhelming, but a lot of people have already donated and if everybody chips in what they can, it may be possible to eat glorious Buffalo Not Wings in peace this coming Sunday.

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    WHAT. I met people off the internet for the Autostraddle Meetup (also, coincidentally, the first time where I was out to everyone in the room) when I was really young! This restaurant has an extremely important place in my heart; I couldn’t possibly imagine L.E.S. without it.

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