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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Stef Schwartz is a founding member and the self-appointed Vapid Fluff Editor at She currently resides in New York City, where she spends her days writing songs nobody will ever hear and her nights telling much more successful musicians what to do. Follow her on twitter and/or instagram.

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  1. 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.

  2. I picked up brunch there on my way to work EVERY WEEKEND when I lived in Alphabet City. Nom nom nom. I wish I were still in NY to stop by and help out =[

  3. The update on the website says they’ll be open through the weekend. NYC straddlers, go eat there!

  4. They’re still there, as of today; I agree, anyone who loves the UnTurkey™ club had better show your love!

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