Moby Partners on Reopening of East Village Vegan Eatery Ladybird

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Moby is an icon of music and animal rights. But he first made his name in hospitality as co-owner of the now shuttered New York vegan restaurant Teany; and now he’s an active force in the LA veg scene with his Little Pine in Silver Lake.

“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.”

And indeed, his latest venture brings him back to NYC, with the reopening of East Village eatery Ladybird. Founded last year by Ravi DeRossi in the former Bourgeois Pig space, it’s now moved to a bigger location. Derrick Styczek acts as consulting chef, with a drinks program by Jane Danger and Alla Lapushchik.

With just 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 of the Bourgeois Pig. The food 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.