Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 11
Restaurant and lounge from Karyn Calabrese (Karyn's Fresh Corner, Karyn's Cooked), offering vegan versions of things like crab cakes as well as a few raw dishes.
The extensive menu at Karyn’s on Green, the raw food guru’s Greektown spot, reads like a midnight meat lover’s delight: chorizo sliders, sausage pizza, crispy chicken legs . . . wait, isn’t this supposed to be a vegan restaurant? It is, of course: that chorizo and the chicken are all soy and wheat protein. Of the five small plates we tried, the ones that made no pretense of being meat were the best: butternut squash soup made with coconut and guajillo puree was packed with taut flavor, and wild mushroom risotto was rich and hearty. The sausage pizza—a crispy flatbread topped with sauteed broccoli rabe, white bean-sage puree, and knobs of spicy “sausage”—was equally well conceived, though I’d suggest finishing it while it’s hot—vegan cheese doesn’t travel well. And though the crispy “chicken” legs didn’t taste anything like chicken, the moist, tender bites made a nice foil for the accompanying sweet potato hash and braised Swiss chard. Karyn’s has a creative cocktail program in line with the restaurant’s healthy philosophy, featuring locally made beer and spirits and a refreshing “green mojito” with ginger syrup and a shot of spirulina.