Recent addition to Downtown Brooklyn’s food scene, Brain Food is a restaurant with a unique approach to clean eating, sustainability, and giving back to the community. Brain Food offers affordable and healthy menu options, meal prep kits, a coffee club with the purpose of reducing waste, and only provide biodegradable containers, cutlery, and reusable bags.
Owners Ali Ahmed and Ana Cabrera spearheaded efforts to combat food insecurity among NYC students during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to provide aid to the homeless.
We talked to Ali and Ana about entrepreneurship, sustainability, and the story behind Brain Food.
DBP: Tell us about Brain Food’s mission.
Ana + Ali: Brain Food’s main objective is to bring the neighborhood high-quality, affordable meals that cater to all diets and lifestyles utilizing a sustainable eco-friendly model. Brain Food serves organic greens and grains, free-range organic eggs, nitrate-free bacon, and salmon that is farm-raised. Our proteins are never frozen, and our marinades and salad dressings are fresh and made in-house. We have also developed an affordable meal prep program of vegan, halal, paleo, whole 30 or keto meals at $5 a meal. Healthy, tasty meals should be affordable, and we try to take the guesswork out and make it as convenient as possible.
Brain Food started with a concept of taking comfort foods and creating a cleaner, more nutritious versions. We also created vegan and vegetarian substitutions of New York favorites like a chopped cheese. We also aim to create community by providing an atmosphere you want to spend time in.