Instead, I safely turned into the parking lot of the Music Center which is where the Musical Forest Cafe is located. If I hadn't known there was a cafe inside, I would have been very confused. Needless to say, if you drive up and see teens in t-shirts and Converse hightops carrying guitars and amps, you're in the right place.
There was a nice homey vibe here that made me wish I was a teenager learning to play guitar because I'd think it was The Coolest Thing Ever to have a vegan cafe right where I take lessons. The owner, Mark, is very friendly and accommodating, and is open to ideas since they've only been open for 2 weeks and he wants the place to be successful.
The menu is basically a veganized cafe menu with burgers, grilled cheese, paninis... I had the empanadas for a little variety. There was also a curry dish which I probably would've ordered if I hadn't made curry for lunch. Everything comes with a choice of 2 sides (pasta salad, black bean salad or coleslaw) - I took 2 slaws because I wanted some veggies, and Mark gave me a free sample of today's special which was Jumbalaya.
Everything was good, though I might've added some more seasoning to the empanada filling. I appreciated the hot sauce that came with it. Next time I have a curry craving, I'll be sure to go back. I was informed that there will soon be vegan desserts available, including Carrot Cake and gluten-free brownies, which I will also have to give a taste test very soon.
Thanks, Mark, for adding another vegan dining option to the New Haven restaurant scene!