Review: By CHLOE

 The best vegan restaurant in the bizz? Quite possibly.

I went here 5 times on a 20 day trip to New York. 5 TIMES. GUYS. Seriously, that’s pretty much an addiction. lol. But I’m actually obsessed.

 I went with pretty high hopes the first time (and the decor was gorgeous. so aesthetic. (I’m joking, but for real)) and it did not dissapoint. Even my mum was like holy hell yum yes please. The first thing I tried was the avocado pesto pasta at the Bleeker Street branch. Creamy, dreamy, avocado-y, basil goodness. I was hooked from the first bite!

So we obviously had the go back and this time went to the Flatiron branch. From my experience, the Bleeker Street branch was so much better as I found everything at Flatiron was really oversalted (I went twice, and both times were ok but not to the amazing standard that the Bleeker street branch had set). I tried the sweet potato mac and cheese (creamy and gorgeous and the shiitake bacon – wow. Legit tasted like real crispy bacon!), kale artichoke dip (good, but salty, passable) and air baked sweet potato fries. Ok. We need to talk about their dips for one sec. Beet ketchup and chipotle aioli. what whaaaat?! Actually amazing and so inventive. 

So then another time I tried their desserts for a little snack. The banana bread was so moist and the chunks of walnuts made it like 10000/10. To be honest, to me it tasted more like a gingerbread cake loaf but in a really good way. Filled with spices and all that cozy good stuff. Buuuut I also tried their kale cookies and cream ice cream and I’ve got to say it was quite meh. It was overly sweet and almond essence flavoured for me (probably because they use almond milk as a base). I personally think you could get a better ice cream from the store or Van Leeuwen.

We also had to try their famous guac burger another time which was real good. Filled with lots of guacamole, sweetcorn and a black bean, sweet potato and quinoa burger. And obviously I loaded it with the chipotle aioli. It was like fast food but made you feel good? Possibly the weirdest explanation ever.


And the final thing I tried (and got TOTALLY hooked on) was their quinoa taco salad. If you go, you need to get this. I would literally eat this everyday if I could. If you have an image of a sad salad with cucumber and salad tomatoes in your head, GET THAT SHIZ OUT! This is hearty and packed with flavour. Spicy seitan chorize (this seriously scarily had the texture and taste of spiced ground beef. so weird), avocado, cherry tomatoes, crispy tortilla chips and a quinoa and bean salad (a salad on top of a salad!!) all on top of a lettuce dressed perfectly with an agave lime vinaigrette. Oh, and topped with the best cashew crema on top. Hell yes. Thinking about it is making me drool.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve said ‘amazing’ or ‘delicious’ in this post but it’s definitely been too many. But honestly it was so amazing and places like this show that plant based food can be flavour packed and inventive and so damn mouth-watering. Honestly, I’m craving it now and its 9am in London. help.

By CHLOE
Address: 85 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, United States
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Website: http://bychefchloe.com

New York Roundup

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So I’m back from New York and it was such an amazing trip so I thought I’d share a few of my favourite places to eat and sights to see!

Clinton Street Baking Company

Ok, so I know this place is famous for it’s pancakes but OH MY WORD. Best kale salad I’ve ever eaten in my life: kale massaged in a lemony vinaigrette with creamy avocado, red onions, cherry tomatoes, quinoa and crunchy spiced pepitas.

ABC Kitchen

Of course a trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a trip here! I was sad to have missed the amazing kabocha toast (don’t worry, I made up for it by having kabocha basically every evening 😉 ) but I got to try the roasted carrot and avocado salad which was a wonderfully spiced and creamy yet light! I also tried the fluke ceviche which was so well complimented by the olive and caper dressing and the halibut with olive oil was perfectly light!

Izakaya Mew

I was so sad that I didn’t come here earlier in the trip because not only is it so delicious but great value for money! They have lunch sets for only $10 and my favourite was the salt grilled mackerel with rice, miso soup, salad and pickles. The sushi was only a steal for $5 and certainly looked fresh and delicious!

Beyond Sushi

I had to stop by at Beyond Sushi after hearing so much about it! It’s great whether you just want a snack or a full meal! I tried out the Pickle Me roll, which was great, but seems like the Sweet Tree (with avocado and sweet potato) was super popular too!

The Butcher’s Daughter

Although I didn’t get to eat here after hearing great things about it, I still went for tea here. It has super cute and hipster decor with a very cool vibe. They had a great selection of teas, coffees and smoothies so you should pop by if you’re in the area!

Beyoglu

This is in a great location, very near Central Park so it’s a great easy place to stop by whether you want a full meal or a quick snack! We got the mezze plate (the hummus was amazing) with the ‘crack bread’ – it was fresh out of the oven and so warm and fluffy! The red lentil soup was also great but I highly recommend the mezze plate if you are there – it’s super reasonable too!

The High Line

We were so lucky that it was such a beautiful day when we decided to walk the high line as it’s a lovely walk and I can imagine it would be lovely to sit down with a book and spend all afternoon here!

Chelsea Galleries

There were SO many galleries in Chelsea and it was so interesting to see them all, definitely a must if you are going to the high line anyway! My favourite was one of the Gasogian galleries as they had an amazing collection with Picasso and Freud yet its hidden away!

MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Obviously I have to write these museums as they were truly wonderful – I could have stayed all day  as it was amazing to see so many pieces that I love up close. Just a warning that there will be a long queue at the MoMA if you go on a free day – but it’s more than worth it!

Central Park

This is also a must go to spot. Although I didn’t get to spend too much time here it was really lovely to have a walk around and it is just so big! Being in London there are quite a lot of parks but this was something else – I don’t think you’d even be able to go around in a day!

I wish I could have stayed longer and there’s no doubt I’ll be going back since it was so amazing there: there’s so much to see and do!

Have you ever been to New York? Where was your favourite place to eat or favourite thing to do? I’ll definitely note it down for next time!

ps. Illustration above is drawn by the wonderfully talented James Gulliver Hancock!

Link Love Sunday

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So I’m in New York at the moment and it’s amazing : the museums are WOW SO GOOD! I’m so excited to post a write up of my favourite sites when I get back!

This polenta with vegetables and roasted chickpeas!

This creamy coconut noodle dish!

There’s also this ginger and lemongrass Thai inspired soup which looks divine!

This tofu bahn mi sounds like the perfect sandwich!

The ultimate sweet potato fries! OH MY GOSH!

Baked falafel is a favourite!

Of course I’ve got to have a green smoothie on this list!

Loving this pumpkin seeded pesto rice casserole!

This is the perfect grilled salmon!

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