Awhile back, I remember reading a blog post about Sacred Chow. I saw a picture of their sign and the tag line Vegan Tapas. I was so jealous. Tapas plates are known for being small and cute. Each person usually orders two or three and they’re meant to be shared between friends. A fantastic way to dine, right? Hence the envy. This is why I was so excited to visit Sacred Chow. Funny thing is, after taking a closer look at their menu, we didn’t order any tapas. That’s okay though, because John and I always share and make our own tapas parties wherever we go.
John couldn’t resist the Tempeh Ruben Hero sandwich. Rather than ordering a giant sandwich, he went for the half Hero and cup of soup combo. Even at half the size of a regular sandwich, it was a very generous portion. As you can see in the picture, the fresh baguette was overflowing with sauerkraut. So good! What you can’t see is the roasted tempeh, caramelized onions and Russian dressing. The dressing made the sandwich. I’d never heard of Russian dressing before. At Sacred Chow, it’s made with tofu, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, oil and a hint of pepper. The soup, a white bean Dahl, was okay, but just didn’t compare to the sandwich. At $12.00 USD, it was an expensive lunch but that’s New York for you.
It’s hard work being in New York, having to indulge in vegan sweets on a daily basics. I needed an infusion of good stuff. The solution: Sacred Chow’s power bowl. It was a large bowl of soba noodles, topped with sauteed onions, steamed broccoli and orange blackstrap BBQ seitan. I really wish I could say I loved it. Sadly, it was just okay. I couldn’t eat it all and ended up talking more than half to go. It didn’t go to waste though and ended up being my lunch the following day. The bowl cost $10.00 USD, not bad for the portion size.
Sacred Chow is a very tiny restaurant, with a few tables tightly packed together. We were there during the lunchtime rush and it was quite busy. Despite the crowd, the staff was extremely friendly and patient. I’d go back for another sandwich and probably order a dessert too. After all my romanticizing of the tapas, they just didn’t seem very appealing upon arrival. For the price, $18 USD for three, I’d rather order a normal plate. I guess I’m just more interested in DIY tapas and sharing entrees with friends.
227 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012-4803
Just across the street from Sacred Chow is the Peanut Butter & Co store. I was really looking forward to visiting this place. I’m such a fan of their peanut butter, especially White Chocolate Wonderful and Dark Chocolate Dreams. We’d just eaten at Sacred Chow, so we couldn’t really try one of their fancy PB sandwiches. I was hoping we’d find dessert but it didn’t work out. I asked one of the staff if any of the baked goods were free of diary and eggs. She didn’t know and told us they brought them in from an outside bakery. After referencing one of the company’s cookbooks, she concluded nothing was vegan. They also didn’t have any soy milk ice cream for their shakes. How disappointing. I was really expecting this place to be more vegan friendly. Maybe someday….
Peanut Butter & Co.
240 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012-4857