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Review of Sacred Chow (vegan/vegetarian)

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Review of Sacred Chow (vegan/vegetarian)

Hott Roti | Jul 22, 2005 10:28 AM

Sacred Chow: 227 Sullivan St between W 3rd and Bleecker Sts

I'm not vegan but my friend is, so this posting may be helpful to vegs and non-vegs alike ...

We went to Sacred Chow last night (a Thursday night). Unlike their former post at Hudson Street, this place is much more of a sit down restaurant than a bakery/cafe. The room is small, and seats maybe 25, and decor is eclectic with bold colors (big red wall).

Major categories on the menu include $8 subs, $3 tapas, and dessert/pastries. There are lots of tapas to choose from - different prepared tofus/tempeh/seitan, lentil pate, veggies of all kinds, ginger noodles with peanut sauce, etc.

We started with the Indonesian tempeh tapas, which were sliced and sauteed, with a slightly sweet/sour/spicy dipping sauce. It was definitely tasty but I wish the tempeh had been crispier on the edges. My friend had a biscuit which was almost ... buttery (a little bit denser than KFC biscuits, but still good).

For dinner, I had the meatball sub with a spicy tomato sauce and vegan mozzarella cheese, which was really big. The meatballs were soft but not crumbly, and the whole ensemble was the right balance of spicy and cheesy and salty. I am a connosseur of veggie meatballs and I would rate it an 8.5 out of 10 - that score goes up with the sauce and the cheese and the soft hero bread. My friend had the western sub, which is cubed tofu with vegan mayo, dill and vegan mozzarella cheese. The waitress said this sub was her fave. It was really creamy and cheesy tasting - with the dill it tasted like havarti cheese. Very tasty. My vegan friend kept mm-ing through the whole sandwich (I think she misses creamy/cheesy tasting things).

For dessert I had the orange chocolate chip pound cake, and added a scoop of vanilla soy ice cream. It was a big slice of cake. I didn't really taste the orange, but it was still good. The soy ice cream was kind of bland (i.e. not tofutti or soy cream). My friend had the chocolate brownie, to which she added a scoop of soy ice cream and blueberry topping. That combo was actually very tasty.

By the way, they have cow milk-based jack/cheddar cheese and vanilla ice cream for those who prefer it. I think it's an extra $1 though.

They also have a couple beers on tap, and a couple of basic wines. There is a happy hour special everyday where you can get $3 pints and two tapas for $3.

All in all, this place is a great new addition to NYC vegan options. The food is very casual, as is the setting, but this is reflected in the prices. I don't know if I would suggest the place to die hard carnivores, but vegans, vegetarians and accomodating non-veg friends will enjoy it! Bon ape tit!

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