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The Gaijin Girl's Guide to Chinatown

Sacred Chow - 227 Sullivan Street (Bleecker and W. 3rd) 212-337-0864
(Vegetarian)Topic: Vegetarian/Vegan
Located in the west village, a small, quirky vegan restaurant specializing in tapas and assorted quick bites (such as soups, salads, smoothies and sweets.) The tapas--which take front billing--are numerous, ranging from orange blackstrap BBQ Seitan (chewy, shredded and tasty) to Indonesian Root Vegetable Latkes (particularly good, with a quirky, addictive flavor.) Divided into Protein and Complex Carb subcategories, other small plate options include soy meatballs, curried broccoli and roasted Indonesian tempeh. For those who miss their morning eggs, Sacred Chow also does brunch - featuring sumptuous tofu omelet spreads (decorated with Sicilian tomatoes), Tofu Scrambles with biscuits and gravy, and even waffles (with flax seeds, nonetheless.) All great tasty options...though arguably overpriced, (I like cheap!) with small plates running $5.00 and over - and brunches costing more than $10.00. Make sure to end a meal with Sacred Chow's crowning glory, the sweets, with particular praise for the Velvet Triple Chocolate Brownie. Sweet, moist and spectacular, this dessert equals Blossom's chocolate ganache - at about half the cost. So skip the plates and go straight for dessert. You, your wallet, (or at least mine) and particularly your tummy - will be glad that you did, add a latte, cafe con leche, shot of espresso or the most perfect hot cocoa ever, and you will be flying high.


great goddess of dawn

today i met karen dawn @ sacred chow. she wrote an amazing book called, thanking the monkey, rethinking the way we treat animals. there's a great video on you tube giving fantastic praise to her masterpiece. i sat down with karen, and the magic began, including the e-mail below, which i sent to her just moments ago. thank you karen for placing your blessed creation into creation!

aurora, great goddess of dawn, magnificent magic zooming through the far reaches of the universe, pulled into earth's gravitational spin, and with a mix of your magic, electrons, heat, and motion: the pulse of life begins, creation serving creation. aurora, goddess of dawn, namaskar, i bow to you!


mingle an ejaculation to Heaven

Let us pause, my fellow-citizens, for one moment, over this melancholy and monitory lesson of history; and with the tear that drops for the calamities brought on mankind by their adverse opinions and selfish passions, let our gratitude mingle an ejaculation to Heaven, for the propitious concord which has distinguished the consultations for our political happiness.
Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton

sangria slushie

maggie told me about an amazing chai slushie dino had made for her yesterday, and she said, so let's have sangria slushies. so we made up a few, kiwi mint, pina colada, ginger-cucumber, macintosh apple, hibiscus-watermelon; and that reminded me of our summer watermelon gazpacho and cucumber-pineapple soup.

her testosterone boiling up

i said to josef, well most men are physically stronger than women, and he said, dont get me started on the testosterone thing. so i let it go, cause i could see her testosterone boiling up. dont stand too close to her cage honey. daddy? yes honey? i dont like the zoo.

half girl and half boy

huxley told my mom that he was half girl and half boy. i said, hey huxley, grandma told me you're half girl and boy, what does that mean? he said, there's a boy at skool who pushes the girls and it makes me angry and i have to protect them, so i am half girl and half boy. i said, that's cool.

love is everything!

alonso y giyi are pregnant. i am so excited for them. giyi asked iris and me to be godparents. i love new life, and i know so much about helping the wee ones become strong healthy ones, from the first moment on. huxley's soothing kindergarten teacher, jordan at ps 116, told me that hux would be a wonderful play-date for any of his classmates. i do miss that kid when i am not around him. giving love is everything!

a nyc tofu danish!

i used to make the most amazing almond soy-cream danishes. really superb! i was just remembering the texture, the warmth of the custardy filling, so perfect with coffee or hot cocoa. so down-town quirky, a nyc tofu danish!


the puerto rican vegan!

iris, my dear friend, and i are working on a menu that will be created from the indigenous foods of puerto rico. we are really excited! we also thinking about having traditional music from the island playing at sacred chow, along with sake pina coladas. as we were dreaming away, we imagined being in puerto rico together under a palm tree sipping milk from a coconut, hearing the waves near boqueron, eating delicious mangoes, and of course chillin' and enjoyin' our time together. we thought the name for our culinary adventure, the puerto rican vegan, would be just perfect. we both knew it was clever and fun. grilled seitan mofongo yo'all!


a dreamy relaxing oasis

After wandering the massive labryrinth of exhibitors at ArtExpo NY , we hopped the train home today energized by the hustle bustle of the Megalopolis of New York City. I love vegan restaurants and we found the "Sacred Chow" in Greenwich Village last night to be a dreamy relaxing oasis after the anthill effect of the day. Plus, being the vegan dessert scout dejour, I was happy with the selections...triple velvet brownie and sticky date bread pudding were awesome and there were LOTS more to choose from. Please DC, let's have some more veggie restaurants!
LIFE IN THE ARTS - Artist, Anne Marchand

I highly recommend this place!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Posted by Marisa L. B. at 8:29 PM
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We walked the mile and a half to eat lunch at Sacred Chow, a vegan eatery in the Village that I was curious about trying. I'd read about Sacred Chow on Disease Proof and we were not disappointed! I had the shiitake mushroom and spinach salad with South Indian dressing along with the Korean tofu slices. Eric had a tempeh reuben. Everything was delicious and I highly recommend this place!


namaskar, i bow to you.

we are magical beings spinning through creation. the greatness of our epic story is smaller than an empty ejaculation; but here we are, a seed, an egg and the journey earth. i honor hope, love, faith, and sacred chow. i am for here you, and you for me.
namaskar, i bow to you.
Namasté or Namaskar (Sanskrit: नमस्ते [nʌmʌsˈteː] from internal sandhi between naaḥ and te) is a common spoken greeting or salutation in the Indian subcontinent. Namaskar is considered a slightly more formal version than Namaste but both express deep respect. It is commonly used in India and Nepal by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, and many continue to use this outside the Indian subcontinent. In Indian and Nepali culture, the word is spoken at the beginning of written or verbal communication. However, the same hands folded gesture is made wordlessly upon departure. In yoga, namaste is said to mean " I am your humble servant" which you say to your instructor.
Taken literally, it means "I bow to you". The word is derived from Sanskrit (namas): to bow, obeisance, reverential salutation, and (te): "to you".[1]
When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. The gesture can also be performed wordlessly and carry the same meaning.

Hazon is Hebrew for "vision."

The word hazon is Hebrew for "vision."

Hazon's vision is to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community -- as a step towards a healthier and more sustainable world for all.
Jewish food traditions are rich and ancient. From rabbis discussing the finer points of kashrut to Jewish holidays being in tune with the agriculture seasons, food is at the very core of Judaism. In addition, today growing numbers of Jews are thinking more responsibly about food - about sustainable agriculture, about genetically modified produce and about nutrition. The Hazon Food Conference is at the forefront of a national movement that explores the intersection of Jewish life and contemporary food issues.

The 3rd Annual Hazon Food Conference will bring together foodies, educators, rabbis, farmers, nutritionists, chefs, students food writers, and families who share a passion for learning about and celebrating food. Join us for inspiring lectures and discussions, hands-on cooking sessions, family-family activities, an inclusive Shabbat and Chanukah celebration, and delicious, consciously prepared food.
Hazon Food Conference
December 25 – 28, 2008
Asilomar Conference and Retreat Center, On the Monterey Peninsula, CA

Grats to you my enigmatic friend

Dear Cliff,

My name is Eric Widman. You may not remember me, but I worked at the Sacred Chow a few years ago on Hudson Street. I just wanted to say how pleased I am to see where the Sacred Chow has gone and that I still think of you and that place very fondly. I often miss the late night hours baking and arguing philosophy amongst ourselves and with the ever present Nabil. Grats to you my enigmatic friend.


perfect, delicious w/ great textural integrity. and gluten-free!

earlier yesterday, dino griddled together some mama's soy meatballs w/sicilian sauce on soft tacos. well, i must say they were perfect, delicious with great textural integrity. i am so proud of how we found an idea to create a gluten-free sandwich and made it happen. that it was such a delightful mouth-feel experience is even more thrilling. that we can provide more ways to sustainably-balance food choice is vital for low-carbon living. and we did it! cheers mr. dino! originally i had thought of injera, an amazing, spongy bread made from teff flour, which is gluten-free, and used primarily with ethiopian food. however, i discovered that the injera we could get in nyc had a small amount of wheat in it. so, as they say in hebrew, ein chance! thus, the cornflour tacos are so yummy, and good for the sensitive tummy!

Sacred Chow...comes as a tonic.

i love the way joseph o'neill writes, and feel so privileged to have had him review the "old" place on hudson street. and after re-reading it, i realized how forward thinking and prescient this march, 1999 news-piece really was. more than ever, let's make low-carbon living the standard. enjoy!

The Underground Gourmet
Sacred Chow
Way west in the Village, tasty vegan food at Sacred Chow.
By Joseph O'neill
Published Mar 1, 1999
After the omnivorous delights of Chinatown, Sacred Chow (522 Hudson Street; 337-0863), an established mecca for West Village vegans, comes as a tonic. If there is a more thoughtful, nutritious, and -- here's the key -- flavorsome animal-free restaurant in New York, the Underground Gourmet is a Dutchman.
Sacred Chow is a takeout with tables. Its owner and philosopher, Cliff Preefer, dreams up his "thinking food" in order to make a nonviolent, inclusive, and surreptitiously political contribution to the gourmet world. So if you're biologically or ideologically intolerant of meat or wheat or gluten or dairy products or artificial sweeteners, you'll find this a particularly amenable place. But members of all food tribes will be well served by Sacred Chow and its warm and knowledgeable staff.
My seat is by the window, where, as I swallow a Mediterranean basil roll with grilled marinated tofu (the bean curd's savory answer to pain au chocolat; $1.75), I watch the pedigreed dogs that gambol along Hudson Street. Sometimes their exquisite owners come inside for food. In the morning, many make off with the best-selling soy-buttermilk biscuit ($1), or with a wheat-free muffin (in blueberry -- my favorite -- cranberry, banana, or apple; $2.50), which may or may not be sweetened with brown-rice syrup. Those in the know steer clear of the cut-price, day-old baked goods. Those really in the know splash some soy milk on the Omega-3 oatmeal ($2.50 to $4.50) and partake of an austere but peerless no-fat, no-sweetener dollop of oats and flax seeds.
Come lunchtime, choose from a buffet of more than a dozen options (usually priced from $6.75 to $8.50 a pound) eaten hot or cold according to taste. Regulars generally organize their meal around four or five (or, what the hell, six) cubes of the famous grilled marinated tofu, or around the near-mythic home-produced seitan ($13 a pound), which comes roasted. The tofu is firm, suffused with a perfectly judged marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, and very fine soy sauce. The seitan is made in the ancient, labor-intensive way of the Buddhist monks: Whole wheat and water are added to yeast-free dough, and the compound is washed like a T-shirt until, abracadabra, the protein separates from the carbohydrates and a musclelike wheat residue appears. If you boil that, marinate it in garlic, mustard, and black pepper, and roast it, then you have -- if you're at Sacred Chow -- a springy, tender steaklet that eats like a cooked meat you've never tasted.
I fill out my plate with portions of glazed parsnip and onions (excellent: the parsnips retain their crunchiness and are not oversweet), a helping of subtle mushroom-miso-onion risotto, and some pearl pasta (i.e., Israeli couscous) with grilled portabello mushrooms and tomatoes. If I want a quick bite, the very fresh tofu burger ($6) does the trick.
Dessert is sweet. There's the toasted cashew brownie supreme (made with organic cane sugar; $2.50), topped off by a ganache of dark chocolate melted with vanilla extract and rice milk. Or the coconut cannoli cup ($1.75), a flower-shaped treat in which macaroon petals, made with coconut milk and brown-rice syrup, are drenched in dark-chocolate ganache bejeweled with ruby pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds, and walnuts.
Sacred Chow extends to drink too. There are smoothies ($3.50) and cold herbal teas ($1.50) with medicinal properties (and, some might say, flavors): sinus tea and ginger-tamarind tea and teas to dissolve muscle cramps, indigestion, stress, and other symptoms of the violent, animal-eating world


i smell a rat, i smell a rat!

i cant imagine that any of us like it when we are feeling blue. i feel blue today. i am so charged with moving sacred chow to safe ground, that i often forget that i need new shoes, clothes, glasses, exercise, even a routine check-up. today i played chess to gain ground against this feeling, only creating more stress. ahh rats, a rat named chesster beat me again. oh, screw this, i'll stay under the covers of my bed. i should get out, i should go to sacred chow soon, taxes, credit cards, a slow day, the office is a mess... there's so much i have to do, so much i want to do, and i just cant today. but i will. there is a message hidden here, deep under my covers inside my heart, a gift of love, strength, renewal, forgiveness and learning.
when i was a teenager, i used to take the train from north jersey, where i lived, to the bronx, nyc to visit my mom's father, grandpa izzie. he was a bit off the mark, and after grandma lillie died, no one in my family, but for myself, would talk with him. my grandpa izzie used to feel the whole world was against him, he would constantly say, " i smell a rat, i smell a rat!", which meant he mistrusted everyone, and felt really blue. unfortunately, grandpa izzie felt blue almost everyday. i felt so bad for him. and he would cry so intensely when we were together because i had to leave. and i would hold him close as his tears fell down my face. "dont leave me alone, dont leave me alone," he would say. and i would kiss him and tell him that i loved him so much. and i did. and he would say, i love you too. it was so hard to leave, he really had no one who understood him; rats were everywhere. as i would wave good-bye, through the train window, he would be sobbing uncontrollably; my heart hurt me so.
today i am hearing grandpa izzie grumbling in the back ground a bit, " i smell a rat, i smell a rat!" and indeed, a rat beat me at chess today. but this rat is teaching me, as did those moments with my grandpa izzie. thanks grandpa, i feel better, i dont smell a rat anymore, and i am ready for more chess and chow. and dont worry, i will always be here for you.

makes my mouth water!

Submitted by deathray on Sat, 04/12/2008
Sacred Chow is my favorite place in all of the city. The Four Seasons Salad and Indonesian Tempeh are my standbys. The extensive daily specials menu changes often. If I ever catch the nut stew or cornmeal-crusted brussels sprouts on there, I get those for sure! The brunch is spectacular... sweet potato hash makes my mouth water! Nice wines, too. I'm really glad they don't offer french fries or anything like that.


This Passover 2008!

This Passover 2008, dishes such as smoked and hocked Romanian eggplant, gefilte bean curd soup, yucca latkes, slow-roasted seitan brisket with horseradish sauce, Peruvian quinoa with roasted asparagus and carrots, halva chocolate pie, classic kosher sangria and wines, and many other creations will be on hand. Matzo too!

Re: Open for Passover...

Kosher-NY News...

Posted on 04/18/2008
Special Passover Note about Sacred Chow. Sacred Chow, located at 227 Sullivan Street between West 3rd Street and Bleecker Street, will be open during Passover, but will NOT be Kosher for Passover. However, the mashgiach tells us that their Chametz will be sold.



At 10:33 AM, bazu said…
Oh, I love sacred chow! I dream about their tempeh*reubens on a regular basis.

vko said...
I am a huge fan of tempeh*reubens- if you are ever in NYC, I will take you to Sacred Chow for a yummy reuben!

*tem·peh (tem′pā) noun
a densely textured, cheeselike, nutty flavored plant-based protein, originally of Indonesia. Made of cooked soybeans fermented with a rhizopus fungus and used in, sandwiches, burgers, chilies, soups, salads, etc. In addition to being a heart-healthy, low-carbon protein, tempeh is an excellent source of calcium and fiber, as well as beneficial isoflavones.


"I'm Frum* Sacred Chow!"

Like me, you probably love walking into restaurants or delis and ordering a Reuben with the works. Wow, what a taste sensation! But a “Tempeh Reuben”? Don’t laugh, Jewish fusion is coming to a Main Street near you. For a people defined by a diaspora for thousands of years, it was only a matter of time before Jewish food cross-pollinated. In America, when you think of Jewish cooking, you imagine matzoh ball soup, borscht and potato pancakes. But recently, a new and more sustainably-balanced kosher, “Jewish-inspired” brand, has emerged, and rushing to the fore-front to rescue creation is the customer that wants to eat kosher but also reduce carbon emissions for the generations. As I overheard someone say: " I'm Frum* Sacred Chow!" Whether a pun, a joke or an ideology, it says it all!
Trying to adjust ancestral menu mores to accommodate our lives, our city, our planet and creation requires the greatest meditation from all of us, but especially for observant diners searching for the true meaning of Passover 2008. With cross-cultural flair infusing such offerings, it is hardly utilitarian; it is not just about placing a box of matzoh on a table with some butter, pepper and salt, although that is truly delicious, but it's also about seeing redemption, freedom and an opportunity for invention.

Sacred Chow was born with such inventive flair in mind, now at 227 Sullivan St., NYC. This place fuses a mixture of ingredients that are 100% kosher-certified, plant-based, heart-healthy, organic, low-carbon, and of course, sustainably-balanced. Sacred Chow takes kosher to new heights, low-carbon and flavorable food inspired from cultural roots in America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The person who pieces this act together, Cliff Preefer, grew up eating tons of kosher, animal proteins. He remembers sucking out bone marrow from a bowl of his Grandma Lillie's mushroom-barley soup, eating her roasted chicken feet and unborn eggs, being served a plate of her marinated cow brains and homemade schmaltz (melted chicken fat) spread on matzoh, and calves's hooves with chopped boiled eggs and lots of raw garlic... But his cranky, loving grandmother would also swirl incantations of magic with her tiny Jewish fingers into her breads, stews and sweets, and her little boychick would attentively watch and listen at his Bubbie's side. He says he has absorbed it all.
A kosher-vegan vision thing. He became interested in cooking primarily with plant-based ingredients after living in Israel. He loves that part of the world but couldn't shake the violence he saw and wondered how he could help make the world a bit more peaceful. His interest in low-carbon ingredients from sustainably-balanced sources came together during his law school studies and legal career, which morphed into a study of low-carbon living from his stint at Natural Gourmet Cookery School, other cooking establishments, and thereafter, the famed Sacred Chow.
This Passover 2008, dishes such as smoked and hocked Romanian eggplant, gefilte bean curd soup, yucca latkes, slow-roasted seitan brisket with horseradish sauce, Peruvian quinoa with roasted asparagus and carrots, halva chocolate pie, classic kosher sangria and wines, and many other creations will be on hand. Matzo too!
His goal is to create something unique, yet evoking familiar and nostalgic flavors. I say, "Frum* here to eternity!"
*Frum is a Yiddish word. It originally meant "pious." In Europe, when all Jews were Torah-observant, "frum" meant one who was exceptionally religious and righteous.
Today, when so many Jews are not Torah-observant, "frum" has come to mean anyone who believes in the Torah and is observant of its laws.
Here’s Jew Fusion
Text by Nancy Davidson

Holy sheets! posted by lindyloo.

Last summer, we took a ride to the Big Apple, NYC, from our lovely hometown Cleveland. On our last day in NYC, we got up super early and wandered around neighboring Chinatown for a little bit. I remember the thick heat, and so many people bargaining at the street-side markets; a mix of smells, both exciting and unbearably foul. At times, the side-walks were so crowded that we had to walk into the street to move on. It really felt like we were in another country. There were peddlers peddling endlessly, and once we had enough of the people peddlers pushing handbags on us ("HandbaghandbaghandbagGucciguccigucci"), we wandered over to our breakfast destination: Sacred Chow. We ended up in that neck of the woods a tad bit too early, but thankfully the restaurant was only a block or so from Washington Square Park, so we just headed over there. Much to our delight, we discovered that the big, Paris-feeling water fountain was on, so we (or at least I) took my shoes off and swished my over-heated feet around in the delightful water while a man nearby played quietly on his guitar and kids leapt from platform to platform, splashed at each other, and dunked their heads underwater. Eventually, our hunger got the best of us, and we drifted over to the restaurant to chow down. Seeing as the vegan breakfast-fare in Cleveland consists of nothing more eventful than the standard Tofu Scramble, I knew after seeing not one but half-a-dozen delectable breakfast options that I had no other choice but to order breakfast. So I did. Along with 1500 other things to eat, simply because it was our last NYC meal, and simply because EVERYTHING LOOKED SO FRICKIN' GOOD. I am sad to say that I'd never had a mimosa before, so that was first on the list.
Everything after that just fell into place.
Appetizer: Root Vegetable Latkes (Pancakes) w/Indonesian Date Butter--delicious.
Breakfast: Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich: their famous soy buttermilk biscuit filled w/tofu scramble, melted soy cheddar & tempeh bacon with the fruit of the day--best vegan cheez I've had...ooey and gooey and surprisingly authentic-tasting, and did I mention the biscuit? Holy sheets!
Flaky and buttery-tasting, a complete melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Desserts: Cupcake: chocolate soycream-frosted vanilla cupcake w/sprinkles--I ordered this,
and after E dropped it on the table, oops, and then I dropped it on the table, my first mimosa, I finally managed to get it into my mouth to find that it was moist and delicious with a rich sweet chocolate frosting.
Pound cake: Orange Chocolate Chip--E got the orange chocolate chip poundcake (as he's a huge fan of poundcake) and, though I'm not a huge fan myself, I had to try it anyways since I love all bakery fused with orange-flavoring, and DAMN was it good. Dense (like all good poundcakes) and brimming with citrus flavor.
All in all, it was the perfect end to the NYC trip--the waiter was nice and attentive, the place was very cute and cozy, and the food was out of this world. So if you haven't figured it out yet, clearly, I miss Sacred Chow and NYC, and wanted to share the memory.
Sacred Chow 227 Sullivan St. (between W. 3rd and Bleecker)(212-337-0864)

posted by lindyloo at 4:09 AM



Ah yes, the craving of comfort food! I am a firm believer that if comfort food calls you, you need it. And one can imagine that stuffing's one's face on Sunday would lead to sloth and slovenliness the next day, au contraire, it lead to a much more productive Monday...I began Sunday with some yummy scrambled tofu that was polished off so quickly, that a few hours later, the philly 'cheese steak' & reuben craving began. So another quick hop and a skip downtown to Sacred Chow for the vegan cheese steak sandwich made from seitan with bell peppers on crusty bread served with spiced potatoes. Then there was also the super tasty reuben sandwich, made from tempeh, sauerkraut, browned onions, casein-free soy cheddar, and russian-like dressing, served with a side of red cabbage slaw in peanut sauce & a pickle. Words can't seem to do it any justice, but trust me, these were some yummy sandwiches.

From, Lifestyles of the Chic & Vegan


chow down truth!

as my buddy dino says: not so much!

walk away from, the frankenstein-walk into the mindless slaughter,

and chow down truth.


Of course we had to go to Sacred Chow!

We got a copy of the Vegan NYC Dining guide and went to a different restaurant every day. Of course we had to go to Sacred Chow even though we have been there before. Max swears that he has never had a better meatball hero in his life- including any that had real meatballs

soup poem.

January S
Sophia and I went for a walk in the West Village. I showed her the apartment where e.e. cummings lived for forty years, 4 Patchin Place. As we walked, I taught her how to write haikus. She already knew what they were but didn’t know the number of syllables in each line. Soon everything she said became a haiku:
I need to pee bad. Where’s a place to urinate without buying stuff? My hands are frozen. Did you hear?—frozen solid. Like hands made of ice. Soup is the best thing. Well, it’s one of the best things. Anyway it’s good.
The soup poem was written in a restaurant called Sacred Chow. There we decided that everything good begins with an s—soup, sleep, showers, sacred chow, sun, and sex—though not necessarily in that order.

Sacred Chow Brunch

Sacred Chow Brunch
We liked our dinner so much we decided to return to Sacred Chow to try their brunch. It’s located at 227 Sullivan St in Manhattan.Better Than Biscuits & Gravy w/ Tempeh Strips
Wow. This dish knocked me off my feet. I mean, not literally, because I was in a chair when I ate it. But it was really, wonderfully good. The bottom layer consisted of flakey, delicious biscuits. Above that was a layer of steamed collards. I mentioned in our last review that Sacred Chow gets the texture of their collards just right, and that's true again here. The next layer up was scrambled tofu. Now, I'm not a scrambled tofu connoisseur, so I can't really compare this scrambled tofu with any other, but I can tell you that I really liked it. It was flavorful and there was chopped onion in it and the texture was satisfying and it really kind of reminded me of eggs, but in a good way, not a gross way. The next layer up was a white gravy sprinkled with some paprika. The gravy wasn't too strong or overpowering, but it added just the right creaminess and savoriness to the dish. Combine all those layers on one forkful and you have soul, comfort-food brunch at it's finest. You also get a choice of salad, greens or fruit, and I picked the fruit. I think that was a good choice because the sweet freshness of the fruit offsets this dish nicely. And I also got a side of smoked tempeh which was good but in retrospect the dish was good enough on it's own that I didn't even need a side. -Jim Banana Bread French Toast w/ Home Fries & Tempeh Strips
I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting actual banana bread. I mean they said so right there on the menu, but did I pay attention? Noooo. So I was surprised when I got a big ol’ cakey hunk of banana bread. Not that I minded. At all. The banana bread was warm and delicious and the blueberries on top were really good with it. What made everything better was a sprinkling of cinnamon. It was a small and subtle addition but it made this dish taste fantastic. Also wonderful were the home fries. They were perfect all around- golden and salty and seasoned just right. I’m not the worlds biggest tempeh fan, but I really enjoyed the tempeh strips. They too were seasoned just right and they were sliced very thin so they crisped nicely. All in all, this was a perfect way to start the day -Ev The Bottom Line
It’s official. I’m a Sacred Chow stalker. I daydream about all the delicious things I can eat there, and wonder if the Tapas ever think of me (even though we’ve only met once). Even when we were eating brunch I couldn’t help but spy on what the dinner specials were going to be. Dinner was great the other night, and Brunch today was amazing, maybe even better. ::sigh:: I wonder what Sacred Chow is doing right now… -EvIs it a little weird that we reviewed ths same restaurant twice in a row? Yes. But it’s also a testament to how good it is. We enjoyed dinner so much on Monday that we were dying to come back and try their brunch, and rightfully so because it was amazing. This is one of the top three vegan brunches I’ve ever eaten, and one of them was in Portland and another one of them was cooked by our friend Isa at her apartment, which means this is the best vegan brunch I’ve ever had at a New York City restaurant. -Jim

Kosher News-NY(& passover 2008)

sacred chow offered a special chanukah menu that i thought would be of interest, as we're having a great menu for the 1st two nights of passover too. just wanted y'all to see what kosher news-ny had to say about our last holiday menu.
Everyday, Sacred Chow provides a wide variety of daily specials. According to Chef Cliff Preefer: "For Chanukah, we have decided to create fun vegan alternatives to our most-loved, traditional Jewish foods. Of course everything is kosher certified, heart-healthy, safe, sustainable and perfect for a low-carbon diet, which is good for our planet and Israel."
Sacred Chow's Chanukah Menu is as follows: Hummus of the Day - Israeli Hummus. Creamy, delicious hummus, rich in tahini, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Tastes like a night at the Kotel.
Protein of the Day - Slow-Roasted Seitan Brisket. Sweet, soft, delicate with prunes and carrots, and a touch of kosher-certified red burgundy. Aunt Hannale would be proud! Soup Of the Day - Grandma's Soy Curd-Gefilte Soup. Not exactly like grandma's, but then again we don't remember grandma making Gelfite soup. More like a downtown, hip New York grandma's soup who lives around the corner from Chinatown, made with sweet white miso, nori sea vegetable, lots of carrots, parsley, celery, dill and onions. Very tasty!
Grain of the Day - Tofu Challah Bread. Whatta Challah! Now this is the heart-healthy challah of all challot. A bissele tofu, a bissele of this and a bissele of that, and "whallah" it's challah
Vegetable of the Day - Potato Latkes w/ coconut cream sour cream. Just perfect! Really, and vhat a latke! And OY, not fried! It's baked with luscious coconut cream sour cream. It does your heart and your Bubbe good.
Dessert of the Day - Apple Streudel & Chanukah Jelly Roll. Need we say more!? Heat it up, with a little soy ice cream on the side, and enjoy the Festival of Lights with sweetness, blessings and the light of the holiday season.
Click here for the Sacred Chow restaurant listing.


Gluten-Free Sandwiches!

We just got a tonne and a half of corn tortillas. This means that you can have delicious fajitas that are 100% gluten-free!
Supplementing a glorious balance of grains and nutrients with the low-carbon protein choices.

Savor the joy! Here's to the team w/ the clean, green dream!

G-d bless you, Aunt Flo.

Puppy's aunt died. About a year ago, his mom died. We didn't make it on time to see her (his mom) one last time. Tuesday night of last week, Puppy called me to let me know that Dad called him to tell him that Aunt Florence was in the ICU with lung failure. Puppy wanted to come home and maybe discuss going to Chicago. I told him to book the tickets NOW. He did.

We arrived in Chicago last Wednesday night. Thursday morning, at 7:30 AM, we get the call that Aunt Florence was in critical condition. Puppy shook me out of a deep sleep. We went to the hospital. There was Aunt Florence, who was so energetic, that she helped me cook for the 50 people who came to my wedding (she was 80 at the time). She didn't give two shits about what job I assigned her. She just wanted to help. She then made damn sure that we knew that the entire (Roman Catholic) family backed us up.

There was Puppy's aunt--MY aunt, lying in the bed. She had a breathing tube shoved down her throat. She was in so much pain that they had to restrain her hands, because she kept trying to pull out the tubes. She had bruises all over.

Finally, at 9:30, her breathing got very laboured. Her blood pressure was dropping fast. Her kidneys failed. The fluid in her lungs built up to the point that she was writhing in pain. The nurse upped the dose of morphine.

At 10:00, the nurse asked us to leave the room, so that she could adjust Aunt Florence's body to alleviate pressure, and prevent bed sores.

Twenty minutes later, we came back into Aunt Flo's room.

Her face had lost all colour.

Her jaw hung open.

She no longer squeezed back when you held her hand.

Her muscles were so exhausted that she could barely lift her hand to try to remove the tubes again.

She finally stopped struggling. Her pulse slowed down to the point where there was none left.

The machine kept pumping air into her broken lungs.

Her entire body was limp. Her flesh hung off of the bones, like so many rags on a washing line.

We watched helplessly, as her last breath (that she drew herself) left her body. It was such a terrifying sight.

G-d bless you, Aunt Flo.


a note on: NYC Jewish Veg*ns Hannukah Party at Sacred Chow

Kudos to Cliff/Sacred Chow AND Cathy for their spectacular Rosh Hashana and Hanukkah dinners. The Hanukkah dinner Cliff made may've been the best meal I had this year, and I thankfully had quite a few. Please folks, tell me you've been to Sacred Chow, and if you have not, get thee there NOW. People who can cook AND bake well are treasures. Someone who can make a vegetable I hated - brussels sprouts - something I enjoy and really like - well, that's Talent. Recognize and appreciate!
Posted Dec 31, 2007
by Demetrius,
NYC Vegan EatUp

gluten free menu

In some ways NYC is like the Internet, if you look for even the most niche offering you can find it. Sacred Chow is a vegan tapas restaurant with a small seating area, one server and a kitchen downstairs from the dining room. The West Village location is just south of Washington Square Park. The server, straight from “vegan hipster” casting, asked my friend and I where we were from – apparently the restaurant is a tourist destination for vegans around the world. (I guess the excitement I was effusing over the large gluten free menu gave me the dreaded air of “tourist.”)My adventures in gluten free dining compadre, Molly and I visited Sacred Chow twice in the space of a month.

On each visit, we split two of the “Tapas Trios,” soup and dessert. The Tapas Trio came on graduated serving dishes that somehow made the experience even more fun.

Molly and I share a somewhat unusual passion for Brussels sprouts so we savored each bite of their cornmeal crusted sprouts special.

My favorite protein was the Korean Tofu Cutlets served with pickled vegetables, followed in a close second by the Roasted Indonesian Tempeh. We enjoyed the tempeh so much we asked the server about how it was prepared. Their tempeh is more flavorful and has a firmer texture than any tempeh I had ever had before. We were told the secret is sautéing the tempeh in the sauce before roasting it. The double cooking process locks in the seasonings and provides the unique consistency.
Two different trips, two different soup specials. I had the pleasure of introducing Molly to Borscht – a sweet and salty soup made from beets that I first discovered in my early days in NY at Veselka.

Our second trip offered us a pumpkin soup served with apples. It was perfect on a cold spring day.
The sautéed shitake mushrooms with toasted sunflower seeds were so good they inspired us both to pick up some shitake mushrooms at Trader Joe’s after dinner.
The greens sprinkled with sesame seeds were simple but tasty enough to make it onto our table during both visits.

The four seasons salad was good but not a standout and I wouldn’t order the raw Dijon marinated kale again.

On our first trip we were a little disappointed with our dessert choices. We selected the Toasted coconut rice syrup macaroon and the Nougatines. They would be great as a snack/dessert if you were camping but not the kind of indulgence you look for when dining out.

On our next trip we decided to give the Sacred Sundae a try. Vanilla soy ice cream topped with blueberry sauce. I am so glad our first less than appealing experience didn’t scare us away from a second attempt. The blueberry sauce was light, fresh and full of flavor without overpowering the creamy vanilla ice cream.

I can’t wait to go back, now if only they delivered to my neighborhood….

Sacred Chow, 227 Sullivan St, New York 10014 Btwn Bleecker & W 3rd St Phone: 212-337-0864

Posted by Catherine

Always delicious!

Always delicious

Posted by gusgus621
I love Sacred Chow, especially for lunch on a weekday. The power bowl lunch special is a reliable and filling meal for under $10. In addition to being one of the very best vegetarian (vegan, even) restaurants in the city, they have excellent beer and very pleasant wait staff. I love love love Sacred Chow.
Pros: Reliable, healthy, delicious.
Cons: Small. Things can slow down when it's crowded.

best sunday brunch in nyc for vegans!!

Posted by sw77
the italian fritatta is the best vegan omelet dish i've had at any veg restaurant anywhere in the u.s! this isn't everyone else's tofu scramble forced into an omelet shape, but an actual omelet substitute layered with vegan soy cheese and tomato sauce. the coffee is a bit rough, to say the least, but the quality of the food trumps my caffeine needs by far. and for any other meal, chow's tapas menu serves up some of the tastiest food in nyc as well, including well prepared vegetable dishes (surprisingly rare for nyc veg restaurants), and lots of protein options that aren't the usual deep-fried fake meats. seriously, over a year of eating here, sacred chow has risen in the ranks from a place we might go if some of the other nearby, maybe more well-known, vegetarian restaurants are overbooked, to one of the two or three restaurants in the city we take our vegan friends to when they come to visit.
Pros: vegan omelet!, great food, variety, service, ambience.
Cons: bad coffee (sorry! it's true) - no it's not true!

Great tasting, creative vegan food

Posted by aanbklyn
Sacred Chow has become one of my favorite restaurants in the city; I eat their regularly and have never been disappointed by anything- the food is consistently delicious and creative, and the tapas menu changes daily. I've become slightly obsessed with the caesar salad and the tempeh reuben- both are fantastic. Their brunch menu is also great. Try the banana bread french toast and the ridiculously delicious soy hot chocolate. The service is good- attentive, but not overly involved in your meal. I highly recommend Sacred Chow, it's definitely among the best vegetarian restaurants in New York City.
Pros: Delicious food, all vegan, great atmosphere, good service

My Favorite Restaurant (And I've Eaten Around)!

Posted by veganista
Truly, I just can't get enough. My bf (non-vegan) and I (vegan) eat here as often as five times a week and never get bored. The food is incredibly tasty and creative, and the servers are lovely and attitude-free. Go for weekend brunch and you will be forever hooked. Try one of their triple-fudge brownie sundaes and you'll finally believe that vegan desserts can trounce dairy desserts any day of the week.
Pros: Food, Service, Style
Cons: A wee bit small; if going with a big group, make a reservation!

Best vegan brunch in NYC

Posted by tabascosea
This is by far the best vegan brunch in NYC. The tofu scramble w. gravy over biscuits was gooey and savory, with the biscuits utilizing steamed greens as a buffer to keep the gravy from ruining their perfect crumbliness. The Italian frittata was even better...I've never had vegan cheese that tasted so good or melted so well, and it was a perfect counterpoint to the tangy tomato sauce. I'll have to go back again for lunch or dinner...A vegan himself, the waiter had tried almost everything on the menu, thus was able to make helpful reccomendations.
Pros: delicious healthy food, good service, pretty surroundings (they have a fountain)
Cons: a little pricey (but worth it)
Posted by canai
Peaceful atmosphere and wonderful food. I can't believe its vegan - especially the moist carrot cake and the delicious soybuttermilk biscuits. Great shakes and drinks but come for the divine selection of tapas and the great salads (the shiitake and spinach gets major props). And the service is fabulous - very knowledgeable and attentive yet unobtrusive. I feel blessed to have found this place.
Pros: Incredible food, great service and wonderful atmosphere
Cons: downtown
Posted by cochondelait
this is a very serene place with tasty food. it's on such a quiet street. it's hard to find a tasty vegetarian salad in new york city after lunch but i found it here. the combination tapas plates are a good deal because you can choose from a selection of noodles, proteins, greens and hummus of the day. i walked away feeling full, healthy and satisfied even though it's vegetarian.
Pros: good; fresh vegetarian food, quiet
Cons: small space

Thank you Chef!

Thank you Chef!
This is one of the best dinners I have ever had...

More to say later, just wanted to let you know my gratitude.


pretty photos of israel.

i have cousins that live in rishon lezion, south of tel aviv. they sent me these pretty photos of israel.

a triumph of good over evil

Dear Chef,

Phase I has begun...all I can say is that I am lucky to know you and to hear your thoughts. They help me understand that which I am feeling that I could have not possibly put into words at this point. When I was wide eyed I remembered being, playing in Sacred Chow and Dino's and your emotional embrace.

Talk to you soon and I am wishing you and Huxley a Happy Purim.. I was describing Purim today to a group at the UN who has never heard of it...a triumph of good over evil and only occurring through human relationships. People got it.


Eat This Fuzzy Fruit for Your Heart

Who would have thought that a little green fruit with fuzzy brown skin would help your heart big time? But it's true. Eating lots of kiwifruit is like putting a tag team of heart helpers on your cardio-health case. Here's why. It's in Your Blood. Kiwifruit appear to put the kibosh on artery-clogging plaques in two ways: They help lower triglyceride levels, and they reduce platelet clumping. The platelet effect could be particularly good for your ticker: Although platelets aid in blood clotting, when these cells stick together too much, it could set the stage for a heart attack or stroke. Head of the Class. There's plenty of heart-helping nutrition in kiwifruit to explain these positive impacts. You may be surprised to learn a kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange, beats bananas for potassium, and is chock-full of vitamin E and magnesium. (Does your diet have enough of these essential nutrients? Dive In, Kiwifruit are easy to eat. Just slice one in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon, like you would a melon. Want to get creative with kiwifruit? Eat the whole thing, skin and everything. That's where the impact of the kiwis nutritional punch is most powerful. So wash the kiwi first, preferably an organic one, and indulge.

If you don't live in New Zealand, and the kiwi pile at the local market is looking a bit . . . winterized, no worries, bloke! Dried kiwis are a fabulous and naturally sweet snack for your heart. Good on ya, mate!

Kosher, for Everyone

Today's Kosher Wines Are Good Enough to Merit A Spot at Any Table, April 4, 2008; WSJ.
By Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher.

In late January, we hosted a wine tasting for about 200 movers-and-shakers on behalf of Dow Jones. We served three Pinot Noirs from around the world -- a $50 Burgundy, a $40 Pinot from Oregon and a $25 Goose Bay Pinot from New Zealand. All three wines had been among our own favorites in blind tastings. As far as we could tell, most people enjoyed all three. But when we asked the head bartender which was the favorite, he pointed at the empty bottles and said, "The Goose Bay. No question."
We wonder if the outcome would have been different if we'd told the tasters that the Goose Bay was kosher.
We didn't mention it because it wasn't relevant -- we chose the wine simply because it was good. But we also know that the k-word still turns off some wine drinkers who are living in another century. Today's kosher wines are diverse, interesting and often excellent. The Pinot Noir from New Zealand is just one example, but over the years we've written about scores. For some time now we have included kosher wines in our general tastings, and sometimes they are among our favorites. In addition, every year around Passover, when more people are looking specifically for kosher wines, we focus on them. This year, we decided to look at the world's greatest red and white grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, because those are the most popular varietals in America and we know many people will be looking for them to serve at Passover.
A World-Wide Selection
We bought, from retail shelves, about 50 wines each labeled by those varietal names. They came from all over the world, from Australia, Chile and many other countries, including Moldova. While we always include wines from Israel, we were pleased this year to find more examples from its growing number of boutique wineries. These small-production wines can still be hard to find at the corner store, but they are increasingly available at specialty stores and online at sites such as kosherwine.com and skyviewwine.com and many others. (Google "kosher wine" and from the stores that show up, look for one that can deliver to you.)

In a broad blind tasting of kosher wines labeled Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, these were our favorites. We list them only to give an idea of the very broad range of kosher wines available these days. The Alfasi, Barkan, Terroso and Teal Lake are mevushal. While some of these names are well-known and widely available, we also included some boutique wineries in this tasting and they would be hard to find. They are good examples, though, of the increasing number of small-production kosher wines available on shelves that are worth a try.
Orna (Orna Chillag) 'Riserva' 2005. Galilee, Israel ($24*) Very Good Best of tasting. Serious wine. Dottie called it "a wine with some shoulders" and "a wine of conviction." Blueberries and black earth, with hints of strong tea. Could stand up to a serious meal. Age-worthy.
Alfasi 2005. Valle del Maule, Chile ($7.99) Good/Very Good Best value. Delightful. Easy to drink, with good fruit, some earthiness and fine acidity. Buy more than you think you need, and drink now.
Carmel Winery 'Appellation' 2004. Galilee, Israel ($25*) Very Good Remarkably dark color. Peppery and chewy, with awesome tannins. Reminded us of a big Australian Shiraz.
Dalton 'Reserve, French Oak Finish' 2004. Upper Galilee, Israel ($36.99) Very Good Bold wine, with blackberries, blueberries, earth and chocolate. Nice balance and a particularly long, warming finish. We also liked Dalton "Oak Aged" 2006 ($24.99).
Yarden (Golan Heights Winery) 2003. Galilee, Israel ($28*) Very Good Looks pretty and it tastes pretty and crisp, too, with lovely, restrained fruit and very nice structure. Great with food.
Recanati 'Reserve' 2004. Galilee, Israel ($23.99) Good/Very Good Grapey, but with some depth, too, which makes it interesting and complex. Soulful and classy.
Ella Valley Vineyards 2005. Ella Valley, Israel ($25.99) Good/Very Good Best of tasting. Clean, fresh and vibrant, with some butteriness and sweet oak, but restrained. Happy wine.
Terroso (Chilean Wines Company) 2007. Valle del Maule, Chile. ($5.99) Good/Very Good Best value. Light as a feather and almost Muscat-like in its easy, friendly drinkability.
Barkan Wine Cellars 'Classic' 2006. Dan, Israel ($10.99) Good/Very Good Clean and fresh, mild and pleasant, with bright, lemony fruit and some crispness. Remember this for summer drinking.
Teal Lake 2006. South Eastern Australia ($13.99) Good/Very Good Very pleasant, with a little sour tang that adds interest and depth. Apple-like crispness and nice fruit-oak balance. Easy.
NOTE: Wines are rated on a scale that ranges: Yech, OK, Good, Very Good, Delicious and Delicious! These are the prices we paid at wine stores in Illinois and New York. *We paid $25.99 for Orna, $29.99 for Carmel and $29.99 for Yarden, but these prices appear to be more representative. Prices vary widely.
What makes a wine kosher? It starts with special attention to cleanliness and supervision by observant Jews, but the rules can be complex. One place that explains the process in-depth is the Web site of the Abarbanel Wine Co. at kosher-wine.com. Click on "Kashrut" and then on "history, background and information." The part of kosher winemaking we're most-often asked about is mevushal. A mevushal wine is one that can be handled by the general public, such as a non-Jewish waiter, and still remain kosher once it's opened. During the wine-making process, a mevushal wine is heated in seconds by flash pasteurization. We are often asked if the mevushal process harms the wine. In our tastings through the years, we haven't found a consistent difference in taste between mevushal and nonmevushal kosher wines. The Goose Bay Pinot was mevushal. In this tasting, about a third of our sample and about a third of our favorites were mevushal.
How were the wines? The Israeli Cabernets, especially, showed well in our blind tastings. Because we tried so many of them, from wineries both big and small, it was interesting to discover a consistent theme among them -- they were quite a bit bolder, earthier and more herbal than American Cabernet. In the best cases, these qualities made the wine distinctive and good with hearty food, but without proper restraint, we found that they could go overboard to a bit leaden. Our best of tasting, called Orna, from Orna Chillag winery, was particularly notable for its class and structure. The importer, Royal Wine Corp. of New York City, says 600 cases were imported and distributed in 10 states.
Getting What You Pay For
This is worth noting: We found that, when buying kosher Cabernet, price matters. While almost half of the wines we tasted cost less than $20, just one of our favorites did. That favorite, by the way, was Alfasi from Chile, just one more example of the great bargains in wine coming from there.
The Chardonnays were less successful than the Cabernets. We found far too many of them, from all over the world, heavy and over-oaked. This is common among Chardonnays everywhere these days, both kosher and non-kosher. Our best of tasting, again from Israel, was Ella Valley Vineyards, which showed what a vibrant wine Chardonnay can be when made with a deft hand. (Importer Victor Kosher Wines of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., says about 1,200 cases were distributed in 12 states. It also said that 2006 is the current vintage, though we only saw the 2005.) We have to say, however, that we might want to look to another varietal for a kosher white. We have found in the past that kosher Rieslings are consistently pleasing, for instance, and we'd suggest taking a look at those.
The big picture here, though, is that the world of kosher wine now is pretty much limitless. You might have to spend some time looking around, but you can find all sorts of good, interesting kosher wines these days. If you really like Chardonnay, look for a kosher Chablis from France; if you really like Cabernet, look for a Bordeaux. They're out there. As we always say, it's a great time to be a wine-lover with a sense of adventure because there have never been so many interesting wines on shelves, and that's true of kosher wines, too.

Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher write "Tastings," the weekly wine column of The Wall Street Journal. They also are the authors of "Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion," "Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage" and "The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine." A complete revision of that book, called "The New and Improved Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine," was published in September 2002. Ms. Gaiter and Mr. Brecher have been married since 1979. Ms. Gaiter was a national reporter and editor covering issues of race for the Journal from 1990 to 2000. Mr. Brecher was Page One Editor of the Journal from 1992 to 2000. They began writing "Tastings" in 1998 and became full-time wine columnists in 2002.

The dressing was absolutely phenomenal!

My wife and I recently ate at your restaurant. Among all of the delicious food we were served, my wife had one of your Caesar salads. The dressing was absolutely phenomenal and tasted better than any vegan dressing either of us has ever had. Is there anyway I can get your recipe?
Brendan Adams

Welcome to Greenopia!

Welcome to Greenopia!

We'd like to congratulate Sacred Chow on being included in the all-new Greenopia New York City. Sacred Chow's dedication to contributing to a healthy, sustainable life in New York and in our world has earned Sacred Chow the recognition as a "Greenopia Distinguished Business" and a complimentary listing in the guide.
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of the book. In the coming weeks, we will be in touch with you to deliver Sacred Chow's personalized welcome award packet.
In the meantime, feel free to call us if you would like talk about other ways in which Greenopia and Sacred Chow can work together to promote sustainability throughout New York City.

We look forward to speaking with you soon! Again, congratulations.


The Greenopia Team


The variety of food was fantastic; The world really needs more people like that nice guy.

Best vegetarian food

04/02/2008 Posted by sohogal
Went there with a vegetarian friend that was in town and had been complaining there was no decent vegetarian food in the city. Boy, were we impressed. The variety of food was fantastic and we were spoiled for choice. Even as a non- vegetarian, I had difficulty choosing from the vast menu,everything sounded so good. Eventually settled on the 3 tapas plates for $15. Where else in NYC can you get so much for so little!!! Will definitely be going back and bringing a bunch of friends. Nearly forgot to mention the fantastic wait staff too!!!
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Accommodating staff, yummy food!

03/29/2008 Posted by poplofi
My boyfriend and I stopped in last Saturday night for a quick bite. It was very late, I think close to 11:30pm, and we were told by a nice young man that they were closing. However he graciously offered us the option of getting take-away food. This pleased us both so we ordered an assortment of foods and it took no time at all to get it. We were so impressed with how accommodating he was and that certainly is a reflection of the owner (I don't know maybe he was the owner?) In any case whoever that guy was who waited on us was fabulous! So was the food when we got home, yummers! The world really needs more people like that nice guy, and we will definitely go here again and recommend this place to all our friends. Yay!
Pros: Accomodating staff, friendly vibe, fast service
Cons: There aren't more people in the world like that guy

thanks for a great meal last night!

I just had dinner at Sacred Chow last night, Saturday, April 5th - it was amazing! My
neighborhood in Brooklyn, Ditmas Park (a section of Flatbush) is a
growing community. I think that your restaurant would do incredibly
well here. We have a few restaurants ranging from cheap to high
mid-range. I think that your place would do well, because people are
looking for alternatives to what we already have.
Our neighborhood needs a place that is affordable, delicious, and has
an environment that pleases everyone. Our neighborhood is an up and
coming community and all the local restaurants do well. Check out
our neighborhood blog, there are many resources there!
Many thanks for a great meal last night! I will be back many, many, many times!


other places to chow down the sacred chow in nyc

all of the places listed below offer a wider variety of sacred chow, other than what is written or reviewed, and these destinations are so interesting, unique and fun. so go visit and chow down.
East West Books Cafe, 212-243-5994, 78 Fifth Avenue @ 14th Street, NYC
My review is more of the cafe than the bookstore. Being "East-West" by way of my mixed heritage, I'm somewhat immune to the allures of "East-West" paraphernalia. Plus, I hate the smell of incense.However, the cafe has a good feel to it. There's Wi-Fi, it's a calm spot, and the food is good. Most delightful is the vegan meatball sandwich, which features spinach, roasted tomatoes and onions on wheat/flax bread. There are flax/corn chips on the side, as well as a nice helping of dried fruit (prune, pear, apricot). I'm full of good feelings toward the East West Cafe! Check it out, but do try to avoid the "hippies" with their big diamond rings and strollers.
Think Coffee, 248 Mercer Street (btwn 3rd & 4th Streets) 212.228.6226. ( visit think coffee's spanking new location @ 1 bleecker st, nyc!)
Grilled Western Tofu Salad (vegan) $6.25
Soba Salad (vegan) $6.25
with ginger & watercress
Spa Tofu Salad (vegan) $6.25
Brownies (vegan, gluten-free)$2.25
Grilled Tofu & Tomato
with artichoke pesto (vegan)
Think Coffee is my favorite coffee shop in all of New York (which is far more bereft of coffee shops -- aside from Starbucks and other chains -- than you might think). A great mix of NYU kids and neighborhood people. It can get loud, but the (apparently) staff-chosen music selection is eclectic and interesting. There's also a wine and cheese bar in the evenings, along with light food and desserts all day. Oh, and they advertise that their coffee is always fair trade. And another sign says they donate 10 percent of their profits to local charities. What's not to like?!
Angelika Cinema Café caters to patrons with all different tastes and dietary preferences. We are proud to be a part of the New York community, and primarily use New York based suppliers, including Linda Fortune for our delectable cheesecake bars; Karens on LaGuardia for our gourmet and organic sandwiches; Sedutto for our ice creams, old-fashioned milkshakes and sorbet; and Puerto Rico Imported Coffee Co. for our delicious coffees and espressos . The Angelika Café also strives to accommodate our health conscious customers. We always have an ample selection of both vegetarian and vegan items available, including vegan cupcakes and cookies from the famed Sacred Chow. We also provide a fresh assortment of apples, dried fruits and nuts, juices, low-fat yogurt, health shakes and sugar- free bottled Tea's Teas from Japan.
Angelika Cinema Café, 8 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 212-995-2000


smart foods!

at sacred chow we are always working with smart foods, especially delicious, versatile quinoa, (see, Quinoa (keen wah) Updates! below). the wonderful benefits in this little grain, and other whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies, smart foods (aka superfoods), has so much nutritional value, that it could also help prevent so many health issues. eating more smart foods such as blueberries, spinach, kiwis, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, collards, kale, beets, celery root and broccoli is super smart and beneficial because they are filled with antioxidants that can help decrease your risk of certain cancers. the antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer. other smart foods such as pumpkins, ginger and sweet potatoes are superfoods too and used daily at sacred chow. pumpkins, carrots and sweet potatoes are actually great sources of alpha-carotene. this is a powerful member of the carotenoid family that helps prevent cataract formation, boosts immunity and gives our skin, hair and eyes a fabulous glow.
let's do it!