(Ethical Seal)

Hi Cliff,
I hope that you are doing great!
We met about a year ago when we had an Uri L'Tzedek team meeting in your fantastic restaurant Sacred Chow. Do you recall this?
We have launched the Tav HaYosher (Ethical Seal) as you may have seen all over the press in the last 2 weeks and we would love to include Sacred Chow. We have many Jewish organizations and consumers committed to only buying food from these establishments.
I'd love to chat more in person.
You can check out our Tav HaYosher blog here: http://tavhayosher.wordpress.com/
Have a great day!
Shmuly Yanklowitz (Uri L'Tzedek Co-Director)

hey shmuly,
yes of course i recall!
good shabbos & happy holiday 2 u!
our goals dovetail perfectly. i appreciate what u r doing. it is a sacred calling. chosen yes, 2 create fairness & stop starvation in all forms. one step @ a time.
look forward 2 meeting once again.

the food was excellent

apologies for delay in response. emails got away from me. the food was excellent. wish you guys had WV or chelsea outpost.

On Sun, May 10, 2009 at 2:43 PM, Cliff Preefer <sacredchow@aol.com> wrote:
hi lynn,
i trust your dinner with sacred chow was delicious.
all best,

not a cloud in the sky!


Everything there was very fresh

Vegan Delights, Friday, May 29, 2009, Barbadian Vegan does New York.
I had dinner at Sacred Chow on Saturday. If you are looking for fresh, unfried organic food this is the place to go. They do not do any fake meats, drumsticks or anything of that sort - just good food. It is a very small restaurant which I recommend for couples. The service was prompt. They do vegan tapas 3 for $15 which is a good deal, but a little too much for me to eat to be honest. The server was very quiet, almost seemed as she was whispering to us.
I ordered the black olive seitan and soba noodles in spicy peanut sauce. I was unpleasantly surprised that the noodles were cold as I never ate Soba noodles before, I just thought there were going to be hot, because the other people who were eating this dish looked like if they were eating a hot noodle dish (the way they held the noodles near their mouth). Anyway, I struggled through this cold noodle dish, and later in the night it did not go well with me. I would spare you the gore. I am not used to eating cold dishes like that but it was tasty I have to admit. The black olive seitan was prob the best I have tried up to present date. The texture was not bread like at all and it had a rich flavour. My husband had western tofu which I did not get a picture of because he devoured all very quickly along with Kale salad. We both never tried Kale before and we have a love affair with Kale now. I do not think I have seen Kale selling here. I think it is the most yummy green leafy veggie I have ever tried. Everything there was very fresh. The music selection was good and we did not feel too cramped in this small place. They have some amazing desserts on their menu which I regret not trying.
So for Sacred Chow here is my score:
Overall ambiance A-
Staff courtesy B -
Taste of food A
Appearance of food A
Affordability B+



Review by turtledog on May 26, 2009:
Personally, I don't understand all the mixed feelings about Sacred Chow. I think the place is INCREDIBLE! My co-workers and I always have an "end of the semester" lunch but unlike other years, I'm now vegan which presented a "where can we go" issue since there are no vegan places in Tribeca where we work. They, all ominivores, agreed to meet at Sacred Chow which I had always wanted to try. Between us, we ordered 9 different tapas (Korean tofu cutlets, blackstrap molasses seitan, avocado hummus, Mama's meatballs, lentil pate, collard greens, veggie pancakes, soba noodles, and a vegetable medley). They were all delicious! We also ordered heroes - I had the black olive seitan - SCRUMPTIOUS! My husband ordered a power bowl - greens, soba noodles, BBQ seitan, caramelized onions - a huge portion of food and DELICIOUS!We also ordered desserts - muffins, scones, pastries, and a sundae that was in a giant pilsner glass with blueberry sauce, ice cream, chocolate, sprinkles - coffees and juices. Everything was SO GOOD, everyone kept remarking how surprised they were at just how good vegan food is!! The decor is adorable. Sure it's not a big place but it's not as cramped as people made it sound. We were a party of 6, there were many other customers and it was never filled or too crowded. The atmosphere is cozy, intimate and feels like a Tuscan villa with the lighted grapes strung across the ceiling. Even the bathroom is adorable with a white board for messages. Our server was so sweet with the patience of a saint (we get a bit loony after final exams). We couldn't have asked for a better time. We six people ate a ton of food - tapas, entrees and dessert - and it was still less than about $25 per person. My husband and I can't wait to go back again but more importantly, my omnivore co-workers want to return as well.


mr. ubiquitee


sperm & egg

lava dip

hux & stephen @ work!




even sweeter!

so my mom's still in the hospital recuperating from a heart attack that could have killed her. and it is clear that one of her docs should have told her 2 get in2 an ambulance along time ago! that's another battle, another lawyer said 2 me!
but she's doing really well. in rehab now. ahhh! that's nice! running around like crazy w my 7 year boychic. the boychic wants 2 see his mom but she's only available @ her convenience. unfortunately not the most reliable love-source.
and the universe told me that hux will help 2 make the world a sweeter place 4 generations 2 come. ahh, lovely!
and hux said that he wants 2 open a cookie shop.
even sweeter!


great creativity + invention

@vegantastic Yes my fav NYC veg eatery = Sacred Chow - great creativity + invention with ability to both bake and cook, + friendly



wholesome Huxley!

Cliff surrounds himself with pictures of his son. I scanned a couple to share the adorableness with everyone else. Of course, he's much older now, and (MUCH) taller.

Little House in the Subway

woody from toy story

from a seed 2 the egg 2 in between,
"in the end the beginning," wrote mr. greene.
love, hitler, darwin, g-d?
ur choice, or no g-d!
from a seed 2 the egg: u, me, pain, glory;
wherever we go, in the end the beginning,
"so be nice!" - woody from toy story.

the excretion of worms

let's pick the bravest route, the most fundamentally fair, a way that manifests joyful expression; proof against history, driven by our mind and actualized by action. stare in2 the void, visualize our molecular combination, through time, place urself in2 perpetuity. yoked @ every moment, a great force connected, here, expressed in physical form; creation: human beings, aurorae, the excretion of worms, all connected, all one g-d-mind in the eternal flow.


good luck katie!

An Omaha child born a boy will start the next school year with a new name and a new identity -- as Katie, a girl.
Ben's family looked at his school drawings that expressed his frustration with feeling like a girl, but looking like a boy.
Finally, they decided to let Ben, 8, be what he wants -- Katie.
"This really isn't our journey," his mother told the newspaper. "We're kind of observers on this path."

good luck - katie, mommy and daddy!
love, sacred chow


Vegan gem

Sacred Chow in Greenwich Village: Creative Vegan Food Makes a SplashDollena Campbell

Bridge that generation gap

I, New York
Time Out New York / Issue 712 : May 21–27, 2009
You asked for it
The all-ages walk


What can teenage visitors and a city aunt do together? Shop, eat, rinse, repeat.
By Rachel Slaff

Bridge that generation gap, and make even the moodiest teen thankful, so end the day on a cheap note at Angelika Film Center (18 W Houston St at Mercer St; 212-995-2000, angelikafilmcenter.com). Screw eight-dollar popcorn tubs; they serve vegan Sacred Chow cupcakes at this concession stand. Throw in an iced latte and cool-aunt status is in the bag.

mucoid plaque

auggie came 2 visit my mom 2day, just minutes after i arrived. he is a friend of our family, and it was great 2 see him. he told us an interesting story that i wanted 2 share. he told us that he had lived w lower back pain 4 many, many years, and he had learned that there was a link between lower back pain and the consumption of lactose. he said that when he stopped consuming lactose, his back pain completely disappeared. the link between cow-milk allergies, lactose intolerance and back pain is that any consumption of dairy products, lactose specifically, creates large amounts of mucoid plaque which is known to put stress on the lower back. thanks auggie!


small town...in the village...on Sullivan Street

  1. painted the backyard fence, paused to make spanish chickpea soup (chez panisse recipe) & a strawberry-rhubarb galette. love small town life.
  2. If you're vegan (or not) and in the village, skip red bamboo and check out sacred chow. http://bit.ly/1e5gru
  3. Delicious Roasted olive seitan sandwich on whole wheat baguette from Sacred Chow on Sullivan Street is what I had for lunch, today.

hello friend!

hello friend,
mom, son, daughter,
sister, brother,
father, cousin, aunt,
uncle, teacher, student,
and fellow stranger!
we r blessed.

4 us.

dont be afraid!
come 2 me,
i am here 4 u,
we r here 4 us.

grandma's pretty lucky!

my mom's heart,
she was grabbing it,
but i didnt see it give.
barely a whisper,
but i heard.
and there she was,
911 was quick.
hux? yes daddy?
we gotta get up and go,
i called an ambulance,
grandma needs go 2 the hospital.
really! is she gonna die?
no, but let's hurry.
okay daddy.
red sirens, vroommm, vroommm!
just 2 blocks away, wow!
we were w her in the emergency room til 3am.
hux and i ate the worst kosher veggie burger,
and the hardest nyc pretzel, ever.
we were starving.
it's a good thing we like ketchup & mustard, hux said.
we laughed.
i ate it all, hux got some chips.
all in all, i'd say, we felt pretty blessed sitting in the cafe
@ 1:30 in the morn.
we'd take the bad food over safety any day.
hux great, great aunt gertie, who was 102,
died this day.
good genes they say.
she's not related.
so, she'll eat more sacred chow!
yeah, hux said, grandma's pretty lucky!


healthy meal

For a healthy meal, I love to go to Sacred Chow. I'm not a vegan or a vegetarian, but when I feel like I need to detox, I waddle over there.
hungryfoodie at 7:10PM on 05/10/09


Gluten Free Vegan Milk Chocolate Cake

You heard right. Gluten free chocolate cake. It's moist, and rich, and a little sweet. It's smothered in pralines, and lots of decadent VEGAN MILK CHOCOLATE. Yes. Yes it is. So much chocolate. So much creaminess. ::Homer Simpson Drooling noise:: Aaaaaaagh


feed mama now!

let's fill every mamas' breast w healthy milk now.
end world hunger 2day!
instant plant proteins

feed mama now!


And the greens, oh the greens! They were perfect.

Since we were starving and had no good ideas where to go, I suggested Sacred Chow. I ordered from the brunch menu. I got a small carrot juice to drink. It was refreshing and didn’t taste at all like dirt, like some juices can. For my entree I got the Tempeh Sweet Potato Hash and Sauteed Greens. I was pleasantly surprised. The hash was rich and melted in my mouth. The tempeh was thinly sliced and the texture was slightly crunchy. And the greens, oh the greens! They were perfect. http://jrsimon56.wordpress.com/




.27c of ur chow goes 2 antibiotics that will end baby pnuemonia.


no need 2 think twice about that one!

see, worldpneumoniaday.org, which is on nov.2.

every 5 minutes 19 baby-folk succumb 2 deadly pneumonia!


2gether let's deliver!

Pre-Parade Breakfast Sammie

-----Original Message-----
From: Demetrius J Bagley <aqknight@yahoo.com >
To: Cliff Preefer <SacredChow@aol.com >
Sent: Sat, 9 May 2009 11:36 pm
Subject: idea Pre-Parade Breakfast Sammie

Hi Cliff

Wondering about some easy yummy to go breakfast meal? breakfast sammie? for the likely overflow crowd?

Thanks for posting the event to your blog.

Bye bye.
my reference:

On May 10, 2009, at 9:49 AM, sacredchow@aol.com wrote:
d, that's a great idea! we can have biscuit sandwiches ready 2 go, 2 the park, on the sidewalk.
best, c

Demetrius J Bagley wrote:
coolio! if you let me know sandwich name, main ingredients and price, can post within event notice before 3 and 1 day before reminders go out. :-)

On May 10, 2009, at 12:15PM, sacredchow@aol.com wrote: we have the power!

it'll be the breakfast sandwich w tofu scramble, oat cheese, tempeh on a soy buttermilk biscuit w hash browns and a side of fruit, steamed greens or mixed salad greens. if folks want/need sandwich 2 be gluten-free, we have delicious corn tortillas instead of biscuits. u can alternate the tofu scramble w tempeh hash. and anyone can pre-order, direct them 2 the sacredchow.com 2 take a look at the brunch menu. we'll have granola as well, which is soyfree and wheatfree(oats) and great w fruit and ricemilk or apple juice. of course, there are other items on the main menu that are soyfree if someone should need/want.

the scramble/tempeh hash sandwich: $10.50


just want u 2 know that i think the best sandwich in the world, @ this moment, is the* western tofu w corn tortillas* w a smear of our soy dill-mayo, mixed greens and house-made spicy pickles.

this is *the perfect sammie*, 4 walking or sitting outdoors.


i eat this sammie daily, in the am & pm!


Veggie Pride

Pre-Parade, Veggie Pride, Breakfast/Brunch

May 17, 2009
Sun 10:30 AM
Who’s coming?
22 Yes / 14 Maybe
Who is organizing? Demetrius

Sacred Chow's agreed to open early



IFC Center

IFC Center
Film and event news from IFC Center, downtown New York's state-of-the-art, three-screen cinema.
- Short Attention Span Cinema: shorts before regular features
- Posteritati at IFC Center vintage movie poster gallery
- CineMetal T-shirts on sale at the concession stand
- Vegan goodies from Sacred Chow

- Weekend Classics
- Waverly Midnights
- Stranger Than Fiction
- New York International Children's Film Festival
- New York Asian Film Festival
- Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
- Columbia University Film Festival


Westin Governor Morris

Copeland Restaurant

This new American restaurant located in the Westin Governor Morris is a luxury hotel dining setting with exceptionally good food, although on the pricey side. The decor is what you would expect from hotel dining; it's a large open dining area with tables spaced nicely apart, attractively done with dark toned red walls adorned with paintings, and a sophisticated, reserved atmosphere. It's a destination restaurant that will give you a very enjoyable fine dining experience.

Under the direction of talented chef Thomas Ciszak, the seasonal menu is well prepared with fresh ingredients.

For entrees, the recommended selections are; The Lamb shank with sheep's milk polenta and green olive tapenade; The Chile cinnamon glazed Chilean sea bass, with potato wrapped shrimp, and baby bok choy; or if you prefer they have a Vegetarian eggplant tarte with grilled Sacred Chow tofu and asparagus.

Save room for the desserts, they are well worth the extra calories.

They also offer an excellent Sunday brunch with live jazz guitar.





the blessing bee

reb zev and i just got off the phone.
he said, "yes let's do it,
let's let the universe give sacred chow its full blessing.
let's let the blessing bee roam."

stop world hunger

main course, discourse @ sacred chow: end world hunger!


NYC Favorites; favorite meals

Saturday, May 2, 2009
NYC Favorites
here's a list of places I love about NYC. Clean and simple.
Franchia RestaurantAntagonist Art MovementNiagara BarTea SpotBabycakesGrassroots TavernAstoria Beer GardenPeanut Butter & Co.Trade FairAndhow! Theater CompanyBrooklyn Bagel and Coffee CompanySacred ChowThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtSchocholautteWednesday Night Skate

Early posts are records of my favorite meals from three months in New York City.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sacred Chow
- Vegan restaurant with lots of good menu items: daily special hummus, grain, protein, soup, plus their usual options of salads, sandwiches, rice and bean dishes, meze type appetizers, and other excellent veg food. I had a salad with greens, beets, carrots, apples, and crunchy yuba strips. Very tasty.

wowed by its plushness

Clean Plates NYC, cleanplatesnyc.com
5 healthy, tasty meals under $25
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A slim new guide to Manhattan restaurants makes the case that eating organic, locally-sourced food—prepared in ways that respect the environment—isn't just trendy, but affordable and easy, too.

Courtesy Clean Plates NYC: Nutritionist Jared Koch and food critic Alex Van Buren ate their way through 125 restaurants to refine their selection.

And read on for Alex's five favorite New York meals under $25—excerpts of her reviews of Back Forty, Dirty Bird To-Go, Hangawi, Lupa, and Sacred Chow

Back Forty Brightly lit, with nods to the so-called "haute barnyard" movement that has stormed the city—crisp white mantles laden with china, sturdy wooden farmhouse-style tables and a simple back patio strung with bobbing lights—the restaurant serves up seasonal American fare that is almost all organic or local. So take a bite of that juicy, antibiotic-free burger covered with slabs of heritage bacon, and relax: You're eating pretty close to home here, since owner Peter Hoffman sources within the tri-state region as often as possible. 190 Ave. B at 12th St., 212/388-1990.

Dirty Bird To-Go Only in New York can you snag an order "to go" from a tiny, nondescript fried chicken joint and realize—probably after sinking your teeth into a crisp-skinned, slow-roasted rotisserie bird or an astoundingly juicy fried drumstick—that this is grub from a haute cuisine veteran and a James Beard Award (the Oscars of food) winner. Every Dirty Bird sent out the door is hormone- and antibiotic-free and locally raised. And if you have to go for the fried stuff, the oil they use for frying is recycled for biodiesel fuel. 204 W. 14th St., between 7th and 8th Aves., 212/620-4836.

Hangawi The zenlike effect of the space—glowing orange walls, modern low-lit lighting fixtures, ornate Korean art—is that of an upscale yoga studio. The all-vegan fare possesses equally sedative properties: A slim all-organic menu comes tucked into a "regular" menu. Among its wide-ranging offerings were a delicious dandelion and avocado salad with a peanuty wasabi sauce in which nutty dressing and buttery fruit nicely counter the bite of super-salubrious dandelion greens. We stuck to this menu as much as possible, and were equally impressed by its entrees. 12 E. 32nd St., between 5th and Madison Aves., 212/213-0077.

Lupa The West Village restaurant co-owned by Mario Batali has been churning out excellent Old World fare for many years. Don't let its hubbub dissuade you from eating there. Make a reservation or arrive early as a walk-in; you can always linger at the bar to admire the exposed brick interior and European feel of the place over a glass of vino selected from the extensive wine list. To cut the wait, consider the long wooden communal table by the front: There's plenty of elbow room, and a chance to ask a neighbor about those beets drizzled with cream sauce and speckled with pistachios (they're worth it) or the roast summer squash aromatic with thyme and mint (even better). 170 Thompson St., between Houston and Bleecker Sts., 212/982-5089.

Sacred Chow The hippie vibe is on the premises in a major way: Gargantuan faux-Japanese lanterns dangle overhead; the logo is of a mellow-looking cartoon cow practicing yoga; our waiter was ├╝ber-friendly despite being the only one working his shift. Cynical Gothamites will have to bite their tongues at the sincerity of it all. But the delicious, 95% organic food will get them talking again. Curried tofu scramble—so egglike we experienced momentary disorientation—was served with a side of addictively smoky new potatoes that count among the best we've eaten at brunch. Spying a waffle made with spelt and oats, we ordered it and braced ourselves (spelt, though healthy, is tricky to make tasty) only to be wowed by its plushness. 227 Sullivan St., between Bleecker and W. 3rd St., 212/337-0863.

"waggle dance"*

Honeybees really are nature’s little treasures. They are a centimeter or so long, their brains are tiny, and a small set of simple rules can explain the sophisticated social behavior that produces the coordinated activity of a hive. They live by sets of instructions that are familiar to computer programmers as subroutines – do this until the stop code, then into the next subroutine, and so on.

These humble little bees have an innate ability to work out the location of a food source from its position in relation to the sun. They do this even on cloudy days by reading the pattern of the polarization of the light, and pass this information to other bees. In the dark of the hive, they transpose the location of a food source in the horizontal plane through the famous "waggle dance"* into communication in the vertical plane of the hive.

Honeybees can tell their sisters how far away the food is up to a distance of about 15 kilometers. For good measure, they can also allow for the fact that the sun moves relative to the hive by about 15 degrees an hour and correct for this when they pass on the information. In other words, they have their own built-in global positioning system and a language that enables them to refer to objects and events that are distant in space or time.

leon KreitZman
from "let's hear it 4 the bees"





instant plant proteins

we aim 2 green y'all w instant plant proteins.
affordable, low carbon meals.
in due course friends: dafur...
nutrition, no starvation!


A more thoughtful tonic Mr. President: Joseph's book & Sacred Chow!

At the end of our conversation, when I asked him if he was reading anything good, he said he had become sick enough of briefing books to begin reading a novel in the evenings — “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03Obama-t.html

In the Village, tasty vegan food at Sacred Chow.

After the omnivorous delights of Chinatown, Sacred Chow, 212-337-0863, http://www.sacredchow.com, an established mecca for New York vegans, comes as a tonic. If there is a more thoughtful, nutritious, and -- here's the key -- flavorsome, vegan restaurant in New York, the Underground Gourmet is a Dutchman.

Sacred Chow's Cliff Preefer dreams up "thinking food" to make a less violent impact on the globe; and surreptitiously, a 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), I watch the pedigreed dogs that gambol along the street. Sometimes their exquisite owners come inside for food. After 11:00A.M., many make off with the best-selling soy-buttermilk biscuit and a coffee, or with a wheat-free scone (in blueberry -- my favorite) and hot cocoa. If you are lucky, they'll have their Omega-3 oatmeal, if so, splash some soy milk on or get a dollop of coconut creme, and partake of this austere but peerless feast.

Come lunch or dinnertime, choose from small plate specials of more than a dozen tapas. Regulars generally organize their meal around the famous grilled western tofu, or the near-mythic home-produced olive seitan, which comes roasted. The tofu is firm, suffused with a perfectly judged marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, and very fine gluten-free 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-protein appears. If you boil that, marinate it in olive puree, cocoa, 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. Try the seitan as a tapa or as a pitch perfect hero.

I order the vegetable of the day with portions of glazed parsnip and onions (excellent: the parsnips retain their crunchiness and are not oversweet), a helping of their grain, a subtle mushroom-miso-onion risotto mixed with some pearl pasta (i.e., Israeli couscous). Grilled portabello mushrooms! A deal of 3 tapas can come on a plate or as small plates on a 3-tiered pedestal. If I want a quick bite, any souperhero does the trick.

Dessert is sweet! There's an amazing gluten-free brownie sundae (made with organic cane sugar; topped off by a ganache frosting and sprinkles, made of dark chocolate, vanilla extract and coconut cream. Or a flower-shaped halva-macaroon petal filled with white-chocolate cheese-cake and drenched in a dark-chocolate ganache bejeweled with almond pralines.

Sacred Chow extends to drink too. There are great smoothies and lattes with liquors, a selection of draught beers, sustainable, top-notch kosher wines that help dissolve cramps, indigestion, stress, and other symptoms of the violent world.

consensus breeds joy!

Q: Music in kitchen?
I like it, although I have no music in my restaurant kitchens. The problem is music leads to arguments. The prep staff wants salsa. The cooks want heavy metal. You can never get a consensus.

Q: Maybe you don’t want to get married again. You’ve already had two marriages that presumably were problematic.
A: With many blessings. I have two extraordinary daughters, who, I can say proudly, are doing very well in school and in piano. Daughters are a father’s joy.