|fluffy quinoa salad w/ baby greens, sprouts, avocado, sweet peppers, onions, corn, & creamy lime mustard vinaigrette|
Peacefood Cafe is not only one of the first vegan restaurants I visited when I moved to NYC, but it's also one of my favorite restaurants in all of NYC, period.
Not because it's 100% vegan, so you don't have to ask questions about a single, solitary, ingredient. Not because of the atmosphere, which is the perfect combination of sexy and cute. Not because of the bakery case, which beckons you like a siren song with its decadent desserts. And, certainly not because I once saw Sam Waterston (of "Law and Order" fame) dining there.
Why do I love Peacefood so? Simply put: because of the chickpea fries! They're absolute perfection masquerading as golden, crispy, spiced, delicious, rectangles. And, dipped in the house dressing or a bit of Sriracha (CH's idea), they're impossible to stop eating.
|the famous chickpea fries|
Other than the chickpea fries, Peacefood's menu also features soups, salads, sandwiches/paninis, pizza, a variety of creative sides (think: soy nuggets, shanghai-style dumplings, and vegan potato salad), and even a few raw food dishes. They also offer daily specials such as Green Thai Curry, Macho Nachos, and Penne Un-Chicken Parmesan.
Wanna drink your lunch? Juices (like the Hangover Cure, Green Lemonade, Pineapple Beet Lime, and more) abound, as do smoothies (Bombay Delight, Acai Fat-Burner, Mango Lassi, etc.). There are hot drinks (like Brazilian Nut Chai and Orange Apple Cider) as well.
However, the creme de la creme at Peacefood Cafe is definitely their desserts. On offer are scrumptious treats like strawberry shortcake, banana bread, and - perhaps my favorite - the grasshopper cookie sandwich, which consists of mint frosting, sandwiched between two chocolate, chocolate chip cookies.
Somebody hold me!
Pictured above (clockwise, from top right) are: the grasshopper cookie sandwich; potato salad with celery, capers, onion juice, and vegan mayo; Peacefood's unrivaled menu; the Tahini Sprouts sandwich, which is made with shredded carrots, mixed sprouts, sliced cucumber, avocado, and miso tahini poppy seed spread; and strawberry shortcake.
Wanna go? I don't blame ya.
- Peacefood Cafe is located on the Upper West Side at 460 Amsterdam Ave. (at 82nd St.) in Manhattan.
- To get there, take the 1 or 2 train to 79th St., or the A, B, or C train to 81st St.
- FYI: They're slated to open a new location near Union Square in December 2012. Guess who's gonna be there?!
|pan-seared french horn mushroom panini w/ sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, artichoke aioli, & basil mint pesto|