We went to Cafe Blossom in the West Village, the most ideal location for me because despite the more than adequate subway system (yea I said it!) ummmm I rarely go above 14th Street. Yes, even Chelsea is too far.
We went on a Tuesday night and, while we had reservations, we could have gotten a table right away. We jumped right into the entrees, as a room in stomach-saving as well as money-saving measure. None of the appetizers besides the beet carpaccio looked particularly appealing to me anyway, though I've heard good things about the black eyed pea cakes.
Greg ordered the Seitan marsala, which came with roasted potatoes, sauteed spinach, shallots, beets, jalpeno, figs, and marsala juice.
I toyed with the idea of getting a salad (I KNOW) but ordered the mushroom phyllo pastry with mashed butternut squash, grilled baby bok choy, saueed bell pepper, asparagus, basil, and jalapeno cashew cream.
This is G's review:
I guess my reaction was sort of similar. The dish itself was delicious - I liked the mashed butternut squash the most; the mushroom pastries were too much phyllo and not enough filling. I was glad for the bok choy as a green vegetable but it wasn't all that well seasoned on its own. The jalapeno cashew cream was the saving grace there. As for the other vegetables, bell pepper and asparagus, they were simply small portions just chopped up to top the other components of the meal.i liked this place but it was very much a fancy restaurant in the way they served their food. emphasis on plating and presentation with small/odd portions. for example, the "spinach" included with my dish as listed in the menu was basically a little tiny bit of spinach atop the rather proportionally large portion of seitan, which was delicious and had a great chew too it. also, the potatoes as listed in the menu were great but it was like 2 little roasted potato halves. which were great. everything was awesome, just not really served to my style, it being a "fancy" restaurant. i guess whatever you order just imagine it coming out as if it were on the cover of gourmet magazine, if that is a magazine? refer to the photos. i suppose it was just odd as it is a vegan restaurant so i was expecting more of an emphasis on the vegetables than on the seitan. i'd go back with another groupon or if someone else was paying or i become rich.
I guess you could say the portion sizes were small - at least for the prices - but I think we both felt satisfied at the end of the meal. That said, there is no way in hell we were going to pass up dessert. Especially when the menu offers passionfruit margarita cheesecake topped with housemade blueberry chocolates.
This is where Lenten promises flew out the window. I am a really big fan of vegan cheesecake and this was pretty incredible and very rich. Greg had to stop and cradle his head in his hands for a couple seconds after each bite.
Blossom also offers a cocktail list that is verrrry enticing, but I held off.
Hannah Kaminsky wrote an insightful piece about Groupons often being detrimental to businesses. I think it's a difficult situation. Of course I want vegan restaurants (or any company I enjoy) to flourish and do well and be able to pay their workers a living wage but I don't always have the money to support that. Without the Groupon, it's highly unlikely that I would ever have visited the restaurant at all and now I know that at least I can recommend it for more special occasions.
Hey, the view is free.