Despite having a pretty awesome (if occasionally frustrating and smelly and expensive and anxiety inducing) city at my disposal, I'm a very territorial person and rarely venture out of my geographical comfort zone (which unfortunately has to include work, though not very comforting a place to be.) This means that, right now, I'm one of those "I don't go above 14th street" people, which UGH.
It has long been a plan of mine to visit a particular exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and stop at Peacefood, a vegan cafe, on the Upper West Side but it is SO HARD for me to get out of the house, let alone the comfort zone. Anyway, lucky for me (?), now I can be lazy and territorial and give up on plans and just visit the new Peacefood Downtown since it's only a block away from work.
I'd previously just been in to grab a vegan cookie or mini brownie (why don't I have pictures of those?) but always eyed the menu.
G and I went on lunch the other day. It's very spacious and light inside and there was plenty of seating. The waitress was attentive and the food came pretty quickly, which is nice because I always get anxious "getting lunch" that it'll take longer than my hour and suggfkgfra it ruins the whole lunch. Maybe I should just, like, breathe or something.
ANYWAY G got the Tempeh Avocado sandwich, a pretty standard vegan sandwich:
Served with jicama slices. He wasn't especially impressed, although he often says he doesn't like tempeh soooo maybe that was part of it?? Apparently it was cut a little to thick for his liking and would have been better sliced like tempeh bacon. I tried a bite and it was good but nothing special. It was a little flavorless and the bread was maybe a bit too dense for the sandwich.
I got the Caesar salad, also something that shows up on vegan menus pretty frequently but is never quite done exactly the same way.
There were thin tempeh chunks in the salad, that added a good bit of flavor, but isn't really traditional. The inclusion of tomatoes was also kind of weird, especially since they were just regular, watery, not yet summer tomatoes. The croutons on top were good and garlicky, though, and overall, I liked the salad.
Maybe we didn't order especially well but there isn't exactly anything that stood out on the menu as "must try" or "will never see on any other menu ever." I HAVE heard good things about the chickpea fries, from a reputable source, and the juices sound good.
The chocolate chip cookies are a different story. Greg has deemed them the "new best cookies in the neighborhood," ousting even his favorite Paradis! I will have to go back and get shots of those for youseguys.
Also of note, G tossed me the check and said, "Yeahh.... I think I'm gonna let you buy me this one." (Not that it was especially expensive - I paid it without complaining BUT STILL GREG)
One of these days I'll get up to the AMNH. And now, it is HOT and I must bid you good evening.