227 Sullivan St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.729695 -73.999672
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
There are tons of vegan restaurants in the Greenwich Village area, but Sacred Chow is the ultimate gem. I always order the same thing: Western tofu hero and their soup of the day. It has always impressed the friends I take there. Great for lunch.
Before meeting up with the lovely Our Hen House ladies for an interview, we stopped by Sacred Chow in New York’s West Village for a bite to eat. Earlier that day, we had eaten at V-Note so we weren’t very hungry; but we also didn’t want to waste the opportunity to check out an institution like Sacred Chow. It’s quite a skinny little space they have, and you can’t see the kitchen space at all unless you walk to the back of the restaurant. There were two other diners when we walked in and several more showed up shortly after we sat down.
Their menu is different than standard restaurant offerings. They have tapas (divided between plant protein plates and complex carb plates), heros (sandwiches also known as subs or hoagies in our part of the country), salads, beverages, and desserts. I had heard about the food from my friend Lauren, so I knew I had to at least try some tapas to get the full experience. Jim and I decided on the orange blackstrap barbequed seitan with spicy onions, the root vegetable latkas with Indonesian date butter, and cold sliced ginger soba noodles with sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Rebecca ordered a 4 Seasons salad, which had greens, beets, carrots, apple, strips of yuba, and a Dijon vinaigrette (which was technically a small and quite large). She also ordered the Very Berry smoothie with apple juice.
Needless to say, we ended up with some spicy vittles! The barbequed seitan had a thick and tangy sauce that just lingered on my tongue until I took a bite of latka, which balanced out the spice. The ginger on the soba noodles was just right for me, but Jim was already stuffed and didn’t care so much for the spice at that point. Rebecca loved the smoothie and snorfled down the whole thing in just a short bit of time (and she’s one of those slow eaters). We had enough left over to wrap up and take home with us. I really liked being able to share my food this way, family style; it offers a more simple alternative to a structured restaurant environment and the food is just as tasty. I so wanted to get some of their poundcake or velvet triple chocolate brownie to go—but I was stuffed already and didn’t want to bulk up anymore for our interview. I was so satisfied, in fact, that I really didn’t need any dessert at all and was fine until we ate breakfast the next day.
I would highly recommend Sacred Chow. It’s inexpensive, centrally located in the Village, and has a diverse menu and fantastic food.
Vegetarians, Vegans, demand better! – Truly disgusting.
The wife and I had several appetizers and a salad. Every bite worse than the last.
The only thing I would ever think of having at this dive is the juice. But you can't really mess up juice can you?
We felt taken advantage of because of our dietary and lifestyle choice. Vegetarians should demand better.
If I could give this place zero stars I would. Horrible.
awesome food poor service – I have been a patron of Sacred Chow for many years and I totally love the food..It's great
HOWEVER..The guy who works there is def. not one of the best.
Every time he is working, he's not paying attention to his job but seems to be more interested in his Girlfriend and making sure she is fed.
I went to eat there a couple of days ago and there was a horrible smell in which I thought was the bathroom..when he came over to help me I realized it was him and was nauseated by his smell. I know some people have bad hygiene but they also are not handling my food. in which he had his thumb in when I received my meal
I DO love this place and I don't get to go there much.but I hope that the next time I go in there he is not working...
Best vegan cupcakes. Ever. – The menu is unique and the prices are very reasonable. Lunch specials are an amazing deal at $8 (just get there between 12:00-4:00pm), and their daily cream of ______ soups are some of the best I've ever had. Their "caesar" salad is excellent. Don't forget to order it with the "western tofu."
More importantly, I have never had better vegan cupcakes in my life. 12 years of being vegan and not once has any other cupcake come close to Sacred Chow's!
Do not be fooled by the dive-like quality of the interior. If this food was served at Candle79, it would be 4x the price!
Best vegetarian food – 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!!!
Accommodating staff, yummy food! – 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!
Always delicious – 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.
best sunday brunch in nyc for vegans!! – 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.
Great tasting, creative vegan food – 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.
My Favorite Restaurant (And I've Eaten Around)! – 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.
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