As much as I love regaling tales about rambunctious boozy brunches and decadent breakfast sandwiches, sometimes it’s refreshing to enjoy a healthy brunch to start a productive weekend afternoon. Andrada, my “fitspiration” and devout workout buddy, suggested a hardcore Equinox boot camp followed by vegan brunch and manicures. Sold.
After stumbling out of Equinox Soho with quivering muscles and aching stomachs, we power walked to Sacred Chow in Greenwich Village. Sacred Chow is a quaint eatery tucked away on Sullivan Street with a few tables, soothing music, and a fun chalkboard wall featuring positive mantras.
Only one server managed the brunch crowd, which was luckily pretty small and manageable. All in all, we had attentive service, as attentive as one waitress for an entire restaurant can be. We were promptly seated by the floor to ceiling windows and purveyed the entirely vegan and kosher menu.
Although Sacred Chow does have a variety of beer and wine on the menu, we both skipped the booze and opted for large lattes with almond milk. Any eatery that offers almond milk scores automatic points in my book and I was pleased that our beverages were topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Aside from rotating specials, there are only five items on Sacred Chow’s regular brunch menu, which is perfect for indecisive Geminis like myself. We had the choice between vegan variations on an omelet, a scramble, a Belgian waffle, banana French toast, or a soy buttermilk biscuit po’boy. We also could take our pick from the more expansive lunch menu with options such as a tempeh Rueben sandwich, soy meatballs, or veggie tapas.
I ordered the Sardinian omelet and Andrada selected the big scramble bowl, although we swapped bites throughout the meal. My omelet consisted of crème de tofu filled with vegan mozzarella cheese, crushed Feta-almonds, and Kalamata olives, although I ordered these on the side. It took a few bites to get accustomed to the surprisingly sweet and light taste from the vegan cheese and crème de tofu rather than eggs and dairy. Once my taste buds adjusted to the creamy, almond flavors, I appreciated the delicate dish. The side salad with Dijon dressing was a nice addition; oftentimes side salads at brunch are unnecessary and boring.
Andrada’s “big scramble bowl” was filled with crumbled pressed tofu that was pan-seared with peppers, mushrooms, onions, steamed broccoli, and beet noodles. It resembled a familiar veggie-filled egg bowl and tasted similarly–we didn’t even miss the eggs! The thin beet noodles added a gourmet aesthetic and prompted me to add a spiralizer to my Amazon shopping cart later that afternoon.
We also split the Nama Gori kale Caesar salad from the lunch menu. Fresh strips of raw kale were tossed in a house miso-Caesar dressing and layered with wedges of grilled Nama Gori steak, which is a special type of tofu. Once sprinkled with a squeeze of fresh lemon, this salad was perfection. The combination of flavorful dressing and hearty Nama Gori steak crowned this dish as one of my all-time favorite kale salads. Andrada agreed and we easily cleaned the salad bowl.
We were in and out of Sacred Chow in less than an hour, giving us plenty of daylight for afternoon errands in the Village. The moderately priced menu also didn’t leave much of a dent in our wallets.
The Bitches say: A-. Charming ambiance and tasty food for vegans and meat-eaters alike. A great option for a quick and healthy bite in lower Manhattan.
227 Sullivan St.
New York, NY
Sacred Chow serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.