There’s a reason why the logo is a meditating cartoon cow: Sacred Chow serves serious vegan cuisine without taking itself too seriously. Chef and owner Cliff Preefer, a former Legal Aid lawyer, founded Sacred Chow in 1995 as a take-out store on Hudson St. His new venture on Sullivan St. is his first restaurant. The snug space has red- and mustard-colored walls accented with Middle Eastern antiques, like glass-bejeweled hanging lamps and a mosaic-inlaid fountain. Using organic and kosher-certified ingredients, Preefer conjures up an enticing meatless array of tapas, salads, and sandwiches. Salads are fresh, substantial, and lively. The Sacred Caesar is a credible rendition of the cheese-draped, crouton-studded classic, its dressing derived from a blend of soft tofu and soy sauce. Sandwiches are engaging, like Mama’s soy meatball sub with soy protein orbs flavored with oregano, thyme, and garlic in a spicy rosemary-infused tomato sauce. Triple chocolate brownies may be gluten-free, but manage to be resplendent in rich, bittersweet chocolate.
This small, quiet vegan café and bistro offers most of its seitan, tofu and vegetable dishes as small plates—a good idea, as there are many options. There’s wholesome sunflower- and lentil-pâté on crostini; a shiitake mushroom salad with toasted sunflower seeds has a pleasantly chewy texture. If you’re willing to commit to a full-size entrée, the soy-meatball sub is a satisfying choice, slathered in a savory tomato-onion sauce and topped with melted vegan cheese. Organic wines and draft beers can be paired with all dishes.
The “delicious” organic, kosher and vegan offerings (think “exceptional fake meatballs”) at this “cute, quirky” Villager may just make carnivores “believe”; it’s small in size and “popular” with the health-minded, so “definitely make a reservation.”
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Here are a couple of recent Yelp reviews:
- Sacred Chow is the type of place you take carnivores to (most, if not all of my friends) to show off how great well executed vegan food can taste. I enjoyed every single thing I ordered, the three tapa special which included bbq seitan, lentil pate, and vegetable latkes was hearty and very well seasoned. Their kale ceasar salad is citrusy and tangy and absolutely delicious! We topped the meal off with a triple chocolate brownie that was decadent but not overly sweet. Sacred Chow plates are very filling, so come hungry or be prepared to leave with a to-go bag. Service is a plus, our hostess was very attentive and friendly. Will definitely be back!
- There are hardly times where I’ve enjoyed every single thing on my plate at a vegan place. All I have to say is if I got to this eat this food everyday, I’d totally be a vegan forever.This is a cute little place with homely decor. The waitress was super sweet to begin with and the food options are great for anyone that’s not even a vegetarian.I tried three different items from the tapas because I was hungry and even though I was full, I made sure I finished everything and still ordered dessert. I left the place with a food belly and wasn’t able to walk after feasting at this sacred place.I ordered the shredded Nama gori, mama’s meatballs, and the roasted black olive seitan. For dessert I had the triple chocolate brownie and the toasted macaroon cookie. My friend had a panini from their special menu that was eggplant, hummus, and cucumbers on ciabatta bread with a side of their home fries. Everything was amazing in their taste and the right amount of chewiness and crunch where needed. The home fries were some of the best fries I’ve ever had!Overall, this is a place to try out for its reasonable prices and definitely if you’re a NYU student as it is conveniently located near some of their buildings.
- Wow I got the Zucchini Burger which came with summer potato salad. Overall really great portion, it was filling for me. Definitely will come back here. It was empty so I got my food within 10 or less mins. I want to try other stuff.
- I wish there was a way to give 10 stars, because this restaurant would get them! What an awesome experience eating here. We had kale caesar, zuchhini bisque, tempeh, and cucumber and dill salad. All of the food that we devoured was outstanding. Having worked along side 5 star chefs for 20 years, and tasting a variety of food, I have NEVER had the pleasure of tasting such healthy food with such outstanding flavor. It seemed as if every item we had was not only flavorful, but the chef put an extra special “zing” on the food that I can’t even describe. My palate was in heaven in this restaurant. As an extra bonus, the chefs gets most of his food locally. Don’t pass this place up if you have the chance, whether you are vegetarian or not! Enjoy!