I wish I could gush, I really do. I want to support and love every establishment that creates nourishment for vegans, but sometimes I'm simply less than impressed.
I've eaten here once before tonight and I remember the food being quite good, but unfortunately I have no clear recollection of what it was - I do know it was brunch though.
Tonight I went in for dinner. Like others have mentioned, the service was slow and sporadic and I didn't feel very taken care of. A lovely woman server greeted me and answered a few questions I had, and then after I ordered soup from her, a male server came over to ask what I wanted. When I stated I was already being helped, his response was along the lines of, "yeah, that's okay."
My soup took a very long time to reach me, and when it did I was wishing that along the way it had picked up more character and flavor. I ordered potato leek and it was all puree - I was hoping for some chunks of veggies. The flavor was good, but nothing to write home about. However, hot food was welcome on this cold, rainy night.
For my entree I opted for the lasagna as I'm gluten-free and it was the only hot meal offered that fulfilled that requirement (not that I'm complaining, I'm happy I have an option). I was hesitant though - as there was mention of both soy cheese and tofu in the recipe. I try not to eat much soy and that cheese usually just tastes like processed strangeness to me. Again, my choice to order with those hesitations, but I really wanted something warm.
The food was beautifully presented with a heaping arugula "salad" (nothing but the greens) next to it, and the lasagna was laid on a bed of tomato sauce. Pretty, but the most flavorful thing on the plate was the arugula. Sad to say the lasagna was boring and artificial tasting. Despite being made almost entirely of veggies it had very little flavor.
I opted to cut my losses and leave without dessert. Strangely enough, neither of the servers offered me a drink and I didn't realize until halfway through my meal that I had wanted something. Ah well.
Honestly I would probably give them another try for brunch, but no more dinner for me. It's back to the Village when I'm in Manhattan - some of the best places in town are down there!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 26, 2013
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 26, 2013Pros: Slow, spotty service, Bland food, Few gluten-free choices
Cons: All vegan, Knowledgable staff, Menu clearly marked for allergies