2nd only to Vedge
Posted on 06 / 17 / 2015
Up until Charlie Was A Sinner opened, the only real upscale vegan option in the city was Vedge, which in my opinion is unrivaled pretty much anywhere. CWAS has a nice chill but classy vibe and the small plates allow for sampling plenty of dishes, which is always fun.
On my visit, I tried 3 of their cocktails, 9 plates and 1 sumptuous dessert. Drink-wise, my favorite was the Ulysses-referenced special (Ask Again Yes). Our waitress recommended another one I can't remember the name of, but it was made with white wine, vodka and I think pear purée. Also a nice one. The Penicillin cocktail was way too strong for me.
As for the plates, my favorite by far was the crabcakes, smoky little numbers served on the soft mini buns with potato chips. I couldn't even tell what they were made of (zucchini?), but my goodness where they tasty. Other standouts included the sensational Caesar salad, crispy and spicy tofu rolls and the ricotta, a smooth lemony (cashew-based?) dip, served with perfectly chard bread. other selections were decent, but not as memorable, including the tofu puttanesca, the spiced cauliflower, the gnocchi and the comfit potato cup with mushrooms. The only dish I really didn't care for was this other potato concoction, which sounded like it was going to be amazing, but tasted more like tater tots resting on a few scalloped potatoes. The artichoke frites, sadly, never arrived.
Dessert of course was chocolate- a rich, luscious pot of chocolate with some rum-soaked bananas and whipped cream. I was super full but scraped every last morsel out of the bowl
crabcakes, cocktails, can taste lots of plates!
none, other than the fact that nothing could ever