New york vegan restaurant. Small sit-down lounge like intimate environment. Offers: hero sandwiches, pastries including wheat & gluten-free, salads, tapas style vegan proteins, smoothies, and more. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Beer/Wine, Juice bar, Take-out, Delivery
227 Sullivan St (between Bleecker & W 3rd, Manhattan)
New York City, New York 10012
212-337-0863

Open Sun-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.

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First Review by cassius
slo0go
slo0go
  • vegan
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+421

Tapas, Paninis, Desserts!

5 Posted on 06 / 16 / 2014

This place has great food! The tapas and the paninis have a lot of overlap, but I suspect that the paninis are a better deal. For $10 or $11, you get a sandwich with the same or more food than would be in the tapas portion, and delicious home fries. The rosemary foccacia is really tasty, but if you're gluten free, you can get the sandwich on a tasty tortilla.

Some of the absolutely delicious offerings include nama gori tofu, meatball sub, olive seitan, tempeh reuben, and BBQ tempeh.

The $11 chocolate cake is very rich and decadent! The brownie is also chocolatey goodness.

I will say that one Sunday morning, I met my friends at Sacred Chow for brunch. It was very crowded. A waiter with big hair sat us down and took our order, but then he came back twenty minutes later and asked us what we wanted to order... again! He must have been high or something. Ultimately, we got free desserts because of the mishap and for having to wait so long for our food, so the restaurant did right by us, but I would stay away from that server.

Pros: Vegan tapas, Vegan paninis, Decadent chocolate cake
Cons: Questionable service one time
steveveg
steveveg
  • vegan
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+154

Tapas

4 Posted on 01 / 03 / 2014

We chose a selection of tapas: eggplant rollatini, grilled nama gori, tempeh, seaside nori bits, black olive seitan and the special brussels sprouts. They were quite interesting. The nama gori has a distinct texture from having been frozen (and which we've unintentionally replicate when we cook and then freeze).The nori bits and seitan were especially good. Overall, the food was highly salted and many items had a lot of oil. Desserts for us were the ample specials apple blueberry crisp and a maple cheesecake. The room was pleasant.

Pros: pleasant, interesting selection of tapas
Cons: too much oil and salt

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NicoleF
NicoleF
  • vegan
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+106

YUM

5 Posted on 07 / 03 / 2013

Very good food. Amazingly friendly staff. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Clean, Friendly, Yummy
Zostar
Zostar
  • vegan
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+19

Sunday Brunch

4 Posted on 01 / 20 / 2013

This was not my first time here, so I've been able to sample several of the brunch menu items. I suggest the scramble and biscuits. The table we had was too small - it made it difficult to even lift your fork and cut food if you're seated against a wall.
For a place that specifically serves brunch, you would think you could get a glass of orange juice, but you can only order the more expensive juice blends.

Pros: 100% vegan, good portions
Cons: limited space for seating, limited juice beverage menu for brunch
unbounded
unbounded
  • vegan
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+24

OK @best For Vegan Rest - Pro: Food, Tapas; Con: Service, Price

3 Posted on 01 / 18 / 2013

Overall:
If you haven't been here, I don't think that you're missing anything. No world view will be altered by making a special trip to this restaurant as I did.

Pro:
Their tapas style allows you to sample different entrées in reasonable quantities. I like their rendering of different foods -- meatballs, sobe noodles, mushrooms -- as deserving of Zag at review.

Con:
When I have to ask for H2O & my water glass is removed, w/o permission, after being refilled once, the service needs serious overhaul. Value for money is negative.

Pros: Vegan Variety, Tapas Style
Cons: Service, Value
ladyelaine
ladyelaine
  • vegan
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+36

Favorite!

5 Posted on 07 / 24 / 2012

I continually recommend and take friends of all dietary choices and restrictions here and everyone loves it. I think I am addicted to their fantastic, mouth-watering-wonderful foods, their seasonal specials and seasonal specialty cocktails, their extensive and delicious menu and beverage selection....don't get me started on their desserts. The staff is always very nice and helpful, the atmosphere is welcoming, there's a great music selection and various seating options. The menu is helpfully labeled including items that are gluten free, wheat free, sugar free, nut free, etc; the owner is gluten-intolerant or Celiac and they're very conscientious about cross-contamination (just make sure you tell them if you have a dietary restriction). Plus, it's all vegan and kosher and very yummy!

Pros: wonderful menu, great staff, allergy and dietary friendly
Cons: could have more seating , could have longer hours
TheVeganOfAus
TheVeganOfAus
  • vegan
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+174

Good food and variety

4 Posted on 06 / 28 / 2012

I went here with the family (2 young kids) and everyone enjoyed it very much.

It serves a variety of great comfort food and sometimes with a slight twist so it's interesting too. And it's all good from entrees to desert. There is plenty of variety.

Some people have left reviews that it's expensive for what it is. Well, it's table service in the city so let's be reasonable.

We were here for lunch and although there were plenty of people it seemed sort of subdued - like everyone was engaged in a romantic conversation or talking about things under their breath. But maybe it was just that day, or maybe it was just me? Not that it matters that much unless you plan to be the loudest one there.

Pros: All vegan!, Food tastes great., Variety
IngridV
IngridV
  • vegan
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+70

average Overated

2 Posted on 05 / 26 / 2012

brought here by a cs member.
As it told me it wss the VEGAN PLACE IN NYC i had great expectation.
however i had a really low average plate for like 12 or 13 box which I assume is a decent place for NYC but well that hasn't convinced me to go back, nop nop


elles_belles
elles_belles
  • vegan
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+920

Amazing

5 Posted on 12 / 28 / 2011

I love the tapas deal. I have gotten the kale, the olive seitan, and the peanut noodles. The peanut noodles were just okay. If I could choose again, I would try something else.
I had their mulled pumpkin wine. AMAZING. Do it. You won't regret it.
I wasn't impressed with the BBQ seitan sandwich. The seasonings were not my style.


andreacarioca
andreacarioca
  • vegan
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+37

My FAVORITE!

5 Posted on 11 / 19 / 2011

MY FAVORITE!!! Among all the restaurants in Manhattan, this is the one that I love the most! The majority of the dishes are SO tasty, and I don't really mind ordering the same dishes over and over again. The 3 Tapas deal is the best option to try more dishes in smaller portions - try the kale with Dijon mustard, it is surprisingly delicious! The desserts are also very good: some are healthy style (which I LIKE), and some are house-made decadent piece of heaven!
The place is simple but comfortable, and the huge windows make it very lit and perfect for an indoors Sunday brunch. Their brunch menu is SO good, I definitely recommend every dish there: banana french toast, walnut waffles, the scrambles, and sandwiches, etc - all delicious!


From A to Vegan
From A to Vegan
  • vegan
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+192

I would highly recommend Sacred Chow.

4 Posted on 05 / 31 / 2011

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.

Pros: Food, Location, Drinks
conniex721
conniex721
  • vegan
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+93

Love IT

5 Posted on 04 / 15 / 2011

Okay, I think it's widely known that the service here is really bad. There's only one waiter and it's SLOW. However, the waiter was very friendly and nice and the food is great! The tapas are fun and filling! We got a quiche and tempeh (best tempeh I've ever had). The sweet potato soup was absolutely fantastic, I wish I had the recipe. The Charlie Brown Smoothie was also a big hit. The banana pound cake is good too. I'd love to come back for dessert and try out brunch some time.

Pros: Delicious Food, Creative Presentation
Cons: Slow Service
sgtravels
sgtravels
  • vegan
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+19

Delicious hero sandwiches

5 Posted on 03 / 27 / 2011

I love this restaurant. I have been to it maybe six times, and I always try to get something new and different. I've never been disappointed. I love their specials of the day, I always get the Hummus of the day, and their hot chocolate! Their sandwiches, sauces, and brunch menu is amazing.

Pros: friendly staff, excellent food , small and cozy
Cons: expensive
veggiegoth
veggiegoth
  • vegetarian
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+121

decent

3 Posted on 09 / 26 / 2010

been to sacred chow a few times. the brunch is pretty good as well as their bbq seiten hero. meatball hero was no good. it's really not worth the money at all. i have had much better food for cheaper. come on, $13 and change for a small hero? wtf?


Sprout
Sprout
  • vegan
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+162

great place for tapas and sharing

4 Posted on 05 / 19 / 2010

While Sacred Chow has regular-sized plates available, I really appreciated the numerous tapas-style options. This allows you to sample several dishes and share with friends. We enjoyed the mac 'n cheese, a powerbowl (with soba noodles, western tofu, and kale), the hummus of the day, black olive seitan, and spa salad. Each one was wonderful, but I have to admit the powerbowl really stood out. I also had a berry smoothie (with coconut milk base) and it was very tasty. I liked the space a lot, and our server was very nice and made a good recommendation for the smoothie. I look forward to sampling other items on the tapas menu.

Pros: vegan tapas, nice portions, very tasty!
onlyahuman
onlyahuman
  • vegan
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+93

Small, quaint, and cozy

4 Posted on 05 / 03 / 2010

This place has a great selection of locally grown food. I've been there a few times and love to try their different tapas.


SynthVegan
SynthVegan
  • vegan
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+2506

Nice

4 Posted on 09 / 26 / 2009

I wish I would have been able to come here during the brunch that everyone talks highly of. I was here during the evening, so no brunch for me. They have a lot of good things on their menu, the restaurant is small and nice. The employees were very nice as well! Can't wait to try it again.


NIBsmf
NIBsmf
  • vegan
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+188

Okay but not great

3 Posted on 07 / 30 / 2009

I've only been here a few times and only ate lunch here, but I wasn't too impressed any of the times. I only tried the sandwiches and salads... never any tapas or breakfast items. I don't recall ever having problems with the staff (as many of the reviews below point out), and it was never crowded in there. I agree that it is a cozy little place.

Pros: Cozy place, Decent variety of food, Reasonable prices
Cons: Not the tastiest veg food I've had
Bow
Bow
  • vegan
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+55

Hit and miss

3 Posted on 07 / 27 / 2009

We ate here twice. The first time, we shared tapas amongst three people. The olive seitan and the special curried seitan were delicious; the 'meatballs' were ok and the orange bbq seitan was disappointing. We had a pretty decent charlie brown smoothie. The soup was amazing. The desserts, on the other hand, were pretty lousy. We nearly came back for breakfast one day but they weren't open when they said they would be and the menu didn't hugely inspire me.
Still, we gave it one more try, and unfortunately our second experience was very disappointing. I ordered the olive seitan, and this time it wasn't a patch on the previous time. The portion was smaller, with no salad garnish and not enough sauce, leaving a small, dry, bland dish which cost far more than it was worth. The salad I ordered was better, but came drowning in sauce - it would have been so much nicer if they had put the dressing on the side rather than saturating my nice salad with it. My partner ordered a 'hero' sandwich, which is basically tapas in bread (pretty much every tapas dish got recycled as a hero), and his meal didn't have all the promised trimmings. No opportunity to complain though, as they had only one waitress for a packed restaurant (and this was before 6pm - they had a huge group booking and didn't lay on any extra wait staff).
The decor is really nice, but the food and service are variable, and I probably wouldn't go back.

Pros: Soup, Decor
Cons: Not all food was nice, Poor service
marturey
marturey
  • vegan
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+110

Amazing Food with inconsistent service

4 Posted on 06 / 21 / 2009

Went to Sacred Chow twice during our trip to NYC. Once for lunch and once for Sunday brunch. For lunch we both had the tempeh reuben sandwich served on fresh tasty bread with sauerkraut. The sauce had a really nice kick to it if you like spicy foods. The sandwich was delicious. We also had very nice cappuccino and lattes. My spinach salad with shitake mushroom was fine but nothing special. The reuben sandwich was really incredible. The restaurant itself is nice. Cute and funky, casual vibe. The only problem was our unfriendly waitress. We arrived just after they opened and we were the only ones in the restaurant (others came in shortly after). I don't know if she was just having a bad day but she was quite unfriendly (didn't bother to tell us the specials, check to see if things were ok with our meal). Anyway, we did go back for brunch because the food was so good. Luckily she wasn't working and the waiter there was very charming and nice. I had the tempeh hash which was great (tempeh and sweet potato) served with great collards. My friend had the breakfast sandwich with soy buttermilk biscuits. It was a tofu scramble atop the biscuits w/ gravy served w/ collards. I tried some of his and it too was great! Sacrew Chow food is really good hopefully the waitress was just having a bad day and normally she's cheerier!

Pros: Food, Prices , Ambiance
Cons: Inconsistent Service
changoamable
changoamable
  • vegan
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+51

Can't be beat....unfortunately.

4 Posted on 02 / 01 / 2009

How I love the food here - the soups are divine. Really. Most of the tapas (if they can get them to the table warm, even) are good or better. Sandwiches are really nice. Their brunch is my favorite in the city, next to V-Spot in Bklyn. Waffles, yum! Cafe con leche! I eat at Sacred Chow frequently... But my lord is the service bad! Really bad...almost all the time. Part of the problem is the space; the kitchen is downstairs, its too small for two waiters but too big for one. But the people who work there really do a bad job making up for these problems. Slow, flaky, or distracted. It makes me want to get a job as a waiter there just so I can get decent service. Oh wait.... Great place, unfortunately.

Pros: Soups, Tapas, Waffles
Cons: Service, Service, Service
piffelina
piffelina
  • vegan
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+203

didn't like it

2 Posted on 01 / 11 / 2009

we got two heroes - mama's soy meat balls and something with tofu, that tasted like tunafish. neither of us liked it.

the water tasted horribly and the waitress was rude.


Cons: rude waitress, didn't like the food
marcelina
marcelina
  • vegetarian
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+21

Quite nice...

4 Posted on 07 / 01 / 2008

This was a cute little hole in the wall kind of place. A good place to enjoy a few tapas and a pitcher of beer. (YES I said pitcher.) You can't go wrong with any of the seitan tapas, stay away from the tempeh, its WAY too dry. Get one of their smoothies, a bit pricey but its a whole meal. Not usually crowded so getting a set won't be an issue. Down the street from Washington Square Park so its in a quit location away from the load crowded areas.

Pros: Cheap food, Tastey Food
Cons: Service could have been better, Expensive Smoothies
Dena
Dena
  • vegan
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+58

We love Sacred Chow!

5 Posted on 03 / 29 / 2008

We would definitely recommend this restaurant! The food was delicious and creative. We tried 3 heroes while we were there--the Mama's Soy Meatballs, the Roasted Black Olive Seitan, and the Orange Barbecued Seitan--and we loved all of them. The service was excellent...our waiter was so helpful and friendly, and when I asked if one of the sauces was spicy, he even brought some out for me to try before ordering. Although the restaurant is small, it is clean, comfortable, and inviting. We look forward to trying the tapas and returning many times!

Pros: All vegan, Helpful staff, Yummy food
vegantraveler
vegantraveler
  • vegan
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+104

I DREAM ABOUT SACRED CHOW

5 Posted on 01 / 26 / 2008

Every morning I wake up and wish I were here. I constantly talk about how I had the best breakfast ever! The most delicious tofu scramble smothered in creamy vegan cheese...so heavenly!! Please if you have a heart let me live in the kitchen so I can wake up every morning here!

Pros: Everything Rocks, Cool Waiter
gr8vegan
gr8vegan
  • vegan
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+1633

Breakfast is out of this world here!

5 Posted on 12 / 05 / 2007

Probably hands down the best vegan breakfast I've ever had. Its a small restaurant with usually only one person serving. It can be difficult to get a larger group seated, but just try calling ahead. We saw a game of musical chairs going on with two parties (4 or more) trying to get everyone together as other patron's left.

Sacred Chow has a really good VIBE about it that goes along with the name. Its really a zen eating experience and my favorite vegan place to eat in NYC, yep even above Candle79. Is in Greenwich Village and is easy to find. The prices are reasonable. Don't miss it if you're vegan food adventuring! Order the biscuit breakfast sandwich. I think of my first bite of that like I do my first kiss...

Pros: breakfast, location
Cons: small
jbuuck
jbuuck
  • vegan
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+24

Mimosa heaven

5 Posted on 11 / 24 / 2007

The food and service is very good. It is a bit small and quirky, but the food is reasonably priced and tasty. Have a mimosa if you like sparkling wine. They use fresh squeezed OJ!

Pros: good food, good value, friendly staff
cassius
cassius
  • vegetarian
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+74

great for sharing!

4 Posted on 03 / 20 / 2007

this place is a lot of fun. Go with a handful of friends - not too many b/c it's a small place. Most of the dishes are inventive and really tasty. The tempeh was too dry, but everything else was excellent. A very fun, foodie spot.

Pros: variety, nice atmosphere
Cons: a bit small

 

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