Urban Vegan Kitchen

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41 Carmine St (at West Village, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10014

Affiliated with the Blossom Restaurant family, this location was established in March 2012. Features creative organic vegan cuisine and extensive wine list in a chic, intimate setting. Previously named Blossom on Carmine. Open Mon-Wed 11:00am-11:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-11:30pm, Sat 10:00am-11:30pm, Sun 10:00am-10:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Organic, Beer/Wine, Fusion

35 Reviews

First Review by Jayness33

Delicious Food and Refreshingly Great Service - Edit

I ordered the chicken and waffles after my server had recommended it to me and it was absolutely delicious and quite filling. The “chicken” was perfectly crispy, which I believe is hard to find for vegan chicken. Likewise, my server was fantastic and wonderfully attentive and kind. The atmosphere is really cool as well, for the restaurant has a hip urban feel and has two floors. Clean as well. My one and only complaint is the price. For chicken and waffles it cost $22, which prevented me from trying other menu items. This may be the one thing that limits my visits here. Regardless, I strongly recommend to dine here!

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Liked it better when it was Blossom - Edit

We ordered the Brussels and elote for apps. I really liked the elote but it needed fresh lime and more salt, mayo, spice, and mayo and cheese on it. It was almost there, just not quite. The Brussels were a waste, not very crispy and nothing flavorful about them at all. For dinner we had the tacos which were good but definitely needed a salsa or sauce, ended up asking for hot sauce. The other entree was the seitan and gravy. That was good but it kind of tasted like a Salisbury steak frozen dinner... in a good way. The potatoes were bland and nothing remarkable about them. Over all the meal was good I left happy but there were things just missed. If they went a little further with some aspects of the dish it would have been perfect. Also all the plates were mismatched and seemed cheap. Plating made it seem like a cheaper restaurant, along with the ambience. Tons of framed pictures of rappers, r&b, reggae music artists. Weird selection of music loudly played. The ambience and playing and service did not reflect the price of the bill, it seemed high. The server was nice but was not attentive and sat there for a while before we even got a drink order in. I liked it better when it was Blossom, that being said if they lowered their pricing and changed their plates and had better service and tightened up on their dishes I would come back because the meal was still good.

Pros: Food was tasty, almost there

Cons: Unattentive service, Cheap plates/poor plating of food, Dishes just weren’t quite there

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horrible service - Edit

Ate there at about 3pm on a weekday. The place was empty, with my party of 2 and one other single diner the only patrons. There were three staff members on the floor. (Server?busser?host? I never figured out who did what job.). But they were all so busy chatting behind the bar the entire time that we had to wave frantically every time we wanted something. Even then they weren’t in any hurry to come over to see what we needed.

I totally forgive wait staff when they are too busy to give good service. But it sucks when the service is bad because the restaurant is really slow and the wait staff is just goofing off.

The Blossom on the upper west side has better, though not great, service.

Too bad because I like the food.

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Hit & Miss - Edit

Nice mood. On the pricey side. Pizza good. Chickpeas good. The rest is average to good but does not justify the price.
Second time I go there.

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Great date night meal! - Edit

I enjoyed the Chick-UN and waffles, but I think my husband's Seitan and gravy was much better. I guess I prefer savory over sweet. Another reason to come back again.

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I absolutely adore this place. - Edit

This is my go-to place for dinner out with friends. The wait staff is always incredible, and the place has nice personality. I love the Mac and cheese, the chicken and waffles, and the BLT. Great place to order a bunch of stuff and share with friends.

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Great service and tasty food - Edit

Wandered in for a late lunch, so they were pretty quiet.
Ordered a Po Boy and a Bloody Mary, both of which arrived pretty quick and tasted great.
I must confess it was my first po boy ever, but I was impressed.

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It's ok - Edit

The waitstaff were fantastic. Everything else was simply ok. Luke warm brussel sprouts and a UVK burger with soggy fries. Maybe i ordered the wrong dishes? also, the music is really loud. loud enough that i kept my ear buds in to block out some of the noise.

Pros: waitstaff

Cons: high cost for mediocre food , loud music

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decent - Edit

Interior is better than the food. We waited really long for the food, and it was pretty blant.
Wouldn't go here again

Pros: You get food

Cons: expensive for blant food

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Sometimes amazing, other times not - Edit

I have been 4 times in the past 3 months. The first 3 times were spectacular, each time we went for dinner. The latest time I was so excited to take a friend for lunch, and the food was really quite awful. I honestly don't remember what we had at this point, but it was a great disappointment. The service was good, staff has always been friendly and enthusiastic about e food. I will try again, maybe it was an off day. I had also hoped to get their cauliflower pizza, which was great, but they didn't have it the day we went for lunch. I have a feeling they do certain things well, but not everything, and you have to choose carefully.

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Amazing - Edit

Chickun n waffles? Mocktails? Makes for a Great vibe on a Sunday brunch.

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Wow - amazing vegan soul food - Edit

The ambience is modern and cosy. The staff were very helpful, relaxed and friendly. So nice not having to worry about if it is vegan or vegetarian (the whole menu is vegan) We ordered Mexican corn, brussel sprouts, Mac and cheese with shitake bacon for starters.
Vegan remoulade and Parmesan on the Mexican corn was much tastier than the dairy versions. The mac and cheese was top notch, and shitake bacon awesome compliment. The brussel sprouts were perfection and complimented the Mac and cheese well. For entre we had Seitan with gravy and mashed potatoes,unchiken waffles, and Mexican lasagne. All were delicious, but if I pick favorites it is the unchiken waffles. Desert was dreamy pecan pie with whipped cream and salted caramel ice cream.

Really awesome restaurant, must check it out if you are a vegan foodie.

Pros: 100% vegan menu, Delicious!

Cons: Maybe too small for large parties without reservat

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Cool vegan comfort food - Edit

The upstairs is for groups, romance, vegan revolutionary speeches and student coups but the downstairs is reserved for film, listening to music and chill. The manager said she may organize food and video/film events with a theme based on the eclectic drink menu which includes references to David Lynch, Patsy Cline and more - very funny. My favorite dishes were the soups and the double taco crunch. Staff is wonderful. Thank you Pamela for this and other great NYC vegan venues.

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disappointing - Edit

Great location and very nice waiter but unfortunately the food was disappointing. Definitely overpriced.

Pros: good service , nice location

Cons: overpriced, not very tasty, small portions

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late night gem - Edit

Brilliant, creative meals. I had the "chick'un and waffles" and my partner had the special- seared seitan, red wine gravy, green beans with almonds, potato mash. The waffles were perfect! Thick, lightly sweet, crispy outside and soft inside doughy deliciousness. They came with lovely sautéed kale, individual pieces of breaded seitan and a mayo style sauce. The service was incredibly friendly, and the atmosphere felt very special. Best of all, they serve food until 11.30pm! A perfect treat between theatre and dancing.

Pros: serve food til late, creative, fancy

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Loved it! - Edit

Stayed in the neighbourhood for a month and went back time and time again: Great food, pleasent service and cozy atmosphere. The people on the staff were really attentive to all our questions and the food was constantly great. Highly recommended!

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff

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Lovely dinner - Edit

My husband and I found this place on Apple Maps (surprise, it worked!) and had a lovely dinner. He had the Chick-Un Avocado Ranch Salad and I had the Lasagna with brown rice noodles. Both delicious but the salad stole the show. The crispy fried seitan and the ranch dressing were phenomenal. We finished with a chocolate salted caramel sundae and are fat and happy ☺️

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Yay Vegan! - Edit

I was in NYC for 2 weeks and made the rounds. Enjoyed Hush Puppies, love that you are vegan. I was disappointed as the service was just okay and did not seem at all invested in being vegan, was just a server serving food,

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Great menu and place but... - Edit

I love the menu, traditional vegan cuisine, but the meat has no taste... the flavor are a bit too light, it needs spices and a little bit more cooking involved I believe. My opinion of course. I have been there twice, the dishes are great but as I said... lacking flavor and taste

Pros: ambiance, location

Cons: taste

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best vegan brunch! - Edit

one of my favorites! everything is delicious and the staff is sooo nice and accommodating. love their brunch offerings, as well as the kale Caesar, and the ravioli. have plenty of gluten-free options.

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Really bad service staff - Edit

We spend some days in NYC eating our way through restaurants and this one was by far the worst experience. Had a very overpriced starter of mushrooms wrapped in filo dough and some green sauce. As mains we had a burger with garlic fries (be careful with these fries. They are REALLY garlic-y. I can already smell my breath.) and a seitan steak au poivre. That steak ($22) was not nice and quite disappointing. The texture was weird and feeled like eating a big slab of liver. Sauce rather tasteless, same over-garliced fries. The burger was nice.
The waiting staff showed no interest in their customers. We waited a long time until being served, the glas of water was mostly empty, I had to ask for cutlery for my main after 3 different waiters made their way to our table (one after finally pouring water, one after bringing some wine and the third with the mains) and they all seemed to behave very ignorant and arrogant. The restaurant was not even ⅓ full. Don't want to imagine their behaviour in a full place. Very disappointing.
The room itself is very pretty and is located in a good neighbourhood. If only the staff had more customer service training and someone had tasted the food before being served to paying customers.

Pros: Nice neighbourhood

Cons: Waiting staff, Overpriced, Garlic fries

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Tasty upscale restaurant - Edit

I don't normally visit expensive restaurants, but since I was visiting NY, I figured I'd have to try Blossom. We choose the Carmine location... I think they have 5 locations. It was delicious. My two non-veg friends that joined me agreed, and enjoyed their meals. We also shared a brownie-a-la-mode dessert and devoured it, even at the shocking price ($15.) Great food, if you're willing to pay for it. Check the hours before you go, I think they open at 10:30, so don't go early.

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: Limited brunch menu (about 5 items), Expensive

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Everything Was Great! - Edit

Food, service, menu, drinks, ambience-- all was classy and first rate. Eclectic vegan menu with creative flavor combinations. Had dinner on a weeknight without a reservation, but calling ahead is recommended. Had the Taco Trio (very good), seitan scallopini (which was stacked on top of the mashed potatoes--wonderful) and a Jaguar Ride (different). Like all the NYC Blossom locations, you can't go wrong here for a gourmet vegan meal.

Pros: great vegan food, attentive service, clean, nice artful decor

Cons: not near my home

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Delicious and worth the price! - Edit

Lovely intimate atmosphere, lower level dining area would work well for parties or private dinners. Wonderful and broad menu selections. Amazing beverage and dessert options! Try the spring berry tea or elderberry lemonade. We didn't try the cocktails. Only bummer, the espresso machine was not working when we were there and mushroom "bacon" used in salad seemed burnt.

Sushi was great but they didn't have chopsticks. Apparently it's a new dish. Beet carpaccio, lasagne dish and polenta dish were all excellent. Our teenagers were happy with salads, fries and a flatbread pizza.

Tiramisu and chocolate mousse desserts were delightful!

Overall excellent food and service!
A bit pricey, but worth it for a delicious vegan dinner in NYC!

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Proposal - Edit

It was myself and my girlfriends first time to dine here and will always be a great memory for us- food was top quality' the manager Brian and his staff went out of their way to accommodate my request to propose to my girlfriend. Best table in the house-played 'our' song and great service' thanks guys - she said yes'

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Friendly Staff and nice food - Edit

I came alone but didn`t feel lonely as I was greeted by a friendly and attentive server. I order some seitan or tofu dish which I didn`t like (I tend not to like those as they are pretty bland and boring) so I ordered a raw salad instead. It looked beautiful with edible flowers and lots of greens. Will go back!
Quiet and nicely decorated place (I came right after lunch rush, so it was pretty much empty)

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Hit or Miss - Edit

Cafe Blossom has a reputation for some of the best vegan food in NYC. I've been to the West Village location several times. The food is a bit hit or miss depending on what you order. Try the black-eyed pea cakes, they are delicious.

Pros: Food can be delicious, Friendly Staff, Cool decor

Cons: Food is hit or miss, Pretty expensive

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