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August 2006
Myth: Vegans Don’t Like Fine Dining

Blossom is in Bloom
Restaurant Review by Maureen C. Wyse


New Yorkers are in luck again. Our city is home to yet another delicious vegan restaurant. Located in a chic townhouse in artsy Chelsea, Blossom is an intimate and classy dining experience. Their menu states: “We at Blossom are first and foremost animal caring. We also know that eating organic and vegan encourages a health conscious lifestyle.” By preparing entirely vegan cuisine with organic produce from local farms and small distribution companies, this restaurant truly has their priorities in line.

Alongside good ethics and tasty cuisine, Blossom should be noted for its romantic ambiance and simple, beautiful layout. The restaurant is modeled especially for intimate dining experiences, with curtained off tables and corner nooks, and candles adorning each table. Its classy color scheme is subtle: shades of black and white. In addition to the elegant décor, the friendly staff assure your date, celebration or meal will be a pleasant one.

The true pleasure of Blossom lies within the menu. Start off with some tasty South Asian Lumpia—curried seitan and potato in a crispy chickpea crepe ($8)—or the Black-Eyed Pea Cakes served with a chipotle aioli ($8), or our favorite, the Satay Starter, seitan skewers grilled to perfection served with a Thai peanut sauce and simple sesame noodles ($10). Blossom caters to every taste bud, from a variety of salads, Living Asian Salad ($9/12) and Caesar Salad ($8/11), to daily soup specials ($6) and hearty chili ($7). Blossom also offers sandwiches in meaty soy burger and savory barbecue seitan varieties as well as a BLT comprised of crispy southern fried tofu, tempeh bacon and chipotle aioli ($12).

Blossom’s star entrée is the Porcini Crusted Filet, a tender seitan steak in red wine sauce, crusted to perfection and served with asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes ($18). Other recommendations include the Savory Seitan and Herb Potatoes ($17), the Gnocchi ($16) and their delectable Grilled Pizza, with vegan mozzarella, basil and caramelized onions ($12). As for beverages, from potted, loose-leaf teas ($3), fresh organic juices ($7), delicious shakes in a variety of flavors—like coconut, mango strawberry, chocolate or berries and cream ($7)—and an extensive wine list, you won’t be disappointed.

All of these delicious options may sound a bit overwhelming and filling, but you must save room for their to-die-for Chocolate Ganache Cake ($8). Layered with rich chocolate ganache, this cake is almost worth eating before dinner. And if you’re not a chocolate fan, their Apple and Cranberry Napoleon ($7) and Pineapple Crepe ($7) are also really delightful.

With high recommendation, I bid all to try this new vegan restaurant. In addition to dinner, Blossom is open for lunch and weekend brunch. So make a reservation and get ready for an exquisite vegan soiree.

Blossom is located at 187 9 Avenue (between 21 and 22 Streets). Open daily from noon-3pm; and Monday through Thursday, 5-10 pm, Friday and Saturday, 5-10:30 pm and Sunday, 5-9:30 pm. Contact or (212) 627-1144.

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