Everything’s coming vegan in NYC! After a rough Spring of restaurant losses (Pukk, Lan Cafe, Tiengarden, etc), Summer is the season for foodie blossoms! An exciting addition to the mix is by CHLOE by none other than vegan chef/cookbook author and Cupcake Wars winner, Chloe Coscarelli!
Having just opened on July 28th, by CHLOE is already taking the city by storm. So, you know we had to go and try the eats and treats ourselves! There we were 2 days after the Grand Opening in one of the cutest places I’ve ever been. I have to say it really does seem to be a reflection of Chloe and who she is as a person and as chef: fun, lighthearted, sweet and exciting! From the bright, light and airy decor to illustrated details of the shop and its menu, this woman is onto something BIG!
Of course, like any hot spot in NYC, the place was packed. We placed your order at the counter, and waited until Carlo’s name was called. With a “farmhouse” style table in the middle and smaller cafe tables along the wall, plus outdoor seating, real estate was at a minimum. However, we managed to seat ourselves at the big table after placing our order.
Here’s a rundown for what we tried:
Pesto Meatball: Italian meatballs, marinara, sweet peppers, basil, cashew mozzarella, almond parmesean on a potato sub roll
The sub roll was PERFECT for this sandwich. The pesto and cheese were on point! Neither of us really tasted the marinara. Sadly, the meatballs were a little on the mushy side for us. Overall, it was a pretty solid sandwich.
Whiskey BBQ: Smoky Portobello mushrooms & seitan, sauteed kale, onion marmalade, grilled pineapple, bourbon barbecue sauce on a potato bun
The burger sleeve was too cute! Again, another great choice with the bread. Carm liked the “meaty” texture of the mushrooms and seitan. The grilled pineapple was a nice pick-me-up with its sweetness. What would have been taken it further was more that barbecue sauce with a little heat. It needed a push to get it into high gear.
NOTE: Carlo dislikes mushrooms. So, the combination with the seitan didn’t work for him.
Air Baked French Fries with beet ketchup and chipotle aioli
The fries were good. Nice crunch with the air baking. However, what WOW’d us were the condiments. The beet ketchup needs to be sold by the bottle! It was EVERYTHING you could want in a pairing with fries. That aioli, which we thought was cheese sauce, was like no other chipotle aioli we ever tried! Thick yet smooth and creamy. Mix that with the ketchup, it’s a real winner!
Mac N’ Cheese: Sweet potato, cheese sauce and shiitake bacon.
Winner! Winner! Vegan Dinner! O-M-G! O-M-G! So nice, we had to write it twice, right?
Good thing this comes in 2 portion sizes. We went with the small on this outing. We probably should have gotten the large as there was a mini spoon fight! Instead, Carm ordered a second portion for home.
The comforts of fall made perfect for the summer! That sweet potato with the cheese sauce was pure velvet! The bacon gave a little crunch with smoke. It broke up the texture nicely. The dish wasn’t too heavy. Oh, if Chloe switches this up to PUMPKIN in the fall, we are so on it!
AND OF COURSE THERE WAS DESSERT!!!! How can you go to this place and not try the desserts?!?
This may be the perfect chocolate cupcake. It looked and tasted like a Hostess cupcake from childhood. So nailed right, the vegan way. No omnivore will be able to tell the difference, nor should they!
Cinnamon Espresso Cookie
Whoa! That’s one big ole cookie! It covered Carm’s hand!
We disagreed on this one. Carlo felt the espresso flavor was flat, like the cookie. All he tasted was cinnamon. Carm thought the espresso gave a nice finish at the end. It was not a pop, but it was there.
Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookie
Back to childhood again. Nice, soft cookie. Carm said it should have had a little more crisp to it, because that’s how she’d like them.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal at by CHLOE. We’ll be there again…for sure! We already have our list ready, plus getting more of that Mac ‘n Cheese.
What do we have our eyes on for our next visit?
- The Guac Burger
- Spicy Thai Salad
- Dairy Free Ice Cream
Whether you live in NYC or stopping by for a visit, put by CHLOE on your list of eateries to grub at!
185 Bleeker Street
New York, New York
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If Chloe is a part of your cookbook collection, which one is your fave? Share in the comments!