Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 09/23/2015
Photo: Mike Pozarik
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185 Bleecker St., 212-290-8000, Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Chloe Coscarelli, the first vegan chef to win the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, shows she's got a lot more up her sleeve than sweets at her new downtown restaurant. The 100% vegan menu includes credible burger patties made from tempeh, lentils, walnuts and chia seeds, paired with air-baked fries to be dunked in beet ketchup. Also tasty and plant based are a juicy, barbecue-style mushroom and seitan sandwich and filling avocado pesto pasta. Since she made her name via cupcakes, don't leave without one, especially the raspberry-tiramisu wonder. The chic yet casual space sees a constant stream of locals throughout the day, many coming straight from the gym and toting yoga mats. Order at the counter, jockey for a seat at a communal table or in a hanging wicker chair, and wait for your food to be delivered to you on a tray. You might even meet the vivacious proprietor, who sometimes strolls the room offering free tastes of the daily smoothie.