Peacefood is an awesome cafe with excellent, fresh, innovative and delicious food. I came here with a non-vegetarian friend and both of us were greatly impressed by most of our meal.
We started out with Brazil Nut Chai ($4); Peacefood hand-produces its own Brazil nut milk, which is something I've never seen before. They also have their own chai recipe, which is spicy and flavorful.
For main courses we shared a mushroom duxelle pizza ($10) and a fried seitan medallion panini ($10). The pizza was tasty and pretty good, but not great. As my friend suggested, it would have been much better with some olives. I liked, however, the mushroom pate that they spread over the flaky-crispy crust.
The seitan panini was simply awesome. It was hearty, rich and substantial. I really liked the way they batter-fried the seitan. The best part of the panini, though, was the bread, which was perfectly soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside and was just beautifully made.
For dessert we had a slice of cheesecake with caramel and chocolate ($4.50), along with a slice of caramel-pecan-vanilla cake ($4.75). The cheesecake was okay, but too subdued for my likes. The cake was excellent though: moist, sweet and full of great interplay between the caramel, pecan and vanilla.
The service was friendly and helpful. If you're in the Upper West Side, Peacefood is a great choice.