Cafe Blossom

Manhattan, New York City

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I've been here 3 times recently and largely enjoyed my meals very much (minus a couple disappointments).

First of all, the brunch here is great. Too many vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the city offer little more than pancakes and tofu scramble, as though it were 2000 and veganism were some new fad. The brunch/lunch item here is not only well-varied, but it's offered EVERY DAY (not just weekends!) and most items are a few bucks cheaper than their dinner counterparts.

I really like the lunch appetizers, particularly the raw beet carpaccio (spelling?), and the mini cordon bleu bites. I also had the fried cashew cheese dumplings, which were good, but I feel that all the fried dough overpowered the flavor so they may be better steamed. For the brunch entrees, I've had the fried seitan with greens and biscuits, which was absolutely delicious. I also had the vegan eggs benedict (recommended by a server), which was very underwhelming. The cornbread, soy ham, and Hollondaise sauce were good, but then it came with two big, plain slabs of tofu that I didn't know what to do with. There was a little bit of a sauce on them, but they tasted mostly raw. Why weren't they pan fried? Grilled? Am I supposed to eat them plain or put them on top of the ham and cornbread? Either way, the tofu was bland and plentiful.

I also recently had some fried seitan, tofu, and soy ham/cheese sandwich for dinner, which came with an onion ring and some sauce on it. The sandwich was pretty interesting and I liked the flavor, but it felt WAY too heavy on the soy meat, and lacking in the seasoning and dressing. I would have loved something "fresh" on it like lettuce or tomato, but I can understand if they were going for a refined, fried fest with this one.

In general, the desserts have been very good here but I find them to be a little overpriced. I had a banana cake stuffed with chocolate and a small scoop of ice cream. It was good, but for $14, I would have preferred to order another entree!

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