Peacefood Cafe

Manhattan, New York City


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I visited Peacefood Cafe with a group of non-vegan friends and we were all pretty impressed with the food. The special of the day was a watermelon gazpacho, which was cool and refreshing without being overly sweet. I ordered the Roasted Japanese Pumpkin Sandwich for my entree, which had a delicious flavor - the sweet pumpkin and salty vegan goat cheese complimented one another perfectly - but the filling also contained ground walnuts, which made the texture a little strange.

My friends and I agreed that the highlight of our dining experience was the selection of drinks at Peacefood Cafe. We couldn't decide between the Bombay Delight (a combination of coconut, banana, dates, cardamom, nut-milk and agave nectar), the Summer Cooler (watermelon juice, mint, agave nectar and ice) and the vegan Mango Lassi, so we decided to order all 3. The prices for these drinks was quite high ($7-$8 each) but we rationalized ordering them by deciding not to go out to a bar afterwards (truth be told, these drinks were probably a lot more exciting than anything that we would have found at a bar).

Unfortunately, the desserts didn't quite measure up to our hopes. We might have just had bad luck on the night that we visited, but all of the desserts in the case appeared to be raw and the crusts on the raw dessert were a strange combination of nuts and seeds. I ended up ordering the Key Lime Pie, which was decent once I learned to eat around the crust, but it definitely wasn't the best vegan key lime pie that I've tasted.

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Atmosphere: 3.5
Clean, bright, very much a cafe-setting, but in a good, sorta cute way. A nice niche-in-Manhattan sort of feel. The decor was nice, if simple, although the layout could have been better arranged to fit as many people in a more appealing way.

Service: 4.5
The food came out nearly instantaneously, nothing was wrong with it, and our server was friendly.

Food: 3.5
Fairly pricey, although perhaps that's just fairly average for Manhattan. The seitan sandwich was excellent. The roasted squash sandwich was fairly bland. The potato salad was really good -- with texture and a great flavor. The chili and cornbread was okay, although the chili was definitely lacking in the spice department. And for dessert, we had the blueberry shortcake which was quite delicious, although we felt it needed more of the blueberry sauce and slightly less of the super-sweet frosting -- once we did reach the blueberry sauce (hidden in the middle of the biscuit) it was, however, quite delicious.
*Bonus points for being entirely vegan.

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Fabulous! Party of two. One ordered the chili special and the other ordered the japanese pumpkin sandwich. They were both delicious. The sandwich was a bit on the small side, but the chili made up for it. The cornbread was... yum. So yum we ordered another round. They bake their own desserts which is a breath of fresh air. I love VT, but sometimes I want something a little more homemade. This is the place, and the desserts come with a great price tag, for NYC anyway. My tummy and my boyfriend's wallet were happy. Peanut butter cheesecake. Delicious.

Atmosphere- busy yet the servers remained attentive.

We were greeted by a kind man named Eric, possibly the manager (edit-he's the owner!). He was great and informative. Take a minute to chat with him. You won't regret it.

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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.

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