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Sister restaurant to Blossom, in the Upper West Side
Upper West Side companion to existing Blossom organic, vegan, gourmet restaurant.
Open for lunch, and a bit cheaper, but still vegan gourmet. The menu appears to be the same or very similar to the menu at the Chelsea location and includes items ranging from $13 sandwiches (vegan bacon cheeseburger, Philly steak), to $22 entrees (spinach gnocchi, seitan with lemon-caper sauce and chard). Cafe Blossom also offers a number of homemade cakes and other desserts.
Cafe Blossom also has a bar and juice bar and offers delivery.
on Dec 13 07
(last updated Dec 15 08)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
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I actually prefer Cafe Blossom over the original Blossom Restaurant. The food at Blossom Restaurant relies on expensive ingredients to make it seem "upscale" (the menu is very mushroom-heavy), but I've never felt that the dishes themselves are all that flavorful or innovative.
On the other hand, Cafe Blossom delivers down-to-earth items but does it well. The Butterfinger shake is outstanding. It's thick and creamy with candy chunks that taste just like Butterfinger candy.
The marinated seitan ravioli is one of my favorite appetizers at any of the vegetarian restaurants in New York. The texture and flavor of the ravioli is decent enough to satisfy my omnivorous Italian relatives. The dollop of tofu ricotta on top of the ravioli is one of the better ricotta imitations that I've tried. The best part about the dish, however, is the subtle pesto broth that envelopes the ravioli. It moistens without overpowering the other flavors in the dish.
Another menu item that I can't seem to get enough of is the lemon peppercorn seitan. The seitan is tender and the sauce is delicious. It rivals some of the best "meat and potato" dishes that I've had at upscale vegan restaurants, such as Millennium and Horizons.
In addition to providing delicious food at less-than-exorbitant prices, Cafe Blossom also wins points in my book for having a decent layout. Unlike Blossom Restaurant, the tables at Cafe Blossom aren't on top of one another. I appreciate the fact that I can eat at Cafe Blossom without feeling like I'm on a double date with the couple at the next table.
Not too impressive. After reading all the great reviews on Blossom, we decided to try the cafe on our last day in Manhattan. We did not like any of our appetizers or entrees - very bland. We did really like our drinks and desserts, so that's why the rating gets a three instead of a two, but this place doesn't hold a candle to any of the numerous other vegan places we went to on our trip. We likely won't be going back here on our next trip.
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Upper West Side
On Columbus Ave, one block west of Central Park, between 82nd and 83rd streets.
$$ - average
- Eclectic (Fusion)
- Eclectic (Varied)
- (Mostly) Organic
- Large Group-Friendly