Now… to be fair, when I eat out I lean towards conventional restaurants. When Neha suggested Cafe Blossom I threw caution to the wind and went for it. I was after all – on my own in NYC… and I write a naturally focused organic and eco blog after all…
Sitting down to order was a challenge for me. Being a vegan restaurant meant they had no dairy – which meant no cafe latte for me and even though it was lunch, I had been packing all morning and really could have used that coffee! I settled for Earl Gray Tea with agave and lemon… steeped in a thimble sized cup.
Note to Cafe Blossom – if you are going to serve tea – serve it in a teapot or at least a cup that holds more than 4 oz of water. It took us 20 minutes to get more hot water to dilute the bitter tea.
Back to the menu…. I contemplated the Black Eyed Pea Cakes – but not being a fan of the black eyed pea – that seemed risky. I considered the Autumn Sweet Potato Rolls, but was fairly sure I would be wishing for rice noodles while I munching on their raw coconut noodles and I wondered where the rest of the dish was for the Peas and Carrots – if it’s delish – it needs to be renamed!
I ordered the mushroom soup – which never made it to my table - and the Veggie Grain Burger with sweet potato fries. The sandwich my have looked a little plain, but it was delicious. I didn’t miss the cheese at all (and I always miss the cheese!) and had the server ever returned I would have loved a little more of the yummy hummus.
Overall, service was a little too laid back for my style. No one checked on our meal, to get more water for our tea I had to get up… twice… and by the time we flagged a server to get get our bill, we didn’t even have time to see if they billed us for the mushroom soup that never arrived.
After a little trepidation about the menu, I found the food to be very enjoyable. I just wished the staff had shown even the tiniest care in serving their clientele, on the upside if you are looking for a vegan restaurant where they will leave you to linger in NYC this may be the spot for you!