Seitan panino; Photographs: Jolie Ruben
Coconut cream pie
One can’t overstate the excitement a vegetarian feels when a new meat-free option opens in this foie gras--loving city—especially when it turns out to be as good as Peacefood Cafe. Just a couple of months ago, the affable Eric Yu opened this vegan gem, with soothing sage-colored walls, soft amber lighting and a buzzing, cheerily staffed counter at which to order. It’s a welcome addition to the only slightly veggie-compliant Upper West Side, offering a small but diverse selection of wholesome caf dishes, from soups and salads to sandwiches and pastries—and none contain a single animal product. (A small selection of dinner entres will join the menu by the end of October.) Disappointments—standard fare at most vegetarian spots—could not be found here. An earthy salad combined red quinoa, white beans, corn, red peppers, avocado and lime-mustard vinaigrette in an invigoratingly fresh starter. It provided a light counterpoint to the fried seitan medallion panino, a creation that teams a—sorry—meaty wheat-gluten cutlet with cashew-based “goat cheese,” peppery arugula and chopped tomatoes on a hunk of yeasty homemade focaccia. The tempeh avocado sandwich followed suit with yet another satisfying juxtaposition—the baked marinated tempeh, avocado, wisps of pickled radish, shredded carrots and cilantro on dense spelt-rye toast were zingy, cool and creamy all at once. Smoothies and fresh-juice blends—like the pineapple-beet-lime concoction—are thoughtfully crafted, as are the desserts. They’re just as good as their cream-and-butter cousins. The standout not-too-sweet coconut cream pie gets its silky texture from a dose of tofu, and minibrownies are impossibly rich and fudgy. This caf is a stellar antidote to the ’hood’s many meat-and-potato joints, whether you’re a meat eater or not.
|Venue name:||Peacefood Cafe||Contact:|
460 Amsterdam Ave
|Cross street:||at 82nd St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to 79th St; B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History|
|Price:||Average main course: $9. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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The worst service I've ever received in NYC! The food was mediocre, but the service was deplorable! I will never come back here ever and I'm telling all my vegan friends to steer clear of the place. My UWS neighborhood doesn't need this lazy, lackluster, whatevs, Brooklyn hipster attitude. NOT WORTH THE MONEY!
WORST RUN RESTAURANT EVER! I used to eat at peacefood cafe almost every night a minimum of 4 evenings a week and some times more loving the ease of vegan food on the go until I had a run in with the arrogant manager Kai. I was in shock. the manager got on the phone with blew something out of context and hung up on me. I called back to speak to him and he hung up on me again and told me that the order I had placed on chow was my problem to resolve and to call chow to receive the refund since he wasn't going to fulfill my order as placed. I had been up to that point eating at PF at least 4 times per week, I have credit card statements to prove it so I called the restaurant downtown to attempt to reach Peter and Eric, the manager there said he would look into it - I explained what had happened and have even kept the texts with him. I received a text back saying that the manager uptown gave him a different story (of course he would) and that he would look into it further and never ever got back to me. I was heartbroken, I have been a vegan for many years and am a huge animal rights advocate most people in the vegan community know me due to my advocacy work and support of many organizations. So I like to support vegan establishments. The fact that I was caste aside with such little regard is not vegan at all and I will never step foot in their restaurants again. I has previously noticed poor service, the staff dancing in the middle of the restaurant ignoring the customers one day when Enoch was there (he was uber good looking and all the waitresses were swooning and got out of control), long waits for the food to come out, mixups with the orders etc. I was fine with it because it was vegan until the unfortunate moment when I actually had to deal with the manager. I cant even give it a star.
Abominable service-eat something before you go there
We totally agree with WP's review below. Zero stars for Peace Food Cafe. Peacefood? This place is anything but peaceful or enjoyable. If you want to be served the food you ordered in under 90 minutes or even 45 minutes, do not go to Peacefood Cafe. (see below) If you don't mind waiting this long and also being completely unattended with not even some bread or any morsel to tide you over for the duration, then go for it! We have tried this place several times and it has consistently horrible service .Chaotic and shockingly-long waits for food especially at peak times and abominable customer service/relations. I don't know how they stay in business. Maybe because there are too few Kosher Vegetarian spots to give them incentive to improve. Blossom and Candle Cafe are far better choices, for sure and you will enjoy a much better experience in every way Generally, the food at Peacefood has been good but definitely not good enough to make it worth enduring this insanity. Peacefood Cafe's dinner hours confound them entirely. It seems multitasking is overwhelming to the kitchen and to the wait staff, and yet, they seem quite satisfied with that being the status quo, consistentl. Each time I've been there, except at breakfast once, these same conditions prevailed. Our final try (3/31/14) at Peacefood Cafe was THE worst restaurant experience ever..really, ever! After waiting 70 minutes, only one of our three simple entrees arrived BUT then it was promptly taken away again to clear up the "mixup" .. 10 minutes later they returned it but still no other entrees "It will be ready shortly." We asked repeatedly for the manager but that request was completely ignored. I finally left still not having received my order after waiting AN HOUR and a HALF and then being insulted and reprimanded by the waiter for good measure.(!) That was enough for me.I would have walked out sooner if we weren't there together for a birthday dinner. To top it off, here was their "fix" for what they called "the mixup" : At 90 minutes into the wait, after providing only one of us three with our food, they "benevolently" offered to not charge us for the other two entrees if we needed to leave before it was ready since we had to get to a movie starting in 20 minutes for which we had tickets(!!!!)There are no acceptable excuses for this eatery's consistently bad-service,and "customers be damned " attitude. TIP:If it's actually worth it to you to have their food, it would be better to call in an order for takeout as I tried once. BUT still be prepared to wait endlessly and double check everything
Amazing food! everything is very fresh and the menu changes often. The deserts here are also out of this world. I go here with my non vegan friends/family and everyone has loved it. They are very popular so it will be crowded..