Sun-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm
A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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Canal St. to 14th St., Bowery to Greenwich St.
There's a reason why the logo is a meditating cartoon cow: Sacred Chow serves serious vegan cuisine without taking itself too seriously. Chef and owner Cliff Preefer, a former Legal Aid lawyer, founded Sacred Chow in 1995 as a take-out store on Hudson St. His new venture on Sullivan St. is his first restaurant. The snug space has red- and mustard-colored walls accented with Middle Eastern antiques, like glass-bejeweled hanging lamps and a mosaic-inlaid fountain. Using organic and kosher-certified ingredients, Preefer conjures up an enticing meatless array of tapas, salads, and sandwiches. Salads are fresh, substantial, and lively. The Sacred Caesar is a credible rendition of the cheese-draped, crouton-studded classic, its dressing derived from a blend of soft tofu and soy sauce. Sandwiches are engaging, like Mama's soy meatball sub with soy protein orbs flavored with oregano, thyme, and garlic in a spicy rosemary-infused tomato sauce. Triple chocolate brownies may be gluten-free, but manage to be resplendent in rich, bittersweet chocolate.Recommended Dishes
Sacred Caesar salad, $11; Mama's soy meatball sub, $12