Located in the West Village, Sacred Chow offers vegan cuisine, that satisfies the guilty yearning that vegans have for meat. Sacred Chow has a small dining area with romantic lighting. The setting is perfect for any date, my only complaint would be that the space is a little cramped and to find a seat could be difficult later in the night.
The menu consists of items that have meat substitutes. A glossary and key can be found on the second page, indicating NS as no soy, and can also defining meat substitutes such as seitan.
For drinks, tea, coffee and water were offered. I ordered a Greek Salad, which contained almond feta cheese. I’m a big fan of good salads, and while Sacred Chow’s Greek salad served a substantial amount of food and was extremely filling, the salad was not tossed. The salad was equivocal to a Chipotle burrito that has not been rolled correctly and can contain only one ingredient in one bite. So while a salad is always great to have, I wouldn’t suggest ordering one here.
Even though the salad was subpar, other dishes were satisfying and delicious. “The power bowl”, which contains one’s choice of collard greens/broccoli, brown rice, and one tapa, is great for those nights when one needs a guilt-free food binge. The tapa I ordered to go with my power bowl, was “Mama’s Soy Meatballs”. If one wants to have satisfy his/her craving for meat, the soy meatballs are a must. The flavor was great, and it had by far the best tomato sauce I’ve ever had. By the end of this entree my stomach was bursting. It’s too good to not eat all of it.
Sacred Chow has the options of ordering tapas (either one for eight dollars, or three for nineteen). The green tapas, the soy meatballs, and the Indonesian tempeh worked well together. The soy meatballs had the same great flavor. The green tapas were filling and one has the option of ordering them with dressing. We chose to get them without dressing, and what we found that the seasoning on its own was great and we preferred to taste the vegetables with their true flavors. The Indonesian tempeh, is served with Russian dressing and warm sauerkraut. It had the similar satisfaction as eating chickpea fries (from Peacefood Cafe), which were great.
My friend, who is not vegan, ordered the “Roasted Black Olive Seitan Panini”. He said that it was extremely filling, and overall a satisfactory meal. Dining out with non-vegans usually entails finding something on the menu that can be quickly altered to be vegan (i.e. asking for cheese to be removed, removing meat from entrees, etc.), and it is often hard to find vegan restaurants that satisfy non-vegans. Therefore I highly recommend Sacred Chow since the all of the food here (besides the salad) has great flavor that can appeal to anyone.