One of my favorite places in NYC, when it comes to homemade vegan food, is Peacefood Cafe. PFC was also the first entirely vegan restaurant that I ever visited, so that might be a reason for my love for this gem. It almost feels like eating at home because I go there so often: whenever I don’t want to cook for myself or whenever friends come to town and I want to show them how delicious vegan food is or whenever my mom is in town (she is not vegan but is truly obsessed with the desserts at PFC).
PFC’s first location is on the Upper West Side and I would describe it as a little bit more rustic. Whereas the second location, just South of Union Square, as a more hip and stylish vibe to it. The menus are pretty much identical and there are always a number of specials and a variety of daily soups to chose from. Although I love every single dish that I have ever had a PFC, I want to give you a brief overview of my top 4 picks (of the moment!) that are perfect for a quick bite. For a healthy, well balanced meal enjoy them with a fresh salad and lots of veggies.
– Chickpea Fritters: ok, let’s be frank, these are just addictive! Hundreds of people have commented on these online and they are truly the must get when visiting PFC. If you like chickpeas and falafel, then this is the right pick for you (and even if you don’t like chickpeas, you will after having tried these ‘fries’). The fritters are basically long, fry like sticks made out of chickpeas and Indian spices that give them a special kick. I am all for healthy food and not a big fan of frying but please don’t order these baked because it is just NOT the same experience.
– PFC un-chicken basket: these little long nuggets, made out of wheat protein are also fried (so please enjoy with caution). They are truly delicious though and are served with a regular or spicy chipotle mayo. Great as an appetizer to share or with a soup/salad.
– Strawberry Cheesecake: this cheesecake is the ultimate proof that vegan desserts are actually BETTER than desserts that contain animal products. The fluffy light cheese curd, the delicate layer of strawberry jam and the fresh dough crust really come together in the most tasteful symphony. Big shout out the pastry chef Kristin Kolnacki who is responsible for this and all the other decadent desserts at PFC.
– Grasshopper Cookie: At first, I was a little hesitant to try the Grasshopper cookie as it contains a mint cream, stuffed in between two dark chocolate cookies. I am not a big fan of mixing mint flavors and chocolate in general. These cookies however are quite yummy and the mint taste is not overwhelmingly strong.
Have you been to PFC yet? What are your favorite snack and treats? Comment below!