There was some light snow in West Village last Saturday evening, but that didn’t stop us from going out for dinner and drinks with Matt and Nikita. I’ve always thought of West Village as the mecca of vegetarian restaurants. Not only are there lots of veggie spots, they’re all within walking distance of each other. We visited Sacred Chow for dinner, and surprisingly, it was only half full despite all the rave review I’ve heard about place.
Sacred Chow is a teensy tiny space with a warm glow and lamps hanging from the ceiling. It felt like a European cafe. It’s unfortunate that the tables were really small, and the chairs didn’t allow us to sit very comfortably. Here’s a rare photo of me and John!John ordered the Country Fried Tofu Panini ($10). Lightly breaded tofu served on toasted ciabatta with a white country style gravy, with home fries on the side. I had a bite of the panini, and it was crunchy and quite tasty. I didn’t find it greasy at all. Everything on the menu sounded really good, and it took me a while to decide. I ended up getting two tapas dishes ($8 each). On the left is the Indonesian Tempeh, which was slow cooked in a French lemon-mustard sauce and some kind of Russian dressing. On the right is the Grilled Nama Gori tofu drenched in a rich mustard-garlic sauce, then seared till tender and juicy. They drizzled garlic aioli over it.I was hungry and wasn’t thinking clearly when I ordered my tapas… ended up with two very filling proteins! Oops. Both tapas (especially the tempeh) paired nicely with my Sauvignon Blanc. The sauces on both dishes were absolutely delicious. The tempeh was soft, but not mushy. The Nama Gori tofu was chewy, and the mustard-garlic sauce really livened it up! I believe the tofu was frozen at some point to create that chewy texture.
After dinner, we made our way over to Epistrophy Cafe on the Lower East Side to celebrate Arvind’s birthday. A quaint and rustic cafe with a good selection of wines and cocktails. Fun times with wine!