I adore Peacefood Cafe. I’m gonna be real with you guys – I actually work at this restaurant, so you may think I’m being biased, but I’m not. This place rocks. Not only are the employees amazing (ahem), the food is out of this world.
Peacefood has two locations, one is uptown on Amsterdam and 82nd, and the other, the one I’m reviewing, which also happens to be vastly superior because I work there – is on University and 11th. I’m obviously kidding about it being vastly superior, but just about the vastly – they both rock.
Now, Peacefood is not only a restaurant, its a bakery. An insane bakery, like I really think the bakers have some king of magic happening that they’re not sharing with the rest of the staff. I’m an expert on the baked goods because all I really do while I’m working is eat the delicious treats.
Baked goodies you MUST try:
Raspberry Bar – We serve this cold, but I think its best at room temperature, then it gets all gooey and even more spectacular. Seriously, trust me and resist temptation to eat it right away, its worth the wait.
Gluten Free Muffin of the Day – The muffin changes daily. They are all awesome though. My favs are the strawberry quinoa and the mixed berry lemon. If you go on a day that either of those muffins are there, be sure to snag at least one, you won’t be sorry. This one is pistachio chip.
Magic Cookie – The main ingredient is heaven but it also has chocolate chips, carrot and nuts. There’s a cult following for this signature cookie. I don’t feel I need to elaborate any further.
Those three are my favs and you will not be disappointed.
When it comes to actual food. You must try the raw sushi roll. It’s walnut pâté & seasonal julienne vegetables in nori, served with a jicama-carrot medley, topped with avocado – soy sauce on the side.
This thing is so good. I have no idea what “real” sushi tastes like, but I bet this beats it hands down. The walnut pâté is so creamy and flavorful.
Also, the soups are always dope. And in NY right now it’s approximately one degree outside, so soup is the perfect comfort food. Like the muffin, the soups change daily, there’s always two. There’s also a bangin’ red bean chili every single day.
Last night I got the lemony artichoke, parsnip and ginger soup.
If you’re missing creamy soups as a vegan, look no further. This soup had so much flavor, the lemon was subtle and the artichoke flavor really came through. Loved it.
Other stuff I don’t have pic of but I recommend are the fluffy quinoa salad – Fluffy quinoa, baby greens & sprouts of the day, avocado, sweet peppers, corn & onions tossed with creamy lime mustard vinaigrette. Any of the paninis. And the chickpea fries – these have amazing Indian spices and are served with a creamy “Caesar” dressing.
Check out Peacefood’s website. Or call 212.979.2288 to make a rez downtown, but they only take them for parties of 3 or more.