ABCV (New York, NY)

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Vegans.  Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.  If you ever want the truth about something, I always say, ” ask your grandparents, because older people have no filters” or ask Vegans.  So, just for the day, or a few hours rather, I became a vegan.

ABCV, a Vegan restaurant that’s apart of the Jean-Georges connection, is a place that has seasonal plates, tonics, and different cocktails.  I decided to dine here because I wanted something light and a bit different.  Different in a way that food is made and cooked, light because you’ve never heard of a Vegan being “Full”.  The interior of this restaurant looks like the wedding scene from Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion”.

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I decided to keep it simple and grab two dishes off the menu.  Wild mushrooms and a Vegan einkorn pancake were my choices of the morning.  I’m pretty much obsessed with any kind of mushroom, so having this item on the menu was a no brainer to me that it should be ordered.  The Wild Mushrooms consisted of Poached Eggs, Shallots, and Herbs.  The dish was pretty simple and straight forward.  The eggs were poached to perfection as the yolk was runny with a slight cut of the egg and the mushrooms had the right seasoning to go with its earthy flavor.  The shallots were mixed in to give it a vinaigrette, onion flavor but it didn’t over power the star of the show which were the mushrooms.

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The Vegan Einkorn Pancake was actually my favorite of the visit.  It consisted of Banana, pear, salted coconut butter, and maple syrup.  These were the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  Maybe I was still in a daze by how perfect these pancakes were, so I wasn’t thinking properly, or maybe these in fact were the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  The Salted Coconut butter was buttery, flavorful, and fruity.  Those flavor to go along with the sweetness of the Banana and Pear were something I never knew I needed.  The Syrup was thick and fresh, but the star of the show were the ingredients that made this Pancake one of the best I’ve experienced.  It also had a bit of a cinnamon and spice flavor with it, that you could taste with each bite.  The pancakes were a bit flat, but I assume it’s because of all that natural ingredients.  Usually the pancakes that I eat are big and fluffy, but these were about 1/2 inch thick.

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Overall, this restaurant is a go-to.  If you’re in the area and need a good vegan spot to go to for brunch than look no further.  I’d be willing to try this place for dinner, but if you decide to go before me, let me know what you think.

OVERALL RATING : BUSINESS CLASS

 

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