This past week I was in NYC, where I embarked on a serious vegan-foodie adventure, exploring Manhattan’s hottest vegan and vegan-friendly spots. First up I’m bringing you everything you need to know about The Butcher’s Daughter, a vegetarian, dairy-free restaurant with a lot of vegan-friendly menu options. Executive Chef Gonzalo Morales, Founder & Creative Director Heather Tierney and Head Juiceologist Brandi Kowalski have a simple concept - they have come together to treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: they chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into heathy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.
The Butcher’s Daughter is located in NoLita, which is an area just north of Little Italy, at 19 Kenmare Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street. There is a smaller shop next-door to the restaurant where you can pick up prepared items and the restaurant has a delivery service available as well.
The restaurant itself is a tastefully decorated, light-filled space with seating for 35. The design is based on a feminine take of an old-world masculine butcher shop. During the warmer months, their sidewalk terrace expands with an additional 30 seats outside. On the particular day that I visited, the temperature was mild so I sat out on the terrance and got to enjoy the nice weather and sunshine.
The menus at The Butcher's Daughter are completely dairy-free and vegetarian, with a good amount of vegan options. The drink menu is quite extensive and includes juices, smoothies, craft beers, biodynamic wines, as well as teas and coffees. There is also a complete brunch menu (served Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm) and a breakfast menu (served weekdays 8am - 11am) with vegan options like a Coconut Yogurt Parfait and Soaked Organic Muesli. They also have a lunch menu with salads, toasts, and sandwiches like the Butcher’s Grilled Cheese made with vegan melted cheddar, avocado, adzuki bacon and wilted basil with an option for a gluten-free baguette. There is also an extensive dinner menu offering smaller bites like market hummus with crudite and a daily market soup, as well as salads, cheese & charcuterie featuring plant-based cheeses, pates and sausage. The dinner menu also includes plates & boards including a Raw Pesto Linguine with zucchini noodles and cashew ricotta, and the Butcher’s Burger with a black bean based burger, topped with vegan swiss cheese and served with roasted potato wedges and harissa mayo.
what I ordered
I stopped by the Butcher’s Daughter late in the afternoon, so I ordered off of the Bar Snacks portion of the evening dinner menu.
Loaded Potato Skins - Roasted potato skins topped with adzuki bacon, vegan mozzarella cheese and special sauce. I highly recommend this snack. I ordered the smaller portion which came with 2 potato skins, which is the perfect amount for one person, although I totally could have eaten a whole plate! The special sauce is made in-house and is super delicious.
Kale Chips - First of all, OMG these were bomb. These perfectly crunchy dehydrated kale chips had a cheesy flavour (in the best possible way) and are made with lemon, olive oil and sea salt. They were highly recommend by my server and I was so glad that I ordered them.
Smashed Avocado Toast Bites - Avocado smashed with curry, cilantro, mustard seeds and lime, served with 7-grain toast points (not gluten free). The avocado was nice and creamy, with a more simple flavour palate compared to the other two snacks that I ordered.
What really resonated with me about The Butcher’s Daughter is their commitment to sourcing produce from local farms. Every week Michael Geller of Mike’s Organics, forages the best produce for the restaurant from farms in Upstate New York and Connecticut. The Butcher’s Daughter also has a certified nutritionist on staff and offers juice cleanses which include both fresh juices and prepared raw foods. I definitely plan on heading back to The Butcher’s Daughter again soon so that I can try out their full dinner menu.
Check back in my Travel Guide for additional vegan food recommendations from my travels in Manhattan.