by CHLOE., located in the West Village at 185 Bleeker Street, was easily one of my favourite restaurants that I visited during my most recent trip to Manhattan. This vegan-chic casual dining spot is the collaborative result of two young female entrepreneurs, vegan chef and best-selling cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser of ESquared Hospitality.
The duo opened this vegan quick-service food spot to help fill the gap in New York City for casual vegan dining.* They recognized a need for delicious everyday food that was vegan, but had a hard time figuring out where to find it in their city.
vegan superstar Chef Chloe Coscarelli
Chloe Coscarelli, a lifelong vegetarian and vegan of 10 years, is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, a plant-based-foused culinary school in Chelsea, Manhattan; the University of California, Berkely; and Cornell University's Plant-Based Nutrition Program. Chloe first gained nationwide recognition in 2010 when she appeared on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and took home the first place prize with her Raspberry Tiramisu vegan cupcakes, outshining four other contestants’ non-vegan cupcakes.
I picked up a copy of Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen prior to my trip to NYC and was immediately impressed by the simplicity her of meatless, cheese-less Italian recipes which include whole foods and healthy plant-based ingredients. This cookbook tops my list of favourite vegan cookbooks that I use regularly (and I own A LOT of cookbooks).
Without fail, every single recipe that I have made has turned out phenomenally. Her Classic Pesto Sauce and Cream of Mushroom Soup have both become staple recipes in my kitchen. Chloe's recipes are so simple to make and you would never know that there is absolutely no dairy added. Chloe has even included her award winning recipe for her Raspberry Tiramisu Cupcakes in this cookbook from Food Network's Cupcake Wars, as well as the recipe for her super delicious Shiitake Bacon which I tried at her restaurant (detailed below).
vegan-chic casual dining
I visited by CHLOE. during the weekday lunch hour and it was lined up out the door, which is always a good sign in my books. The vibe was exactly what you would expect from a trendy West Village food spot, in the best possible way. The restaurant was packed with young professionals, dining on Instagram-worthy meals over their lunch breaks.
During my visit I sat at the large communal table in the centre of the restaurant. There are also smaller tables available, as well as patio seating for the warmer weather. I ordered at the counter and did not have to wait too long. If you’re in a rush I’d recommend checking out the grab & go refrigerator which is stocked with prepackaged meals, as well as kombucha and cold-pressed juices and even has fresh young Thai coconuts, adorned with the by CHOLE. logo.
The 100% vegan, house-made menu items include everything from salads and burgers, sandwiches and pasta, to 100% cold-pressed juices, dairy-free ice cream and sweets baked fresh in-house daily. The most popular dish is the Guac Burger, a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, topped with sweet corn salsa, onion guacamole, chipotle aioli and tortilla strips. According to Chloe “we can make them fast enough.”***
In the mood for brunch? by CHLOE.’s brunch menu includes brekkie favourites like, Daily Pancakes served with whipped apple butter, Mom’s Cinnamon Roll and Quinoa Hash Browns served with sour cream, smoked paprika and scallion. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 4pm.
by CHLOE. is committed to using organic, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. There are a number of menu items that are gluten-free, or that can be made gluten-free. by CHLOE. is also certified kosher by International Kosher Council (IKC). Click here for the full menu.
what I ordered
I ordered the Kale Caesar which is topped with shiitake bacon, avocado, almond parm, maple-wheat croutons and house-made Caesar dressing.
This salad was incredible. All of the flavours were on point. The combination of the dairy-free dressing and avocado was rich and creamy and contrasted nicely with the crunchy greens and crispy shiitake bacon. I requested the gluten-free version of this salad which excluded the maple-wheat croutons, however, I majorly regretted that choice because I would have loved to try them. There’s always next time!
Be in the know with this by CHLOE. menu hack that you can only order if you know to ask. It’s the “Oh so fancy fries” aka chilli cheese fries: air baked french fries topped with whisky onions, spicy seitan chorizo, mozzarella sauce and garlic aioli sauce.
* Decker, Vivienne. "Meet The 28-Year-Old Founders Of By Chloe, NYC's Fastest-Growing Vegan Burger Chain." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 05 Jan. 2016. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/viviennedecker/2015/12/17/by-chloe-coscarelli-nyc-vegan-food-restaurant/>.
** Coscarelli, Chloe. Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014. Print.
*** Lurie, Kathryn. "A Vegan Menu With Burgers, Meatballs and Barbecue." WSJ. The Wall Street Journal, 16 Aug. 2015. Web. 13 Jan. 2016. <http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-vegan-menu-with-burgers-meatballs-and-barbecue-1439768318>.